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Hope City Church streams live with Hitachi Kokusai

Hope City Church streams live with Hitachi Kokusai
Volunteer Rebecca Mossop with a Hitachi Kokusai Z-HD5500 camera

Hope City Church streams live with Hitachi Kokusai


The Hope City Church in Edmonton, Alberta changed its name from Mills Woods Assembly to reflect on its expansion into new areas, which include the addition of the Terwilligar campus. It has recently added a new satellite site and has invested in three Z-HD5500 cameras from Hitachi Kokusai to improve its live streamed videos to its Terwilligar and Mills Woods campuses.

The church wanted to upgrade its cameras as the existing ones provided time-delayed services to the Terwilligar site. ‘Our old cameras didn’t allow us to achieve the quality we wanted, with insufficient low-light capabilities and consumer-grade controls,’ said Dan Mandryk, technical director at Hope City Church. ‘We needed to replace them and our expansion gave us the big push to get new cameras on board. Video enables us to multiply our presence, allowing us to deliver the same message across campuses while still creating unique experiences at each location. We wanted to go to a broadcast-grade camera because the video feed would essentially stand in for a live pastor. We narrowed our choice to two major brands, and Hitachi Kokusai worked closely with our dealer, Applied Electronics, to put together a package that met our needs at a price that worked for us. The Hitachi cameras’ ability to integrate with the Ross Dashboard control system was also important, as we are considering adding a Ross switcher in the future.’

The three cameras are positioned on pedestals in the main sanctuary of the Mills Woods campus and serve the live video link between campuses. These also power IMAG for the auditorium’s two 20-foot-wide, rear projection side screens and 19-foot-wide centre screen. ‘The Z-HD5500s deliver an obvious quality boost from our previous cameras,’ Mandryk added. ‘The colour reproduction is also fabulous, as we finally see on video exactly what we see in the room. The first day we put them in, our congregants could see the difference and were excited to see more vibrant colours. We push the boundaries on lighting, so sometimes we have to get a shot where there’s not a whole lot of light and the Z-HD5500’s low-light handling is far superior to our old cameras. Conversely, we use a lot of LED lighting of varying quality in our sets from high-end professional lights all the way down to do-it-yourself LED tape lights in our set pieces and we’ve never had a problem with these cameras capturing great video.’

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