PAT connects Hillsong campuses with Lawo and L-S-B
AUSTRALIA: Hillsong Church, a Pentecostal megachurch with its main campus located in Baulkham Hill, Sydney, has embarked on the ambitious goal of implementing one of the most advanced video IP networks in the country. The design employed by the church needed to connect up its diverse network infrastructure which is based on Avaya’s Fabric Connect Technology.
Led by Hillsong’s Ricki Cook, Luke Irvine, Sebastian Heck and Brett Randall, the project team evaluated various encoders and streaming products before settling on equipment from Lawo’s V__Line video-over-IP range. The church opted for V__Link4, and 14 units were purchased and supplied through Australian distributor Professional Audio & Television (PAT). Control of the system was handed to L-S-B’s Virtual Studio Manager following initial testing of multi-stream switching within the V__Link4’s via VSM, as trialled by the church and PAT in collaboration with both L-S-B and Lawo.
‘It was always clear to everyone involved in this project that the most powerful and versatile control system for the Hillsong video network would be VSM,’ offered PAT engineering manager Adam Langham. ‘While VSM and Lawo were showing time accurate multi-stream video source switching at NAB in Vegas for the first time, we were testing the same software releases in parallel to make it all work in the real world. Hillsong streams J2K to each campus where the bandwidth is available, other facilities with less bandwidth availability will receive and send video in H264 or via the web.
‘The support from the Lawo group including L-S-B was second to none and we knew, that with the vision of the Hillsong technology team and the outstanding support from the manufacturers, we could leave traditional thinking behind and deliver a technology solution for an IP video network never deployed in Australia before on this scale.’
The new VSM system has a total of 45 control ports controlling a newly installed Ross Video NK-3G144 SDI router, AJA KiPro recorders and players, a Riedel Artist frame, and new Lawo V__PRO8s and V__Link4s. Future system expansion is already planned to include a Lawo Nova73 audio router. The Ross Video router features 144 x 144 cross points and six OpenGear frames populated with cards for ‘traditional SDI equipment’. The V__Pro8s supplied provide embedding, de-embedding, video processing and frame synchronisation. Lastly, Boland broadcast monitors have also been supplied.
‘It is always an exciting proposition if a customer pushes the technology as far as possible,’ enthused PAT managing director Patrick Salloch. ‘This was made possible through a very close collaborative approach with the excellent knowledge of the Hillsong technology team, the outstanding support of the manufacturers involved and the team of dedicated engineers I have the pleasure of working with at PAT. This is one of the largest video-over-IP systems in Australia, and the fact that it is controlled by VSM also makes it one of the most flexible and powerful content contribution systems.’