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HD Media in EasyWorship

Lots of users ask if EasyWorship is compatible with High Definition content. The short answer is yes, but the truth is that it’s not a compatibility issue. EasyWorship will play whatever you give it, regardless of resolution or aspect ratio. The real issue comes down to settings and system requirements. If you’re using EasyWorship in an HD environment, here are several things to keep in mind:

1. On your computer’s display settings, make sure your secondary output monitor is set to the appropriate screen resolution. The most common for HD is 1280×720. 1920×1080 may also be an option, just make sure your system requirements and video card are up to it.

2. If you’re set up to display HD media at 1280 x 720, SD media will automatically stretch to full screen when used as a background and letterbox when used as a stand alone video (letterbox is vertical since EasyWorship zooms until the image reaches its first boundary). If you want to play an SD video without the letterbox, right click on the video in the Schedule, select Set Aspect Ratio, and then try the options for Stretch and Zoom to see which one looks best. Zoom maintains the aspect ratio but a little bit of vertical content will get cut off (240 pixels will get cut off of a 640×480 when zooming to 1280×720. 120 pixels off the top and 120 pixels off the bottom.). Stretch maintains the image height while stretching the width to fill the screen. Like Zoom, Stretch works for some videos but not others. Here’s an example of what a typical 4:3 image looks like when it is maintained, stretched and zoomed for 16:9 aspect ratio.

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3. Watch out for HD .WMV files. These can give you problems unless your system is up to it. If you plan on working with these very often, we recommend an NVIDIA G-Force 9600 video card or better and a 3Ghz Intel Dual Core processor or better.

4. For HD system requirements we recommend a 2.8 Ghz Intel Dual-Core or Quad-Core processor, 1 GB RAM or more for XP / 2 GB RAM or more for Vista, SATA 7200 RPM Hard Drive with 8MB cache and an NVIDIA G-Force 8600 video card or better (we suggest NVIDIA chipsets and PCI EXPRESS [x16] if supported by motherboard).

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  • Vítor says...

    Currently, we have a standart definition projector in our church (800×600). However, we are about to buy a new projector and maybe it would be cool a high definition one. Which HD projector would you recommend me with a brightness of aproximately 3000 ansi lumens? Is it worth the price?

    comment added May 22, 2009 @ 5:58 pm

  • Jason says...

    Ben’s enjoying sunny Florida right now so I’ll try to help you out.

    The answer to “is it worth the price” is mostly based on the “other” costs often involved in making the switch. For example, are you running any cameras in your setup? If they’re SD than you’ll probably want/need to upgrade those too. Also, HD (especially 1080) is very processor intensive. Will you need to upgrade hardware? You might consider downloading a 1080 WMV (with a high bit rate) and do a trial run on your current hardware. If it can’t handle 1080, you’ll know pretty quickly.

    We don’t usually recommend brands (there are more qualified people than us for that). But I do recommend that you research online across multiple sites, paying special attention to user feedback & reviews. Good luck in your search!

    comment added May 22, 2009 @ 10:51 pm