Jody Michelle Solis

Houston’s HOPE CITY Church Supports Sophisticated Outreach to Millennials with Cinematic Video Shot on Panasonic VariCam LT 4K Camcorders

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

The thousands of youthful congregants of Houston-based HOPE CITY are scattered worldwide, participating in services via Facebook Live and YouTube streaming as well as in-person at multiple weekly worship experiences. The quality of HOPE CITY’s live and residual video production has seen a dramatic uptick since the introduction of Panasonic VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorders early this year.

Under the stewardship of Pastor Jeremy Foster, HOPE CITY is a completely mobile church, with the ministry presenting six weekend worship experiences at its main campus, Houston’s Memorial High School, and two at its secondary campus, Morton Ranch High School in nearby Katy, TX. Dan Rubottom, Media Consultant and Producer for the church, explained that until this year, the video production staff was supporting a swelling membership and increasingly intricate assignments with prosumer-grade cameras and a portable switcher.

“In considering new cameras, we knew we wanted to up the quality to broadcast level and have the ability to acquire in 4K to future-proof our video assets,” Rubottom explained. “At the same time, we wanted a cinematic camera. Working completely portably, we are somewhat limited in our staging in high school theaters: we project to three wide screens at our main campus, but there’s no depth and we wanted the background to fall out of focus.”

“The VariCam LT, with its filmic image handling and array of broadcast controls, was the ideal camera for us,” he added.

HOPE CITY purchased three Varicam LTs from Omega Broadcast (Austin, TX), and put them into production this winter. The church loads in and out each weekend for two Saturday evening and four Sunday morning services held at Memorial High School. These six services all feature live video elements shot on the VariCam LTs and projected onto three 20′ by 30′ screens. One Saturday and two Sunday worship experiences are streamed → continue…

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IBC WAS AN IP SHOWCASE FOR MERGING TECHNOLOGIES: Awards and crowds herald the most successful IBC yet

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

IBC 2017 made sure that IP was at the top of the agenda which perfectly suited Merging’s participation. Hapi was an integral component of the extremely impressive IP Showcase, which featured over 50 vendors with more than 100 different devices demonstrating the real-world possibilities unleashed by the adoption of SMPTE ST2110 draft standards and the AMWA NMOS specifications. The support of many industry bodies such as AES, AIMS, EBU, IABM, MNA and VSF, was reinforced by a full programme of presentations and education sessions running throughout IBC. The Hapi, equipped with a MADI expansion card, acted as a 72 channel ST2110-30 gateway taking flows to and from various other equipment on the network, such as video cameras, mixing consoles, intercom panels, video switchers and multiviewers.

ANEMAN took pride of place in Hall 8. Attracting many other manufacturers and show visitors, this philanthropic enterprise started by picking up the Audio Media International Best in Show Award. On the Saturday night, the IABM selected ANEMAN as the winner in the System Automation and Control category. Beating stiff competition from Dalet, Skyline Communications and SpotX, the judges commented; “Impressive technology with an interoperable and open platform. They have identified a critical core problem faced by the technical staff and developed an elegant solution. This is an innovative product that solves a real and universal challenge.”

New ANEMAN partners, DirectOut Technologies showed how this management tool benefits their popular MONTONE.42 Audio over IP bridge and Merging featured one of these products on the same network as Horus, Hapi, a Ward-Beck preMo-A1 and a pair of Genelec 8430A Studio Monitors. The ease with which these could be connected and reconfigured attracted universal praise. “It was the first time showing ANEMAN at IBC and it was really an exciting few days for me and the team.”; remarked → continue…

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Cox Media Group’s WFTV Deploys Panasonic P2 Cast System to Support Safe, Fast Newsgathering during Hurricane Irma

By Posted by Jody Michelle Solis, Editor

Florida-based broadcasters faced a multitude of challenges during Category 4 Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, from transmitting the news in volatile weather to keeping viewers without power abreast of crucial information via social media.

ABC affiliate WFTV-TV, the Cox Media Group (CMG) station serving the Orlando, FL market, relied on Panasonic’s P2 Cast cloud-based news production system throughout the super-charged storm to get news to air/on-line quickly and to keep its reporters safe. And the station’s storm coverage continues, showing Floridians grappling with power outages, residual flooding and clean-up, and preparing for more storms during an active hurricane season.

CMG’s Director of News Technology Dave Sirak, described ENG operations during the storm, “Our crews were scattered in safe locations around central Florida, assigned 12 hours on – 12 hours off shifts and staying at their location to avoid travel on roadways. Conditions varied from full exposure to rain and wind to internal locations inside emergency operations centers. We sent our crews with food and first aid kits, and we delivered fuel and other supplies in a roving fuel truck before and after the storm.”

He continued, “We had approximately half of our AJ-PX800 AVC-ULTRA camcorders using P2 Cast system. In some case our crews were working in traditional live trucks or with bonded cellular backpacks, but the automatic upload of the proxy video allowed us to keep our laptops stored and safe and to keep the cards in the cameras, which were tightly wrapped and protected from water intrusion. Removing the cards would have disrupted the protective rain gear, and wet hands on electronics should be avoided due to exchange of moisture on the cards, which can fog the camera internally, which is fatal.”

The P2 Cast system leverages the advanced features of Panasonic’s P2 HD AVC-ULTRA → continue…

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