Cameras: News and Updates
Hitachi Kokusai Electric America, Ltd., a leading provider of affordable, high-performance cameras, announced that Summit Integrated Systems—a Lafayette, CO-based systems integration firm specializing in video, audio, lighting and acoustics for the modern church—installed three new Hitachi Z-HD5000 HDTV cameras in the 1,200-seat auditorium at Chase Oaks Church, in Plano, Texas.
The new Hitachi cameras are part of the first phase of a major, multimillion-dollar renovation and HD upgrade of Chase Oaks Church’s auditorium. The media upgrade has already transformed the auditorium into a theater-like environment with dramatic lighting, staging, and acoustics. Summit Integrated Systems, which worked closely with the project design team from Dallas-based Acoustic Dimensions, handled the equipment installation and training.
The Hitachi cameras, which are situated on Vinten tripods at different locations in the seating area, primarily capture HD video of the service for display on a 22-foot IMAG display on the left side of the stage. The cameras, along with a new Ross Carbonite 2-M/E production switcher, also feed video to approximately 20 displays around the facility, including the lobby and green room. Chase Oaks Church also offers video clips on demand from its website.
In the second phase of the renovation, due to begin July 1, 2013, the auditorium will be expanded with 800 additional seats, and a new 40-foot IMAG display will be added center-stage.
The Hitachi Z-HD5000 camera package also included three Hitachi CU-HD500 camera control units, an RU-1000VR control panel for remote camera setup, digital optical fiber camera adapters, and Canon KJ20x8.2BIRSD HD lenses.
“The Hitachi Z-HD5000 offers high-end features and functionality at an extremely competitive price point. Churches tend to have very tight capital budgets, and as a systems integration firm dedicated to the house of worship market, we always strive to find video equipment that maximizes their investment,” said Tyson Wiens, vice president of operations for Summit Integrated Systems.
“For Chase Oaks Church, these Hitachi cameras fit their budget and offer their volunteer camera operators very user-friendly tools and operation,” Wiens said. “The cameras also enable Chase Oaks Church to be on the cutting edge of HD video production and eventually stream live media to engage and serve their congregations.”