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on September 10, 2014 2:15 pm EDT
Texas Church Revives Visual Appeal with Multiscreen Video Presentations
Watermark Community Church upgrade includes Renewed Vision's ProVideoPlayer 2 to create multiscreen video presentations at its 3,500-seat Dallas worship center.
Watermark Church in Dallas. All Images courtesy of Peter Calvin.
The ProVideoPlayer 2 (PVP2) installation is a significant element of a larger technology upgrade, which includes a dedicated fiber network to connect its Dallas location with a 500-seat worship center in Fort Worth; and a third worship center opening in Plano in early 2015.
"PVP2 has played a significant role in our overall upgrade plan, and offers us tremendous cost-savings."
—Les Brown, Technical Director, Watermark Community Church, Dallas, TX
Les Brown, technical director for Watermark Community Church in Dallas, was seeking a reliable and affordable solution to replace a six-year-old Green Hippo media playback server, which reached end of life and could no longer be upgraded. He researched PVP2 following recommendations from media technicians at other houses of worship and drew on his experience using another Renewed Vision product, ProPresenter 5 software. Brown notes that ProPresenter has performed flawlessly for years, displaying biblical passages, song lyrics and other media content during services.
“We were confident that PVP2 would perform reliably to foster an inspirational worship experience for everyone,” Brown says. ”PVP2 has played a significant role in our overall upgrade plan, and offers us tremendous cost-savings. It is a fraction of the cost of competing solutions.”
Beyond its reasonable price point, Watermark Church benefits from long-term cost-savings based on its simple configuration and interoperability. Watermark Church has configured PVP2 to run on a Mac Pro, which outputs five video signals to a bank of digital video projectors, including two Christie and three Barco units. PVP2 can be programmed to deliver a different display to each of the five screens or a single display that spans all five screens, as well as a combination of displays in a single presentation.
The decision to buy PVP2 followed a successful software trial that Watermark conducted on Easter 2014. The special musical performance, which featured the house band, soloists, and back-up singers, leveraged PVP2 to project a single video across five separate large displays above the stage. The video, which featured song lyrics, graphics and particle smoke, was created in After Effects to allow the visual elements to use all five screens as if they were one display. Since the band was performing to a click-track, the lyrics would appear on the video in perfect synchronization with the vocalists.