The Peoples Church enhances visuals with Vista Systems
WORLD: The Peoples Church in Franklin Tennessee is known for its use and support of the creative arts and media, and has recently invested in a Vista Systems Spyder X20 video processor and presentation switcher to enhance the visual-side of its services and events at its 1,750-seat worship centre.
‘We replaced our old rear-projection video cube wall with a 4mil LED wall measuring 33 x 10,’ explained Dustin Lemler, executive director of creative arts and production at The Peoples Church. ‘When we looked for options for an image processor, the unanimous recommendation was for Vista Systems’ Spyder, so it became the only solution we proposed.’
In exploring a replacement for the videowall, Mr Lemler said that he and his colleagues ‘didn’t just want a screen. We wanted a palette that would do multiple things.’ The image processing system they chose also had to be capable of handling multiple inputs and offer room for future growth.
‘We need to have four or five images on the LED wall at once, and Spyder provided the best option for that,’ said Mr Lemler. ‘We have 16 sources and use eight at a time. We’re running HDSDI out of the main switcher, and typically have several Macs running Pro Presenter, a stillstore, DVRs and DDRs for HD playback with some other composite sources left open as redundant back ups.’
Mr Lemler and the church media director, Mark Hengstenberg went through Spyder training at Vista Systems’ headquarters in Phoenix. ‘We just hired an additional staff engineer, and he loves it – he picked it up really quickly,’ Mr Lemler reports.
‘We recently debuted Spyder in a weekend service, and everyone was overwhelmed with how it worked,’ he said. ‘It has enabled us to rethink our presentation. Spyder is proving to be an all-in-one box that can do everything we need and more. It will allow us to expand into all that it can do and has future compatibility for more screens.’