Team Night June 2019

Team Night June 2019


Team Nights

As we are starting up Team Nights again, we just want to remind everyone that these are a mandatory part of the production team. We will be doing these quarterly

2019 Team Nights
Sept 10th
: Team Night in the Discover Room (VV)
Dec 3rd: Production Christmas Party in the Discover Room (VV)

2019 Team Nights
Jan 7th:
Team Night in the Discover Room (VV)

Section Meetings
We will start implementing section meetings to focus more on training and development.
….more info to follow regarding section meetings.


We have been having difficulty with team members being late on the weekends. Please make sure you are on time. If Call Time is at 330 (for video), we would like to going through the production team promptly at 330. So be 5-10 minutes early, account for time walking from parking lot or entering into the building or the Starbucks line.


We are 22 years old going on 23 years.  God is doing great things at our church. We have seen consistent growth as well as campuses launched in the last few years and it does not look like we will be slowing down. In the last 18 months we have launched 2 churches and 1 campus. In the next 18 months we will be launching two brand new campuses for East Bay and Napa, as well as TFH Oakland 2020 and Midtown Sac 2021.

With expansion in mind we want to shift from being a ministry that does training, to a development ministry mentality. We want to develop ourselves personally, and also invest in others to develop their potential. This is going to help us be more fulfilled as a team.

1. Fulfillment happens when we do what we do in our instruments and in our craft.
2. Fulfilling to take 2-3 people with us.


Taking personal responsibility for creating a culture where

WE are lovers of Jesus before the craft.

WE take responsibility for our growth in our technical & creative gifts.

WE are diligent stewards of the resource entrusted to our hands.

WE value and guard the unity within our team.

WE look out for each other, understanding we are not just team but family.

WE know our team on the platform by name and pre-empt their needs.

WE seek to understand the atmosphere where we serve.

WE are always prepared by knowing what’s required of us in our roles.

WE know how to respond under pressure.

WE are big picture focussed and able to think beyond our roles.

WE are committed to excellence, outworked through an excellent spirit.

WE are always looking for ways we “can” rather than reasons we “can’t”.

WE understand communication is more than just speaking and listening, but the spirit with which we do both.

WE are not bystanders when we see a problem, but are part of creating a solution.

WE understand we are not just here to serve, but to receive everything God would have for us.

LA1 Sermon Video Exports

LA1 Sermon Video Exports

The new process for sermon backup videos will be to export the files directly from the LA1 decoders at each campus.  Here is the process to export the video from LA1.  Every weekend, each campus will need to reformat the flash drive provided to make room for the next sermon video.  See below for instructions on reformatting.

Exporting from LA1 Decoder

Insert flash drive into USB slot on the front of the LA1 decoder.

Go to the events tab.  Highlight the event you would like to export, and press 'Select Event'

Don't clear the cache 

Select 'Export', this will open a window.  On export window, select start and end times.  In TFH's case it will be M&G and Campus Dismissal. 


Double click on the Samsung USB drive until you see (parent folder) then click 'export'.

A window will popup showing your export progress.

Once the video has been exported to the flash drive, insert the flash drive into the Mac, drop in this weekends folder (ie: ~TFH Media/Weekend Services/April/1-2)

From this weekends folder, drop into ProPresenter

Reformatting the flash drive

You'll use disk utility to reformat the flash before exporting every weekend.

Open disk utility, the easiest way to get to disk utility is using spotlight (command + space keyboard shortcut) or click on the magnifying glass in the upper right hand of the screen. Type in 'disk utility, highlight the app, and hit enter.

In the disk utility window, select the 'Samsung USB' as highlighted in the picture.  Then click the erase button.  Keep 'Samsung USB' as the name.  Format as (EXFAT) and hit erase.

Once the reformatting is complete, you are able to insert into LA1 decoder.

Napa: NEW Overflow/POV Camera

Napa: NEW Overflow/POV Camera

Just installed was a better camera to display a video feed of the auditorium to the campus TVs during live elements of service.

When there emphasis of service is on stage (ie. worship, announcements, live preaching, transition) we'll want to take CAM on the "extron" output of the TV One so that overflow areas, cry rooms can see the actual serice

Below are the steps to setup the camera for services.:

1. Turn on camera

Locate the power button on the right side of the camera.  Slide the power switch to "on".

2. Turn on Blackmagic Video Asssist

Power on the Video Assist by holding the power button.  Video feed will not pass through to control room unless Video Assist is powered.

3. Check Camera Iris and Focus Controls

Set Focus to Automatic
SET Iris to Manual

Camera Iris level is indicated by the "F" Number on pop out screen.  To adjust iris, use the "iris" wheel on the Varizoom camera controller pictured below.

4. Center Camera Stage Wide

The position of the camera should be horizontally between the stage uprights....try not to cut off BGVs as this positioning will slightly change every service.  Zoom might need to be adjusted.  Use the Varizoom controller (pictured above) to adjust zoom

5. Set input on Blackmagic Hyperdeck Record: Set input to SDI/RCA

Live camera feed will not be passed THROUGH the Hyperdeck unless you set the input on the recording Hyperdeck.

Baptism Shots

Baptism Shots

Effective immediately, we are changing how we transition into baptisms

Camera 8

Positioning of Camera 8 position themselves 5-6 back from the baptism tank. The idea is that ops would not need to move and setup a shot when the baptism doors open, but ops would have the ability to have the shot immediately when doors open.  There is a seat that’s been removed from the front row for camera ops to stand and not block anyone’s view.  (see pic)

Ops should start wider and adjust zoom live.

For multiple baptisms, ops should zoom out to allow for room, and zoom back into MC



We will NO LONGER be using PTZ2 as a transitionary shot.  The ONLY camera to on screen during baptisms should be Cam8.  Rely and call out camera framing to your camera 8 ops.

TDs should go from MC on stage straight to camera 8.  Not juggling multiple cameras for baptisms should make it a bit easier to transition from camera to “i have decided” slides.

See video for example.

Black Magic Audio Monitor

Black Magic Audio Monitor

With moving to streaming we have added a Blackmagic Design Audio Monitor at all campuses to preview audio before any source goes live.

Solo Left/Right: "Solo" left/right channel of audio.
CH Up/CH Down: Changes the "channels" of audio embedded.  
AES and SDI have more than two channels of audio embedded on the sources.  AES will take up to 8, SDI will take 16.  When TFH starts streaming worship leaders from site to site for special events, 16 channels of audio will be sent from Vacaville.
Mute Button: Mutes Audio
Volume Knob:  Increases/decreases volume.
Input: Changes sources of audio

Below is a list of sources for all  campuses.


SDI: Stream. (SDI source will also display video on thumbnail preview)
Hi-Fi: Preview Audio. (soon)
Analog: CG System (soon)
AES: Not currently being used.

East Bay

SDI: Stream. (SDI source will also display video on thumbnail preview)
Hi-Fi: Preview Audio. (soon)
Analog: CG System (soon)
AES: Not currently being used.


Hyperdeck 4
Hi-Fi: Producer Mac Mini
Analog: Stream Decoder (soon)
AES: Not currently being used.

SDI: Stream. (SDI source will also display video on thumbnail preview)

VV: New Hazer - MDG ATMe

VV: New Hazer - MDG ATMe

We just purchased and installed a new hazer at the VV Campus.  This hazer is very different from the DF-50s and requires a startup and shutdown procedure before and after use.

Things to note about the ATMe:
-CO2 based hazer, need to set PSI on an external tank.  This makes the hazer quiet.
-Variable output of haze, not just a "FULL ON' hazer.
-Multiple steps to get haze to output.


The startup and shutdown process must be followed to avoid DAMAGE to the unit.


1.  Open CO2 tank.
Open CO2 tank by turning the knob directly over the tank to full open.  The guage on the right will start to increase.

2. Set CO2 Regulator to 60 PSI
Set the PSI on the CO2 tank regulator to 60PSI.

3. Turn on main power on unit.

4. Turn on "ATMe Relay" cuelist playback on console.
On page 3 of the cuelist playback button there is a relay for the ATMe, this is located next the the "relay" for all of the lights.  This will turn on the heat exchanger for the hazer.  After about 8 minutes the hazer will be ready to produce haze.

5. Haze ON/OFF - The turn on "FOG" playback
The old "FOG" button toggles haze output "On/Off".  Once the heat exchanger has warmed up, haze output will start once enabled.  

6. Haze output
Haze output is located on fader "Bank 6".  Play the cue, and adjust output.  Use full output for 20-30m.  Then scale back to 2-3% on the fader to maintain level of haze.

Shutdown procedures.

1.  Turn Down Haze Fader

2. Turn OFF "FOG" cuelist - wait 1m before next step

3. Turn OFF ATMe relay - wait 5m

4. Close CO2 Tank Valve

5. Close CO2 Regulator valve

6. Turn ATMe main power off

Napa: Baptism Settings

Napa: Baptism Settings

Napa will be running baptisms during service on the last weekend of the month.  To accomodate the needs we have re-aimed a "Baptism Light" and updated the Hog console and the Doug Fleenor Preset 10.


When running a service with baptisms.  There is one preset that adds a baptism light in.  Scene 3 (which was Worship Yellow) has the baptism light added.  Make sure NOT to use scene 3 for any other part of worship or any other weekend as that scene will have a spot over the crowd.


When running baptism services, there have been two 'scene' added that will turn the baptism light on and off.  The baptism light will not turn on and off with any other scene.

TD/CG: New Sources

TD/CG: New Sources

Starting this weekend we've changed up how we're running sources for weekend services, there is also the addition of a 2nd confidence monitor in our system.

PROD CG: For the most part, ALL content for services (apart from sermon slides) will be ran from Production CG system.  No more switching between clips and production CG for content.  EVERYTHING apart from the sermon will come from Production CG.  No more trying to discern when to take Production CG and when to take clips.

The only outlier will be videos during the message, any sermon video will still be from Production CG.  TDs will need to take "PROD CG" when displaying this content.

IMPORTANT IF KEY1 is ON, whatever displayed on PROD CG will OVERLAY OVER live output.

STAGE MAC:  The Stage Mac will run all slides for the sermon.  Having a machine strictly dedicated to run sermon slides will make it an easier transition for when we run lyrics at the end of a service, or

2CONF:  This is a second confidence monitor strictly displaying content from the STAGE MAC.  TDs/CG ops will not be able to change the source feeding 2 CONF.  There is a preview on the multiview of 2Conf in the upper left hand window.

The content on 2CONF will display up and next for sermon slides.

STG DISPLAY: The stage display now has the addition of "video countdown clock" color coded to cyan.  When a video is playing from ProdCG the clock will countdown to 0:00 on the video making for a better transition for all of our op.

Zoom/Focus/Iris Control for Mobile Cam Monopod

Zoom/Focus/Iris Control for Mobile Cam Monopod

We've recently purchased an outboard Zoom/Focus/Iris controller the mobile cameras while mounted the monopod.  This will help zooming and adjusting iris while maneuver the camera while attached to the monopod (especially during baptisms).  See the illustration below for an overview of controls.

A couple important things to note.

1.  Connect Cables:  Once the camera is mounted to the monopod, connect the cables into "remote camera" section on the camera (illustrated below).

2.  Adjust automatic switches:  This unit will override the automatic iris and focus settings on the camera itself.  Once the varizoom controller is plugged in set the automatic switches accordingly.

Wireless Clear-Com Headsets

Wireless Clear-Com Headsets

Mobile Camera Ops will use wireless Clear-Com pack as opposed to the wired com packs for ease of use.

Channel B:
Camera team communication

Channel A: (Channel D on normal coms)
Communication with stage hands and monitor engineer.

Clear-Com wireless packs and batteries are stored in the production closet on the shelf underneath the mobile cameras.

Batteries need to be installed at the beginning of the weekend and charged at the end of the weekend.  


Battery charge is 8+ hours so there is no need to charge in between Saturday and Sunday.  The indicator for the "time remaining" of charge is in the upper right hand corner.  

The power button is located on the rear of the pack

There are two separate "volume" knobs and "talk" buttons for both A and B.  Again,  Ch B: Camera team, Ch A; Stage hands/Monitor Engineer.

PCO: Personal schedule

PCO: Personal schedule

At the turn of the quarter, TFH Production staff will email out an excel spreadsheet of the entire quarterly schedule.  However, due to one reason or another, the schedule may change.  The most updated version of the schedule will ALWAYS be planning center.  Please stay up to date on individual schedules.

To view your schedule, log into Planning Center Online.

Once you login, the landing page to PCO will have an area titled "my schedule". This shows the upcoming dates team mates are scheduled for.  This will show in both browser and app version of PCO.


This information is also located in your PCO profile.

  1. Click on your name in the upper right hand corner.
  2. Click on profile
  3. under the dates portion, click the dropdown menu, and click upcoming

This will display your "upcoming plans" or dates you're scheduled to serve.

On the app;

  1. Swipe the app to the right to show the menu.  This will display upcoming plans.
  2. -OR- click on your name
  3. Click Schedule

PCO allows you to subscribe to schedules and add them to calendars on your phone or gmail.

From your PCO phone app, open the side menu
Click "link to cal"
Give PCO access to the calendar
Make sure calendar is shown.


08-06-2016:  New Doc

PCO: Team Contact Info

PCO: Team Contact Info

Recently we've had a few questions of how to get team contact info, the answer is Planning Center.

Web Browser

1.  Log into Planning Center Online (PCO)

2. Click the "people' tab at the top of the screen

The 'people' page brings up a master list of anyone who serves at TFH.  You can type a name directly or choose positions.

3.  Sort by position is by far the easiest way to find a team member by position.  Scroll down the page until you see "production" on the left side of the page.  Simply click the position to filter those team members.

The page will sort all people by position, and will indicate in yellow at the top of the screen

Phone App

1.  Open up the side menu, and click on the "People" tab.

2.  Click the filter button to find categories.

3. Select the category 'Production' then positions and hit done.  The list of team members tagged with that position will be listed.

VV: Clear-Com Channel List

VV: Clear-Com Channel List

Clear com in Vacaville should be used in the following format

FOH Lighting/FOH CG channel  

TD/Producer/Cams communicating cues and cameras shots for service.
Wireless pack Channel B

FOH Engineer will be on channel C.  Flash if needed.

Monitor Engineer (Green Room/Speakers lounge when active)
Wireless pack Channel A will also be on this channel when stage hands are in use.


Service Recap 01.16-17

Service Recap 01.16-17

Hey Team-

Just wanted to say well done to all of you.  We've had a lot of fantastic weekends.

Baptisms Weekly

If you were at church this weekends you'll notice that we started doing baptisms mid service.  

The why:
Being able to celebrate weekly with those who are coming to know Jesus is HUGE, not only for those who are experiencing life change, but also for those in the crowd who have yet to make that step.  There is the power in your testimony.

The how:
How we'll accomplish our camera work during this time is to have a wide shot ready.  

TD:  Cut between 2 and Mobile Op.  Mobile for almost everything, Cam 2 when the subject is getting out of the tank.

Cam 2 Op.  When the subject is walking out of the tank we'll cut to Cam 2 as a filler shot.  Cam 2 will need to be on a wide shot.  The point of the wide shot isn't to have good details of the subject, it's to avoid any of the weirdness associated with wet clothes sticking to people

Mobile Op.  Mobile cams will walk over to the tank and hug the left side of the opening.  When Pastors are on the mic grab a wide shot but when the person being baptized is reading their testimony card, Mobile (Cam 8) needs be tight on the subject sitting in the tub.  The first shot is too wide, what we want to avoid as any shot of legs in the frame  Shot 2 is better, however we'd like to get even closer, see the red box in shot 3 as an example.

Worship IMAG

In review of some recent footage, make sure that we are hard cutting shots for the fast songs of worship.

Tripod Ops;  When pushing and pulling, we should try and match tempo of the song.  On some of the shots during 'The Way" our shot composition didn't quite match the tempo.

Start Times and Countdown Clocks

These have been updated for every campus including our new format for Saturday's in Napa.

September 2015 Team Night Recap

September 2015 Team Night Recap


We've had one heck of a summer of events, A LOT of work, and A LOT of fun.  Thanks to all those who served for every event.  We don't have too many shots of EVERYTHING that happened, but here are some.


These business items are points that need to be addressed ASAP, please make sure you read the following and adopt into your life of serving.


It's hard to believe that the East Bay campus is 2 years old this November.  It's awesome to be a part of a church that's healthy, because healthy things grow.  Our EB campus is growing and starting the 20th we'll be at 2 services.  Props to all of our EB crew for making it happen.  (Dave Johnson, Josh Brooks, Wilbur Urrutia, Roland Engle, Kelly Beardall, David Mallory, Daniel DaSilva)

At every service block and every campus there is a rally before service.  These rally’s are intended to help us be in unity with one another as we do weekend services.  As production, the Saturday PM is the toughest to get to as soundcheck is still going on, but if soundcheck is finished then we will make sure to be at the rally's

VV: Sat PM 515, Sun AM 800, Sun PM 530
EB: 930 (until the 20th)
NA:  800

1.)  Please make sure to check all camera’s prior to service (including the marshall cams).  We want to make sure they are all functioning, white balance, and static cam angles are good.

2.)  Mobile Cams should focus on shots that no other shot can get.  With the install of the marshall cams se should not use MC as a low center shot on stage or a keys shot.  See the two shots below.  They are very similar and does not give the TD a variety of shots.

Make sure that at every service the audio and video is launched in unison.  Audio should not be faded in 5-10 seconds after the countdown has started.  I’ve noticed that the best practice seems to be those who already have the fader up at playback volume, and then fade walk-in music down instead of a cross fade.

From now on, haze should not be used at the 830 service.

We haven't pushed a dress code too hard.  But let's start tightening up our dress while we're serving.  Please remember that as long as we're serving, we are representatives of the church.  See the link below for our dress code.

Thank you for those of you who get your shifts covered in a timely manner.  Please remember that there are certain positions that SHOULD NOT have multiple volunteers in one Sunday morning without prior authorization from Production Managers.  These positions are the following:

Tech Director
Graphic Operator
Lyric Operator
Lighting Designer
Audio Engineer

New Building

The new building is just months away.  Hope you guys are excited.  We'll be doing a tour sometime in October, and start training in November.   Dates TBD on that.

Service and Call Times

Call Times:   Sat 330 | Sun 800
Service Times:  Sat 600 | Sun 900 | Sun 1100

How Services Will Work

Once in the new building, we'll be partnering with worship and organizing our services in such a way that the SAME set list, SAME arrangement of songs, SAME flow of service, and SAME teams run services.  Being in unity with worship teams will help take our production and weekend experience to a new level.

Full rehearsals will take place Saturday, call time being 330.  

800 Gear Check
815 Rally
830 Greet in lobby
852 At Positions
900 Service Begins

330 Soundcheck, rehearsal, and run through will occur.
500 Dinner break (green room)
515 Rally
530 Greet in lobby
552 At positions
600 Service Begins

New Positions

There will be 3 new positions launched that will be less technical but very much needed.

This position will monitor incoming communication from pastors via chat, manage planning center live during services, record on devices, etc.

Stage Hands
Will be used to move things on and off stage during the duration of the night.

The shader will check and match iris on all cams on the fly (except mobile cams).


Positions will not continue to exist in the same fashion.  The new building will only have 2 screens immediately.  With that in mind we will not be continuing to do CG motion graphics during worship services.  LO/GO positions will be combined into a new 'CG' position.  This position will utilize two Macs; 1) to throw text over video, 2) to playback announcement videos.

TD's will now be responsible to switch ALL content on screen, including CG, and not just camera shots.

New lighting console will be the Martin M6.  Napa and EB will still utilize Hog4PC

Audio will be broken up into 2 positions 1) FOH Engineer 2) monitor Engineer.

Locations of Positions
Once in the new building, locations of certain positions will change.

FOH (Front of House):  FOH Audio Engineer, Lighting Designer
Production Control: TD, Shader, CG, Communication
BOH (Back of House):  Monitor Engineer, Stage Hands

Production control illustrated below

Team Night is the MANDATORY monthly team meeting of The Father's House Production Crews.  We meet on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 7pm


Audio: Audio Hi-Jack

Audio: Audio Hi-Jack

We have simplified how to record sermons and people speaking. The record feeds have been directly routed into the interface going to the computer.

Now all you need to do is open Audio Hijack from the quick launch bar on the bottom of the screen.

Then select which ministry it is for (GenLife, Corporate Prayer, Women's Ministry, etc.).

Then just hit record and it will automatically start recording.

MAY Team Night Recap

MAY Team Night Recap

May Team Night was AWESOME.  Here are a couple takeaways from the night

Just wanted to encourage every member of TFH Production that we aren't just 'techs' on the weekend, but we are Curators..

Curator :: one who arranges elements in time & space in order to create an environment & tell a story.

We GET to tell the great story of our God's love for us through the different forms of media (Audio, Video, Lighting, Projection).  It's all so that people get to encounter Jesus.

FOH Breakouts

Weekly TFH Production (and the church at large) are always trying to push excellence to the next level.  There are three things we MUST work on for all of us to grow together.

Preparation // Execution // Cultivation



Preparation is KEY.  With any technical position, preparation sets the standard for our success.

  • Know the songs
    Listen through the songs on PCO BEFORE coming to church
    Check the current pages before serving
  • Know the content
  • Expect the worst
    plan your shows understanding that there is always a chance for error
  • Make a mental checklist for yourself
    if there are things you constantly space on, “i always forget to…” make a reminder, write it down.


  • Coordinate your visuals with your lighting designer or have him/her choose the slide looks for worship to set the lighting up for success. Lights and screen visuals should always match.
  • Does the color meaning match or support the meaning of the song?
  • Does the visual energy of this worship background match the tempo of the song?
  • Does this worship background fit contextually into this song, the service and the community?
  • Does this worship background make the lyrics difficult to read and if so, what needs to be changed to make them easy to read?
  • How does the background enhance the song?


  • Are all of our systems started up
  • Do i have signal going to every display (LOs: Conf, etc) (GOs: Lobby, Cry Rooms, etc)
  • Worship Lyrics…always check for funky formatting


Once we've prepared, executing well in the show is important.  Here are some ways we can execute well.

  • Lighting and CG changed at major song breaks (ON BEAT)
  • Lyrics stay 'on it', always switching to next slide 1-2 seconds BEFORE the next slide is sang.
  • Mix engineer ready for BGV's verse/guitar solo's etc


the process of trying to acquire or develop a quality or skill.

Cultivate your skill and passion by reading and exposing yourself to more than just what we have at TFH.

APRIL Team Night Recap

APRIL Team Night Recap

Another team night come and gone...thanks to our team for attending.  Team Nights are hugely important to unity and community for our team.  I would go as far to say that TN is our life blood.

Easter 2015

Easter was AWESOME this year...thanks to those who serve.  Here are a few stats:

  • 3 Campuses
  • 12 Services
  • 6 Rehearsals
  • 8500+ in attendace
  • 250+ salvations


Thanks for sharing in our interactive portion this week.  Here are the answers to "If i knew then what i know now, i would have....."

  • I would have joined the team earlier
  • Gotten involved sooner
  • When you mess up, just laugh it off and keep moving forward
  • Keep away from the "recall" button during service.
  • I would have checked the batteries in the wireless mic's
  • You have to learn not to laugh when Pastor made everyone else laugh, because you will be shaking the camera.
  • I would not drink coffee or Rockstar before service.
  •  That you can play the videos in slow motion on purpose..& even NOT on purpose!
  • Don't let your knee hit the power switches in the middle of service
  • EG 2013, if I knew that audio was connected to a video even though the video switched to transparent...I would not have hit F1...
  • Don't stress. You'll get the hang of GO and it'll become second nature. Plus it's fun and the people are... Alright I guess... =P


Currents page on site.
check the currents page before serving...all the latest updates you need to know will be in this section.