CRC London has invested in an Edirol V-440HD multi-format video mixing system for its Sunday morning services at the 770-seat venue. A firm adherent to the value of quality multimedia tools, the popular evangelical Christian church specified the Edirol system to enable the mixing of both HD and SD sources.
Typically, the V-440HD vision mixer will be accepting up to four RGB laptop inputs - including announcements, Bible extracts and song lyrics - as well as two camera feeds. The mixer outputs to a laptop and, using Wirecast webcast software, is streamed to a server and onto the internet. Services can be viewed at the church's website, downloaded onto iPhones, accessed by CRC's TV channel on YouTube, or listened to as podcasts.
In addition, the Sunday service in the O2 venue is relayed live to CRC's sister locations in Wimbledon and Brentwood, and recorded for later replay in other CRC ministries in Sevenoaks and Birmingham.
Having used a pair of Edirol V-4 video mixers in all its locations, CRC London opted to upgrade in order to realise the potential of the O2 Vue cinema screen - the widest in London.
"The V-440HD upscales standard definition and makes it look better on the wide screen," said Glen Trollip, who along with Sakkie Erasmus heads up the large team of volunteers who co-ordinate the Sunday morning services. Erasmus says that the volunteers - none of whom have any previous AV training - find that the V-440HD possesses an "agreeably intuitive interface [which is] very easy to use. Besides, Edirol runs great 'how-to' videos on its website, which provide a comprehensive overview of operation."
In other news, Edirol parent company Roland recently announced that it is integrating the Edirol brand into the Roland Systems Group and merging operations between Edirol Europe and Roland JV subsidiaries in order "to give more focus and strength to distribution throughout key European markets".