What equipment do i need to record a church service – videomaker

If you were to go with the first option, again we need to know what sound system you’ve got. For the second one, this is also helpful to know, but most recorders should be compatible. If you’re looking for specifics, get an Edirol R-09HR – I’ve used this myself on many an occasion (not in Churches, however) and found it to be a really reliable bit of kit.

My other suggestion was to use your own sound equipment. This is really if you’re going to enjoy doing this, and perhaps do this as a more of a serious hobby, rather than helping the Church out. You could do things like record weddings for a decent profit, this would cover your expenses as well as provide a good service for the couple (etc).


From what I’ve read (I don’t own either of them), the 70 is basically a very capable prosumer camera, whilst the 150 is more of a lower-end professional camera – it has a plethora of manual controls, certainly when compared to the 70. If you’re going to be using the camera outside of the church, I’d certainly say go for the 150, otherwise feel free to stick with the 70.

This looks like a professional camera to people who aren’t “in the know”, whilst being extremely good value for money – they’re also excellent for this sort of thing, events. If this was me, doing the church recordings, I’d go with the Edirol for the sound recording, and use the camera’s on board (excellent quality, I may add) microphone for the backup/additional sound. Coupled with a cheap tripod (I found a tripod with 2 pan handles, and is basically a cheap Manfrotto rebranded, for under 200) this completes your setup.

I have been recording out church services and uploading to our website since 2006. I started with a standard definition JVC camcorder with a built in hard drive. I used an audio CD recorder to record the sound from the sound board. then sync the audio and video up on my computer. This worked ok, but it took a long time to sync the audio and sound. I started with Pinnacle Studio 11, then upgraded to Pinnacle Studio 12. I used this video editing program for 3 years. It did the job, but I wanted to take my video editing to the next level. I consulted Kingdom electronics. They told me to purchase an audio compressor/limiter; this keeps the audio from becoming distorted when too much sound enters the board. It really improved my audio quality. They also told me to purchase a DVD recorder; I purchased thier Toshiba DVD recorder. If I had a choice now I would buy something a little better. At that time I upgraded my camcorder to a Cannon HF21. The most important part of using a camcorder is the amount of optical zoom. This camcorder has an 18x optical zoom. I can shoot about 70 feet; which is all I need for my church. The face recognition feature has been really useful for autofocusing on the speaker. I use the AV cable to transfer the video signal to the DVD recorder; then I capture the sound from the sound board to the audio input on the DVD recorder. This works well, and I get DVD quality video footage. In the past three months I have wanted to take it up a notch. I have subscribed to Adobe creative suite, and use the HD video from my HD Camcorder’s hardrive and the audio from the DVD to sync them together using Adobe Premiere Pro. It has greatly improved my video footage by doing so. My next step is to replace the DVD recorder with a way to capture the video and sound on a computer’s hard drive in HD. From there I can use my passport 2 terabyte drive to transfer the data to my editing computer. If you cannot afford Adobe Premiere Pro; Cyber link Director Suite 2 is the next best thing ( http://www.cyberlink.com/products/director-suite/features_en_US.html). The quality output is very close to Adobe Premiere Pro.

9. Video editing software. Use handbrake if you are able to record sound and video to DVD or Blue-Ray Disc. This program is free and it converts the video to mp4 for web. Other recommendations include Cyber link Power Director, Sony Vegas, Adobe Premiere. I have found these to be the best so far.