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With Hillsong Waterloo bursting at the seams, the church recently completed the conversion of a warehouse in Doody St, Alexandria into their newest campus. With extensive video requirements needed for their AV–heavy services, Videocraft responded to the Request For Tender and got the gig.
Hillsong TV Technical Manager Luke Irvine explained their requirements; “The system must be HD, facilitate four cameras, three projection screens and multiple external rooms. The system also had to enable linking to and from all other campuses and keying of song words had to be achieved on five different feeds with different backgrounds and different overlays with ease of use for one volunteer operator. The system had to be cost effective but extremely reliable, easy for volunteers to use on a weekly basis and versatile enough to accommodate for future changes that will happen within the campus. Every source and destination needed to be easily monitored by the relevant volunteer operators and the system had to also be capable of a broadcast TV record for our television programme Hillsong Television – in other words yes, it was quite an extensive set of requirements.”
Now completed, Hillsong’s new production studio includes two Ross Carbonite vision switchers, a Ross video router, Sony OLED and LCD monitoring, several TV One scan converters, BlackMagic design Teranex 2D converters and HyperDeck Studios, a GVG T2 Turbo server, Ross openGear and mini converters, Sony cameras, Canon lenses, Vinten and Miller tripods and fluid heads and live IP video links between campuses. There are also significant audio, comms, display, rigging and lighting components supplied by others that Videocraft worked with and integrated seamlessly.
The Hillsong team are up and running in their new digs and are ful of praise for Videocraft; “Listening, thinking outside the box and working with tight budgets is classic Videocraft” said Luke Irvine. “ To that end I must say a particular thank you to Andy Liell, Glenn Beaumont and the entire Videocraft team for their outstanding effort and commitment to this project.”
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