I spent the day yesterday commissioning and training the team at Piedmont Church on their new IMAG system. 16×16 broadcast SDI router, 8-input 1 M/E switcher with 3 auxes, 2 GFX computers running Renewed Vision ProPresenter and ProVideoPlayer with alpha keying, 3 cameras, intercom system, and a retrofit installation with LOTS of necessary wire and infrastructure. It is a killer video rig that has met this church’s needs perfectly.
One of my favorite parts of my job is working with churches on the fit and finish of these new systems. I’ve written for literally years about the art of setting the table for artists to create when mixing and leading an audio team. This is no different. After all of the discovery, design, and installation work is completed, the final step is commissioning and training. In these settings my role is to make sure that every single detail has been accounted for, from production IP network configuration to equipment labeling, desktop backgrounds that ensure volunteers are clear which computer they are operating to router and switcher optimization and configuration. Once the table is properly set for these production artists, the technology disappears into a toolbox for them to use to create the experience that will connect people with God during each service. It is an honor to partner with some of the most gifted church leaders in the country such as Dr. Ike Reighard, Al Holley, and Roger Christian at Piedmont Church as they advance the message of Christ in their community.