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A local church in town, Zeal, came to us asking to help them build a portable church system. They already had a few pieces of equipment but were looking for a few more tech pieces to have a service every week in a school building. At first glance, it may not sound too tricky or like an excessively big job. What do you need for a portable system, just some speakers and a mic and you are good to go, right?? The task was a little bigger than that.
Now, let’s take a look at the video components. The engine that the entire video system is running off is the Blackmagic TV Studio Pro HD. This 8-input (4 HDMI, 4 SDI) live production switcher, with integrated control panel, was the perfect choice for Zeal. Not only did it give them an intuitive control surface, but it also gave them room to grow in the future as we only used 5 of the 8 inputs. The video system consisted of two OCD Labs case racks with built in monitor mounts. One of the racks houses the switcher with Multiview monitor, and the other one is a control computer mounted along with all the converters needed in the video system. The other items in the control rack were a Blackmagic Ultrastudio HD for lower 3rd lyrics on their stream, a Blackmagic Hyperdeck for recording, and a Boxcast encoder (Our favorite encoding service by the way! Go check them out here!)
Zeal also wanted video systems for the both of their children spaces. For those, we used the same OCD Labs cases with built in monitor mounts and put all the video conversion equipment into the racks. This gave them a simple package to pull out and connect a single cable to the display in the room to have a working video stream.
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