The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Clovis has a beautiful mural on the back wall of their sanctuary. It was donated by a member of their congregation long before churches started installing video projection systems.
Too bad whoever installed their big screen thought they didn’t have any other choice but to install a huge projection screen and projector, right in the middle of everything. Maybe at the time, they didn’t have any other choice.
Is your church video system like that? I’ve been to places and talked to church leadership who are dealing with old, outdated, broken or just no church video system.
They think they’re stuck, but you’d be surprised at what can be done.
A lot of people ask if TV or video monitors are an option. Church spaces are just too big to get good results from TVs. The largest one you can get right now is 120 inch TV and they are $60,000.
A video projection system can have a 200+ inch screen and the whole thing could be less than $20,000. It’s the best option for large spaces like churches or big meeting halls.
It even works for non-linear setups, you know, situations where you don’t want a screen or projector stuck in the middle of everything. I’ve got access to sophisticated projectors that can throw a crisp, clear image from way back … or from the side.
That’s the solution I offered to the Seventh Day Adventist Church when they called me to fix their system.
When I took a look at their setup, I immediately knew I could create something that would not only keep that wonderful mural front and center, but it would also make viewing better for their congregation. It was a fun project and we really made a difference.
You know how I think that the quality of projectors get a bad rap, so it’s always nice to put in a video system that really shows off the capabilities of this technology. Again, it’s a LOT less expensive than big screen TVs. I know that especially matters for churches and nonprofits.
The church leadership was really happy with this, too.
“Chris and the team at CVES did great work for us at a great price. They put in the extra effort to make things run perfectly. I enjoy working with Chris because he’s very knowledgeable and great at explaining what he’s going to do and why. If I have questions or problems, Chris is always quick about answering and getting things straightened out. I highly recommend them for your church audio/visual project.”
Lois Currier, Audio Visual Coordinator
Seventh Day Adventist Church, Clovis
All photos by and courtesy of Lois Currier.
A New Angle for their Church Video System
They hated it that the screen would cover up those murals. Plus, their old projector was going out. Because of the set up, the projector was way in the back. Now, projectors like that can certainly throw their image the 75 foot length of the church, but they are expensive. It was going to be close to $10,000 to replace that projector.
The solution was to take advantage of newer, smaller but more sophisticated projectors and come at it from an angle. Their equipment investment was two screens, two projectors, two monitors and two computers. All this was about the same as that one projector.
If something breaks, they won’t have near the repair or replacement cost. What they’ve got now works much better. The projectors are brighter and easier to see. And because the screens are on the side you don’t have to look at them if you want.
As you can see in the photo, the projectors are up on the wall waaaay to the side. They’re almost hidden by the beams. How is it possible to do that without some crazy distortion of the picture?
Better Projector Technology = Better Video
Now, if you’ve ever given a presentation with a projector that wasn’t able to be centered, you remember how everyone had to deal with a wonky shape being thrown on the screen until you adjusted the “keystone” setting.
There was a limit to how much it could adjust though, so ideally you want your projector to be centered or close to centered, but that’s not always possible. There’s now a projector that can be used at an extreme angle.
All projectors have their specs on how far off center they can go. Using their internal software, you adjust the image to square it up. The only downside is that the more off-angle you are, the more resolution you lose, but it’s not so much you’d notice.
But still it works really well, especially in this case, so you don’t have to hang some sort of weird projector platform off your beautiful vaulted ceilings.
So if you’re looking to add or update your church video system and you think “We can’t mount it on the ceiling and can’t just put it on a cart in the middle of the aisle…” call me.
I’ll take a look at your church video system (we do office and office sound systems too, of course) and I’ll give you a quote that is fair and works to preserve the look and beauty of your church while serving your congregation.