Arizona Church Begins Streaming, Recording with Vaddio MatrixMIX System

With its ease of use, the MatrixMIX was put through the paces on the same day following its install, after which the church's first recording was done the next Sunday.

Arizona Church Begins Streaming, Recording with Vaddio MatrixMIX System
Willow Hills Baptist Church lead tech David Smith works on a Behringer X32 console in the production room, while watching the various views from the four Vaddio PTZ cameras being used in the worship space.

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Arizona Church Begins Streaming, Recording with Vaddio MatrixMIX System

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Since the church now can record its services, Smith said the church is open to possibly expanding its number of Sunday services in the future, to three. If such a service were added, the church could then replay the pastor’s message (which typically runs about 30 minutes), with it having been recorded from a service earlier that day.

With the MatrixMIX, it allows for Willow Hills to “split things up, and put things on the front (projection) screen, and different on the back,” said Smith. “Our camera guy can have the pastor up (on the screen) preaching, and when he switches a slide, changing that from the computer.”

As part of the install work, Halsey noted, “The cameras system is pretty straight forward, and we connected it to their existing (audio and projection) system, to their routers, projectors, to the overflow room, and the production room, where they are able to stream.” The setup included two additional long runs of HD-BaseT cabling to the church’s production room, with HDMI outputs.

Since the system first went live, the only issue that has arisen during those first few weeks, requiring a return by CCS, was to replace a line transmitter that had become inoperable. As Halsey explained, “that’s pretty standard, by making sure that the new equipment is speaking to the old equipment.”

The collaboration between Willow Hills and CCS has been a worthwhile one, Smith acknowledged, adding that on such a project, it is key “to get a good integrator who will work with you.” In the project’s early stages, he added, “They were willing to invest in us, even without knowing (months before the install work began) that it was going to take off, as we hadn’t budgeted for it yet.”

In time, the plan morphed into one beyond just streaming and recording. “If they have a sermon, or a show going on, they could extend that to the web, or another location,” Halsey noted.

Initially, when the church opted to go with PTZ cameras, Smith was somewhat reticent, remembering his issues a couple decades ago after installing PTZs at another church. Upon getting a closer look at Vaddio’s current line of PTZs, though, Willow Hills selected a pair of Vaddio RoboSHOT 30 PTZs, and two Vaddio RoboSHOT 12 units for their camera needs. To help arrive at that decision, noted Smith, was a visit to a church east of Phoenix, which had an identical camera setup including Robo Shot 30s, and some other older Vaddio gear, offering a window to what could be achieved with that extent of an upgrade.


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