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Dunwoody Baptist Church upgrades with FOR-A

Dunwoody Baptist Church upgrades with FOR-A

Dunwoody Baptist Church upgrades with FOR-A


Dunwoody Baptist Church in Atlanta has recently undergone a multi-million-dollar campus upgrade anchoring its AV overhaul with a FOR-A HVS-490 video switcher and MFR-3000 routing switcher.

Design and installation of the AV upgrade was undertaken by Atlanta-based systems integrator, STRATA. “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.”

The new 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,” added Noa. “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 centre, so the director relies on the HVS-490’s integrated multiviewer to monitor all sources. The renovation also added a central equipment room, separate audio room for the broadcast mix, and new speaker system and FOH audio console for the worship centre.

Separate from the AV upgrade, Dunwoody Baptist installed a 9.7m LED wall in the worship centre 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, 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 livestream, which is pushed to Facebook, YouTube and the church’s website. Another output feeds content to the LED wall. The church does not use iMAG in the 1,000-seat worship centre, as the position of the LED wall behind the stage would be problematic; however, one output provides service coverage to the worship centre lobby and corridors around the campus. Three additional outputs are dedicated to providing the multiviewer to the control room and FOH.

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

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