(Fremont, California--June 13, 2012) Blackmagic Design today announced that Orange County’s Compass Bible Church installed a large number Blackmagic Design products as part of a major campus wide renovation. Blackmagic Design’s ATEM 2 M/E and 1 M/E Production Switchers, ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel, Intensity Extreme, Compact Videohub and more than 30 Blackmagic Design Mini Converters have been installed to form the AV backbone of a massive sanctuary redesign and three new on site ministry buildings. Compass Bible Church's massive construction and multimedia update included the redesigning of a main sanctuary with a capacity of 900, a 600 seat high school ministry, a 500 seat junior high school ministry and a children’s ministry with 16 classrooms. To produce weekly services and events and stream live online and across the campus, Compass built a new control room in the main sanctuary based around a wide range of Blackmagic Design products.
The new control room is now equipped with the Blackmagic Design Compact Videohub and ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher, and is connected to the three ministry areas, each of which serve as a sub production area with its own Blackmagic Design ATEM 1 M/E Production Switcher. Each ministry feed also sends to individual Blackmagic Design Intensity Extreme Thunderbolt capture and playback devices for archiving and Internet live web streaming. Compass also has more than 30 total Blackmagic Design Mini Converters attached to TV’s and monitors throughout the four buildings and gathering areas, including the two large video walls featured in the main sanctuary.
“It was a huge undertaking to complete this installation while making sure the more than 3,500 people who attend our weekend services didn’t miss a beat,” Compass Bible Church's Tech Director, Joe Way, said. “We chose a Blackmagic Design backbone because the ATEM Switchers offer all the power, inputs and outputs we could ever need, and myself and the only other technician on staff needed reliable and intuitive equipment our volunteers and students could use. We ordered the 1 M/E Switcher when it was first released, and once we saw quickly our volunteers took to it, we knew instantly that we had to construct our new infrastructure around a Blackmagic Design family of products."
The ATEM 2 M/E Production Switcher’s 16 simultaneous inputs, two multi view outputs and six aux. outputs handle the multiple sources and feeds for live streaming throughout and routing back and forth between the four areas of Compass’ network with ease. And the ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel, which has the power to handle the most complex live events, was installed and put to work the moment it was delivered. Way recalls: “The ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Panel arrived literally 20 minutes before our Good Friday service started, and we could not wait to use it. We plugged it in, the service began and it was phenomenal. Being familiar with the ATEM Software Control Panel made the transition to the 2 M/E Broadcast Panel virtually seamless. We had a full volunteer crew putting out professional video product literally within minutes.”
About ATEM Production Switchers
Empower live creativity with the new ATEM Production Switchers! For the first time extremely powerful broadcast grade features, incredibly small size and low cost have been designed in a live production switcher! ATEM Production Switchers include 4 upstream keyers each with independent chroma, shaped and linear keying, 2 downstream keyers, stinger effects, graphic wipes, media players for stills and clips and a built in DVE for amazing DVE transitions or key repositioning. For portable use, the built in Multi View showing all cameras, preview and program can be viewed on a single SDI or HDMI monitor.
ATEM also includes loads of HDMI and SDI inputs allowing professional SDI cameras as well as consumer HDMI cameras and computers to be connected. Only ATEM allows low cost HDMI consumer cameras in a professional switcher so it's easy for customers starting out in live production! ATEM includes a free software control panel and media pool management software for Mac OS X and Windows 7. ATEM is sold independently of the hardware control panel allowing lower initial cost and greater customization. ATEM retails for only US$2,495.