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Adding the V to AV for Worship, Part 2

Jul 15, 2010 10:05 AM, With Bennett Liles

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I guess you can put preset shots and all that in there?
Gracyalny: Absolutely, the camera is being controlled by the Vaddio ProductionView Super Joystick, and the joystick can control up to six cameras. Presently we just have the one hooked up to it. So adding additional cameras, we already have the control that’s necessary to have additional cameras built into it and that’s something we like to do is keep it open-ended in our designs for future enhancements. The ProductionView Super Joystick gives you all of the control, manually, of the camera, to choose your shot, but yes, it does store up to 16 presets per camera in there, which is really nice because there’s going to be those shots that you’re going to go for time after time—the pulpit, the lectern, the alter, and it’s really nice to just be able to press a button and just have it go there. [Timestamp: 7:59]

And you said they had an existing audio system already. How did you run the audio from that to the recorders?
Gracyalny: We worked in conjunction with their audio engineer, and we set up auxiliary BUS’s off of their existing mixing console and ran those directly straight into the DVD recorder. By sending it off of an aux BUS on their console, it gave their audio engineer the ability to decide exactly what is being sent audio wise to the DVD recorder and tell her a specific mix to the DVD recorder. [Timestamp: 8:40]

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Adding the V to AV for Worship, Part 1
The Calvary Lutheran Church in Wilmar, Minn., decided to make the move from an all-audio system to include video displays, cameras, and DVD recording and playback....

Oh, that’s good. Just the right amount of versatility just in case they want to slightly change anything, they don’t have to start pulling out wires.
Gracyalny: Correct.

So they’ve got a key pad system they use for control in there and that’s up in the balcony as well?
Benedetti: The key pad controller, I think John was speaking of that, was referring to a 60in. display panel that we have in the Friendship Room. That display in the Friendship Room can be tied into the main sanctuary system or can operate independently as its own discrete presentation system within the Friendship Room. [Timestamp: 9:20]

Sounds like a good versatile system. Now what was the time frame for getting all this stuff in? You obviously had to have a plan and they’ve got probably a lot of things going on in there and a lot of time that you can’t get in there, so how did the calendar look on this thing?
Gracyalny: Calendar for installation was basically, “You guys need to be in here by Monday, and you guys need to be out of here by Friday because we have stuff going on on the weekend.” So it was a tight schedule, we made it happen, we had to work some late hours and stuff, but we’re used to that—whatever it takes, that was our time frame. We just couldn’t be in there on the weekends because they just had too much going on, so we pretty much had to go in there and blast it out from beginning to end in a week’s time. [Timestamp: 10:09]

Well, it sounds like you made it pretty simple, with the remote control and everything. Did you have to provide any training to the people and how did they take to it?
Benedetti: Yeah, we always provide training as part of our installations. That’s one of the key factors in having a successful installation is to make sure that the people that are actually using it are comfortable with it so we do take the time to train all of our customers. [Timestamp: 10:34]

Gracyalny: In this case, the system was set up very, very user friendly because I knew that going in ahead of time what they were looking for in simplicity before the design was even drafted. So when I trained them and showed them exactly what was involved in operating this system and how everything worked, literally within 45 minutes of beginning my training session, everybody there seemed to really have a grasp on it and I completely powered down the system and said to one gentlemen, “OK, it’s Sunday morning, everything’s off, what do you do?” And after 45 minutes of training, he went through everything, turned the system on, powered it on, had it up and running, had a preset on the screen and was ready for service in 5 minutes. [Timestamp: 11:28]

Well, that’s the way it should always work.

And if you’ve got your ducks lined up in a row right the first time, that’s the way it will usually come out. So what is their reaction been so far, from the congregation, the pastors, volunteers, everybody. Have you gotten a lot of feedback on the system?
Gracyalny: From what I’ve been hearing, they’re really enjoying it. It takes their whole worship service to a different dimension. They seem to really be enjoying it. There were a lot of the older congregation—which is very common—that might [have been] a little reluctant for the changes and stuff, but once they saw exactly what it added to their church as well as to the worship services, everybody pretty much got onboard with it and I think it’s a great success that they’re having down there. [Timestamp: 12:18]

Benedetti: We heard back from them, that they’re really thrilled with Graybow’s ability to facilitate and enhance Calvary, to be able to communicate with the congregation and really reach out to the community. We provided them with the new tools and technology that they needed to really have their message seen, heard, and retained. [Timestamp: 12:39]

Well, it’s great when you can put a system in like that and do it as quickly as you were able to do it and have it come out where they just walk in and do what they need to do. That’s always the theory, but sometimes it’s not always the practice. I congratulate you on your installation for the Calvary Lutheran Church and Wilmar, Minn. That’s Graybow Communications, John Gracyalny and Michael Benedetti. Thanks to you both for being here to give us the details.
Yeah, thanks for the opportunity again, Bennett.

Yup, thanks for having us.

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