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Fast-track Worship Install, Part 2

Jan 17, 2013 10:02 AM, With Bennett Liles


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I think they have a projector and screen in there, so how do they use that? Do they put up song lyrics or use it for IMAG or what?

Schmidt: They use it mostly for lyrics during worship and then they can put teaching slides up there as well for the pastor’s sermon. [Timestamp: 4:38]

OK and I guess that’s front projection they’re using?

Schmidt: Yes, we did a 16x9 screen and we installed it in the darkest area of the sanctuary. We also made sure that the overhead lights were on a separate dimmer so that they didn’t wash out the videoscreen. [Timestamp: 4:53]

How do they do the song lyrics? What’s the source for that? Do they use PowerPoint slides or something like that?

Schmidt: Yeah, they just use PowerPoint right now.

So what kind of video signal format do you send up to the projector?

Schmidt: We came out of the Mac mini and we went through a Extron distribution system and then we converted everything to a Cat-6 using Extron baluns. [Timestamp: 5:13]

Well, that’s a good solid way to cover the distance. And who operates the source gear for the song lyrics? Have they got one person who just does that?

Schmidt: Yeah, we’ve got it set up so that the same person doing sound can run video. Everything’s real close by. [Timestamp: 5:26]

Well, that’s a good way to go, especially with sometimes having to deal with changes in tech team people on short notice.

Schmidt: Yes.

And you’re using NEC flatpanel displays on the back wall?

Schmidt: Yes, we built a videowall … NEC makes a bundle solution; it’s four 55in. LCD panels and we installed them on the back wall. The architect really didn’t want it a second projector hanging in the ceiling, so we used a flatpanel videowall. [Timestamp: 5:53]

And they use those for song lyrics as well?

Schmidt: Yeah, we’ve got it so it basically mirrors the projector on the front wall. [Timestamp: 6:01]

And I guess you feed the video to those the same way as with the projection.

Schmidt: Yes, we did everything over Cat-6 and everything’s full HD 1920x1080p. [Timestamp: 6:10]

Was there any other gear that you put in there for the church?

Schmidt: The only other thing is probably the speakers, the Renkus-Heinz Iconyx live speakers. Those are digitally steerable, and so we were able to steer the acoustical energy in the beams onto the floor where the seats are and then we used another device where we can change the presets. They wanted to have the ability, if they had a small little group of people kind of in the round, we actually have a second preset on those Renkus speakers that puts all the energy on the smaller area of the seating area. [Timestamp: 6:41]

Oh, well, that really helps out in the acoustical situation then.

Rold: The first half of the stage is actually portable, and it’s removable so when they decide to make it smaller they can remove that, but we can digitally steer the sounds up closer so that they can have a more intimate setting and it worked out really good. [Timestamp: 6:58]

So when you got all this set up and had all of the technical ducks in a row, how did the training go when you got people in there? How did they take to that?

Rold: The training was the easiest I’ve ever done actually. We didn’t have to spend a lot of time. I spent maybe 15-20 minutes with their house tech running through the basics of everything and then we went right into doing everything live essentially. We’ve never had a return phone call. They’ve never had an issue. We’ve never had a drop out. It’s been really consistent. [Timestamp: 7:30]

Yeah, when the phone doesn’t ring after the job most of the time that’s good news. Rold: With the console and the software, he already knew the video end, so it was pretty much just showing him how the video was routed. But with the console, with the recording software, it was literally 20-25 minutes at most. [I] ran him through it a couple times and he’s been fine ever since. [Timestamp: 7:52]

And that’s a great opportunity for some of the younger folks to get in there and get some hands-on experience working with up-to-date, front-line equipment. That’s one of the great things about being able to volunteer for a church crew. What’s coming up for JC Productions? Have you got any projects in the works that you can tell us about at this point?

Rold: We’ve been promoting our video podcasting services over the last several months and we did wire up this church so that they could do video podcasting down the road with robotic cameras. We do other things here in town—corporate AV, we do public works projects, training rooms, city council chambers—a variety of things. [Timestamp: 8:29]

Well it sounds like you’re staying busy and I really appreciate your taking time to give us the details on this project, guys. It’s Scott Schmidt and Todd Rold from JC Productions. Nice job on the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd and thanks for being with us.



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