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
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LAS VEGAS – For church staff members who might be seeking the latest solutions available on the market, the NAB annual conference at the Las Vegas Convention Center is an excellent place to uncover a wide range of them.

Epson’s Professional Projection Tool is a free piece of software that would allow for a church to setup multiple projectors offsite, with no need to use projector remotes.

Among the hundreds of exhibitors just in the Central Hall on Tuesday, a wide array of such solutions was reviewed among nearly 20 manufacturers during the second day of the exhibit hall being open.

Whether it was learning about the latest audio offerings from microphone manufacturers Audio-Technica or DPA, or some of the video camera options available on the show floor, ranging from Canon to Hitachi to JVCKENWOOD, along with latest in lighting by Robe Lighting, the offerings for houses of worship were notable on day two of the conference’s exhibit floor.

One of the more impressive products that seems to have an ideal fit for houses of worship, was an audio/video combination switcher released this fall by Vaddio, the MatrixMIX Multipurpose AV Switcher. Featuring eight camera inputs and two audio inputs, the switcher also features keyed graphics, motion graphics and a built-in audio matrix. In the few months that the unit has begun being sold, Beth Peterson, Vaddio’s product marketing manager recalled a recent sale to a church in eastern Florida, which has been using the MatrixMIX running eight cameras, doing live streaming, while hosting their services on their website.

The unit can run HDMI as standard for video camera connections, but cameras can also run off HD-SDI, USB, or HDBaseT connections.

For the company’s range of PTZ cameras, the most intriguing feature is the inclusion of free software that allows one to easily adjust camera settings through a web based interface, change color settings, the white balance, focus, auto focus, color shading, and even run through presets for particularly challenging lighting conditions, such as high lighting or for fluorescent lighting.

For DPA Microphones, one of the more noteworthy improvements to its product line released just prior to NAB might at first glance be seen as a product line that has barely changed. Upon a closer look, a series of the company’s microphones has undergone a slight streamlined design modification, but really the beauty is in the numbers. In particular, the dynamic range and total harmonic distortion for the d:vote 4099, d:fine and d:screet line of mics.


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