Archive for February, 2008

Graphic Design

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Graphic Design

So I’m working on the Powerpoint for Emily’s (My Sister) Bible Teaching Competition Friday for Teen Talent. I made this graphic from scratch for the title slide. I was actually really happy with it, it did take quite a while to get everything right, but yay! I got some of the idea from another graphic I’ve seen, but anyway… Here it is! Let me know what you think!

Title Graphic


So tonight as I sat editing the 5B4 for next week, I decided to snap a few pics and show everyone where all the Video, Graphic and Audio editing takes place for ONEWAY Films, Georgia Tech Films and Adams Studios Films. Also, a list of hardware and software I use at the bottom.
***Also, check this out, it is pretty cool***

My Editing Station

Me Editing

So. Some of my Editing Things (The listed things are the things that are on the desk right now, not counting numerous other video things)…

Custom Built Computer Specs
Intel Core 2 Extreme (4 Core at 3.00Ghz)
4.00 GB of Ram
3- 500GB Hard Drives on SATA for Storage
250 GB Hard Drive for OS
NVida GeForce 8800GTS Video Card
Lightscribe CD/DVD Burner
Several External Hard Drives

Bella Professional Series Avid Editing Keyboard

Avid Mojo

DV Deck for uploading video.

DVX-100A Camera for Some Filming and Uploading

Creative Labs 7.1 Surround Sound System (Awesome for Movies!)

Viewsonic 20″ HD Monitor

Westinghouse 20.1″ LCD Monitor


Avid Xpress Editing System

Adobe Create Suite for Most Editing
Premier Pro CS3
After Effects CS3
Photoshop CS3
Illustrator CS3
Bridge CS3

Sorenson Squeeze for Compression

And of Course— The FUEL to help me keep editing!

Two Decades Old

Posted: February 23, 2008 in Misc.

Well, tomorrow (Sunday) is the big day! I’m turning 20! Wow, I’ve been alive for twenty years. That is quite a while. So as I sit here, I decided to create a list of the accomplishments over the past two decades (In no particular order)….

1. Accept Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour
2. Graduate High School, on-time and with above a 3.8GPA
3. Get into a good college
4. Use the Talents God has given me for Him (In Media)
5. Find great friends and mentors in a Christian Environment
6. Have a loving and caring family
7. Developed and Lead a growing Media Ministry
8. Abstinence
9. Live on my own. In a major city!!
10. Re-Discover what God has planned for my life (at least in part)
11. Be a mirror for Christ in my work and school settings (This can be hard!)
12. Start and Run my own Business
13. Travel to over 30 States and two countries
14. Fly more than either of my parents 🙂
15. Start a Blog 😉
16. I’m sure there are many more… But to spare you from having to read them, I will move on 🙂

Goals for the future.. (In no particular order)
1. Continue to grow in my relationship with Christ
2. Find the Job and Career God has created me for
3. Graduate College
4. Find the loving wife that God has created for me
5. Be able to support myself and my family financially
6. Have children
7. Support and Develop my children Spiritually
8. Continue to have a loving relationship with my family (Parents, Sister etc.)
9. Love the career I’m in and be using the talents and skills God has given me for Him!
10. Be serving either Full Time or Volunteer (A Lot) in a church media team
11. Travel (to name a few): Europe, Japan, Brazil, Egypt, Israel, All of the US
12. Be at least in fairly good physical shape
13. There are many, many more.
14. Go to heaven to be with my Lord, Saviour, Friend, Father and Creator

Hopefully that didn’t bore you to death, if you read it all 🙂
Thanks, and God Bless!

Blake Adams

5B4 Online

Posted: February 22, 2008 in Church Production, Church Videos

Hey Everyone,
Here is last weeks 5B4. The green screen looked GREAT this week! Katelyn did an awesome job this week as well. I think we are finally pulling it all together! Anyway, here is the video, let me know what you think. Also, if you have ideas for future videos to put in there let me know!!!!

Origins of Phrases

Posted: February 21, 2008 in Misc.

In Case you were wondering….
(I found these interesting 🙂

Dirt Poor and Thresh Hold
Way back in the day the floor of most houses was dirt. Only the wealthy had something other than dirt, hence the saying “dirt poor.”
The wealthy had slate floors that would get slippery in the winter when wet, so they spread thresh (straw) on the floor to help keep their footing. As the winter wore on, they kept adding more thresh until when you opened the door it would all start slipping outside. A piece of wood was placed in the entranceway, hence, a “thresh hold.”

Graveyard Shift and Saved by the Bell
England is old and small and the local folks started running out of places to bury people. So they would dig up coffins and would take the bones to a “bone-house” and reuse the grave. When reopening these coffins, 1 out of 25 coffins were found to have scratch marks on the inside and they realized they had been burying people alive. So they thought they would tie a string on the wrist of the corpse, lead it through the coffin and up through the ground and tie it to a bell. Someone would have to sit out in the graveyard all night (the “graveyard shift”) to listen for the bell; thus, someone could be “saved by the bell” or was considered a “dead ringer.”

It’s Raining Cats and Dogs
Houses had thatched roofs — thick straw — piled high, with no wood underneath. It was the only place for animals to get warm, so all the dogs, cats and other small animals (mice, bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof — hence the saying “It’s raining cats and dogs.”

Flowers and Bath Water
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and still smelled pretty good by June. However, they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor. Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water, then all the other sons and men, then the women and finally the children — last of all the babies. By then the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.”

Torch Staff at Creative Church Conference

Posted: February 21, 2008 in Misc.

Hey Everyone,
As some of you know, most of the Torch Staff went to the Creative Church Conference at Ed Youngs Church in Texas this week. If you’re online now, the service is online live. Go to    I haven’t seen Scott, Eric, Mike Thomas, Pastor, Brandi or Bob yet, so keep a watch out!

So I’m reading John C. Maxwells book “Winning with People”. For those of you who don’t know him, he’s one of the best leadership experts today. Anyway, one of the principals I read today is The Number 10 Principal. To sum it up, every leader should look at everyone as though they are a perfect 10. A great quote he included in there was
“Treat a man as he appears to be and you make him worse, but treat a man as if he already were what he potentially could be, and you make him what he should be” -Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe.
I really like this quote. I know from personal experiance that viewing people in this light can really help to develop them. I know there have been several times as I was growing in media that I didn’t really know what I was doing, but instead of the leadership of the ministry just asking me to do something basic, they pushed me to try new things. It is because of this that I am where I am today.
I need to begin using this principal a lot more in my leadership as well. There are a lot of people who may join or be interested in the media ministry who do not know a whole lot about running equipement or producing videos. Sometimes (in the past)… I see these people as people who can contribute to the extent they currently know, and I don’t take time to develop them and see them in their future potential. However, if I begin to take the time to develop them and work with them, and also believe in them, they can become great at what they do and really contribute to the ministry.

So in parting, to all of you who work with me… You are Awesome! You have amazing talents and skills that God has blessed you with, and I pray that you continue to develop them and use them for God. If you ever need anything, please let me know.

There may be more to come as I keep reading.

Also, I have posted some new videos on the Youtube page.
I tried to post How to be a Lady from last week, but it limits me to 10 minutes so I have to re-edit it.

So tonight went fairly well. The decorations ended up looking pretty good, especially the stage. I really like the background, it makes the video stand out really crisp and clear. I’ll post some footage later so you can see what I’m talking about :). It was a whole lot of work preparing for it, and I was only there for today! They had been decorating since Sunday. Anyway, here is the 5B4 from this week. It looks really good, and hopefully it will continue getting better! Thanks to everyone who is involved in making every Wednesday Night Possible, you will never know how much you are appreciated!