Mormons Switch with Sony

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has installed two new Sony MVS-8000 multi-format production switchers in two identical new HD-capable audio video control rooms in its Salt Lake broadcast production facility.

The upgraded infrastructure is up and running, producing many of the church's shows, including "Music & the Spoken Word Featuring the Mormon Tabernacle Choir," which is broadcast worldwide on more than 2,000 radio and TV stations. The new switchers replace older-generation Sony models at the facility and receive images from the 12 Sony HD cameras in the church's studios and facilities.

The switchers have been operating since last fall, according to Sean McFarland, chief engineer of the church's broadcast operation, and "have satisfied many software requirements and user preferences while also meeting and exceeding our high standards for production values. As an added bonus, the switchers take up less space and consume less power than their predecessors."