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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PRESCOTT, Ariz. – For about four years, the Willow Hills Baptist Church has been looking to make the jump to stream and record at least a portion of their weekly worship services.

About a month ago, in mid-April, those long-held plans finally came to fruition, in large part to the installation of a system that went from zero cameras to four, while also featuring the Vaddio AV Bridge MatrixMIX Production System.

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.’

While the factor of cost for years represented a significant roadblock to the church in moving forward on such an upgrade, David Smith, the church’s lead tech, noted how “someone put a bug in the ear of our pastor about live streaming, and so we went forward with it.”

For the church with a membership of around 500, the focus of the project was to add on a video and camera system.

Upon determining the extent of the project, Smith deemed an integrator was necessary, to provide the desired level of support.

Initially Smith noted that he “looked around and did not see a complete, one-vendor solution,” for such an upgrade, and added he wanted to find a local company, whereby the church chose CCS Presentations, based in Scottsdale.

The initial work with CCS began by determining the project’s cost in January, after which the church had its members vote, approving the installation. The project was the integrator’s first at the church, and the work was finished Friday, April 13.

Instead of waiting a couple of days before using the new system for a service, the church ran it later that Friday night. “We had a youth rally that night, and I said, ‘Let’s record it,’ to get used to the joystick (on the PCC MatrixMIX Live Production Controller).” Two days later, he added, “We did our first recording (during a service) that Sunday, and made DVDs and gave them to the staff, to have them look at things like stage presence.”

The following Sunday, the church coordinated its first stream of a portion of a service, learning then that “the guy running the cameras wasn’t familiar with changing the exposure,” Smith said, adding, “I have since written some macros, where we can do a slow pan of the camera, or can position the rear camera.”

In the first few weeks since the church has been working with the new Vaddio system, Smith noted that “we’ve streamed the message twice, to a content delivery network, with a link to our website, and are streaming to our Facebook page.”

As Dana Halsey of CCS elaborated, (Willow Hills’) main goal was to get their main sermon saved, and posted to the website, as well as to stream some of their recordings.”


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