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SeaCoast Grace Church expands streaming content with FOR-A

SeaCoast Grace Church expands streaming content with FOR-A

SeaCoast Grace Church expands streaming content with FOR-A


SeaCoast Grace Church in Cypress, CA had been using an HVS-490 HANABI video switcher from FOR-A Corporation of America to produce livestreaming coverage of its three weekend services. Due to the current Covid-19 restrictions, however, the nondenominational church is no longer able to welcome its 4,000 congregants to its main auditorium every weekend. Instead, SeaCoast produces coverage of one weekend service and has added coverage of classes, meetings and additional worship during the week for various groups within its community.

The 2 M/E switcher is normally used to produce two simultaneous productions. The first provides coverage for the two IMAG screens in the 2,000-seat main auditorium, as well as the streaming feed. The second provides a separate feed for the 1920x1080 LED videowall used as a backdrop for singers and musicians.

SeaCoast currently holds its Saturday night service in an empty auditorium, which is streamed live, recorded onsite and converted to an MP4 file, to be replayed twice on Sunday morning. SeaCoast streams these services on its website, YouTube and on Facebook.

Prior to the lockdown, the church attracted about 400 viewers weekly with its online services, but now has more than 3,000 each week. "People appreciate what we're doing," commented Eric Benson, technical director. "Our goal is to get back to producing three live services every weekend but, for now, we're streaming live content five nights a week."

SeaCoast has nine inputs dedicated to cameras, while three inputs are assigned to ProPresenter systems for lyrics, video playback and backgrounds. Two inputs are used for prayer graphics, and another is assigned to the digital signage displayed in the lobby.

The HVS-490 HANABI video switcher
The HVS-490 HANABI video switcher

SeaCoast uses the FOR-A switcher's multiple outputs to send separate signals to the LED videowall, IMAG screens, lobby and the livestream. Another output provides a four-camera multiview feed for the shader. The HVS-490 is the centrepiece in the church's control room, with dedicated areas for editing, video playback and digital signage. Its built-in multiview populates the control room's 60-inch monitor, as well as a separate reference monitor.

"Everything is laid out so well on the controller," noted Benson, "so everything is pretty much at your fingertips. It's even simplified what used to be a rather complicated process of creating a countdown before the service begins. In fact, it's so easy that we haven't had to program macros."

"The FOR-A HVS-490 is helping SeaCoast Grace Church adapt to the restrictions required by the Covid-19 shutdown by providing a simple and reliable way to switch live productions beyond standard worship services," said David Morris, FOR-A western regional sales manager. "It has plenty of inputs, so special events don't create production headaches, and plenty of outputs, so they don't need to rely on a separate router to manage multiple feeds."

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