FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA.—Calvary Chapel
is considered to be a “megachurch,”
as we have more than 30,000 attendees
visiting our main and regional locations in
Boca Raton, Plantation, and Boynton Beach,
Fla. each week, along with the 10,000 or
so individuals who regularly attend via the
World Wide Web.
|Fujinon’s HA14x4.5 lens is used for wide-angle coverage by Calvary Chapel.
Our regional campuses request video-on-demand
of the entire service from our main
campus server. We move our video files
via fiber to the regional locations for large
screen display there. We’re also providing a
live media stream that’s accessible via our
website or for display at our regional Web enabled
campuses. Our services are also
carried on Miami’s WSVN television. This
multifaceted video distribution strategy allows
worshipers to participate in our main
campus services without having to drive to
To serve such a large and growing congregation,
Calvary Chapel has invested millions
of dollars in video equipment for use at
our 82-acre main campus.
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As the picture quality we produce must
hold up when displayed under magnification
on large screens or when we’re streaming
over the Internet, we’ve invested heavily
in high quality acquisition gear, including
what we feel is the best of the best in the
way of HD cameras and lenses—a combination
of Ikegami HDK-55 studio/field cameras
and Fujinon HDTV lenses. Our lens package
includes two XA77x9.5 box lenses, two
HA14x4.5 wide lenses, and one HA22x7.3
for shoulder-mounted ENG-style shooting.
These cameras and lenses are very well
matched—like a marriage made in heaven.
It’s as if the respective research and development
engineers of the two companies
considered how well their products would
work together right from the design phase.
We made the decision to move to this combination
when our 15-year-old SD cameras
showed signs that they were approaching
retirement time. As we knew we’d soon be
transitioning to a tapeless XDCAM HD infrastructure,
we purchased the HD cameras
and lenses ahead of schedule.
We’re using three Ikegami cameras (two
on tripods and one on a jib), with these situated
around the 4,000 seat sanctuary at our
main Ft. Lauderdale campus. Camera video
is projected onto three large screens in the
sanctuary to provide a clear view for everyone.
Even though the control room and
streaming media operations are still limited
to 4:3 SD, our members are already complimenting
us on how good the video now
looks on the big screens. Those watching SD
video-on-demand and in our webcasts have
noticed an improvement also.
Before making a large capital investment
in equipment such as cameras and lenses,
we had to consider every aspect—including
price-performance, reliability, and technical
support level. We wanted to purchase gear
from manufacturers that we know would
stand behind their products, allowing us to
keep our cameras, lenses, and other equipment
operating at its best and providing service
to us for as long as possible.
When we’re spending our congregation’s
money, we take our purchasing decisions
very seriously and I’m proud of the video
decisions we’ve made—Fujinon was one of
Jack Chew is video operations manager
at Fort Lauderdale’s Calvary Chapel and
has worked in television and film for more
than 30 years. He may be contacted at
For additional information, contact
Fujinon’s optical devices division at 973-
633-5600 or visit www.fujifilmusa.com.