Church sound

Bill Davidsen davidsen at
Wed Mar 18 17:38:12 UTC 2009

Tim wrote:

>> Most people don't find any match between "low/no budget" and "stand-alone 
>> recording equipment" since Fedora users have a computer but may not have all 
>> that other stuff.
> In the trade "no budget" doesn't mean zero money, it probably means you
> have little money, and that you don't have a preallocated budget.
> Putting a DVD recorder, even a HDD+DVD recorder, into a place is cheaper
> than putting a computer there.  The rest you need regardless (camera,
> microphones, whatever else).
Well, this *is* a Fedora list, so you can pretty much assume that almost 
everyone will have a computer, and a DVD burner. That's what I meant, "use what 
you have" is the choice. And for many students and young family adults "no 
budget" may mean zero money indeed, with anything over the cost of the media 
being unaffordable.

>> In particular the benefit of a separate CD or DVD burner escapes me,
>> since there are easy to use tools for creating anything from VCD, 
>> thru SVCD to DVD, and audio CD formats are easily created.
> The benefit of standalone video gear is generally that it "just works".
> There's no fiddling around trying to figure out what to do with the
> software, which of the gazillion options you need or should never use.
> No time consuming importing and rendering.
I do a fair bit of recording, and I suspect that "just works" implies "works for 
what the vendor thought you should want." The lack of those million options 
becomes an issue if your goals are the same as the manufacterer.

If I video a wedding (as example) I will want to shoot 720i and have that as my 
reference, even though I need to connect to something capable to display it, 
typically computer monitor or HDTV via HDMI. Then after editing there will be a 
downsize for DVD, one to about 640x480 to share with friend and upload to 
youtube, and a 320x240 in avi or wmv format for their website so people with 
limited bandwidth can view, or see on phones. And maybe a version in SVCD 
because that's cheaper media to give to a lot of people.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen at>
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