The Crossing is a multi-site church with three campuses located around the St. Louis area. They broadcast from their campus In Chesterfield, MO to their campuses in Fenton and St. Charles County, as well as to the web. The Chesterfield campus has went through several phases of expansion since opening in December 2003. In November 2013, The Crossing completed phase 3 which included a 1200 seat auditorium and production suite for broadcast video and audio. It was designed to better serve the needs of their growing multi-site ministry, with the existing 850 seat auditorium redesigned to become a multipurpose room for youth and as an additional video venue.
As The Crossing designed the video systems for their new auditorium and production suite, they chose to reuse a lot of their existing gear to keep costs in line. But they still needed to include several new key infrastructure items, such as a new router and production switcher in the design to expand their functionality – as well as to minimize future install costs and disruption to services.
Prior to phase 3 of their expansion, The Crossing’s core video system was two Panasonic switchers and an Evertz multiviewer. They used one switcher to drive live camera content to their multisite campuses, as well to their video venues in Chesterfield, and they used the other switcher to drive camera and video content with graphic overlays to lobby TV’s, live webstream, and web video on demand.
“The biggest limitations of the original set up was the number of inputs and the coordination of two different switchers. We needed a new switcher that could meet our needs in these two areas”