Digital Media Net - Your Gateway To Digital media Creation. News and information on Digital Video, VR, Animation, Visual Effects, Mac Based media. Post Production, CAD, Sound and Music

Dunwoody Baptist Church Upgrades Worship Center with FOR-A Switcher, Router

Cypress, CA, June 2, 2021 – FOR-A Corporation of America today announced Dunwoody Baptist Church in Atlanta anchored its recent AV overhaul with a FOR-A HVS-490 video switcher and MFR-3000 routing switcher. The upgrade was part of a multi-million-dollar campus improvement effort, which included a complete renovation of the 1,000-seat worship center.

Work on the AV overhaul began in early February. It was designed and installed by Atlanta-based systems integrator STRATA, which recommended the FOR-A switcher.

“The functionality of the switcher is incredible, especially when you consider the cost,” said Jeremy Noa, video production director for Dunwoody Baptist. “It was really a good call on STRATA’s part to nudge us in that direction. It’s a thrill to work with it.”

Dunwoody Baptist has two main services on Sunday morning. Both services share the same message, but the 8:30 a.m. is a traditional service in the chapel, while the 11 a.m. service is more modern and is held in the worship center. The church held its first service in the upgraded worship center on March 21.

The new FOR-A switcher replaced an older 1 M/E switcher, which was repurposed for the chapel. “I love the FOR-A so far, having that sense of walking into a room and know you’ve got equipment that’s reliable,” Noa said. “It’s amazing to work with a switcher that’s so capable and has so much functionality.”

A new control room was built behind the stage of the worship center, so the director relies on the HVS-490’s integrated multi-viewer to monitor all sources. The renovation also added a central equipment room, separate audio room for the broadcast mix, and new speaker system and front of house (FOH) audio console for the worship center.

Separate from the AV upgrade, Dunwoody Baptist installed a 32-foot LED wall in the worship center that acts as a backdrop for the stage. The church also kept its current crop of Canon and JVC cameras, which help create a more cinematic “look” for the video production.

Six cameras are used during the modern service, plus there are dedicated inputs for ProPresenter lyrics and graphic overlays. The HVS-490 includes 16 inputs, and can support 40 inputs/18 outputs, 36 inputs/20 outputs, or 32 inputs/22 outputs with optional I/O expansion cards. “We use almost all the inputs,” Noa noted, “but we can expand it as our needs grow.”

The switcher’s main output is dedicated to on-prem recording and a live stream, which is pushed to Facebook, YouTube, and the church’s website. Another output feeds content to the LED wall. Dunwoody Baptist does not use I-MAG (image magnification) in the worship center, because the position of the LED wall behind the stage would be problematic (and the size of the room does not create a strong need for it). However, one output provides service coverage to the worship center lobby and corridors around campus. Three additional outputs are dedicated to providing the multi-viewer to the control room and FOH.

Dunwoody Baptist did not have a router previously, and Noa said the new MFR-3000 has helped his workflow. “I love that I can send the same video signal to different places without running wires,” he explained. “I can very rapidly switch to another feed, so it minimizes downtime. Just having that flexibility to send signals anywhere I need to send them without patching a cable is a pretty big deal.”

Designed to support 4K/8K signals in mission-critical facilities, the MFR-3000 offers redundancy and easy maintenance in a compact enclosure. It supports mixed signal formats with up to 64×64 I/O, and offers a variety of crosspoint control.

With its integrated frame synchronizers and multi-viewers, the HVS-490 reduces the amount of equipment required for live production. Event memory and macro functions make it easy to setup the switcher quickly for live performances, while support for multiple control panels enables several operators to work on separate tasks. MELite™ technology eliminates the need for multiple switchers in a multi-monitor staging scenario, and extends the switcher’s 2 M/Es to 6 M/E performance. Plus, FOR-A’s FLEXaKEY™ allows a traditional AUX bus to transform into a functional mix effects with cuts, mix, wipes, keys, and DVE including full preview.

About FOR-A
FOR-A, a worldwide, industry-leading manufacturer, offers a wide range of broadcast and production products with a focus on cutting-edge technologies, including: HD, 4K and IP products. FOR-A continues to offer future-ready, cost effective, advanced technology solutions. Products include: video switchers, routing switchers, multi-viewers, full 4K high-speed cameras, IP encoders/decoders, multi-channel signal processors, 8K/4K/HD test signal generators, color correctors, frame synchronizers, file-based products, character generators, video servers and much more.

For a full range of HD and 4K production and processing solutions, as well as IP-based products, visit our web site at www.for-a.com.

rhoffman

Recent Posts

Metals Acquisition Ltd Dual Lists on ASX Following Upsized A$325 million IPO

Highlights Metals Acquisition Limited was admitted to the ASX under the code ‘MAC’ and is…

13 hours ago

Destination by Hyatt estreia em breve no Caribe com o Cas en Bas Beach Resort

Localizado idilicamente na ponta norte de Santa Lúcia, o Cas en Bas Beach Resort proporcionará…

13 hours ago

La marca Destination by Hyatt debuta en el Caribe con Cas en Bas Beach Resort

Con una ubicación idílica en el extremo norte de Santa Lucía, Cas en Bas Beach…

13 hours ago

Caesars Digital and AGS Interactive Celebrate Exclusive Omnichannel Launch of Rakin’ Bacon Odyssey in New Jersey

Caesars becomes the first operator to bring fan-favorite slot game to The Garden State both…

13 hours ago

Polar King Mobile Appoints Danny Gaviria as National Sales Manager

FORT WAYNE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Polar King Mobile (PKM), North America’s first provider of affordable refrigerated and…

1 day ago

The New York Times Company Announces Nominations for Board of Directors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The New York Times Company announced today that its Board of Directors has…

1 day ago