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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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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....

With an existing audio system, the Calvary Lutheran Church decided to expand the video coverage of its services with a PTZ camera, DVD recording, rear-screen projection, and flatscreen monitors. John Gracyalny and Michael Benedetti of Graybow Communications are here to tell us about the solution they brought in.

OK, Michael and John, in part one we were talking about the Calvary Lutheran Church and the installation you did there. Obviously they wanted to keep costs down and keep things simple and be able to operate this stuff without having to have a lot of experts or have a lot of training. Now they do record these services—you basically provided with this job the video where as they already had the audio. So what exactly do they record in their services and what gear is used for the recording?
Gracyalny: In this situation, they were new to the whole video addition to their church, so they didn’t really want to over complicate this. They saw a need to actually record their events but were really unclear on exactly how they were going to use those recordings. For the most part they wanted the ability, more than anything else, to do that. So a simple solution was to just basically give them a program BUS feed off of the main presentation switcher straight to a DVD recorder and let them burn it to DVD recordings. They could then archive those recordings on DVD and then in the future figure out exactly what they wanted to do with that and how they wanted to approach it. They toyed with ideas of having those available on a website—maybe at some point being able to stream those, but for now, their main emphasis was just basically to archive those. And they archive not only the worship services but they have children’s choir events, which the parents would want copies of, they have weddings in there, they have funerals, and such like that that the families would want to have copies of. So burning it to directly to a DVD is a real simple way of doing it. It’s not overly complicated, it is strictly archival, but it gives them something. [Timestamp: 2:52]

And of course, they’ve got playback too. What do they use for DVD playback?
Gracyalny: Friday and Saturday evenings they have youth groups in there where they will actually show inspirational DVD features on the screen—a sort of Friday night movie night, if you will. They use it for that. There’s certain speakers or presenters that have recorded their presentations on DVD and they might feel the need to actually show parts of other peoples presentations and speeches and stuff on DVD, and the DVD player allows them to do that. [Timestamp: 3:31]

And of course they can show things from a PC? What do they use that for, song lyrics and things like that?
Gracyalny: Yeah, they can use that for song lyrics, church bulletins, upcoming events, and such. They’re actually running a worship software program on that that’s called Easy Worship software. It’s similar to a Power Point type program, but it’s specifically suited for houses of worship. With the type of templates and the way that it’s laid out makes it very user friendly for houses of worship to create their own Power Point presentation kind of slides but more spiritually oriented templates and such. [Timestamp: 4:02]

Yeah, I’ve heard of that software. It seems to be very popular. Now we were talking before about the way that you extend the infrared control, you used some Xantech equipment for that. How was that hooked up?
Gracyalny: Well, as stated in part one, the main Sony projectors we chose to control via wired remote controls, and that was strictly due to the length between the control and the projectors and the reliability we were looking for in this system. The other displays, which include two 42in. displays underneath the balcony and a third 60in. display, which is located in the Friendship room, are also tied into this system, and we wanted the ability to control those as well from the main video control center up in the balcony. So the easiest way really to do that for us, or the most cost effective way, was for us to basically extend the remote controls to those displays via the Antech remote extender systems. [Timestamp: 5:29]

Benedetti: This also allowed us to put in a local control for that 60in. monitor that was in the Friendship room. We were able to use a simple in-wall interface from SP Controls, the Pixie. [Timestamp: 5:40]

OK, and I think you have a PTZ camera or two in there.
Gracyalny: Just the one for now. They wanted to play around with one. As soon as I had that one up and running, they were already talking about what it would take to add a second or third one because they can just see the different angles they’re missing by only having one camera in there. But we put one of the Vaddio HD-18 units in there with CCU, which allows them to actually control it independently and manually and that is located up in the balcony center on the balcony rail, which pretty much covers the whole church, but for a lot of applications, it’s giving you a rear view of things—such as weddings and that sort of thing, but that’s why they are talking about adding another one. But the HD-18 camera actually has an 18X zoom on it, which is actually pretty phenomenal that, from the balcony, you could really focus in on specific areas of what’s going on in that whole sanctuary from that one location. [Timestamp: 6:55]



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