New studio technology — non-broadcast
Blue Hat Design, part of TI Broadcast Solutions Group Design Team
Randy Myers, prog. mgr.;
Doug Irvine, tech. dir.;
Dave Ronne, pastor of redemptive arts
Blue Hat Design:
Michael Wright, prog. mgr.;
Phil Popp, lead eng.;
Pat Matthews installation foreman
Technology at work
Thunder clip player
Forecast custom consoles
Fujinon HD lenses
Harris Platinum router
Kaleido-X monitor wall processor
Riedel digital intercom
Telemetrics PTLPS4 robotic heads
CP-R-3A three-axis joystick controller
Thomson Grass Valley
LDK 4000 cameras
Kayak 2M/E production switcher
Vinten Pro-Ped pedestal with Vector 90 heads
New 12Stone Church sanctuary features latest in HD video technology
Located in the northern Atlanta suburbs, 12Stone Church has a passion for dynamic and meaningful worship. The cornerstone of its recent move into new facilities was visual excellence. The new sanctuary, dubbed the “worship experience center,” is home to an impressive array of the latest technology in HD video.
From the outset, the church eschewed the traditional in favor of the contemporary. The facility itself is visually striking: perched atop a river bluff and accessed through a long wooden footbridge.
The entire system is 1080i HD. There are no SD or analog video signals in the plant, with the exception of the black and white shading monitors and a DVD player that is directly connected to an upconverter and frame sync for ingest into the HD clip player. Every other device in the plant is connected solely via its HD-SDI port.
A major design consideration put forth early by 12Stone was the importance of video and audio sync in the worship experience center. For this reason, the HD-SDI signal leaving the CCUs is wired directly to the switcher and directly from the switcher to the router inputs. The five projectors are fed from independent router outputs to the projector’s onboard HD-SDI inputs to create a striking “pixel map” that is in perfect time with events on stage. There are no scalers or other artifact- and delay-inducing processors in the signal chain. The room features a 39ft center screen that provides an impressive backdrop for the stage. The screens at stage left and right are 24ft, and the far left and right screens are 16ft.
The room’s architecture was challenging on many fronts, including sight lines. The average fan-shaped sanctuary is designed with a 140- to 160-degree projection. 12Stone’s worship experience center was designed around a 230-degree shape.
Finally, it was important that the facility be designed in such a way that it was useful to third parties who might wish to telecast from the venue. A full array of service panels, truck boxes, communications interfaces and external connectivity was included in the facility’s build-out.
The equipment selected for the project was all of the highest order. Thomson Grass Valley LDK 4000 cameras were selected because of their excellent color reproduction and ease of use, and the Kayak switcher became an obvious choice when compared on a cost basis with other full-scale production switchers. A Miranda Kaleido-X monitor wall processor became the centerpiece of production monitoring throughout the various operating positions; Avid graphics and clip playout rounded out the mix of core production gear. The facility employs a Harris Platinum router, Riedel digital intercom and Miranda terminal gear. Custom consoles were purchased from Forecast.