As one of the largest churches in the United States, Willow Creek Community Church places a very high value on the power of video to connect with its congregation within the church and beyond its campuses. When the church upgraded its production equipment to HD at its main site in South Barrington, Illinois, it selected […]Continue readingMore Tag
Author: Dave Cooke
Willow Creek Managing Media Workflows With Telestream Vantage
Mega Church migrates from flip factory to vantage to automate transcoding workflow for weekly multimedia services across regional campuses click HERE to go the the article on Church Production MagazineContinue readingMore Tag
Willow Creek Community Church and Key Code Media – Video Case Study
We recently completed a full upgrade to our Digital Asset Management System (DAM). Our previous system was old and no longer supported, so we needed a new robust system that could manage our entire library of digital media and take us into the future with all the new content & digital assets that we make […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag
FAQ: What do you use for Asset Tags?
Willow Production uses a software program called Tracmor for tracking all of our production gear across our entire campus.Continue readingMore Tag
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 […]Continue readingMore Tag