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Not Built for Video

Jan 1, 2009 12:00 PM, By Dan Daley

How one integrator adapted a Michigan church for better sightlines.

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A Roland Edirol PR-50 video-presentation system with a 17in. touchscreen monitor and DV-HD120 removable hard disk was installed as the primary video source. In addition, an Edirol LVS-400 video switcher is used for the existing cameras. Camera preview is provided with a bank of three 5.6in. monitors, while program and stage monitoring is shown on a bank of two 8in. screens installed in a desktop rack.


While most of Calvary Church's distributed sound, PA, and signal processing remained in place, Parkway vigorously recommended updating the church's aging analog console with a digital mixer. Several boards were considered, but in the end, the church opted for a DiGiCo D5 console after seeing it in operation at another church facility Parkway had been involved with.

Zandstra says church officials liked the fact that the board could deliver 96 inputs and doesn't rely on mouse-based operation. “This church, like many, still relies on volunteers, and the DiGiCo is easier to operate for someone with live-sound experience rather than recording-studio experience,” he says.

VandeHoef adds that the DiGiCo's audio transport is based on multichannel audio digital interface, which can be run over coaxial cabling.

“That let us abandon the whole long [audio cable] snake split for a much simpler wiring proposition,” he says. It also allowed for multiple inputs on the stage connected directly to the console via a DiGiCo input box — which also houses an Aviom card, allowing the console to also provide a monitor mix to the Aviom system used by the house band.

The new video system and upgrades to the audio and control systems took place over a six-week period in 2008, though VandeHoef says that most of the actual installation and integration work took place in the last few days of the job.

“What came before that was mainly checking on how the schedule of the construction work was going, but in the end, that was important too,” he says. “Planning is what makes it work.”

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