Services use Echolab in Kentucky

The Southeast Christian Church (SECC) in Louisville, Kentucky, recently deployed an Echolab Overture2 MD switcher to support live production of three student ministry services that attract more than 1,200 students each week. The company’s Conductor touchscreen interface is used by volunteers as young as 11 to run the switcher during the live services.

The Echolab Overture 2 is housed in SECC's new 80,000 square foot student ministry building called "The Block," which opened in April 2009.

"We had one of the first Echolab Nova switchers, and it worked for us with total reliability for six years. Since we've installed the new Overture, the experience has been remarkable," said Steve Stone, SECC creative media designer. "In fact, we found that the new switcher is even better than the old one for training purposes. Once the professional staff has done the production design, we can step back and let the student volunteers run the show. Also, because the Overture allows us to set up macro keys as quick recalls, the board can instantly be reset should one of the volunteers make a mistake."

The Echolab Overture2 MD is a multiformat switcher with internal up/cross and analogue to digital conversion so it can seamlessly handle a wide variety of signal formats, including composite, Y/C, component, and SDI. The switcher's multiformat capability eliminates the need for third-party devices, so that SD and HD equipment such as DVD and Blu-ray players can be directly connected to the switcher, simplifying cabling and resulting in a cost-effective, compact, and streamlined operation.

SECC relies on the Overture2 to push 16:9 HD content to a 27-foot wide, Barco HD18 main screen in the youth auditorium, which seats 1,200. The auditorium was designed with a three-sided balcony, and the audience is close enough to the screen so that there is no need for IMAG technology. IMAG is used, however, to record the service and deliver feeds to digital signs in hallways elsewhere in the complex, and to a small screen in a coffee bar where parents are invited to sit and observe.

SECC's all HD/SDI production system was designed and installed by Mankin Media Systems of Nashville, Tennessee.