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What’s with the Creepy Heads?

Anyone who has been on the Willow stage will likely recognize the sight of mannequin heads on sticks scattered haphazardly across the stage. One of the questions I answer most frequently when giving tours at[…]

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FAQ: What system do you use for tracking broken equipment?

Willow’s Production Systems Team’s job is to maintain all of the audio, video, and lighting gear throughout the building. The scope of this is pretty massive. With all of the usage that our gear receives[…]

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FAQ: What Graphics Software Do You Prefer?

In 2010 we switched our entire campus over from a CG system called Harris Inscriber to Renewed Vision’s ProPresenter and we haven’t looked back since. We are keeping up to date with Renewed Vision’s updates to ProPresenter and[…]

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FAQ: What is Willow Creek’s Audio Volume Policy?

We are often asked what our volume policy for SPL levels during a worship service is at Willow Creek. Our official policy can be found here.

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FAQ: Production Headsets

We often get asked what comm headsets our production team uses for our events and services. Ask no more!  Sensaphonics makes an earpiece called the TC1000. It runs about $600 (not including cost for in-ear molds[…]

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FAQ: How did you make the on-stage LED Grid?

The on-stage LED grid (lovingly dubbed “Homebrew” around Willow Production) was an idea turned into reality for a specific event, which then evolved into a ministry staple. Below, Jordan Monson, our LED guru, explains more[…]

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FAQ: How do you record your services & distribute the video feeds to your campuses?

We record (capture) our services to several digital video recording devices. We use a networked digital recorder called Telestream Pipeline and also several AJA KiPro┬áRack recorders, which basically look and feel like a VTR replacement.[…]

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FAQ: What is the bracket you guys use that mounts your viewfinders to the side of your broadcast cameras?

Update Summer 2016 – This post was originally written when we were still using Sony DXC-D35 cameras in our old SD system. Since our upgrade to HD in 2015, we now are using Hitachi SK-HD1200[…]

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FAQ: What CAD software do you use for creating and maintaining system schematic diagrams?

We’ve tried VidCAD and Visio, but Visio lacked the features that we wanted & VidCAD was very complicated. So, several years ago we tried out WireCAD as is was a true CAD wiring software with[…]

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FAQ: Digital Asset Management

System Update 2016 – We now have a new Digital Asset Management system installed. Here’s a link to another post about the project.   We often get asked “How does Willow organize & archive all[…]

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