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Review: Blackmagic Design Studio Camera

The new Studio Camera from Blackmagic Design lists for just under $2,000. A 4K version is available for only $1,000 more.

Tempest Verdigo 7500

Outdoor enclosures manufacturer Tempest introduces the Verdigo 7500, designed to protect projectors using the company’s Digital Enclosure Control system and patented Goldilocks operating system.

Panasonic AW-HE130 Camera

Panasonic announces the new AW-HE130, a pan/tilt/zoom camera incorporating recently developed high-sensitivity, low-noise 1/3-inch 3-MOS imagers that produce high quality pictures, even in low light conditions.

Extron FOXBOX T HD-SDI Transmitter

Extron presents the FOXBOX T HD-SDI, a fiber optic transmitter that converts 3G-SDI video to streamline integration of SDI sources with non-SDI displays.

Elite Tripod Stage Series Screens

Elite introduces its Tripod Stage Series, which enhances traditional tripod design to deliver a portable “big screen” presentation.

Christie Q Series Projectors

Christie adds three new cost-effective Q Series projectors.

First Impression: AJA Cion 4K Production Camera

If the resolutions don’t get you excited, the recording format should. The Cion uses ProRes, in all of it’s flavors; 444, 422, 422(HQ), 422(LT), and 422 (Proxy). If that isn’t enough, the frame rate selection is also really interesting,

Review: Ricoh PJ X5371N Projection System

At just $1,600, the 5,000-lumen PJ X5371N from Ricoh undercuts the price of most other mid-sized projectors by enough to be able to get a back-up lamp. This could make it an ideal choice for a small house of worship trying to stretch a tight budget.

The State of Video Projector Technology

Lamp technology is one area where significant advances have arrived. Resolution is getting extremely interesting, too. Check out our round up of products.

First Impression: Hitachi Kokusai Electric, Inc. SK-UHD4000 4K Ultra-HDTV Camera System

Camera is uniquely designed to encourage rapid integration of 4K by utilizing current infrastructures.

First Impression: Kramer VS-211HA Automatic HDMI Standby Switcher

The real value of this product can be measured in the man-hours it saves.

First Look: DVDO Air3C-Pro Wireless HD Adapter

This wireless HDMI adapter offers 1080p60 resolution for just $299. Despite a limited operating distance, the Air3C has an interesting future in the house of worship market.

First Impression: DVDO Air3C-Pro Wireless HD Adapters

Designed around the 60 GHz band, available for unlicensed short-distance communication systems with data throughputs of up to 2.5 gigabits per second.

Review: KRAMER VP-774AMP Presentation Switcher/Scaler

For churches with a lot of digital video sources...the VP-774 (MSRP $3,595) would work well and doesn’t take up much space.

Review: Fujifilm XA55x9.5 HDTV Telephoto Box Style Lens

Make sure and catch that point: the camera mounts to the lens, not the other way around.

Review: Video Devices Pix 270i Network Connected Video Deck with Dante & MADI

PowerSafe circuitry is a feature that should be on every piece of production gear.

Review: Canon FX205 High-Definition Camcorder

Packed with features, THIS baby brother to THE XF300/XF305 brings 1080p/60fps to the table.

Elation 6mm EZ6 LED Video Panel

EZ6 panels interlock to create a high-definition, easy-to-install LED video screen.

A Canvas for Projected Light

Projection screen material may look like a fairly bland and static thing, but it’s actually not. Creating a brilliant image in our sanctuaries and auditoriums these days starts with having the right material to reflect the projected light.

GoPro: Incorporating the POV camera into your church video workflow

The tiny size of the GoPro enables you to place it almost unnoticed to capture angles that otherwise would be disruptive to get. And with its HDMI output jack, you could run the signal into your video switcher and use it for interesting IMAG shots.

First Impression: Canon XF205 High-Definition Camcorder

Packed with features, this “baby brother” to the XF300/XF305 finally brings long-awaited features to the Canon camcorder product line

Video Review: Christie DHD600-G HD DLP Projector

Christie has seemingly done the impossible by squeezing a large-format projector into a small and economical case.

Developments in Projection Technology

A round up of new projection equipment right for your church production.

First Impression: Grass Valley GV Director Switcher

Grass Valley's goal is to remove the interface barrier between “creative people” and their final products. So they don't call it a switcher. Instead it's called “nonlinear live production center.”

Review: Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels

David Martin Jacques investigates the Elation EZ4 LED Video Panels, noting "ease of assembly" and "brightness."

First Impression: Opticomm-Emcore Eclipse HD HDMI Over IP Encoder/Decoder

It doesn’t just do HDMI, but adds USB, audio, RS-232 and IR making it equally ideal for multipurpose rooms, portable church and digital signage.

First Impression: Panasonic AV-HS6000 2 M/E Live Switcher

The control surface is as fun to use as it is aesthetically pleasing.

Review: Tiffen Steadicam Curve

The “biggest” thing from Tiffen is the new Steadicam Curve, the smallest stabilizer ever in the company’s Steadicam line.

Review: Livestream Studio HD500 Live Production Switcher

With the ability to walk into a venue with a bag on your shoulder and in under five minutes be fully ready to stream, switch and ISO record a service, it’s a compelling option.

Review: Epson PowerLite 4650 XGA 3LCD Projector

The PowerLite 4650 is the best buy projector in its class today, not only for its low price tag and brightness but because it is inexpensive to operate.

Review: Sony AWS-750 Anycast Touch Live Content Producer

An inherently intuitive nature--including a touchscreen interface--makes this product ideal for church tech volunteers, our reviewer finds.

Elation EZ4 LED Display Panel—High Resolution Video at its Finest

Lightweight, sturdy panel delivers top-of-the-line, high-def image quality

Larger Than Life

CPM asked several manufacturers what they feel is their best option for IMAG in houses of worship, and here’s their take....

First Impression: Digital Projection HighLite Laser WUXGA 3D Projector

New unit offers 10,000 lumens and 20,000 hours of near maintenance-free operation.

Slideshow: What’s New in Video Switchers?

A church-focused, gear-based guide to some of the latest switchers

Review: Analog Way Ascender 32 Multi-Screen Seamless Switcher

The Ascender is the Swiss Army knife of seamless switchers. It packs a lot of power into a four-space rack unit.

Review: Blackmagic Design Atem Production Studio 4K

I enjoyed being able to control the unit from anywhere in our building via laptop or iPad.

First Impression: Sony HXR-NX3 Professional Handheld HD Camcorder

One of the more exciting features is the ability to use a smart phone or tablet as a camera remote control through built-in Wi-Fi.

Small in Stature, Big on Output

A look at high definition projectors for small and medium-sized venues

First Impression: Sony VPLFHZ55 Laser Projector

While specs are not much different than other 3,000-4,000-lumen projectors, it’s the laser light engine that separates the VPLFHZ55 from the crowd. Is this the beginning of a new era for large-venue projectors?

BROADCAST PIX Granite X Series Live Production System

22 cameras and seven channels of files flow into the system through watch folders from local and cloud-based sources

Review: NEC NP-PH1400U Professional Installation Projector

It worked well regardless of whether it was connected to a computer, Blu-ray, DVD or a tablet—with excellent colorbalance and nearly perfect flesh tones.

Review: Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera

It’s not so much a video camera, but more of a sensor and configuration system in a box.

Review: AJA ROI DVI/HDMI to SDI Mini Converter

ROI is an abbreviation for “Region Of Interest”; it means it has the ability to use only a selection of your potential input as your functional output.

Switcher Trends

A look at the latest, most promising developments in video switchers

Viewcast Osprey 820E Video Capture Card

With numerous features, Osprey 820e could solve a number of video projects in a single solution

Review: 1Beyond StreamMachine

Featuring the Matrox VS4 HD-SDI Capture Card and Telestream Wirecast Pro

First Impression: Ross Video Vision Tritium 3 MLE Production Switcher

Why would a church need three ME's? By considering it a building-wide solution it could make a lot more sense.

Review: Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera

A hybrid—combining some of the advantages of DSLRs with more of a video camera form factor.

Review: BenQ SH940 Projector

Digital light processing imaging target with a six-segment color wheel producing full HD 1,920 by 1,080 resolution images

First Impression: Sony AWS750 Anycast Touch Live Content Producer

Sony's new all-in-one portable live production unit could be ideal for portable churches, and any church doing live broadcast and webcasting.

Review: Teradek Vidiu On-camera Wireless Streaming Video Encoder

One thing that really set the Vidiu system apart from other systems is its ability to function completely wirelessly

Review: Soleratec Phoenix Firebird Video Production Content Management System

The general function of the Phoenix Firebird is as a video storage system, but that’s where the similarity to standard hard drives ends.

First Impression: Contemporary Research QMOD-SDI 1.5 HD-SDI Modulator

Want to distribute video throughout your building, or add digital signage on a budget? New modulator offers features and options that could save churches money.

Martin Professional Version 3.0.0 P3 Video System Controller

The software boasts a number of new features, including support for Martin’s VC-Series of LED video products driven by the P3 PowerPort 1500.

JVC GY-HM70 Camcorder

With a 12-megapixel CMOS imager, it records 1,920 x 1,080 footage in AVCHD Progressive format at 28 Mbps to dual solid-state memory cards.

Review: PixelFlex LED Curtains

Can be applied to almost any curved surface, making it a versatile projection surface solution.

Canon EOS Rebel T5I Digital SLR Camera

Combined with an extensive ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 25,600 in H mode), the camera boasts crisp, detailed images even in low-light conditions.

Elite Kestrel Stage Series Projection Screens

The motorized, portable screen is integrated into a sturdy wheeled stage case equipped with handles designed for easy transport and set-up.


According to NEC, the V423 offers a 46% decrease in power consumption compared to its predecessor

Roland V-4EX Video Mixer

Roland presents the V-4EX, the next generation product in its V-4 and V-8 lineup of live performance video mixers.

Review: Canon Realis WX6000 LCOS Projector

Whether it’s connected to an iPad, PC or Blu-ray source, the WX6000’s color and white balance are second to none with realistic flesh tones and vibrant primary colors.

First Impression: Ensemble Designs BrightEye NXT 430 Compact Router

As you would expect from any modern router, it can accept SD, HD and 3G SDI signals on BNCs, along with embedded audio. The unit has two fixed inputs and two fixed outputs. But this is where things start to get interesting.

First Impression: Analog Way NeXtage 16 Seamless AV Processor

This switcher is capable of taking almost anything you can give it. It’s able to process all those signals to its two outputs which include DVI, 3G/HD/SD-SDI, Universal analog, and Video Optical SFP. All of this leads to an “almost anything in” to “almost anything out” video processing solution.

Review: SmallHD AC-7 OLED Video Monitor

One of the first installation-grade projectors from InFocus offers impressive output and a generous array of connection options. That’s part of the promise found upon review of the SmallHD. And this: “The kicker here is [that] the AC-7 utilizes organic light emitting diode (OLED) technology at a price … comparable to traditional LCD monitors.”

Review: InFocus IN5544 3LCD Projector

The IN5544 can be set up horizontally or vertically, and features height-adjustable feet up front for projecting from a shelf or tabletop. What else about this projector makes it extremely attractive to the average house of worship? Its price tag, for starters.

Review: Digital Juice Slyder Dolly

What sets the Slyder Dolly apart from other products is that its platform is mounted securely to a track that holds fast to the dolly.

Tutorial: Buying a Video Switcher

There IS a distinction between “larger broadcast video switchers and lower-cost or general-purpose multi-source scaler/switchers.” Do you know what it is?

Review: NewTek TriCaster 455 Video Production System

Digital video, graphics store, recording, streaming output ... packed with features that place it high on the list of video production devices you should consider.

Review: Roland V-800HD Multi-Format Video Switcher

For a $12,995 (MSRP) switcher, the functionality video processing and output are excellent.

Review: Digital Rapids Touchstream Video Streaming Appliance

The video streaming “Leatherman” can be utilized, not just by our IMAG pros, but by volunteers as well.

Review: ViewCast Niagara 2120 Streaming Appliance

A Flash Encoding workhorse for high quality encoding onsite or in some remote location



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