Analog Way future-proofs Church House Westminster30 November 2016
The AV system within the Church House Westminster’s Assembly Hall has been upgraded using Analog Way video processing and Panasonic laser projectors.
The Church House Westminster is a multi-purpose event and conference venue, and the Assembly Hall is the largest room accommodating more than 600 people.
Ian Locke, audio visual manager at Church House Westminster, explained: “Our goal was to improve both image size and quality, and offer clients 4K projections, varied screen options and great flexibility.”
Church House Westminster invested in a 6m x 3.375m curved, single-screen stage. To be able to create soft edge blending, they also added two Panasonic PT-RQ13K 4K laser projectors. For video processing, they chose various Analog Way solutions such as: an Ascender 48 – 4K, a powerful multi-screen seamless switcher that is part of the LiveCore series, a LiveCore Output Expander 48 – 4K, an expansion module with four additional Program outputs and one Operator/ Aux output for Ascender 48 – 4K, and two Secure Power Units to ensure safe shows in case of loss- of-mains or unstable power.
To guarantee high quality presentations, Church House intended to offer AV solutions supporting full 4K resolution. Ian Locke commented: “We wanted to deliver many layers in combination with 4K resolution content. We needed four to five layers: two outputs of live content, one for slides and two or three for logos. The idea was to animate these layers through transitions, as flexible as possible, while displaying many layers. The Ascender 48 – 4K was the only unit available to do the job.”
The switcher was chosen for its capability to cope with 4K moving graphics and true seamless transitions between layers and scenes. The Ascender 48 – 4K and the LiveCore Output Expander 48 – 4K were connected directly to the two 4K projectors. A 4K video player, two 4K laptops, a TriCaster unit, a live video system, and a media server in the future are input into the Ascender 48 – 4K. Locke added: “It is mandatory to maintain certain flexibility if everything is going to move to 4K in the future. We also tend to vary display configurations and run the two projectors in, whether dual screen, overlay or the edge blended ultra-screen solution. The Ascender 48 – 4K makes the handling easier.” The Ascender 48 – 4K is operated by the Vertige, a premium controller for large events and multi- venues.
“The Analog Way’s equipment, above all, can adapt to any kind of installation and has the ability to be used with legacy equipment as well as the latest developments in technology; and that is what I appreciate,” said Locke. “With our new AV installed into the Assembly Hall, we’ve taken an historical building and blended it with the latest technology.”