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Media Machines (Overview)

Stream­lin­ing your Corps’ media needs.

We believe that pre­sen­ta­tion of media is an impor­tant aspect to many church ser­vices. There are many media related needs that Corps run into every week — one Sun­day you might want to play a clip from a DVD and the next you might have a guest speaker with their own pre­sen­ta­tion needs. We under­stand the flex­i­ble nature of a wor­ship ser­vices, and that it’s frus­trat­ing when time and resources are lack­ing to co-​ordinate all of those needs.

That’s where the CMD Media Machine comes in. We’ve designed this machine to address those needs in one con­ve­nient, easy to use pack­age. We’ve cho­sen the best pre­sen­ta­tion hard­ware and soft­ware that will han­dle any­thing thrown at it. Plus, with the CMD Media Hub, you’ll have access to tons of great cre­ative new media, ready to use out of the box.

Even though this is a pow­er­ful pack­age with lots of fea­tures, it's incredibly easy to use. 

Here's a little more detail:

It runs on the Mac.

We’ve cho­sen the Mac oper­at­ing sys­tem for a few rea­sons, but mainly because it’s incred­i­bly easy to use. All of your videos, images and music are eas­ily access­able and work straight out of the box. As well as that, the pre­sen­ta­tion soft­ware and apps we’ve tested run a whole lot smoother on the Mac. If you’ve never used a Mac before, there’s noth­ing to worry about — it’s not as scary as it sounds and we’ll help you pick it up.

Fea­tur­ing ProPresenter 7.

We’ve come a long way from OHP’s. Now, with data pro­jec­tors and com­put­ers, we can choose from a wide vari­ety of soft­ware pack­ages that can pro­duce and dis­play media. Pro­P­re­sen­ter made the top of our list and we think you’ll enjoy the same things we did — excel­lent func­tion­al­ity, speed and ease of use. Plus, all of your old Pow­er­point pre­sen­ta­tions work seam­less­ley within the Pro­P­re­sen­ter envi­ron­ment. We’ve been using this soft­ware for Ter­ri­to­r­ial events since 2010.

CMD Media Hub.

The media machine is an evolving platform. We are consistently looking for ways to resource Corps and Centres with new and exciting visual and audio content for mission purposes. The CMD media library is a collection of audio and visual resources like sermons, music, promotional videos, campaigns, events and a lot more. These resources are deisgned to help you do mission easier and more effectively where you are!

  • You’ll like this: Our media machines come loaded with the entire Sal­va­tion Army song­book ready to go — so there’s no more need to type out your favourite tunes.

Ter­ri­to­r­ial Promos.

Events are hap­pen­ing all the time in The Sal­va­tion Army, and there’s always pro­mo­tional slides and videos to go with them. These will appear and dis­ap­per from your machine with­out you hav­ing to do a thing. All you have to do is click and play.



What does my Corps need to run a Media Machine?

The Media Machine requires three things to func­tion prop­erly. The first is a reali­able broad­band con­nec­tion (either wire­less or hard­wired) for sup­port and update pur­poses.

The sec­ond is a com­puter mon­i­tor with a DVI or HDMI input con­nec­tion.

Lastly, you’ll need a pro­jec­tor with a VGA, DVI or HDMI input connection.

How Much Does it Cost?

We are in the process of updating costings, but previous machines have been leased from $60 - $75 per month.

How are the Costs Charged?

Media Machines are charged under the ISG rental scheme using the same processes.

Why Can't I Connect to our Local Server?

For those who have an ISG server at your cen­tre, please be aware that due to tech­ni­cal lim­i­ta­tions we can­not cur­rently make a reli­able con­nec­tion to your server dri­ves. Although the machine will some­times pick up the dri­ves and access them using valid cre­den­tials, this is not always the case. There­fore we do not rec­om­mend rely­ing on this as acces­si­ble file stor­age. 

In the mean­time you can use a USB drive or airdrop to trans­fer files to your machine. This is also best prac­tice in live pro­duc­tion and you should always run media from your local machine to elim­i­nate the risk of lost connections.

How do I Get One?

You can request a media machine by mak­ing con­tact with Cre­ative Min­istries directly, or your Corps Offi­cer can do so through the intranet.