Bethlehem Baptist Church installs PIX 260i to quickly deliver Sermons
WORLD: Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis has purchased a Video Devices PIX 260i production video recorder to help it broadcast current services to each of its three campuses.
The church hosts multiple services a week over three campuses – Downtown, North and South – and opted for the video recorder in order to give the satellite congregations more up-to-date sermons. Associate director for Media Ministries, Jonathan Davis, records the Saturday night service at the main campus before sending the recording to the other campuses to be played back on the Sunday morning.
The Downtown and North campuses feature a full production setup, while the South campus is a portable campus at a local high school for the Sunday morning services. The Downtown and North campuses each have two PIX 260is, and the South campus has another. Files recorded at any campus can be transferred over Ethernet or delivered manually to one of the four drives that the 260i is able to simultaneously record to.
‘We found that the PIX 260i met all of our criteria, and most importantly, it was seamlessly incorporated into our existing A/V system,’ stated Mr Davis. ‘It gives us ultimate flexibility in being able to record content from SDI or HDMI, and to get that content back out just as easily. In addition, the PIX 260i allows us to take whatever we record and deliver it directly into our postproduction workflow in order to post services online as well as streamline our other productions.’
The facility records both mono and stereo feeds of the house, as well as an isolated feed from the pastor’s mic. Using the recorder, the church can send and receive all audio over Dante to and from its Yamaha CL5 mixing system.
Mr Davis and the church have used the manufacturer’s PIX 240i recorder before for on-location productions. ‘We found the PIX 240i to be very proficient and an improvement to our workflow, so when we heard about the PIX 260i, we knew we had to give it a look. It sounded perfect for what we needed,' explained Mr Davis. ‘We needed something that was rock-solid reliable, because when it comes to church services, it is a timed event. There isn’t a backup and you don’t get a do-over. The PIX 260i gives us the reliability and redundancy we need to ensure that we capture the services and are able to play them back at both our fixed and mobile locations.’
In the church’s main production facility, the PIX 260i is infused with 32-track audio recording and playback capabilities. In addition to 16 channels of embedded SDI audio and eight channels of HDMI audio, the PIX 260i can also accept eight channels of line-level analogue I/O and eight channels of AES digital audio.
‘The customer service that we have received from Sound Devices has been absolutely amazing,’ added Mr Davis. ‘One of my favourite things about Sound Devices is how proactive they are in sending out firmware updates — not only do they fix any potential bugs, but they add new features, which is rare today. They take such great care of their customers.’