2nd Day at NAB Offers Mix of Audio, Video, Lighting Solutions for Churches

An intriguing number of products, ranging from all-in-one video switchers to microphones featured on conference exhibit floor.

2nd Day at NAB Offers Mix of Audio, Video, Lighting Solutions for Churches
Panasonic product manager Delix Alex demonstrates working with the company's first all-in-one video switcher, the AV-HLC100 during NAB's second day of the showroom floor at Las Vegas.

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Aside from the Microlite 2, Shane also demostrated the IMTDragonFly, a product only two inches wide and slightly more than one ounce in weight, and how it is designed to capture real-time, high-quality video.

Among the lighting companies at NAB this year, one that stood out was Robe Lighting. At the booth, it showcased a wide range of offerings, including their latest in the Spider family of fixtures, the Tarrantula. The 20,000-lumens LED wash beam fixture has begun shipping, with inventory currently in Florida, to the DL4S Profile, DL4F Wash and DL7S Profile. As noted by John McDowell of Robe, “the DL4F is really popular in the church environment,” while adding that the DL7F as the “LED flagship” for the company, might for some larger churches in the country, be seen as an ideal lighting solution.

For projector companies at the conference, it was interesting to learn about the latest updates rolled out by Epson, including the Epson Pro L1755U, an extension of the Pro 1000 line, able to deliver bright, large images with 15,000 lumens of color/white brightness, off of just standard 120V power. Having begun shipping in December, the L1755U also can be paired with a short throw lens, the ELPLU03, which also became available in January. Aside from the new hardware offered by Epson, it showed off its Professional Projection Tool, a free piece of software that would allow for a church to setup multiple projectors offsite, with no need to use projector remotes. Able to handle tasks such as edge blending to point correction, as well as grouping projectors together to apply a single change to multiple projectors showed it to be a robust application, one that is currently shipping with new projectors from the company.

Having heard a number of times about how crucial Waves Audio’s plugins are for Granger Community Church in Granger, Indiana, for their workflow, from Granger production director Tony Staires, I sat down with Jeremiah Clever of Waves, who previously had worked at Elevation Church. He noted how the library of plugins offer an array of solutions for many churches, particularly on handling noise reduction, or from producing various mixes for live sound versus an independent mix for one’s online production for streaming.

Lastly, another all-in-one video switcher option on the NAB floor that caught my eye was Panasonic’s AV-HLC100. The unit comes with NDI, eight total inputs, but can run also from four HD-SDI or base band connections, as well as one HDMI input. The single box also features audio mixing, to go with streaming and recording, as well as basic graphics and titling. One can run the base system with just a keyboard, mouse, single display, and the AV-HLC100, with this option ideal for churches looking to do video production and stream in a single box, versus requiring an array of five or more, ideal for small to mid-sized churches.




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