Elation provides immersive visuals for Fairhaven Church
WORLD: A gigantic 2.8m by 15.5m LED video wall comprising 135 Elation Professional EPV6 panels has been installed to future-proof the Centerville campus of Fairhaven Church in Ohio. Prior to the installation by Scenic Solutions, the church used three projectors that were over 10 years old, positioned nearly 30m away from the actual screens and starting to warp. After attending a conference at Church on the Move in Tulsa and being blown away by its two LED walls, the management was sold on the idea.
The new solution has been a long time coming for the church, which has been plagued by technical problems with the aging equipment in recent years. ‘At times, we would intentionally overexpose our camera shots in an attempt to at least have something half-decent looking on screen,’ explained Mike Rall, who is in charge of video staff at Fairhaven, adding that since the projectors were in the control room, there would regularly be a 20-degree or more temperature increase on Sunday mornings. ‘That could get pretty uncomfortable during the summer months since the HVAC couldn’t keep up with all the heat generated in the room.’
The new LED wall has been installed at the Campus’s 1,500-seat Worship Center. ‘We chose to go with an LED wall due to our desire to “future-proof” the Worship Center and set us up for the next decade or more visually,’ explained Mike Rall, who is in charge of video staff at Fairhaven. ‘The debut of the LED wall at our Easter services provided an incredible visual experience for the nearly 8,000 attendees that weekend as we were able to create custom in-house videos that spanned the entire length of the wall, really tying in the themes of our songs and other special elements together well.’
‘Fairhaven wanted a high definition, seamless yet easily configurable video solution,’ continued Dan McLaughlin of Scenic Solutions, the company responsible for all aspects of the installation. ‘The EPV panels provide that. They are durable, look great, and are easy to service.’
The entire surface is configured to play as three 2.8m by 5.1m displays each comprising 45 EPV6 panels. All three screens can be individually operated and are free hung on separate trusses via Stagemaker motors. On Saturdays the centre wall is flown in to the deck for a pre-taped sermon while on Sundays it is lifted into position to form one screen for live performances. Working with the new LED panels are eight Elation Platinum Spot 15R Pro fixtures.
‘At this point, we want to ease our congregation into this new gear and be conservative with our usage of the panels, although from time to time we will still produce special in-house videos that span the entire length of the wall,’ continued Mr Rall. ‘Eventually the vision is to either install a grid system in the ceiling and replace the existing, even dangerous, catwalk to allow the wall’s placement to shift from side to side, front to back, and up or down; or split up each of the panels to use for additional staging elements, integrated into the platform design for a particular weekend or message series.’
Working to ensure that everything ran smoothly for the opening Easter weekend was Elation’s Red Walter. ‘Red was incredibly professional and knowledgeable throughout the entire process,’ concluded Mr Rall. ‘We appreciated him staying throughout the week and into the weekend, ensuring that there were no issues during any of the services.’