Church has an average attendance
of 17,000 people a weekend at our main
campus in Lafayette. To support our continuing
growth we opened a second campus
earlier this year in Genesee, Colo. Both
campuses operate in a visually dynamic
multiscreen environment, and we rely exclusively
on our For-A production switchers.
We’ve found For-A’s switchers to be
cost effective, feature packed and extremely
Our first experience with a For-A production
switcher was in 2011 when we purchased
a 1.5 M/E HVS-350HS unit for use in
our main auditorium. Last year we moved
the HVS-350HS to our satellite campus and
purchased an HVS-390HS 2 M/E switcher
for the main campus. Not only do we use
our For-As for large screen main sanctuary
video switching but also for video delivery
to overflow spaces and for streaming from
the main to the satellite campus.
Our weekend video operations are
staffed exclusively by volunteers—between
the two campuses we have nearly
100 volunteers. As the church’s video director,
an important part of my job is training
volunteers in the use and care of our video
equipment. As the For-A switchers are so
user-friendly, this has been a very easy task.
Though our volunteer operators handle
things very professionally, there is a unique
feature on the For-As that we use to advantage.
This is the ability to “lock out”
any input on either of the M/E buses,
ensuring that no one accidentally
takes a source to the wrong
screen at any time.
The functionality of our For-A
switchers is quite impressive. With a
lot of other manufacturers’ products
you’d need a larger, more expensive
switcher to get the sort of functionality
that we get from our units, or
you would have to add additional
gear to achieve the same level of
performance. What our church has
been able to accomplish with the use of
freely assignable keys, downstream keyers
and multiple digital effects video processors
is simply amazing.
One of the features that we’ve grown
to appreciate is the ability to take a single
video source—such as printed song lyrics—
and key them over multiple outputs
in different positions. For instance, we’re
able to take lyrics, key them over our large
screen presentation, and at the same time
resize the lyrics and position them center
Our video operators also really appreciate
the availability of a proc amp on every
input, and DVE capability on every keyer.
The switchers also let them program multiple
events—each with predefined setup
specifications—which allows the use of a
large number of keys and effects.
The customer support from For-A involving
switcher setup, use, and programming
has also been really outstanding.
And as our switchers have consistently
worked so well, we haven’t had to contact
For-A’s technical support operation since
they were originally installed. Our experience
with using the For-A switchers in
a multiscreen environment has been universally
Robb MacTavish is the video director
at Flatirons Community Church. He may
be contacted at [email protected].
For additional information, contact For-
A at 201-944-1120 or visit www.for-a.com.