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Crosby Church updates projection

Crosby Church updates projection

Crosby Church updates projection


Church management at Crosby Church in Texas has been magnifying its services and displaying multimedia content on using two Eiki projectors since it first started conducting services in 2001. Those projectors were installed by Hardin Sound, Light & Video (SLV) and, almost two decades later, have been replaced by a pair of new EK-820U WUXGA laser projectors from the same manufacturer, also installed by Hardin SLV.

‘I originally installed the two Eiki projectors and 14-foot wide screens back in 2001 and those original projectors lasted nearly 20 years,’ said Kevin Hardin, owner and operator at Hardin SLV. ‘The church is now using HD cameras for their stream as well as live images and lots of graphics and video material as part of their Sunday morning services. This necessitated newer, more capable projectors and, with their 10,000-lumen brightness, the new Eiki EK-820U projectors, outfitted with AH-A22020 lenses, provided the perfect solution.’

The EK-820U projectors beam content onto 24-foot wide Draper Cineperm fixed-frame screens with a matte white finish. Aluminium frames mounted directly onto the sheetrock wall provide sufficient support for the screens’ huge span. ‘With the aluminium frame being so light, we were able to assemble and pre-drill the displays on the ground, attach them onto the wall and snap on the surface, making for a secure, streamlined setup,’ noted Mr Hardin.

‘The church does a 3-4 camera shoot for services. The projectors also output sermon text, scriptures, as well as some great videos of various ministries or outreach projects. The live video feed comes from a [Ross Video] Carbonite camera switcher in the video suite that feeds into a custom-built PC with a Blackmagic capture card. The Church tech uses [Renewed Vision] ProPresenter software to overlay text over video and handle the final output to the projectors.’

The projectors at Crosby Church have been set up with a 16:10 aspect ratio, rather than the usual 16:9. ‘We chose to stay with 16:10 aspect ratio on the screens because the native 16:10 output of the projectors filled them so well and the extra height provided an impact that the pastor and the staff fell in love with,’ Hardin added. ‘Furthermore, the camera feed is 1080p, so they can choose to stretch it a little or not, depending on the application.’

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