Transforming Your Church to HD Video

The Cove Church took a thorough approach to planning their upgrade to HD video. >

Dan Daley
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A central technology item was a Broadcast Pix Granite 5000 2 M/E Video Control Center to produce image magnification (I-MAG) for its main location during services, as well as simultaneously stream its services live on the Web and share the live video feed with the church’s three campuses.

Using the Granite’s 2 M/E capabilities, the church produces two distinctly different productions: the I-MAG production is designed for the local audience, while the Web/satellite campus version resembles a multi-camera broadcast production, complete with an announcer, wider shots of the service, its own graphics and shots from a jib camera. The Broadcast Pix’s 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 says Fluent Macros were designed for some tasks, so a volunteer TD — who might operate 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. “Our goal is to help you ‘feel’ the venue and feel like you’re part of what’s going on,” Antisdel explains. “And even though the technology is pretty sophisticated and we have a very experienced team, you really don’t notice the technology.”

You just get the message.