Church Production names Director Mini in “Top 5 Products for Churches” from NAB 2024

The 2024 edition of the NAB Show just concluded its annual event last month in Las Vegas. Although it’s still not back to its pre-COVID footprint, it’s still a massive show. Even though 2024 numbers have not yet been released, it seemed a bit larger than the 2023 event, which officially attracted over 65,000 attendees and 1,200 exhibitors.

One thing that did seem to increase in 2024 vs 2023 was the number of churches in attendance. Nearly every exhibitor that the Church Production team mentioned had visited said they had already been visited by numerous churches during the show.

With over a thousand exhibitors and tens of thousands of products on display, narrowing their annual “Top 5…” to just five products is a painfully difficult process, and they have named the “Top 5 Products for Churches from NAB 2024.”

The Magewell Director Mini, an All-in-One Production and Streaming System, made Church Productions’ list of the best products from NAB 2024, making the cut of the Top five products!

“We’ve seen all-in-one streaming systems before, but nothing this small, full-featured and affordable. While technically not a new product, the new version 2.4 firmware update to the Magewell Director Mini All-in-one Production and Streaming System essentially reinvents this little unit, and makes it a perfect addition to small and medium sized churches.

The over two dozen new features include support for HTML graphics platforms, network bonding for faster-streaming uploads and more. This, in addition to the existing features that combine multi-input switching, graphics, streaming, recording and monitoring in one compact device.”

New HTML graphics support enables user-specified web pages to be used as graphic overlays in Director Mini. While almost any web page can be incorporated into a production, the benefit of this feature is unlocked when used in conjunction with a live graphics platform that generates real-time HTML-based overlays such as custom scoreboards, news or election graphics.

Director Mini 2.4 also features a beta version of network bonding functionality using technology from U.S.-based Speedify. This feature combines all available internet connections (which can include wired Ethernet, Wi-Fi and an optional USB cellular modem) to optimize network performance and reliability for streaming. Users can connect to one of Speedify’s numerous worldwide bonding server locations and choose the ideal Speedify server pricing plan for their usage requirements.

“Director Mini was heavily praised for its extensive feature set upon its first release, but we’re continuing to expand its capabilities to give our users even more production power, flexibility and value,” says Nick Ma, CEO and CTO of Magewell. “Instant replay and HTML graphics were among the most-requested features by our users, and we’re pleased to deliver them alongside many other enhancements in this new update.”

Existing Director Mini users can update to version 2.4 directly from the device’s touchscreen interface or by downloading the new firmware from the Magewell website.

See the full story in Church Production Magazine can be found here . For more information about Director Mini get in touch with us here