Forestgate Presbyterian Church, another church affected by covid-19 and unable to meet in person, turned to Lambda for a solution to connect with their congregation. They hoped to be able to have a quality way to connect on a lower budget by using as much existing technology as possible.
We have worked with Forestgate Presbyterian church for many years helping them transition through several different major changes in technology ability. Several years ago we put in a projection system for lyrics and announcements in the main area for worship. We also helped them set up a “cry room” to allow families with fussy children a comfortable place to sit where they could see a camera view of the service and the projected lyrics. The “cry room” system used a small black magic design block camera mounted on the back wall of the main room. This camera fed an HDMI signal into the building system, but also had an SDI output that wasn’t used.
Hey guys! Trevor here, shop manager and lead install tech for Lambda, and overall Audio Genius (That last one is a bit of a self-given title… but I’m keeping it). Along with working for Lambda, I am also an Audio Engineer for at a local church in Colorado Springs. Last week with the beginning of shutdowns due to COVID-19, most of the live production world came screeching to a halt. This included auditoriums and houses of worship. So, we wanted to share how we took a 2500+ group of people meeting over a weekend to an online only platform in a matter of 36 hours.
One of our favorite installs...
Douglas Valley Middle School, from District 20, came to us with an audio problem in their gym. The school had an aging audio system. The cables were a mess, no one really knew how to work the system, and it wasn’t really serving the school’s needs. We asked the PTO what they were using the gym for and the needs were pretty simple. The school staff needed to be able to hold an assembly, play music for gym classes and connect audio from a DVD player for movie night. The gym also doubles as a theater with a small stage for school programs and activities. The PTO and teachers also specifically requested a system that didn’t require them to know audio theory or reference big training manuals. They were looking for a quick, simple and effective fix.
Clayhouse, a church located in Colorado Springs, came to Lambda looking for solutions to facelift and update their main sanctuary. They wanted to take a dark brown room and transform it into a place that felt inviting for people to worship in. They didn’t have specific plans on how to do this, so they came to us and asked us to help them design and create the look they wanted to portray, but didn’t know how. The project ended up with updated lighting looks, new projection and custom interior design.
Clayhouse trusted Lambda with the overall design so, we brought in Collin Stoddard, of the “The Stoddard Building Group”, to talk with Clayhouse leadership and set a style tone for the overall space. Collin set color tones for the project and worked with us to figure out what we needed to focus on to hit the goal of a total transformation. As Clayhouse didn’t know their budget at the beginning of the project and were working to finalize their numbers, we presented a number of options. In a “world with no budget” possibilities were limitless, but we were able to take these initial ideas and then work back down to a core of major pieces once we had the final budget. The Stoddard group, like Lambda, has a history of working with churches and shares our design philosophy that any change should be a big one. People want to see where their giving dollars are going and even small budget changes need to count and feel big most of time. The Stoddard group focused on a new sign, a repaint of the room, some custom, hand crafted barn doors to add light control and make the windows feel bigger, and added some color details and texture to the large side walls.
Ransomed Heart Ministries
We were recently able to work with Ransomed Heart Ministries to install a video podcasting system! This was a fun job to do and plan. Ransomed Heart (RH) came to us looking to expand their audio podcast and studio into a video podcasting setup. They have a great little room already set up for recording, and a great audio system in place. They just needed cameras added to their system and an easy way to control them without adding a large workload for their crew. It needed to be easy to use and completely integrated with their existing setup, so it would feel natural to use right away.
Since video podcasting was a whole new field for RH, we wanted to make sure it felt like an easy step from what they already do into something new. To accomplish this we chose to partner with Datavideo for our cameras. Datavideo makes a number of ‘trick’ video devices that we have used for many years. Specifically, the fabled, super converter DAC-70. In fact, it is often said that the DAC-70 is only beaten by Chuck Norris himself and even he knows that most video problems can be solved quicker by it than a round house kick to the face. :)
EHC Camera Control System
They seldom have more than one person who is able to run their cameras and they didn’t have the space to dedicate the area for manned cameras. After walking through what they needed, Lambda decided the best option would be to install a custom Pan Tilt Zoom (PTZ) camera system. EHC also had some unique requirements for shooting their video stream. They wanted it to be shot in 4k resolution and wanting to have a high quality image chip for good color and contrast in images. But there was a small problem. Available PTZ camera systems just didn’t fit the use case due to smaller sensors and lower quality.
The past few weeks Lambda has been working at New Life Church along with PixelproLED to install LED walls in three different locations throughout the church. This last week was the install in the World Prayers Center. This building space is a big multipurpose room. One end of the room is lined with large windows letting in lots of light. As you can imagine, with all the light coming in the windows there was a lot of washout on their screen and projection system. It was made up for by a powerful projector, but there were still problems.
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