The track-based Furio system provides Times Square Church with smooth, accurate cinematographic camera moves that capture the room and provide compelling imagery for production. By strategically placing the track system, Furio provides full room and angle coverage while also staying out of viewers’ line of sight once they are allowed back into the church. Furio dramatically improves the visual experience for the home viewer without impeding the in-house experience.
The Ultrix Carbonite switcher, along with the TouchDrive (TD2S), gives the church a video switcher experience that allows volunteers to operate and execute Sunday services with the level of excellence that matches the beauty and detail of the in-person experience. The Ultrix Carbonite platform allows the church team to grow and expand their production as their needs change in the next few years.
DashBoard is the Ross Video control system that allows the church production director to control all the equipment from anywhere in the building. In fact, DashBoard can be used to control the equipment from anywhere in the world. This is important because DashBoard opens up the possibilities for seamless and simple volunteer execution and experiences. A volunteer producer can be sitting in the room helping with the services, and with a click of a button, they can have total control of the LED wall or lower thirds.
Times Square has realized through this process that they are not only able to provide a live streaming and broadcast experience for their church in the local New York area, but now they can reach the entire world. When speaking about the system, Luke Laprarie, Production Director at Times Square Church, says, “With these new systems, it really just allows us to create an online experience that is better matched to what it feels like to be in the room itself. The system also allows us to impose lyrics and sermon notes, and that’s a big aid in giving a visual element to what’s happening on screen. This Ross system allows us to achieve that flexible nature that we need.”
Sallie Guillory, Creative Director at Times Square Church, is excited about the future that this solution can bring: “As much as we’ve put into upgrading the technology and getting to a place to reach people through the internet over the last two years, we believe that this has set us up to reach even more people over the next ten years. But as we’re doing that, we’re really going to put an emphasis on how we utilize that technology to build community.”
Through the Church’s partnership with Ross, Times Square Church has been able to reach, maintain and build their community outside the physical walls of the church throughout the pandemic. On top of that, they are now able to expand their community to home-based congregations now that people can attend services in person. Their goal moving forward is to expand their influence and have as many people hear their message around the world as possible.