High & Wide — How it Looked in the Room | April 22 & 23, 2017

Now that Easter is behind us, (see our Easter broadcast & Good Friday broadcasts) we’re back to working on making more progress on the continuity of our two separate IMAG feeds in our broadcast auditorium. Specifically keeping them both lively, unique, and separate yet complimentary to each other.

We added the center LED wall about two years ago specifically to help make a better connection during the message portion of the services. But what to do with it during the rest of the service? Since this room already had plenty of live video represented between two existing Left/Right LED walls and ten TV monitors scattered around, we weren’t interested in having this center video option (a cinema-style, ultra-wide 5:2 aspect ratio) be identical to the side images. This weekend was a good example of the different ways we display content on this center wall.

Starting during the walk-in announcements, there is some center data to reinforce the specific content on the sides. During the first two songs, the center wall switches between the program feed and unique camera shots not already part of the program cut. Some of these are manned cameras that are shared between the two feeds, others are fixed cameras embedded amongst the band. After the baptism video, we jump to prepared lyric content on the center wall and stick to standard program video with overlay lyrics on the sides. BUT, at one point we were able to squeeze a live shot into the center image when the lead singer exhorted the audience. It was cool to have a weekend where all of these elements happened to get used.

As always, we evaluate what we’re doing and continue to make improvements. Like us, I’m sure you’ll find a few bits and pieces that are certain to be topics of improvement for our teams this week. As always, any problem we discover is only an opportunity to improve.

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Andrew Stone
Production Manager
Andrew Stone is the Production Manager and Audio Director at Church on the Move in Tulsa, OK. His 27 years of touring experience have brought a unique, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to his approach towards production in the church. He has been a key part of changing the culture behind COTM's live events and he loves sharing his knowledge with other churches. He's been married for 20 years, rarely wears anything but black, and genuinely loves to rock. You can find him on Twitter (@stone_rocks), Instagram (stone.rocks), and is a blog contributor on Seeds, COTM's free resource site.