Competition is good in the software business. It forces companies to continually innovate and improve their software. If they wait too long, somebody will swoop in with more features and try to lure their customers away. I feel like that is what is happening right now in the worship presentation industry. I have been a huge fan of Easyworship 2007 for several years now. I have blogged about it several times and I still recommend it to most churches who are wanting to get started with a video projection system. Even though Easyworship is working on a new version that will be mac compatible, it has still gone about 18 months without any major changes.
ProPresenter for the mac is gaining customers who want power and ease of use. For anybody who wants to use Apple hardware, this is the software that is revolutionizing the church video world. And now, it looks like Windows users might have a worthy competitor. Mediashout has released version 4 and it looks very cool. Mediashout has always intrigued me because of the power and features it offers. However, the learning curve has always been steep. With version 4, the program adds even more features, and it looks like the user interface has been completely overhauled.
Here are some big features that grab my attention:
- the ability to switch backgrounds on the fly without affecting the words on the screen. It’s a whole new world for VJ’s.
- the ability to display a stripped down version of the graphic display on a third monitor on stage. Instead of dual-screen, this baby has tri-screen capability.
- the ability to powerfully import powerpoint files. It can even grab the image backgrounds to use in Mediashout
If you are a church looking to buy software right now, I would seriously consider Mediashout. I have used it in the past and this new version looks awesome. I still like Easyworship for it’s ease of use, but if they don’t get a new version out soon, I’m afraid the other companies will pass them by.
Check out the info from Mediashout’s website