GRAPEVINE, Texas As the pastoral staff of 121 Community Church was planning the building of an entirely new worship space, a key infrastructure consideration was the need for significantly improved image magnification of its services. The church desired a more immersive experience than provided by the prosumer-grade cameras used at its previous venue for its Sunday congregations of more than 2,000 (plus hundreds more watching via Facebook Live and its website).
"The UC3000s have been very easy for our ‘all volunteer’ operators to master."
The solution that now provides a substantial upgrade in the IMAG experience was the installation of two Panasonic AK-UC3000 4K/HD studio/field cameras in the church’s new worship space, which seats 900 congregants. (121 offers three identical worship services on Sundays at 9:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5 p.m.)
According to 121’s Worship and Environments Minister Colton Price, "Our former A/V capabilities were modest at best, and in the new space we were committed to a broadcast-quality experience for our in-person and on-line worshipers. Our criteria included better sensors, better lensing options, CCU control and, most importantly, future-proofing with native 4K acquisition, all of which we found in the UC3000."
"The UC3000s have been very easy for our ‘all volunteer’ operators to master," Price added. "Our video producer Matt Coleman is able to fine tune color correction, iris and more from the control room via the AK-HRP1000 remote panel. Another benefit we’ve found is that the intercom system can come in through the camera over the same fiber cable."
Price explained that the two UC3000s are installed on tripods in the back center of the space; the cameras are equipped with Fujinon 2/3" XA20SX8.5BRM ENG-style zoom lenses. Paired with Panasonic PT-RW930BU WXGA large-venue projectors, the UC3000s currently output 1080p, but Price notes the cameras’ ability to "glide into 4K."
He noted that simulated live streams of the worship services are broadcast daily at 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.. Price said that he intends to have the UC3000s double as production cameras to shoot congregant profiles, event promotions, web content and more.
121 Community Church has been operating out its new location since early April of this year.
Systems integrator Epic Resource Group (www.epicresourcegroup.com), specialists in live production systems for houses of worship, designed and built the infrastructure and A/V systems for 121 Community Church.
Targeted at studios and productions requiring high-end functionality at an affordable price, the UC3000 (with the AK-UCU500 CCU unit) outputs a UHD signal (3840 x 2160 at 59.94p, 50p, 29.97p, 29.97PsF, 25p, 25PsF, 23.98p, 23.98PsF), while also delivering superb picture quality in HD. High dynamic range (HDR) is also possible for either HD or UHD images and there are no additional licensing fee requirements for UHD or HDR. The camera's B4 mount accommodates the gamut of existing 2/3-inch lenses to maximize customers' return on their investment in existing lenses, and allows a wider and more economical choice of glass for sports, concerts and similar applications.
For more information about Panasonic professional video products, visit www.panasonic.com/broadcast or contact Panasonic at (877) 803-8492.