3 Ways To Get More Mileage Out of Your Motions

By September 28, 2017 March 15th, 2019 9 Comments
3 Ways to Get More Mileage Out of Your Motions

Motion backgrounds are the perfect way to add an extra element of creativity to your worship services. Want to get more use out of your background videos or bring more variety? Here are three creative ways to get more mileage out of your motions:

1. Shift The Hue of Your Motion

Changing the hue of your background can create a series of themed videos very easily. Although not every hue change will work perfectly, you should be able to find a few new color variations from most motions. One example of how this could be used is by displaying one color in the verses of your song and another during the chorus or bridge.

 Background From The September 2017 CMG Pack

2. Flip Your Image Vertically or Horizontally

You will be surprised how flipping your motions can drastically change the look of your background. In the example below, you can see how a vertical flip took the arrows from moving up to pointing down, which changes up the symbolism and feel.

 Background From The September 2017 CMG Pack

3. Shift From Color To Black and White

Similar to changing the color of your motion is removing the color altogether. This can be a great effect for intimate moments in your worship service. You can also create a powerful moment by transitioning from greyscale to color when the tempo picks up in a song.

Background From The September 2017 CMG Pack

How you ever used any of these techniques? Let us know by leaving a comment below!


  • Waukee Christian Church says:

    Using PowerPoint, how do I overlay text on top of a motion graphic?

  • Isaac Denton says:

    Have used changing from color to black and white. Gave it a great feel and felt new.

  • Eric North says:

    Unfortunately not all presentation software has the option to do this. In suggesting this idea what software did you have in mind?

  • Westmariner says:

    That is the life long dream of PowerPoint. Its easily done by putting a video into the background. Problem and challenge is that every change of slide (lyrics) restarts the video. Hence a partial reason Worship Software was born.

  • Westmariner says:

    Propresenter is their software of choice, but Media Shout, and several others can do this as well. Usually in media properties or slide properties the option may be found.

  • Zack Oshlick says:

    Try out the software ‘worship extreme’. It’s free and can handle more of the creative features that PowerPoint can’t. I’ve worked with it a bit and it’s got potential! Especially if you can’t afford propresenter or media shout.

  • Eric North says:

    Yeah, Propresenter is pretty flexible but I’m committ for now to Easy Worship. Although you have some design flexibility, so far features like what was described aren’t available yet

  • Zontrey Thomas says:

    I’m a Propresenter user also, but i’m used to editing items ahead of time. If you plan ahead you can use any video or graphic editing software such as after effects, premiere, photoshop, etc. to render these items in advance.

  • Eric North says:

    Thanks Zontrey. For me it comes down to cost effectiveness. If it’s not built into the program I probably wouldn’t buy something like after effects just for that. I do agree though that creating options ahead of time would be the way to go. In Easy worship you can create boxes for text, for example, and do overlays but not on the fly. Maybe in the future they will add feature like you have in ProPresenter or Media Shout. That said I would trade how dead simple it it to hand off Easy Worship to someone than extra editing features.

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