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FOR-A helps The Journey upgrade online and in-person services

FOR-A helps The Journey upgrade online and in-person services

FOR-A helps The Journey upgrade online and in-person services


The Journey, a non-denominational church based in Newark, Delaware, has installed a new HVS-490 video switcher as part of an effort to upgrade its online services as well as the I-MAG (image magnification) experience for its in-person services. Purchased through Avenue Systems in Milwaukee, the HVS-490 replaced an older FOR-A switcher to create an upgrade path to 4K.

“FOR-A has been a great product for us,” said Will Alger, production director for The Journey. “The new switcher lets us add modules as we need them and, because it’s another FOR-A, the training for our volunteers has been very smooth.”

With 2 M/Es, the HVS-490 allows The Journey to produce separate programming for its online and in-person services simultaneously. Alger said it can be uncomfortable when members see themselves worshipping on the big screens in the room. As a result, the in-person services focus more on shots of the pastor or musicians, while the online service includes more crowd shots to help them feel part of the in-person experience.

Six outputs are used during services. One output feeds the I-MAG screens on either side of the stage, while a second feeds the streaming video feed (which is also recorded). Outputs are also dedicated to a confidence monitor, a feed for TVs throughout the campus, a projector that is used for video teaching and a secondary recorder for an ISO camera, so volunteer camera operators can review their work.

To create a more cinematic look for its livestreaming, The Journey has also invested in new Panasonic cameras with Canon lenses. “We want to create an intimate experience for people who can’t be in our room,” Alger explained. “We really want them to feel part of the service, even if they’re not physically there.”

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