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Grace Community Church streams services with JVC

Grace Community Church streams services with JVC
Image courtesy of Shelly Blake

Grace Community Church streams services with JVC


Grace Community Church has provided reformed Baptist worship services to the Glen Rose, Texas community for more than 20 years. In light of the Covid-19 pandemic, the HOW recently began livestreaming its Sunday service for the benefit of infirmed and elderly members. This has been made possible through a pair of KY-PZ100 PTZ cameras and an RM-LP100 controller from JVC Professional Video.

Church member and AV consultant Chris Blake oversaw the acquisition and installation of the equipment. In order to capture the entire worship service, Blake opted to install one JVC KY-PZ100 at the rear centre of the room, about 23m from the platform. The other camera is off to the side, roughly 12m from the platform. Both are mounted above people’s heads, to ensure they are out of anyone’s line of sight.

“When we started to review our options, one of our biggest considerations was the desired position of the cameras,” explained Blake. “Since our plan was to install one at the back of the space, we needed a long zoom – and the JVC cameras offer that. We also found that JVC has good optics in terms of both the lens and the sensor.”

Church member and AV consultant Chris Blake
Church member and AV consultant Chris Blake

According to Blake, the positioning of the cameras fits ideally into Grace Community Church’s size and capabilities. “We value keeping our space an atmosphere of worship,” he added. “The idea of setting up tripods and having extra volunteers that need to run cameras reminded us more of a TV studio than a worship space. Since we are a smaller church, we chose the JVC PTZ cameras because they are discreet and high quality, and they have excellent performance.”

Working with Stream Dudes in Chicago, the HOW also purchased JVC’s RM-LP100 Controller. “We felt that a hardware-based controller solution would be easier for volunteers to run, compared to a computer with software,” continued Blake. “The controller is straightforward and easy for our volunteers to use, and they really love it. Price, quality and ease-of-use were really the main factors for us. The JVC system, and its ability to easily integrate with other products, fits the bill.”

When it comes to streaming throughout the pandemic, Blake says that the JVC system has been especially useful. “We are continuing to rely on our streaming solution since many of our members are either older adults or in high-risk groups. They choose to stay home, even though we are back to meeting in-person, so that option has served a lot of people well over the past several months.”

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