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DST Provides Path to HD, Religion via Webcasts

Systems integrator Digital Systems Technology (DST) has built a 16:9 SDI digital facility for the First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Ga. to broadcast live church services on the Web.

The church, just northwest of Atlanta, produces a live Webcast of its Sunday service that is viewed by 3,000 people in 14 countries.

Norcross, Ga.-based DST's upgrade focused on the machine room and the control room. The machine room is equipped with three rows of racks, one for camera controls and VTRs, one for terminal gear and a third for mainframes. A 64 x 64 Leitch Integrator digital routing system is the center of the control room. The main console is furnished with a Yamaha audio mixer and two video switchers--a Ross Synergy-2 production switcher and a SonyDFS-700 house switcher used to magnify images.

As part of the upgrade, the church added four Hitachi D4000 digital cameras to shoot the seating area that holds a crowd of up to 7,500 worshippers. The installation allows the church to upgrade to high definition production in the future.

Sound system designer, Baker Audio, handled the audio part of the upgrade.