In the middle of the pandemic, we all suddenly learned how good our video systems were or, in a lot of cases, were not. For New Life Church, a large multi-site church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the video demands of a pandemic were high. A church of five separate locations citywide, with a moderate streaming presence, suddenly became a church with one location broadcasting five services. Along with the five services and all their other events turned virtual, they were broadcasting almost around the clock.
The racks weren’t the only thing that needed redoing. Even the cameras were replaced! The original cameras, Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6k cameras were showing their age and old chip technology. We replaced them with the newer Ursa Broadcast 4k cameras for greater clarity and the ability to output 4k video with a broadcast B4 lens. Even the cameras got new tactical-grade fiber optic cabling. This enabled more flexible movement for any setup including the dolly shots. The lensing was the Fujinon LA16 glass, specifically designed for these cameras to create digital back focus and clarity end to end.
New Life Church, like many churches now days, uses LED walls to display much of its content. LED walls can be hard to tune color for a life-like representation. In this visual system upgrade, we added a Blackmagic Terranex AV to each wall for the added ability to adjust color from a more controllable platform and then save settings. The new processing units also have a greater capacity for mapping content if required.
The last bit that New Life needed to complete the system was setting up the streaming devices. We moved New Life and all its campuses over to the Boxcast streaming system. There isn't a more awesome, flexible, and reliable streaming platform than Boxcast! With a cloud-based scheduling platform, multi-stream output capability, and encoders with no hardware buttons, Boxcast provides a reliable platform. With this equipment, New Life essentially added an additional “campus” location to keep church members safe and reach them from wherever they are.
In working through these new solutions, one of the things New Life needed the most was a complete cleanup of systems. So, the Lambda AV team set about to do one of the things we do best! We removed every old, unused wire we could get our hands on and even removed every single piece of equipment in the control room and started over. We simplified 3 racks filled with piles of old equipment and narrowed it down to one rack of all new equipment. We then re-ran every cable in the room and re-worked every GFX and control position. Everything finally had a place and was labeled for easy reference and location. With all the old clutter out of the way, we even hung five new multi-view screens from the ceiling those who would be working in the room could receive information about what is happening everywhere and at all times.
In the end, New Life Church has a reliable, creative, and dynamic video system ready for whatever challenges the future may hold and a place for staff and volunteers to grow alike.
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