Tech Times for Church Video, Lighting & Security
Just as floor monitors on the platform have been an incredibly useful component during services and events, more and more churches are now beginning to embrace a new form of monitoring: Video Monitoring. Video projection systems have become something of a staple in most churches over the past four years, and many are now finding new and inventive ways to utilize the technology available.
In this issue, we will take a look at what is involved in accomplishing this versatile and simple concept for providing a video feed for your platform.
The advent of the video projector for use in church services and events has re-vitalized the way that songs, scripture, and sermons can be presented to a congregation. From a powerpoint presentation to incorporating video and songs through Easy Worship, the limits are few and the possibilities are great.
The only missing element noted by churches is that those located on the platform (i.e. the choir, the worship team, etc...) are often unable to view the screen, as it is designed for optimal viewing from the seating area. However, through simple innovation and utilizing basic concepts for video transmission, more and more churches are now employing the use of LCD's on their platforms to act as video monitors.
This capability is available in a few methods, and can be in a fixed location, or even portable like audio floor monitors.
Until more recently, the best way to transmit your video signals for projection was through an analog VGA cable. This method, capable of providing up to 1080i resolution, would allow for a professional projector to receive a flawless signal over 150 feet, and longer with signal amplifiers.
The Balun (pronounced Ba-lun) has changed the game by allowing video signals to be sent over CAT-5 and CAT-6 network cables. This has opened up the door for full HD signals to be sent relatively inexpensively to all projectors and LCD's being used in the church.
The other enormous benefit is that the network cables are far thinner and easier to install than the bulky VGA cables, whose heads are typically molded on.
The final piece of the puzzle is figuring out where and how you would like the monitors positioned on or around the platform. Classically they would have been mounted to the side walls of the chancel, or wherever convenient. This option is still quite popular, though many manufacturers now offer a portable floor option, utilizing a mount with wheels.