For the last few days, I have been trying out a new worship software package called Worship Media Creator. It creates video announcements, video countdowns, and custom backgrounds for worship. It also can function as worship presentation software in a pinch. The software is from the guys at SermonGear.com, and it can save you time if you are creating videos for your church. Here is a breakdown of what it can do:
With the Worship Media Creator, you can:
- Build Customized Countdowns that animates to your music
- Make video announcements in minutes
- Create your own worship background loops, or add your own media library
- Use built in templates to spread your message
- Export your presentation to a video file to use in your existing projection setup, or project it live!
- Share your projects and creativity with other churches
If you have ever tried to create your own countdown video, you will truly appreciate how quick and easy it is to create one in this program. This software really appeals to people who are intimidated by complex software, but it still has more than enough features for power users. However, it won’t magically turn someone with no graphic or video design skills into a professional. You still need a good understanding of gradients, shadows, colors, and fonts to use this program effectively.
The best way to understand a software package is to see it in action. They have a great video tutorial page, and you can even download a free trial version to check it out. Here are a couple of videos that show you how the software works.
Keep reading to see more examples and to see my final thoughts.
Loop Builder Stack Pack
I have also been trying out the loop builder stack pack. It’s an add-on that allows you to create your own video worship background loops within the software. You can combine different filters, shapes, particles, and videos to create your own worship loops. For people who don’t have access to Adobe After Effects or Apple Motion, this is a great feature. It’s fun, and it’s easy, and I see this as being one of the biggest strengths of the software.
This software has great potential to help churches save time and create great looking videos. As a mac guy, I would be tough pressed to use this on a regular basis since it is PC-only software. The user interface is a little rough still, but still functional. The icons and application layout seem a little dated, but that could be because I haven’t used Windows in a while. For smaller or medium sized churches, this is a great way to create videos without learning Adobe After Effects. Obviously, you don’t have the same level of control and customization, but you have enough to create great looking videos.
If you already have worship presentation software like ProPresenter, MediaShout, Proclaim, or EasyWorship, then you will probably not use or need the built-in worship presentation portion of this software. It’s just too basic to compete with full-fledged worship presentation software.
My only other concern is the price. It is a little steep at $249 for a single user license, and $399 for a site license. For that much investment, you will definitely want to try out the software to see how it works. I really appreciate Worship Media Creator making a free trial available. That’s the best way to evaluate the program. I plan on using this to create a few announcement slides, and even videos and graphics for sermon series. We are doing a new sermon series soon on Spiritual Disciplines called In Rhythm, and I plan on using some of the features that enable the text and graphics to respond to the music. I’ll post the graphics to the series in a few weeks.
Disclaimer: A copy of the software was provided to me for review. See my disclosure policy for more information