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Houses of Worship
Who typically operates
the technical systems for
your worship clients?
3.4%
10.3%
Most of my
worship clients
have paid
professional staff
Who operates technical systems for your
house-of-worship clients?
I support most of
my worship clients
with staffing/
operations
services
You Bring AV Excellence to Worship
Facilities. We're Here to Help.
There are numerous challenges that contractors may face when working on house
of worship installations today. These may be due to being forced to transition to
new - and oftentimes more complicated - formats like prerecorded services and
livestreams because of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Although many have gone
back to in-person services, houses of worship still strive to reach their congregations
any way they can. The methods used for this may include upgrades to audio, video,
lighting and backline equipment.
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges for houses of worship is finding the
Your characterization of return-to-sanctuary
efforts?
55.2%
31%
Most of my
worship clients
rely on trained
volunteers
Most of my
worship
clients rely on
volunteers who
may or may not
have formal
training
right equipment that matches their overall vision and budget, while also meeting
volunteers and staff at their own experience levels. Volunteers are essential to many
churches, but, oftentimes, the technical knowledge will vary from person to person.
At Full Compass, our experienced sales representatives are always ready to
answer questions, make recommendations and help equip you with the right tools
and equipment that fit your vision and budget! From simple-setup audio and video
gear to lighting and backline equipment that requires a bit more technical knowledge,
we've got everything you need to create installations, of all sizes, that you can
take the utmost pride in.
Get in touch with us at 800-356-5844 to speak with an expert today!
downside, of course, is that the average
volunteer is minimally trained. " I think
there's so much room for improvement -
professional development, perhaps - on
the education side, " Creel expounds.
" I question how much we, as a market,
are targeting the church market for
professional development. " Until those
professional-development efforts bloom,
Lee believes it's important for integrators
to mold church leaders' expectations.
" They sometimes assume that, if I get this
latest, greatest camera and DVLED wall,
magic's gonna happen, " he says. In truth,
a great deal of the experience quality will
come down to operator aptitude.
That's why Lee believes it's imperative
for integrators, even while delivering
outstanding technical systems, to ensure
that those systems are approachable.
He reflects on Lee Communication Inc.
coming in to help churches with " ...
beautiful, wonderful systems, [where the
original integrator] did a great job with the
integration. But it was so complex that,
once the wow! factor wore off and the
reality set in that they had to make it work
on Sunday, for them it was like trying to fly
the space shuttle. " Lee makes clear that,
when a system doesn't work properly,
pastors don't see it as the technology
being too complex. Rather, they see it as
the integrator not having done a good job.
" Day one, when that new sound system
premieres, it needs to sound good, " Lee
exhorts. " Make it a big win! "
Citing smart mixers and similar advancements,
Lee says tools now exist to enable
integrators to help even smaller churches
- those with the least ability to pay or train
operators. " Today's digital boards enable
[even] the small church to do pretty good
with just somebody who's willing to spend
a little time on learning the console, "
Optoma on Delivering Bright Projected Images in Houses of Worship
Installing projectors in churches and sanctuaries can be challenging, but there are projection solutions on the market that let you
project a powerful message in any type or size of house of worship.
Many houses of worship have very large, wide-open spaces with high ceilings and limited options for mounting a projector. To
provide installation flexibility, Optoma offers ultra-short-throw laser projectors that can be placed a few inches from the screen,
as well as short-throw laser projectors that can be placed a few feet from the screen, providing installation flexibility. Optoma also
has a full assortment of standard-throw-lens laser models with built-in lens shift, focus and zoom that make them easy to install
in new construction or retrofit to an existing system. Interchangeable-lens laser projectors are also available if extra-long throw
distances are needed, such as placing the projector at the back of the house of worship and the screen at the very front.
Another challenge with houses of worship is ambient light. Sanctuaries tend to have a high amount of ambient light, with
overhead lights on. And many have large stained-glass windows, letting in sunlight during the day. These spaces will require very
bright projectors to provide bright, colorful images and clear text that can be easily viewed onscreen. Optoma has a wide range
of high-brightness laser projectors - from 5,000 to 22,000 lumens of brightness - and they can also be stacked to double the
brightness, if needed. So, whatever brightness you need, Optoma has a solution.
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