Vous Church, Miami, FL

A Creative Venue and Audio Video System for Religious Services in Wynwood

Nestled in a midtown Miami neighborhood, a middle school auditorium gets a complete makeover every Sunday when Vous Church fills its sanctuary and delivers three unique services. They combine scripture, sermons, baptisms, and live music performances choreographed by a high-energy team of audio and video professionals. The stage is set with a state of the art sound system, mood lighting, and high definition live and recorded video projection encouraging worshipers to be inspired. Participants can watch the pastor and musical performers or the video screens, whatever moves them most.

Led by charismatic Pastor Rich Wilkerson Jr, the congregation gathers in Miami’s Wynwood district, an area filled with art galleries, hip stores, and restaurants. The pulpit is a large stage with three custom framed screens and multiple cameras that follow Pastor Rich, his guests, and the musicians and dancers during the live music portions of the creative and spiritual services.

Midtown Video VP, Fernando Iglesias met with Vous Church (short for Rendezvous, a young people’s service Rich hosted at Trinity Church) to determine the scope of work and focus for the multimedia religious ceremonies. To integrate the audio-visual system already in use, Fernando designed and installed new components including two Christie Projectors, each with custom enclosures.  Sony cameras are controlled through SMPTE fiber cable from the CCUs now located in a mobile video production rack that is easily moved when services are over. Camera recording and playback is handled by a Video Devices Pix 250i.  All signals are routable through an AJA KUMO router and a FOR-A Hanabi switcher was added for video. This compact, rugged system with a purpose is stirring up the congregants of Vous Church all day on Sunday.

Mystery Tattoo on Facebook Live, South Beach, Miami, FL

Miami Ink star Ami James has taken his talents to facebook. James’ tattoo culture website Tattoodo.com, and Drive Studios (both based in Copenhagen) partnered with the social media site to deliver 8 live episodes of “Mystery Tattoo” on the new Facebook Live video platform. Midtown Video provided local production support, broadcasting live on Tattoodo’s facebook page.
Drive Studios designed the shoot with 2 Canon C300’s, a Roland VR50HD Switcher, wireless HD-SDI links for the cameras, and a complement of wireless audio for host Ami James and the Love Hate Tattoo Artists. To maximize upstream bandwidth, Midtown provided a LiveU Solo. The outbound stream was split across multiple network interfaces, including 4G LTE.

This show broke boundaries of interactivity between the viewer and the media. Facebook viewers voted in real time to decide which tattoo designs would be inked on contestants knocked out after each round of competition. Clicking surprise, love, or other face-moji’s, registered a vote for the corresponding tattoo design. Mojo the shop bulldog even makes an appearance to tip the scales of fate in some games. The winning contestant after 3 rounds of elimination earns a free tattoo from Ami, valued up to $1,000.00.

If you want to stream live to Facebook, or any other delivery platform, contact Midtown Video.

Cable Bahamas, Freeport

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cablehotelCable Bahamas Ltd. is a full service telecommunications company providing cable television services and Internet services to over 90% of Bahamians. It has its own submarine 600km fiber optic cable system that continues into the United States circling South Florida providing triple play services to four additional systems. These combined networks make up the Cable Bahamas network.

Programming channels include Cable12, ZNS, the Parliamentary Channel and various local radio stations. In all, Cable Bahamas offers approximately 23 local channels to 72,400 households on 11 islands.

 

When Cable Bahamas was ready to enhance the live news part of their business, they called on Midtown Video to design and install a new television system for live news production, on-air master control and four cable TV channels. Master systems designers Fernando Iglesas and Jesse Miller gave them just what they needed. The package included four HD cameras with pedestals, a live production switcher, master control switch, on-air graphics and a Harris HD integrated playout solution.  Audio and lighting systems topped off the package in keeping with the company’s reputation as the most technologically advanced company of its kind in the Bahamas.

Germain Arena, Estero, FL

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So, here’s something that might surprise you: The Eastern Conference Hockey League, Florida Everblades have been competing and winning titles on the ice in Estero, FL since 1998. More than 3.6 million fans have attended over 640 regular season games at the Germain Arena.  This fall, they called on Midtown Video to upgrade the video production system with HD switching, streaming, and live slow-motion replay featuring the NewTek TriCaster and 3Play.

The Germain Arena features 7 cameras to capture the action including a wireless camera for crowd reactions and a pair of goal cameras for thrilling highlights and official reviews.

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The Everblades’ 3 action cameras are capable of transmitting High Definition signals, but the previous control system and cable infrastructure limited all signals to analog composite SD.  Midtown Video unlocked the HDMI output of the action cameras and helped Germain implement fiber optic cabling for the HD upgrade. Fiber cables have the capacity to carry an HD signal for miles, and transfer up to 1 petabyte of data per second at the speed of light in glass.

To stretch the control room budget, Midtown expanded the 4-input TriCaster 460 with an AJA Kumo router, allowing up to 16 sources to populate the TriCaster with a simple right-click of the mouse.  The legacy cameras and fiber optic HD cameras are enhanced by an army of rack-mounted Blackmagic converters to enter the Kumo as a mix of SD and HD-SDI signals.

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As part of the system upgrade, Germain Arena’s Manager of Video and Creative Services Emily Davies and her team received comprehensive onsite training by our Director of Technical Services and certified NewTek trainer, Virge Castillo.

Nestled in a suburb of tropical Ft Myers, this 8,284-seat multipurpose arena hosts a wide variety of choice entertainment and sporting events such as concerts, comedians, boxing, mixed martial arts, wrestling, and even circuses. When there aren’t three sheets of ice covering the rink, the 2012 ECHL Champion Florida Everblades share the arena with the Florida Tarpons, an American Indoor Football championship team. We are expecting another winning season for the Everblades and spectacular video coverage for all the events at Germain Arena.

Baptist Health South Florida, Miami, FL

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Corporate Manager of Video Production at Baptist Health South Florida, Tony Vivian, and his team setting up in OR8 at South Miami Hospital.

Midtown Video delivered a system to allow multi-camera HD production to orginate in the operating room, including cameras, microphones, intercom and IFB.

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All signals are routed over fiber and controlled from the surgical viewing area, including a NewTek Tricaster 860, Mackie audio mixer, and our Crestron integration system.

The Crestron system allows for two kinds of special interfaces: displaying the Tricaster feed on monitors in the operating room by interfacing a Karl Storz medical imaging system, and sharing the Tricaster feed to remote parties with a Cisco videoconferencing codec.

WSVN-TV, Miami, FL

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WSVN-TV, the Sunbeam Fox affiliate in Miami, called on us once again to help keep their news product engaging and exciting. Midtown’s team led by Fernando Iglesias worked with WSVN to install a large LED video wall and LED video ribbon spanning the entire newsplex. WSVN creates more local news programming than any other Florida station. As a mater of fact, they’re the fifth highest news programmer in the U.S.

Patrick McNiff, News Operations Manager, told us they were ready to take their newsplex to the next level.  Iglesias put together the perfect package: a DNF controlled LED wall with 120 PVP S5 panels from CHAUVET Professional that sits at the center of the spacious WSVN newsplex. And an LED video ribbon circles the entire second floor. These enhancements open up new creative opportunities and gives the news department greater flexibility when covering breaking stories. The sharp images of the CHAUVET line brings the viewers a step closer to every story.

We’re glad to have this nightly exposure. Every time you watch the news, you’ll also be seeing an enhanced broadcast television studio design and installation by  Midtown Video.

FIU Student Center, Coral Gables, FL

The College of Business Administration at Florida International University has the latest technology for communicating financial news and upcoming events to their students. Midtown Video designed and installed a LAN
controlled NEC – 9 monitor video wall inside the entrance of the Office Depot Student Center.

The video feed is supplied via fiber from the College of Business audio visual control room to the Student Center and the system is equipped with calibration software to achieve exact color space for each individual monitor. The wall continually displays upcoming events, special classes, promotions, real time Wall Street information and stock market reports, as well as other financial news.

The video wall was installed by Midtown’s in house systems integration team on time and in budget. U.S. News & World Report’s ” America’s Best Colleges” ranked the College of Business Administration at FIU undergraduate international business programs #15 in the nation.

Island Luck, Nassau, Bahamas

Lights, Camera, Quick Draw!

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Midtown Video installed a new television studio for Island Luck, one of the largest gaming companies in the Bahamas.  Island Luck’s goal was to create a live three-ball Quick Draw game show on their own HD TV channel, ILTV Studio.  With a lot of knowledge and a bit of luck on their side, Midtown Video’s team used its versatility and technical expertise to turn Island Luck’s vision into a reality!

The project involved creating a 30-foot set with specialized lighting.  The main equipment purchased was a NewTek TriCaster 8000, a robust multi-camera video switcher, audio mixer, and so much more with live streaming capability; a combination of Sony Robotic Cameras and Sony Handheld/Studio Cameras, as well as Chauvet Lighting.  Island Luck, with Midtown Video’s assistance, chose Fresnels and Ellipsoidals from Chauvet’s Ovation line.  With three on-set screens built into the design, Island Luck wanted to have total control over set lighting.

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To complete the installation, our team ran cables through multifaceted building structures, customized a neat rack, and engineered audio and video workflow until the system was perfect.  All signals are routable through an AJA KUMO router, giving the system the flexibility to assign different signals to on-set screens.

Our team coordinated its efforts with several contractors, including construction crews, a set design company, and Island Luck’s own management team.  With a one-week deadline, we managed all of the moving pieces seamlessly to get the job done right, on time, and on budget.

Island Luck showed our crew exceptional hospitality during their time in the Bahamas, and we appreciate the extra efforts they took to help us arrange travel logistics.  Bahamian hospitality is alive and well at Island Luck!  And the island’s first televised three-ball Quick Draw game is now live, too!