The Most Important Thing you Missed at InfoComm

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In addition to being an audio and video design consultant, I’m a technology geek. It should go without saying that InfoComm is a big deal for me and something that I look forward to. It’s not just the gear. In fact, it’s mostly not about the gear. It’s about the conversations with people developing and working with the hardware (and increasingly the software and support).

These conversations are enormously interesting to me. I’ve grown much more interested in applications and trends than how thing plug together. A decade ago, it was mostly about just getting the technology to work. Everyone was in much more of a presentation mindset and you were doing pretty good if you could just get a clean image and intelligible sound.

Today, every manufacturer seems to be pitching that they have some “unique” way of resolving these issues. Yet, when you get down to it, there are more similarities than differences. Why? Dirty little secret that’s not so secret – Because virtually everyone is using the same hardware. For example, in UTP video transmission, manufacturers have their choice of HDBaseT chipsets, from Valens, Valens, or Valens.

This doesn’t mean that there is no differentiation between manufacturers. It just means that the differentiation is increasingly defined by software, quality of support, and extra features. To a large degree, the quality of these three components is determined by how well the manufacturer understands its end-users. This statement is increasingly true for integrators and consultants, as well.

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Lights, Cameras, Rigging!

In Rigging, Rigging Product News, Web Articlesby tfwm

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Five Safety Guidelines to Take to Heart

Whether you are in a fixed facility of a portable church, if you have any type of lighting system, it’s safe to say you are familiar with trusses and rigging. In order to maintain a safe environment, you need to get in the habit of checking your rigging on a regular basis and looking for signs of wear and tear – whether you move your equipment on a regular basis or not. Below is a list of five common hazards you need to be aware of.

Unrated Hardware

Know the Safe Working Load (SWL) of all the components in your rigging system, and make sure you don’t exceed the SWL for the weakest component. Don’t cut corners and use hardware that does not have a SWL forged into it – they may cost less, but you’re risking a lot. The last thing any HoW needs is a piece of equipment falling from the truss because it was too heavy for the bolt or clamp securing it.
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Pope praises families in Ecuador

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Tribune wire reports

QUITO, Ecuador—Pope Francis received a hero’s welcome in Ecuador’s biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened.


In his homily, Francis praised families as the nucleus of society, calling them “the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly.” He said miracles are performed every day inside a family out of love, but sometimes the love and happiness run out.

“How many women, sad and lonely, wonder when love left, when it slipped away from their lives?” he asked. “How many elderly people feel left out of family celebrations, cast aside and longing each day for a little love?”

Firefighters sprayed water from hoses on the crowd to provide relief from a searing sun and high humidity that made the 86 degree Fahrenheit temperature in the Pacific port city of Guayaquil feel at least 10 degrees hotter.

Many pilgrims had spent the night outdoors, and some walked for miles to reach the park on Guayaquil’s northern outskirts to catch a glimpse of history’s first Latin American pope celebrating Mass on his home turf. They said it was well worth the discomfort.

“I’m tired, I’m hungry, I haven’t slept, but I’m also full of emotion and joy in my heart,” said Vicente Huilcatoma, a former police officer who walked 25 miles (40 kilometers) to reach Samanes Park.

The Vatican originally estimated more than 1 million people would turn out for the Mass, and government organizers put the crowd at above that figure in the hour before the service began. But Gabriel Almeida, the government spokesman at the scene, rolled back the estimate to about 550,000 after officials viewed aerial images of the area.

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Chauvet Professional Ovation FD 165 Fresnel Light

In Lighting, Product Reviews, Web Articlesby tfwm

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Welcome to New Beginnings Church in Orlando, Florida! We run a 9:00am and 11:00 am on Sundays and, before a single fader is touched, button pushed, or switch flipped, it is imperative to seek God in prayer, and ask Him to create His sound, His lighting, His video, and His worship! We must saturate everything in prayer, especially the technical! Everything we do, especially in a house of worship, is geared towards connecting people with Christ. This is why almost all audiovisual enhancements must be metaphorically invisible. Ultimately the AV equipment is there as a means to further enhance the worship experience, not to be worshiped for what it does. I am always looking for “low profile” gear that has a flat learning curve. Therefore, everyone on “the team” will feel comfortable operating the gear on their own, while maintaining the same standard of excellence. The Ovation FD 165 warm white Fresnel light by Chauvet Professional falls into that category of flat learning curve gear.

Specs for Techs

The Ovation FD-165ww features easy access dimming and zooming control, which can be accessed simply by double clicking on the respective knob. Having both 3 pin and 5 pin DMX input and output means flexibility! When plugging into a power source, there is an Edison (standard three prong wall plug) to Neutrik PowerCON connection (the blue and black round plug), and an output from the fixture with the same PowerCON connector, that works on a standard dimmer or via DMX.

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Win a new Blackmagic Design Micro-Studio Camera

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TFWM Twitter Contest

Send us a picture of your volunteer team for a chance to win a new Blackmagic Design Micro-Studio Camera.

design How to Enter:

  1. Take a picture of your volunteer team and send it to us (
  2. Subject line:  We Love Our Volunteers
  3. Make sure to include in the text the name of your church and your twitter account info (if you have twitter), as well as a main contact person and phone number.
  4. Follow Technologies for Worship on Twitter @TFWM
  5. We will post your volunteer picture on Twitter.  Get your volunteers, congregants and friends to Favorite the image @TFWM
  6. The picture Favorited the most wins!
  7. Only Houses of Worship in the US and Canada can enter.

More information about the Blackmagic Design Micro-Studio Camera here.

We will be accepting pictures of your volunteers from May 15, 2015 – June 15, 2015.

Pictures will be loaded to twitter by June 22nd, 2015.

Two weeks will be given for people to like your photo.  FAVORITE‘s will be tabulated on July 7, 2015.  The winning church will be notified by July 10, 2015.

You will receive your camera once they start shipping in July.

If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Makariak at or call her at 705-500-4978.

NOW! Church Band Performing at Live Events Experience Stage, Booth 6878

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NOWChurchband-1For over 20 years, Lindsey Seals has been worship pastor and senior associate pastor at NOW Church in Ocala, Florida. The NOW Church Band is made up of talented volunteers who are passionate about connecting “Others” to God through music.

On the Live Events Experience stage at Infocomm, they will perform in both English and Spanish, providing their unique blend of pop, rock, dance, gospel, and folk, with signature funk undertones.

Click here to see their powerful remix of Hoozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’

The Now Church Band, featuring Lindsey Seals on vocals, will be performing daily during exhibit floor hours.

Wednesday, June 17 – Thursday, June 18

10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45, 3:00 and 4:15

Thursday, June 19

10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 1:45 and 3:00

Technologies for Worship Magazine, in partnership with Church Tech Leaders and Infocomm, will also be offering Education Seminars. For a complete list of seminars click here.

Visit for free hands-on seminars, live worship bands and new technology from BexelTSS, DPA, Digitial Projection (DPI), Kramer, LAWO, RapcoHorizon, Renkus-Heinz, and Skylark Audio.

Buckhead Church Lighting the Way

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Roman-JaredJared Roman, Lighting and Scenic Director at Buckhead Church in Atlanta, GA, shares some insight with us about lighting fixtures, mapping out a lighting system, and lighting with video in mind.

TFWM: Tell us about lighting at Buckhead.

Jared: At Buckhead church we are continually upgrading and expanding our lighting systems. One of the main things we look for when purchasing lighting equipment is the functionality and flexibility of the gear and whether it can be used for more than one task; we want something we can repurpose down the road. We look at the price, the value it will be adding immediately, and what we can do with it in the future. An example of this would be the Elation Flex Pixel LED tape, which we initially purchased to up light a specific set piece we were using. We’ve since reused it multiple times, in three or four different sets, in a variety of different ways for different looks. The same thing applies to our Chauvet EPIX V2 LED strips as well; we’ve used those in a variety of different configurations, from adding texture and motion to the set, to making a low-res video wall out of them.

TFWM: What are some of the main components of your system?

Jared: We have a Jands Vista L5 lighting console with a D1 distributed processing unit that drives our rig. We chose Jands based on the flexibility of the console and ease of use. Our volunteers were able to pick it up very quickly and enjoy programing on it. We also use Chauvet Colorado 1 Tri Tours. They were easy for us to choose because they are a tri-mixing fixture that has a nice, bright, high-quality light, and are easy to fit into small spaces. As for moving lights that we have recently purchased we have 10 Martin Rush MH3 beam fixtures. They are incredibly bright and the price was right, which was important to us.

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Join Technologies for Worship Magazine and our partners, Church Tech Leaders and Infocomm, for over three days of seminars geared specifically to the House of Worship market.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Mark BrunnerThe Wireless Spectrum Auction and its Important to HoW
presented by Mark Brunner, Senior Director of Global Brand Management, Shure
The UHF television spectrum — for decades home to wireless microphone operations — has been under transformation in the past several years.  As over-the-air viewership has declined, regulators around the world have re-purposed UHF spectrum for other uses such as mobile broadband services.  This transition has impacted the professional audio community that is also increasingly deploying wireless technology.  The FCC is planning another auction of UHF spectrum in 2016.  Mark Brunner, Shure’s government  liaison, will discuss the recent history of US spectrum policy and outline the details of the upcoming auction with particular emphasis on wireless microphone operations during and after the transition.

Thursday, June 18, 2015
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Video Creation to Completion (from Storyboards to Final Edit) 
presented by Ricky Perinchief,  Broadcast Director, NOW Church
RickyPerinchief-croppedMost churches facilitate worship services solely with technical volunteers. This session will provide practical insight and simple solutions for finding, training, and maintaining a volunteer production crew with a passion for technical excellence. Discovering the formula that continually drives volunteers to the next level is the key to building a technical team at your church that wins – in this session, we’ll discuss a functional way to find that formula and maximize the strengths of your team.

Other sessions include:

  • Why LEDs Make Rubber Duckies Evil
  • Choosing the Best Audio Network for Your Needs
  • Building a Lighting System for Houses of Worship
  • The Pursuit of Motion, Resolution and Image Quality
  • How to Develop Your Audio Volunteers
  • LIVE Production Tips
  • Mixing Worship 201
  • Visual Worship – What Does it Mean?
  • Plus many more!

The Technologies for Worship Pavilion, located at booth 6878 on the show floor, will also be running free hands-on workshops, including hands-on Digital Console training with LAWO, feature live worship bands performing multiple times a day over the course of the show, and have technical experts on-hand to answer your questions.

For more information and to register click here and use VIP Code TFWM15 to receive a special discount.

Partners include:
Bexel TSS, DPA Microphones, Digital Projection International,
Kramer Electronics, Pivitec, LAWO,
ProCo (RapcoHorizon), Renkus-Heinz,
Skylark Audio Video and VideoGuys.

TFWM Live Event Experience at Infocomm2015

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Visit us at Booth 6878!

Partner Profiles:

This year at InfoComm 2015 Pivitec will be offering hands-on demos of the e32 Personal Monitor Mixing System as a sponsor of the Technologies for Worship Live Events Stage at booth 6878.

Visitors will have the opportunity to mix the NOW! Church Band live and test drive a complete digital Personal Mixing System that includes Sennheiser Evolution G3 Wireless Monitors.

Based on Ethernet AVB Standards, Pivitec’s e32 offers full wireless control of 32 channels via the V2Mix® Pro App for iOS. Combined with the Sennheiser ew 300 IEM system performers experience professional sound quality and the ability to control their mix from anywhere on stage.

You won’t want to miss this chance to check out the finest Personal Mixing system first hand!

For more information or to schedule an appointment at the show visit us on the web at or email at

The Full White features a new aluminum extrusion shape allowing for the attachment of the surface to the rear of frame to create a truly borderless, well tensioned, front projection surface; perfect for adding scenic elements to your projection displays.

Any screen size in any aspect ratio can be created, and it easily packs into our standard iconic small scale cases for easy transportation. Whether you are a portable church or a large, multi-facility house of worship, AV Stumpfl has the screen to meet your needs. We will be displaying our very portable, folding Monoblox system as well as our modern, borderless Fullwhite system at InfoComm Booth 3459 and on the TFWM stage.

Bexel TSS offers competitive pricing on new and used broadcast video and professional audio equipment. From robotic cameras, audio mixers, LED lighting, and complete control systems, Bexel TSS provides comprehensive solutions for houses of worship. With an expansive inventory, including exclusive dealerships with leading manufactures, Bexel TSS is the industry’s source for providing within the clients’ needs and budget. Backed by world-class engineering and a proven track record for reliability, Bexel TSS ensures the best in audio and video technologies for temples, churches and worship houses. Shop peace of mind when purchasing lightly used broadcast equipment backed by the Bexel Guarantee.

Learn more at or email

Skylark designs, builds, and installs the most progressive lighting and AV systems available. Each organization has specific needs that require a unique mix of tools. We sit down with each client and listen to their needs, goals, and desires and then turn these conversations into solutions that best meet their long-term goals within their short-term budget. InfoComm is an opportunity for us to see many of our friends that we’ve worked with through the years and to build new relationships while being exposed to new technology as our industry continues to expand. 
Visit us at and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

For a schedule of Pavilion Events and performances, click here.

For more information and to register for the Worship Education Program, click here.

Other Live Event Experience Partners:
BexelTSS, DPA Microphones, Digital Projection, Kramer Electronics,
LAWO, Pivitec, ProCo (RapcoHorizon), Renkus-Heinz,
Skylark Audio Video and VideoGuys