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InFocus

WestGate Church Adopts
HDTV Cameras
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ooking to improve picture quality
and production flexibility for
its multi-site broadcasts, San Jose,
California-area
WestGate
Church
has purchased two Hitachi Kokusai
Z-HD5500 HDTV studio and field
production cameras.
"When I joined the church, we had
maxed out our capacity in Saratoga,
and had dreams of going multi-site,"
says Kevan Long, Production Director
at WestGate Church. "Adding satellite
campuses was crucial in extending
our reach into other pockets of the
Silicon Valley region, and linking them
with video is an essential part of our
worship experience."
Adding new locations over the past
three years, WestGate Church now
spans four campuses - Saratoga, South
Hills, Sunnyvale, and the Spanishlanguage Casa de Fe - with more than
3,000 total congregants attending
services each week. Live broadcasts of
services with lead pastor Steve Clifford

originate from the Saratoga
site's 800-seat worship centre
and are streamed with a fiveminute time delay to South
Hills and Casa de Fe, while
evening attendees at the
Sunnyvale location watch a
recording captured earlier the
same day.
As their dependency on
video increased, the church
recognised the need to upgrade
their cameras. "We needed
better image capture quality
as we expanded to multiple
sites," explains Long. "Our
existing robotic PTZ cameras
created a fairly decent 720p
image, but we knew our
video could be much better with true
broadcast-grade cameras. Following
our communicators across the stage
with robotic cameras also didn't look
very good, so we had to ask them to
limit their actions so they didn't step

side to give it a warmer feel," said
Long. "Our previous cameras weren't
great in low-light situations,
so we needed ones with better
sensors and sensitivity."
Worship-oriented
systems
integrator
E2i
Design
recommended the Z-HD5500 to
the WestGate Church team.
"Hitachi Kokusai as a company
has a great reputation, and
the video from their cameras
looks great," said Long. "The
Z-HD5500's full frame rate
1080p capability was a factor
in our decision, and its 62dB
signal-to-noise ratio is pretty
amazing. Its new sensor's ability
to handle the challenges of LED
lighting at different refresh
rates was also very appealing,
as our stage and house lighting
are almost entirely LED, and we
plan to add LED video walls in
WestGate Church has multiple satellite locations the future."
The Z-HD5500s have delivered all of
out of the frame."
Low-light
handling
was
also the benefits the church was looking
among the key criteria as the church for, improving the visual quality of
evaluated new cameras. "We don't their productions while enabling their
like to flood our stage with lights, on-stage communicators to move
preferring to run it a bit on the darker about freely.

Grass Valley and CenturyLink Test
100Gbs Remote Link
G

rass Valley has joined forces
with global network provider
CenturyLink to successfully test a
remote link between cameras at the
Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens,
Florida and a base station in Tulsa,
Oklahoma.
Using
CenturyLink's
100Gbps
high-speed fibre circuit and Grass
Valley's DirectIP feature, the test
demonstrates that uncompressed
multi-camera signals can be reliably
and robustly delivered from point to
point eliminating the need for large
production crews and complex outside
broadcast (OB) set-ups on location.
During the test, three Grass Valley
LDX 86N cameras were deployed in
Miami running at high-speed - 10Gbps
each - demonstrating a robust IP
workflow between cameras, switchers
and XCU Universe XF base stations,
even with high bandwidth usage.
Using Grass Valley's unique DirectIP
configuration, uncompressed signals
were transmitted via CenturyLink's

100Gbps high-speed fibre circuit to
base stations and operational control
panels (OCPs) located at the network
provider's point of presence (POP) in
Tulsa. CenturyLink is the first company
to demonstrate 100Gbps capabilities.
Bill Woutnaka, Vice President,
CenturyLink commented: "Together
with
Grass
Valley
we
have
demonstrated
we
can
support
remote camera signals, whatever
the resolution and speed, from any
place where we have a fibre link. The
combination of our ability to deliver
high-speed fibre circuits of 100Gbps
and this trial is a real gamechanger."
The DirectIP configuration on the
Grass Valley cameras delivers a robust
and reliable way to handle signal
distribution at higher bandwidths. It
is easy to set up and maintain via a
centralised control room to ensure the
highest performance levels. DirectIP
allows the remote site to integrate
seamlessly with the production,
regardless of the distance.

Grass Valley and CenturyLink 100Gbs Remote Link

"Recent projects, such as the 2019 FIS
Alpine World Ski Championships, have
cemented the role of IP-based remote/
at-home production as a field-proven
way to meet the growing demand for
captivating viewing experiences," said
Mark Hilton, Vice President of Live
Production, Grass Valley. "As the only
camera manufacturer that delivers allIP communication between a camera
head and its base station, we enable
our customers to push the boundaries
of what is possible, allowing them to

focus on high impact tasks that create
truly compelling viewing experiences
without the need for unwieldy
infrastructures and workflows. We
are very proud to have joined forces
with CenturyLink to bring this model
to customers in the US, giving them
the ability to eliminate the need for
compression equipment or trucks at
the live venue."
CenturyLink and Grass Valley will
be undertaking additional trials in the
coming months.


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