The reason for beta testing or learning from mistakes

Monday, January 19, 2009
For the past month at The Ridge Community Church, we’ve been testing out the technology required to broadcast our worship experience live online. Because we are attempting the unconventional task of simultaneously launching a physical and web campus on March 1st, our resources are limited. Our philosophy is always to jump when God says “jump”, even if we are uncertain of the outcome or feel humanly ill-prepared. We also believe that a lack of money or volunteers is an invalid excuse to pass up on delivering the message of Jesus to someone who needs it. Therefore, we are doing our best with very little equipment or funding.

We’ve been using
Mogulus for our live broadcast and chat and their free program has worked great for us so far. I run the video feed from our drummer’s Panasonic DVX and the audio from a condenser mic from the middle of the room above the congregation. Because of a lack of microphones, we are getting kind of a live sound, which isn’t half bad…..when it’s working properly….Here’s where I get embarrassed:

Last night, a few people that showed up were commenting on how fuzzy the audio sounded. They were saying that it was almost inaudible. This was really frustrating for me at the time because everything was connected exactly like it was the week before and I got really great comments on the sound quality. I couldn’t figure it out until someone asked me if I was typing a novel because all they heard was “clickety, clickety, click”

Right then I realized that I had the audio assignment in Mogulus crossed so that instead of having the mic in the house cued up online, I was feeding my on-board mic on the Macbook Pro to all viewers. So for the first ten minutes, all viewers heard was me typing, sniffing, clearing my throat, eating a pack of crackers, telling our camera guy to stop shaking, and saying things like “what is wrong with this stupid machine!”.

This will never happen again……Painful….. Then again, it was a learning experience.