BATON ROUGE, La.– After more than a decade, the projectors at Woodlawn Baptist Church were in need of an upgrade, having reached their end of life. For a church with a congregation of 250, it was decided by Music Pastor Laramie Minga and the rest of the team, that an update was needed for the sanctuary’s projection system.
Inside the sanctuary at Woodlawn, Minga has an audio/video setup, complete with the two new Hitachi paired with screens, one on each side of the stage. The setup allows for the congregation to be able to follow along with song lyrics, Scripture readings, testimonies, and announcements, before and during services.
Because of the A-line shaped ceiling, Minga has permanently mounted the projectors on the side walls near the back of the sanctuary, which also allows for easier access to change out bulbs. Equipped with long-throw lenses, the two new projectors have integrated into the entire AV system for easy control.
“The projectors that we were using before the upgrade to the new Hitachi projectors were 11 years old,” said Minga. “The picture at that point was so dim, we had to turn the lights completely off in the sanctuary to see images.”
The upgrade also had the benefit of going from projectors that were powered with 4,000 lumens to 7,500, a significant improvement. On top of that, the install also included two larger screens above the sanctuary’s platform, helping with visibility, when compared to projecting onto the wall.
Aside from the benefit of higher lumens, Woodlawn Baptist Church has also found that the functionality of the Hitachi Perfect Fit feature has helped Minga and other administrators easily fine tune the image to the pair of screens week to week.
“As we’ve settled into using the new projectors over the past few months, the Perfect Fit feature has been incredible in helping us match the projected image to the screens,” noted Minga. “We are able to adjust the screen size, depending on our needs, and use Perfect Fit to quickly adjust the projectors appropriately.”
Another benefit, as explained by Minga is that, “we were able to hardwire our projectors to the board, and now instead of having to walk out and aim the remote, we can control the projectors from the AV booth. It has greatly simplified the process for us.”