Las Vegas (National Association of Broadcasters Convention Booth # SL106) April 14, 2012 The First Baptist Church, in Dallas, Tex., has embarked on a major multi-million dollar construction project of its downtown Worship Center and second high-rise building that, when completed, looks to change the very face of the city of Dallas.
As part of one of the largest church building projects in the US, the church, which has held worship services at the same location since 1890, will upgrade its broadcast ministry to full high-definition (HD) production capabilities with the latest Grass Valley production technologies. This includes up to nine Grass Valley LDK 8000 Elite cameras and a Karrera Video Production Center switcher. The project is scheduled for completion in April 2013, with their first service in their new facility on Easter Sunday.
All of the new Grass Valley production equipment will be used to provide live and tape-delayed coverage of church services for its domestic television and radio audiences, as well as its international Internet audience. The equipment will also be used for live image magnification in the new 3,000 seat Worship Center. Each service typically includes a 200-voice choir and a 50-piece orchestra.
Were bringing the church into the 21st century, said John Grable, Director of Communications at First Baptist Church. There will be no venue quite like this one. You dont build a campus of this magnitude and put in inferior products. We feel like we have a world-class venue and we needed a world class broadcast and image magnification solution to provide these sophisticated capabilities. When it came to TV production, we had to have Grass Valley.
For in-house image magnification, the Karrera switcher will feed a 150-foot wide video screen at the front of the sanctuary that will feature both live and taped images displayed simultaneously via a Coolux multiview system.
For us to have the kind of national impact we want for the church, we have to be in HD, said Bryan Bailey, Director of Media and Operations at First Baptist Church. Bailey works with Peter Shay, Senior Producer and Content Chief at First Baptist Church, to make the A/V presentations happen each Sunday. The production team will continue to use their Grass Valley Kayak SD switcher until the new Worship Center opens.
The new Grass Valley HD equipment will help us captivate the congregation in attendance and also those watching at home, added Shay. The goal of our video productions is to expand our ministry beyond the four walls of the Worship Center. Were excited to start using it.
Services are nowand will continue to bebroadcast on the Daystar Network for TV distribution (on a 60- to 120-day delay) and also live on 720 radio stations across the US every day. The delayed broadcasts allow the church to post produce its services using its Grass Valley equipment and have become known among viewers for their sophisticated production values.
"First Baptist Church realizes that technology plays a very important role in spreading their message," said Jeff Rosica, Executive Vice President of Grass Valley. "As its new, state-of-the-art Worship Center begins to take shape, Grass Valley is proud to have been selected as the church's broadcast and production partner to help them realize their technology goals with cameras and a production switcher which puts them on par with the best national broadcasters."
The church has purchased three different control panels for its new Karrera switcher. Theres a 3 M/E hardware panel for feeding the main screen in the Worship Center, a 2 M/E version for the broadcast feed, and a third soft panel to handle the live Internet stream. Karrera's ability to simultaneously produce program streams for image magnification, broadcast, and the Internet was the deciding factor for First Baptist Church to select Grass Valley.