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After the events of bringing up the
During that period, Nysics had improved the system dramatically: While everything was now pre-recorded, the team had taken steps to reduce the time of editing significantly, had introduced more elements of the service (such as announcements), and had set up a server to allow streaming to both Facebook and YouTube.
Thanks to this, FBC Live was able to be introduced without issue. Nysics took the experience it gained from FBC Online and applied it to Faith Baptist Church’s system for the Media Team to use.
Due to budget, availability, and the limitations due to the coronavirus, Nysics had to work within these constraints:
- Try to use the equipment already bought
- The AV system must be designed to be used by at most 2 people
Using the equipment at hand
The team at Nysics firmly believes that you can accomplish nearly anything with the tools you already have. Utilizing the equipment the church already owned proved to be a fun challenge.
The church already had a Behringer X32 for a sound board (fairly common in many churches), and had already purchased an ATEM Mini before the virus hit.
We did recommend purchasing a dedicated streaming computer and an extra camera, which was fulfilled. With these tools, we set out to string these separate parts together.
Designing a system that runs itself
A system that involves running slides, house sound, live stream sound, live stream video switching, house lights, and cameras should involve at least 5 people, so it was quite challenging to bring that number down to 2.
The best way to make it easy for 2 people to control a massive amount of equipment is to find a common platform that can control the equipment, and to develop presets according to the church’s needs. We found both of those solutions in an open-source program called Companion.
The plan became this: Control the Behringer, OBS, and ATEM from the church’s presentation app of choice, Proclaim. We decided to do this as we could set up a linear set of slides that follows the order of service. To run the entire system, all the dedicated slides volunteer had to do was click the appropriate slide that corresponds to where the were in the service, and Companion would do the rest.
It was easy to hook up the X32 and ATEM to the Companion server, as those utilities are already network enabled. The challenge came in figuring o
The set up became quite the complex intricacy of many services, all allowing the Media Team to essentially run the slides, sound board, live stream, and cameras from two devices.