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Choosing a stage television

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Choosing a stage television

Once you decide that you need one next, you’ll need to go about choosing a stage television. Here’s what you should look for:

-How big should the screen be?
It can be both too big and too small. For most applications, I’d aim for 42-60″.

-Glossy vs. matte
Glossy will give you better looking black levels. It also reflects light, sometimes causing problems. Pro tip: Use a mirror placed where the TV will go and see if your cameras (or congregation) are blinded by lights in that location, if so, figure out a solution.

Matte stage televisions won’t look as good, but will have fewer issues with reflected light.

  • Smart tv vs. not
    You don’t really need smart tv functions, and they could cause problems, so feel free to pass, if you have the choice.
  • VGA and HDMI connections
    In 2017, VGA isn’t necessary anymore. As much as I hate HDMI for production applications, it’s what most devices you’ll be integrating will use. So, make sure you have that, but if it also has VGA, that’s not a bad thing. That way, you’ll be prepared if a guest speaker brings an older laptop, etc.
  • Brand
    I won’t recommend specific brands, but steer clear of “really good deals” on no name brands. Often the “good deal” will mean that you’ll be upgrading sooner than you’d like.
  • Mounting points
    This is pretty standard, but make sure you have VESA mount points on your stage television. Also, make sure the stand can be easily removed.
  • Additional features (professional color correction, wired remote/ip or serial control)
    Unless you go with a professional monitor, you probably won’t have these, but it’s better to have them and not need them, than need them and not have them, all other things being equal.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.