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Fairhaven Church manages multiple feeds with FOR-A

Fairhaven Church manages multiple feeds with FOR-A

Fairhaven Church manages multiple feeds with FOR-A


FOR-A has helped Fairhaven Church remodel its worship facility at its Centerville campus in Ohio. The upgrade included new seating for more than 1,500 people, updated house lighting and a complete AV overhaul built around a new FOR-A HVS-2000 Hanabi video switcher.

The switcher is used to display graphics on the IMAG screen in the church, while simultaneously providing live video outputs for streaming to Facebook Live, YouTube Live and the church’s website. The Centerville campus also shares a separate feed of its worship services to its three other campuses around Dayton, while using the switcher’s aux outputs to feed monitors for the band and crew members in Centerville.

Rachel Sprotberry, live video director, learned about FOR-A switchers while touring another church. “It’s so functional, so volunteer-friendly,” she said. “We have a lot of functionality for big events. I really like the control panel – there’s a tactile button for every function you need. The FOR-A was a huge upgrade, and the price point was very helpful.”

FOR-A’s HVS-2000 Hanabi video switcher
FOR-A’s HVS-2000 Hanabi video switcher

At least eight cameras are used for each service, including small cameras that highlight band instruments and three PTZ cameras that mostly provide wide shots for the online feed. Before, the church ran cables from each camera to the switcher. Now, there are I/O ports throughout the facility, so cameras can be connected via SDI or fibre.

“The client’s biggest priorities were flexibility and usability,” stated Tim Corder, director of strategic accounts, house of worship for Diversified, which handled the AV installation. “Because of the number of concurrent destinations and unique programme needs, the specific features of the FOR-A were really important to maximise the usability of what could be a very complex system.”

Corder added that the biggest challenge for the project was successfully integrating the AV system into the existing space while the facility was being renovated. The six-week install included lighting, loudspeakers, intercoms, an expansion of the Dante audio network and a complete control room overhaul. The space now has the video, audio and graphics gear spread across two rows, with four multiviews from the FOR-A switcher providing monitoring of all sources and outputs at all times.

“Fairhaven Church is a great example of how our customers maximise the power and flexibility of our Hanabi switchers for live production,” said Adam Daniul, FOR-A director of midwest and south regional sales. “The HVS-2000 helps them manage and monitor graphics and video sources, and allows them to provide unique feeds simultaneously to multiple outlets. Our switchers are incredibly powerful without being complicated, which is important for churches and other facilities that often rely on volunteer production crews.”

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