Power Up!:Finish editing that promo ? Now, archive it !

July 2nd, 2007 by Kee Sitt

Shooting and editing a project takes up a lot of time. Its best that we have a archiving solution to the videos we have edited.

Have you ever ran out of hard disk space because you kept all those edit master on your hard disk ? Now, check out this tip from DJTV on the various way to archive your edit master.

Archive Aware

Appreciate your media leaders and crews

June 14th, 2007 by Kee Sitt

How often do you ever sms or say thank you to someone who has put in all their time in media ministry ? Its good habit to always do that. Everyone wants to be appreciated and not taken advantage of.

Its mid-year now. Have you appreciated the ones in your media ministry ? What about the Media/Worship Pastor ? Also, not forgetting the various key people in LiveWire, send your appreciation to them too.

You can appreciate everyone by sending them an ecard, sms or give them a certificate of appreciation from the church.



Singapore, anyone?

June 3rd, 2007 by Choon Ean

LiveWire! will be coordinating a media exposure cum fellowship trip to Singapore mid-June 2007! Here’s the rough schedule of the trip:

Sat, 16 June: Catch bus from KL-SG in the morning.

Sun, 17 June 2007: Visit the two churches worshipping at the EXPO - FCBC & City Harvest and have a tour of their media facilities.

Mon, 18 June 2007: Go media gadget shopping (window shopping for some of us) at Sim Lim.

Tues, 19 June 2007: Visit the Broadcast Asia Exhibition! Pre-register if you haven’t yet - online reg till 8 June!

Wed, 20 June 2007: Catch bus back to KL.

Let us know if you want to join us on the trip and if you need us to book the bus and accomodation for you. I know some of y’all out there are already going and have your own accomodation but do let us know if you want to join us for the church visits and the gadget shopping!

Call / sms Alice (6012-8022771) or Choon Ean (012-2687795) or email Choon Ean at choonean@livewiremedia.org

UNHCR Refugee Carnival

May 24th, 2007 by Grace Tan

UNHCR refugee child

In conjuction with World Refugee Day 2007, UNHCR is organizing their 2nd Refugee Carnival, this year focusing on refugee children. 150-200 refugee children from various refugee communities in Malaysia will be attending this carnival. Most of these children are Rohingya Muslims, Chins, Myanmar Muslims and other ethnic minorities from various countries. The Carnival is to provide opportunity for these children to play in a safe open environment, most of whom normally live in cramped flats that are shared with 20 other refugees.
If you are keen to help out as a volunteer for the UNHCR World Refugee Day, I am looking for photographers who would lend their skills at a photo booth set up by The Photographer’s Gallery.

Date: Friday, 15 June 2007
Time: 8.30am - 12.00pm
Venue: UNHCR premises at 570 Jalan Bukit Petaling, 50460 Kuala Lumpur

I’ll be volunteering there on Friday so if anyone is keen to join me, please email me at grace [at] livewiremedia.org or reply to this blog post. This is an opportunity for us to be salt and light to the community by providing our services and skills. Let us shine forth Jesus as we serve the community.

Crew at Fresh Fire, KK

May 15th, 2007 by Choon Ean

One of the biggest photo collection I have is of various crew on duty. Been meaning to put them up for some time but never got round to it. I guess since the fire’s still fresh from this one, I’d better post them now. Then get around to post past-crew-sightings later.

Cam 1 - Stage Left Roaming: Kelvin (GCC) & Crystal (Skyline)

Cam 2 - Raised Platform Center on Tripod: Mun Yee (Skyline),
Rebecca Chin (Skyline) & Mak (GCC)

Cam 3 - Floor Right on Dolly: Michelle (Skyline) & Tracy (GCC)

Video Director: Eric (Skyline), flanked by Richard Ong on the left who was contracted for the video setup and Uncle Michael on the right, Skyline’s all-sort technical person.

Skyline Visual Aid Crew: Rebecca Fung & Patrick (there’s also Jamie -see group photo below)

Photographers: Richard & Uncle Tan - not yet photographed (Skyline)

The crew together just before the 2nd night rally

Special mention MUST go to Janice who served officially as the Venue Coordinator but pretty much had her hands full of much much more, as you can only catch an itty bitty glimpse of from the above photo of her taking a breather in the Skyline Media Room.

Free Stuff

May 10th, 2007 by Grace Tan

Hey who doesn’t want it? Being typically Malaysian and super kiasu (almost as kiasu as the Singaporeans), we’d like to get things for free. So here are a few sites that you can go to get some pretty cool free stuff: (some of them have certain restrictions)

1. SonnyBoo.com - A website for independent filmmakers. Download some free royalty free music or indie filmmaker’s tools like paperwork (call sheet formats, script formats, storyboards etc) or video/film tools. Download also some free articles on filmmaking.

2. Free FCP Plugins - Not all are absolutely free, some are demos only. The annoying thing about them is that you can only preview the effect, but they have a watermark over the video once you use it. Anyhow, do download the cool ones like Too Much Too Soon. You can find out how to install it on your mac on the sites.

3. Sound Effects - Some standard sound effects like crowd sounds, vehicle sounds etc…

4. More Sound Effects - 1980 of them!!

Ok go have fun, kids!

LiveWire! Video Editing Training

May 2nd, 2007 by Eric Foo

Dear all,

RGBC Media Ministry is organizing & hosting a 2-part Video Editing Workshop conducted by two directors from LiveWire!, free of charge and open for all!

Venue: Reservoir Garden Baptist Church, Penang.

1) 5th May 2007 . 10am to 1pm . “How to Tell a Story” by Grace Tan
2) 12th May 2007 . 10am to 1pm . “Basic Editing Skills” by Lim Kee Sitt.

Contact Poh Sim @ 016 4050353 to confirm your participation!

Pls forward this to your friends in Penang. Thanks!


Finishing Up The Nepal Video

May 1st, 2007 by Grace Tan

Finding An Inch on A Bus

It’s been a journey. Literally. From Malaysia to Nepal and back, and now shuffling between Choon Ean’s place and mine to finish editing the Nepal video. Oh, and not to mention to KL where we had to translate the interviews to English. It’s been a challenging process, and a long drawn out one. But even as I see the video coming to its completion, I feel this sense of satisfaction and awe at what God had put together.

This is how the editing process went:

1. After shooting about 20 mini DV tapes, not including extra footage in another 10 tapes from other mission teams, we divided the tapes for the digitizing process to be easier. We separated the tapes which had interviews in it so that Choon Ean could get it translated.

2. Choon Ean travelled to Asian Outreach in KL where she would meet at first 2 ladies, then just one of them, who would help us translate the 16 of 21 interviews done in Nepali. This process took about 4 days, once even travelling to Klang. She wrote down exact timecodes of when a sentence would start or end, or even midway a sentence, as our main translator, Heike, figured it out in English. Quite difficult this, since most of the time the Nepalese are talking in high speed without noticeable pauses between sentences.

3. Once we got that done, we discovered that it’s hard to divide tasks between 3 editors (especially since editing is such a lonely process!). So in the end, we settled on Poh Sim creating the graphics and text for the video, Choon Ean and I to do the major bulk of the editing.

4. A month or so ago, Poh Sim travelled from Penang to KL for a week to help with this video. Choon Ean attempted to cut a rough structure of the interviews but that was a mammoth task that stumped her for days. Most of the time, Poh Sim and I were digitizing footages at separate workstations. I was also trying to cut the opening for the video.

5. After a while, Choon Ean had a rough timeline. I viewed it, added more interviews. Poh Sim took leave and came down to KL again and both she and Choon Ean looked at it, gave feedback to finetune the timeline further and it went on like that. With much prayer, we managed to put together the interviews into a structure that we all felt was right.

6. In the meantime, I had written to God TV in the States to tell them about our little project and whether they may be interested in broadcasting our content. It took them a few weeks to reply, but they did! They told us to send them a DVD of our video once we had completed it. So that’s exciting!

7. After we got a structure, I continued adding visuals over the interviews, music and slowly interweaved it all together. Almost like knitting. :) Choon Ean chose photos that would go into the video on a separate computer, and Poh Sim got busy doing the graphics.

8. Finally, our video is nearing completion. It now runs at close to 25 minutes in duration but it doesn’t feel that long because every part of the video feels really exciting! I just completed putting in all the subtitles in yesterday so by this weekend it will all be done. We did a test screening with my cell group members and some colleagues of mine and they all felt touched by the video. I knew that it would be impactful. Not because of our skills but because it’s entirely God’s project. If He started something, you’d be sure that it will end right.

Power Up! : Another Dosage of Web Resources for Inspiration and Help

April 28th, 2007 by Kee Sitt

Here’s this round of web resources to share with you guys.

1. Church Communications Pro (http://www.churchcommunicationspro.com/)

Church Communications Pro is about helping the evangelical Christian church and specifically small to medium-size churches (and their pastors) use church marketing practices, including Internet/website design, advertising, public relations and other communications techniques, to accomplish its mission — as given by Jesus Christ — on the earth.

2. Soundslides.com (http://www.soundslides.com/)

Soundslides is a rapid production tool for still image and audio web presentations.

3. Slideshowpro (http://www.slideshowpro.net/)

A component for Macromedia Flash MX 2004, Flash 8 and Flash CS3 that helps you display pictures on your web site.

4. MediaStorm (http://www.mediastorm.org/)

A Multimedia Production Studio. Check out Kingsley Crossing and be blown away !

5. Transom (http://www.transom.org/)

A Showcase Workshop for New Public Radio

Proclaiming the Gospel with Media

April 5th, 2007 by Alex Lam

Tony Anthony - Taming the TigerLast night, Grace and I attended a talk by Tony Anthony (he was World Kung Fu Champion for three years running) a charismatic man of God. He has moved up from being a prisoner in jail, to becoming a prisoner of Christ Jesus. He’s got an awesome testimony to share. If you can make it to SIB on Friday, 6 Apr 2007 (8pm and 10:30pm), or Sedaya College on Saturday or Sunday (7 & 8 Apr 2007) AND bring non-Christians, I urge you to go.

Anyhow, this man used multimedia powerfully in his talk. Two videos were shown by him, the first was about Dick and Rick Hoyt - illustrating the love of a father for his disabled son. It surely draws a parallel between God’s love for us. This was a very good visual aid used aptly, and not out of necessity or “cool-factorness”.

Read more about it here. The video is viewable below.

And the second was related to giving the altar call. It’s a video that was created by proclaimthegospel.net and you can see how it’s used here.