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.

Comunidad de Fe Ministries, Miami, FL

Miami, Florida – Comunidad de Fe Ministries has embraced technology with enthusiasm in order to spread their spiritual message. They had an ambitious goal to produce state of the art digital programming and play it throughout their campus.

They embarked on a three-part plan: upgrading the church’s television facilities to high definition, upgrading their CCTV system and monitors to handle HD signals, and training twenty church volunteers to operate the new system.

The Midtown Video team evaluated the existing equipment and suggested the church add a Sony MCS8M multi-format switcher to mix computer signals from their presentation software and a variety of media playback. The switcher takes DVI, HDMI, and HDSDI so they can mix many incoming sources during their live shows. The Panasonic HPX370 HD studio cameras work well with the Panasonic AWHE120 PTZ camera that can be controlled remotely. The system uses an AJA Ki Pro recorder to capture the live program signal in a ready to edit codec and a Contemporary Research QMOD-SDI Modulator distributes the live HD feed or edited program over RF cable to every HD monitor in the CCTV system. Midtown created a mini cable channel for the facility.

After installing the new gear, Midtown did a comprehensive reconfiguration of cameras and lighting to enhance the viewers experience throughout the campus including the lobby and bookstore and trained the volunteers. The leaders know they can turn to Midtown when new volunteers come on board and questions arise, that is the advantage of working with a company that has been serving the production community since 1984.