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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 and visit to an audiologist) and is an ear saver.  Why do we use this? Great question! When over the […]

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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 of the nitty-gritty details.   12” LED Grid (aka Home Brew) Notes: General Dimensions: 75’w x 24’h with a 12″ […]

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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 Rack recorders, which basically look and feel like a VTR replacement. The Pipeline is a two channel device that’s attached to a local PC and the files are recorded directly to […]

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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 cameras in our Main Auditorium. The viewfinders are an LCD studio style monitor, Hitachi model HDF-700H,  that mounts to the […]

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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 a fairly easy learning curve. We like it because it had a reasonable price, easy to use, online tutorials, great […]

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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 the video content it produces?”  Well, we use a Digital Asset Management system. This system consists of a server with […]

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FAQ: Where did the Main Auditorium Window Shades Come From?

The window shades in our Main Auditorium are custom made shades on motorized lines hafts controlled by iRig software. We have ten very large windows in our Main Auditorium, five on each side of the stage. Each window is approximately 14 feet wide by 40 feet tall. The sides of the window openings were fitted […]

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FAQ: What Camera’s do you use to shoot the service live? Specifically at the Leadership Summit.

Starting in 2010, the Leadership Summit has been recorded in HD with a full HD Production truck. However, the actual satellite broadcast has still been done in Standard Definition, mainly due to the fact that all of the satellite sites would need to have upgraded hardware & infrastructure to handle an HD satellite signal. We […]

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FAQ: What’s a good DMX splitter to use?

What specific DMX splitter does Willow use or recommend for splitting DMX in a lighting rig? The link below is for the industry standard of Opto-Splitter.  And when I say industry-standard, I mean every rental house in America has them.  Well worth the money. http://www.dfd.com/123.html  

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