Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Film Editing

The filming part of the webcast is finished. Now it is in the editing stage. Ashley, Jerry, and Sandii have been working hard behind the scenes to get the video captured and edited. This includes creating graphics, titles, and music. It has been interesting to watch the process and I've learned a lot. I don't know how many of you are familiar with the video process but I will share with you some of the lingo and techniques that I have observed.

(some of these may be our own interpretation of words, and may not match accepted usage)

  • Slate- the background screen that displays a title
  • Nose shot- close up camera shot used to focus the camera: if it is in focus close, it will be in focus far
  • Fade-in - a shot that gradually increases from darkness to light, or quiet to sound
  • Fade-out - the opposite of a fade-in
  • Dissolve- gradual scene transition, one scene fades-in and the other fades-out
  • High Definition- 4-5 times the amount of pixels per frame as standard definition
  • Soft box- white material fitted over a strobe that diffuses the light evenly
  • Capture-the process of changing the format from tape into a digital file
  • Fire Wire-cable with fast method of transferring electrical impulse
  • HDMI- transmits high definition video
  • Logo- musical intoduction to a program
  • Stinger- short audio clip used to link, introduce, or end segments of video
I will probably be editing this list as I learn more terms. I look forward to posting the webcast soon!

Monday, October 18, 2010

A Time for Everything

As the fall leaves begin to change colors all around us I am reminded of Ecclesiastes 3:1 which says: There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Our society is rapidly relying more and more on technology. Creating this webcast is a season of change for us at  the Susquehanna Conference, The United Methodist Church. We are trying to reach out in new mediums such as facebook, this blog and the webcast as a way to stay connected. I feel privileged that I get the chance to host this exciting new ministry in the cyber world. I'm not the most technologically savvy person though, so there has been a learning curve. The whole webcast production has been a new experience for all of us here, so please bear with us as we figure it out. We are very excited about it, and hope that you find the material exciting as well. I look forward to hearing your comments.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Connectional Ministries

My position at the Susquehanna Conference, The United Methodist Church is in a program division called Connectional Ministries. The Connectional Ministries communications staff produces a newspaper, the Susquehanna Link. It can be viewed online by going to the Conference homepage Put the cursor over the News tab, then click Susquehanna Link from the drop down menu.

The drop down menu under the Connectional Ministries tab reveals other catergories, including: Camp and Retreat Ministries, Board of Church and Society, Health Ministries, Young People Ministry, Higher Education/Campus Ministry, and Discovery Place.

In the upcoming webcast I interviewed Jody Robinson of the Discovery Place-a Chrisian resource center in the Conference. She shares some of her favorite new material, and speaks of how to access them. I look forward to having her back to share more christian resources.

Through the webcasts, we will introduce you to some of the services that the Connectional Ministries provides, as well as encouraging stories throughout the Susquehanna River valley area.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


I'm happy to report, that the webcast is in production! I interviewed Rob Visscher, executive director of Mission Central, today. He shared some touching God moments of how God uses people when they follow His holy nudge.

Susquehanna Xpress now has a facebook page. You are welcome to browse it and give your feedback.

I'm excited to use these new avenues of communication as a way to share God's love with the world.