House of Worship
Projections, Live webcasts, Cable & IMAG Productions
With its immediacy and power, video has become a central part of many ministries.
You can create inspiring live video with Broadcast Pix systems, whether it be
for projection inside the sanctuary or broadcast on TV or the Internet. Broadcast
Pix systems offer a patented 1-frame delay on genlocked sources, even
when creating picture-in-picture or scaling video, which makes Granite
or Mica a smart choice for IMAG applications. With innovative Fluent workflow tools on every system it's so easy for a
solo operator to create a professional "broadcast TV" look with
cameras, graphics, animations and clips. And many of our church
installations include integrated camera control, giving the operator
complete control of robotic cameras.
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The Cove Church Upgrades to HD Production
with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Video Control Center
The Cove Church in Mooresville, N.C., is using a Granite™ 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center™ to produce image magnification (I-MAG) for its congregation during services, as well as simultaneously stream its services live on the Web and share the live video feed with three campuses across the state. The church began using its new system in mid-October.
Attendance at the main campus in Mooresville, a suburb of Charlotte, averages 3,800 over its four weekend services, with another 900 attendees spread across its North Carolina campuses in Newton, Statesville, and Cornelius. When the church’s aging SD video system needed to be replaced, church officials decided to transition to a full HD production workflow. “We wanted to give our campuses the absolute best quality image,” said Greg Antisdel, director of production.
The Cove Church purchased its Granite 5000 from ClarkPowell in Charlotte, N.C., but designed and installed its own HD infrastructure. The upgraded control room is housed backstage in a room large enough to accommodate up to eight volunteer production team members. Antisdel said the video production team gives people the opportunity to serve the church and help share its message.
Using Granite’s 2 M/E capabilities, the church produces two very different productions. The I-MAG production is designed for the local audience, while the Web/satellite campus version resembles a broadcast production, complete with an announcer, wider shots of the service, and shots from a camera on a jib. “Our goal is not to be a TV production,” Antisdel explained, “but to help you ‘feel’ the venue and feel like you’re part of what’s going on.”
The Fluent™ Clip Store is used for a countdown video before services and a message intro, as well as “life story” videos that are sometimes integrated into services. Antisdel said Fluent Macros were designed for some tasks, so a volunteer TD – who operates the system maybe once a month – does not need to be particularly skilled at switching to get professional results. Fluent-View, the built-in, customizable multi-viewer, populates all sources on two Sharp 70-inch LEDs in the control room.
The built-in Fluent workflow tools, as well as its overall cost effectiveness, made Granite the ideal choice for the Cove Church. “I looked at other switchers, and I still kept coming back to Broadcast Pix. I like the platform,” Antisdel said.
Calvary Chapel Modesto Produces Live Webcasts
with Broadcast Pix Granite Video Control Center
The Calvary Chapel Modesto, based in Modesto, Calif., is using its Granite ™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce live webcasts of its religious services for a growing online audience, while simultaneously delivering an image magnification (I-MAG) presentation across its 17-acre campus.
Calvary Church's Control Room
Calvary Chapel Modesto upgraded to Granite in July 2011, replacing an outdated single-camera SD production system that was installed in 2003. The new Broadcast Pix system was purchased from and installed by Snader and Associates, a full service broadcast and AV system integration company based in San Rafael, Calif. According to Jonathan Kehler, administrative pastor, the advanced HD capabilities of Broadcast Pix were the primary reason for the upgrade.
“The Granite 1000 system has drastically simplified our workflow, enabling us to provide a more interactive experience for our congregation,” said Kehler. “Now, our members can access our religious services online anytime from anywhere.”
A non-denominational church, Calvary Chapel Modesto includes more than 50,000 square feet of buildings spread across its 17-acre campus. With 2,500 members and growing, it offers three services on Sundays and one on Wednesday evenings – all of which are streamed live and can be viewed on the church’s Web site, ccmodesto.com. The webcasts regularly draw up to 1,000 viewers each week from around the world.
Along with three Sony BRC-Z330 pan/tilt/zoom cameras, which are positioned along the back wall of the church to provide multiple angles of the altar and congregation, the Granite 1000 is also used to produce special events such as concerts, conferences, and memorials. Portions of Sunday services are also incorporated into According to the Scriptures, a 30-minute program that features Bible teachings by the church’s senior pastor.
In addition to live video streaming, Calvary Chapel Modesto produces a separate I-MAG presentation for its congregation, sending a native HD signal directly to its Christie projectors and distributing the video to various monitors across campus. “The I-MAG feature was a big draw for us,” Kehler added. “We enjoy having two different live program outputs, so our I-MAG viewers get a different experience than our online audience.”
The church also takes advantage of Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow tools, including the Fluent-View multi-viewer, which Kehler said is easy to customize and helps keep productions organized. Fluent Clip Store is used for sermon illustrations and video announcements, while the built-in Harris Inscriber CG displays scripture references. Lower-third graphics are created in Photoshop and transferred to Granite via the Fluent Watch-Folders. “Fluent Watch-Folders are a convenient way for us to move files into the Granite system and have them easily accessible via our network," said Kehler.
Broadcast Pix’s uncomplicated interface is especially helpful to the church’s production staff, which consists mostly of volunteers who are not extensively trained in video production. “The Granite 1000 system has made the video aspect of our ministry fun again, and has given us endless possibilities for production,” Kehler said. “We’re all about reaching people for Jesus, and we feel the Granite system has given us better tools to do that.”
North Coast Church Uses Broadcast Pix Granite
To Feed ‘Video Venues’ Throughout Campus
The North Coast Church is using a Granite™ 1000 Video Control Center™ to produce HD coverage of services and provide live feeds to multiple “video venues” on its main campus in Vista, Calif. David Hepburn, video production specialist, said 11 of 26 services each weekend are shared live via fiber and HD-SDI to a café and other venues across campus, some of which still require an SD feed.
“The beauty of the Granite for us – and the main reason we bought it – is that it has all the outputs we need,” Hepburn said. “It was a cost effective solution, and a big thing for us was multi-def.” Beyond live campus distribution, the church records several versions of its services for a variety of needs. One feed, for example, provides on-demand streaming for the church’s Web site, www.northcoastchurch.com. (Hepburn hopes eventually to provide live streaming for the Web as well.) The church has satellite campuses in Fallbrook and Carlsbad, Calif., each of which receives a copy of the Vista campus Saturday night service for local playback.
Unlike many other churches that strive to create a broadcast-like presentation of their sermons through multi-camera production, North Coast Church uses a single Sony HD camcorder and simply tracks the pastor. Hepburn said the idea is to make the experience less like watching television and more like being a part of the live congregation.
As a result, Hepburn said, North Coast Church uses minimal graphics and almost no clips during productions. The few lower-thirds that are used are created in Photoshop and easily transferred to the Granite via Fluent™ Watch Folders. “For me, having a switcher that’s connected to my network just makes my workflow simpler,” he added.
In the control room , which is housed in the same building as the main venue, Granite’s built-in Fluent-View feeds two 55-inch LCD monitors. Hepburn said the customizable on-screen layout is simplified for his crew, which is mostly volunteers who have not been extensively trained in video production. “It’s easier for them to see what’s going on and execute properly,” he said.
North Coast Church moved into its current Vista facility in July 2010 and has been using its Granite system since December 2010. The system was installed by VMI, Inc., an integrator with offices in California and Washington. “As a church, we had to be realistic about the costs involved,” Hepburn noted. “Granite – that’s one area where we didn’t have to sacrifice to get a great product.”
Rock Church Produces Live Video Streaming
with Broadcast Pix Granite 5000
The Rock Church and World Outreach Center, based in San
Bernadino, Calif., is using its new Granite™ 5000 integrated live video
production system to distribute live video of its religious
services for a growing Web-based audience, while simultaneously
producing an image magnification (I-MAG) video presentation in its
Rock Church upgraded to Granite in May 2011, replacing a Slate™
system that was installed in 2010. According to Luke Cobrae, Rock
Church’s video director and young adult pastor, the 2 M/E capability of
the Granite 5000 was a primary reason for the upgrade. Both Broadcast
Pix systems were installed by VMI, Inc., a systems integrator with
offices in California and Washington. The Slate replaced an aging Video
Toaster, which had been used since the church relocated to its current
campus in 2003.
Established in 1988 in one of the most impoverished big cities in the
United States, the non-denominational Rock Church has more than 20,000
members and regularly draws up to 7,000 each week for services Wednesday
night, Friday night, Saturday morning, Sunday morning, and Sunday
evening. “Video has always been a want, but budget is always a
challenge,” said Cobrae. “Broadcast Pix completely opened the door for
video production at the church. Our quality instantly skyrocketed.”
The church conducts 10 weekly services; two are streamed live and three others can be accessed at www.rockchurch.com
, while a separate I-MAG presentation is produced for the congregation
in the sanctuary and distributed across the 25-acre campus, which
includes a school, café, and bookstore. The move to Granite also allows
Rock Church to send a native HD signal directly to its two Christie
LW600 projectors for I-MAG in the church, which significantly cut delay.
“Broadcast Pix went out of their way to make sure we were satisfied and
the switcher suited our needs,” Cobrae added. “There’s a big difference
between a studio-in-a-box and a Broadcast Pix system.”
Rock Church typically has a six-camera production for its services,
including two center cameras, a dedicated camera for the singers and
musicians, and a mounted pan/tilt/zoom camera for reaction shots from
the congregation. It uses three Sony widescreen digital SD cameras and a
combination of other cameras, including Panasonic AG-DVX100 and Sony
PMW-EX1 handheld HD cameras. With its integrated frame synchronizers and
multi-definition I/O, Granite seamlessly switches between the various
Rock Church also takes advantage of Granite’s built-in Fluent™ workflow
tools, including Fluent-View, which is used in conjunction with an
Avitech Rainier multi-viewer. Cobrae has replaced the control room’s
black-and-white CRT monitors with LCDs that use Fluent-View to display
color images and much more information.
During services, Rock Church uses the integrated Fluent Clip Store
extensively to provide sermon illustrations and video announcements –
and Fluent Watch-Folders provide an easy way to import announcements or
last-minute graphic changes. Plus, Granite’s external keyer is used to
display lyrics and other graphics from ProPresenter. Cobrae said the
production crew is a combination of volunteers and a small team of
full-time and part-time staff.
Eventually, Rock Church plans to replace its analog and digital SD
cameras with HD studio cameras. Cobrae also wants to explore video
distribution to the other four Rock Church satellite campuses in 2012.
Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 Improves Productions at West Angeles Church of God in Christ
West Angeles Church of God in Christ, located just west of downtown Los Angeles and led by Bishop Charles E. Blake, is one of the largest churches in California, with more than 25,000 members and seating for 5,000. Recently, the church installed a new Broadcast Pix™ Granite ™ 5000 live video production system, which is used to stream live coverage of Sunday services to an online audience of more than 100,000 viewers per week and provide image magnification (IMAG) for the congregation.
Media director Will Hampton works with a staff of four and a group of dedicated volunteers on the four-camera HD production. Prior to its Broadcast Pix installation, West Angeles Church used an analog switcher and a variety of tape formats. Now, Hampton and his team have adopted a file-based workflow and are creating more advanced video productions.
“Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 has made our workflow much cleaner, and allows us to do other things now that we were not capable of before,” said Hampton. “Now we are able to key words over a picture, such as a live shot of our choir performance, while simultaneously showing song lyrics on the screen. This makes for a more interactive connection with our congregation.”
With Granite, Hampton is also able to incorporate footage from a DVD (16:9 or 4:3) into the production, even if new material is submitted at the last minute. “Additionally, we are now able to include Web sites and PowerPoint presentations with audio. Granite allows us to bring multiple signals into our program on Sunday,” he said. “For instance, our pastor has a major National Denominational Church Service during the first week of November in St. Louis. There is an hour between our Sunday morning services, during which people are just arriving to church and awaiting the start of next service. Now, with the Broadcast Pix, our congregation can view that service here in Los Angeles during that time.”
Laguna Designs, located in Placentia, Calif., provided the consoles for the West Angeles installation, while VMI, based in Garden Grove, Calif., designed and integrated the video production system. Bob Bolling, in-house engineer at VMI, said the Granite system helped keep West Angeles Church of God in Christ on budget. “Granite has 12 outputs,” he explained. “This made a huge difference, since it did the work of a large router.”
With the 2 M/E Granite 5000, Hampton feeds the IMAG screens and five stage monitors for the choir and deaf and hard of hearing, along with monitors for Bishop Blake and his wife, First Lady Mae L. Blake. Additional outputs feed the live Web stream, record decks, and various monitors around the building. For monitoring in the control room, the church uses a combination of Granite’s built-in Fluent™-View and an Apantec multi-viewer.
Abundant Life Family Worship Church Improves
Video Production Quality with Broadcast Pix
Abundant Life Family Worship Church in New Brunswick, N.J., has installed a Slate™ 5000 video production system to improve the quality of its multi-camera video production and I-MAG (image magnification) capabilities. Every service at the church is recorded, and one sermon from each week is televised locally on a public access cable station. Abundant Life also streams its services live, and many sermons are available on demand at www.streamingfaith.com.
The Abundant Life control room is located near the entrance of the church and can comfortably accommodate a six-person production team. With volunteer crews, however, audio and video responsibilities are often handled by a much smaller crew. As a result, the built-in functionality of the Slate system has been a lifesaver, according to Dickenson Jean-Louis, sound technician and media director. “It can be a one-man show if we don’t have enough people,” he said. “We love the switcher.”
During productions, Abundant Life relies on Slate’s workflow tools, including the built-in Inscriber CG that is used to produce lower-thirds to identify Bishop George C. Searight and special guests. With Fluent™ Multi-View, the church was able to replace a collection of small CRT monitors with one LCD screen. Plus, Jean-Louis said playing video clips used to be complicated, but Fluent Clip Store has simplified the process. “Now it’s just seamless,” he said. “There’s no problem bringing in video. It’s so convenient.”
Before Abundant Life upgrade
d to its Broadcast Pix system, programs were switched using an old Panasonic analog switcher. Entertainment Professionals Collective, LLC, which is based in Somerset, N.J., served as the dealer and integrator for the project, which was completed last fall. While Abundant Life is still producing its video projects in SD, Jean-Louis said the plan is to upgrade to HD – and continue to use the Slate 5000 – when the congregation moves into its new facility, which is currently under construction.
Broadcast Pix Improves Live Presentations,
Video Productions for Jubilee Christian Center
Jubilee Christian Center in San Jose, Calif., is using the Slate™ 5000 video production system to produce in-house video presentations during services, as well as video productions for television and Internet audiences. Services are streamed live to Jubilee’s Web site, www.jubilee.org , and later broadcast on KTLN, which serves the San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose market (DMA #6), and a leased access channel on the local Comcast cable system.
According to Jordan Forteza, Jubilee media director, the Broadcast Pix purchase was part of an overall migration to a tapeless high definition production workflow. The HD upgrade, co-designed and installed by Ted Foldvary of Dex Systems Engineering, process began last fall, and the new system went live in March. Beyond the Slate 5000, Jubilee invested in five Panasonic AG-HPX500 HD cameras and ProPresenter software for lyric and media presentations during services. Forteza said the upgrade has made a big impact on the quality of their video presentations.
Prior to the upgrade, Jubilee had an outdated, tape-based workflow built around DV and Beta SP formats. Now, three video feeds are recorded directly from the Slate 5000 to an AJA Ki Pro, including a backup recording of the live Internet webcast, a clean feed for the TV program edit, and camera ISOs. Jubilee personnel installed the new Slate 5000, which was purchased through VMI, Inc., in Sunnyvale, Calif.
Video production for each service includes a three-person crew in the control room. An operator uses ProPresenter through one of the Slate 5000’s M/Es to provide IMAG and song lyrics on large screens for the 3,500-seat congregation, while the director runs the live Internet production through the other M/E. The third person on the video crew handles shading, recording, and lights. Audio is handled by a fourth team member, and other team members operate the Panasonic cameras in the main sanctuary – two main cameras at the rear of the church, one handheld in the front, and two on Stanton Jimmy Jibs.
Jubilee uses the HD-SDI output from the Slate 5000 (converted to DVI) to feed the screens in the sanctuary. Forteza said the difference in quality is striking. “It’s like night and day,” he noted. “Our congregation is really dependent on those screens, and all the lyrics and images are so crisp and clean coming from the Slate 5000.”
Forteza said several of the Slate’s Fluent™ workflow tools are used during productions. Instead of a bank of monitors, for example, Jubilee uses Fluent Multi-View to keep track of all cameras, keys, and other sources on a 52-inch Panasonic plasma monitor. Two separate 27-inch monitors are used for preview and program.
Fluent Clip Store is used to manage and play videos, which are frequently used during services. So far, Forteza has only used Fluent Macros to build one picture-in-picture configuration. He literally built the macro during a service; he said it was so easy, he was able to build it on the fly.
“I’m all about efficiency,” Forteza said. “All that automation blew my mind. The Broadcast Pix really fits my world.”
Immanuel Baptist Church Chooses Broadcast Pix to Answer a Variety of Production Prayers
Immanuel Baptist Church in Lexington, KY., broadcasts its Sunday service to thousands of households live on WLEX-TV, the local NBC affiliate. In June, the church installed a Broadcast Pix™ Slate™ 5000 integrated production system to ensure the program looks as polished as possible.
As director of I-Tech ministries at the church, David Probus oversees broadcast, audio, video and lighting for the Immanuel campus, and serves as executive producer of the live television broadcast. He said the church purchased the Slate 5000 in a bit of an emergency situation. One Sunday, the old analog switcher they had been using for the past 15 years locked up on them – while they were on the air.
Probus had been creating a very expensive proposal to upgrade the facility’s video equipment in phases. “It was a messy situation and it sent my proposal ideas into hyperdrive,” he recalled. “We were looking at buying a separate CG system, switcher, clip player, and playback system. Then we happened upon the Broadcast Pix. It had all of that together. It was perfect.”
The reliability of the Slate has been a welcome change for Probus, who took a “let’s pray it comes on today” approach with the old system. “It’s been great to be able to walk in on a Sunday morning and know that everything is going to work,” he said. “I can make any changes I want during our broadcast almost immediately.”
Probus is also enjoying the built-in clip player, which provides easy access to the broadcast’s open and close. “We used to run those through a DVD player,” he said.
“It was a constant battle of ‘Is the DVD cued up?’ With the clip store on the Slate 5000, it’s at my fingertips. We use still store for sermon graphics and general graphics for transition. We even use the logo system to put our logo in the bottom right corner.”In-house video is kept separate from the broadcast during regular services. However, if the church has an event that Probus wants to run from up in the broadcast booth, he has an SDI feed from the Slate 5000 to the projectors. “I can just flip a switch and we’re off and running from the Broadcast Pix system for the in-house,” he said.
The system was installed by Roscor, a Broadcast Pix dealer based in Mount Prospect, Ill. “We’ve been running full force on this system for several weeks now,” said Probus. “I haven’t found anything I don’t like about the Slate 5000. I’m completely sold.”