One of the most popular and effective uses of video loops is to project them behind song lyrics. Let’s assume you already have the computer hardware and software to pull this off. We’ll focus on what makes combining worship video backgrounds and song lyrics compelling. Do this right and you’ll have the congregation eyes locked to the screen until the last verse is sung.
First, choose an attractive video background that matches the message, tempo or mood of the song. When matching the message find a background that contains a symbol or image of that message. For example, when using the song “The Old Rugged Cross,” choose a background that includes a cross. “Rock of Ages” lyrics would match up well with mountain video footage. Beautiful, awe-inspiring nature footage is always appropriate when singing songs like “Amazing Grace” or “How Great Thou Art.” Another way to effectively combine your video loops to lyrics is to focus on the tempo or mood of the song. If the song is a fast tempo, contemporary song, choose an energetic and lively video loop. On the other hand, a traditional song calls for a slow moving, subtle video background.
Second, choose text that is easy to read when projected. Style, size, and color are the main factors to consider. When choosing the style, san serif fonts like Arial or Helvetica are perfect for projection. They don’t have little feet on each character like serif fonts such as Times Roman. Avoid the little feet. They are more difficult to read on the big screen. Also, avoid using italicized text for the same reason. Once you pick a style, use it throughout the song. Consistency will keep your congregation engaged. Changing the style in the middle of the song can be distracting. The size of the text is another important factor in legibility. Always use a font size 24 or higher. Any smaller and your congregation will have to strain to see it. Finally, use color to create contrast between the song lyrics and the video background. Use dark text on a light background and light text on a dark background.
In our increasingly visual society, images and symbols have become more powerful than words alone. You have an opportunity to enrich the worship experience of your church. Combine moving backgrounds and song lyrics properly and you’ll keep them singing.