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First Baptist Dallas creates awe-inspiring video programming using Barco projection to elevate religious services
Posted on Tuesday, November 12, 2013
 Rancho Cordova, Calif., USA – 12 November 2013 – Visualization pioneer Barco, together with AV systems integrators Burst and Clair Brothers, have created an innovative visualization platform for First Baptist Dallas’ brand new Worship Center. The new 142’ multi-curved screen features seamlessly edge-blended panoramic video programming and image magnification driven by seven Barco large venue projectors, making it one of the largest church AV presentation installs in the US. An adjacent multi-purpose event space and a new Youth Center also feature additional Barco projectors.

The new First Baptist Dallas campus is part of an expansive and ongoing revitalization campaign in downtown Dallas, which also features several multimillion-dollar museums, theaters and parks. While most churches are renovating older buildings and constructing satellite campuses in the suburbs to accommodate growth, First Baptist Dallas chose to expand its footprint in downtown Dallas in order to continue serving the core community. A cutting-edge audio, video and lighting system is at the heart of the $135 million construction project.

“Burst was chosen by First Baptist Dallas to integrate the sanctuary video production and projection systems. The systems contribute to the congregations’ experience of services via the large projection screen which provides stunning HD video. Barco’s projectors beautifully produce every frame of video and have been completely reliable,” comments Robin Heywood, President of Burst.       

Inspiring worship with an impressive visual centerpiece
Not only did First Baptist Dallas want the best quality AV solution to enliven its religious programs with stunning visual imagery, but one that was sizable enough for viewing by its 3,000 member congregation. Relying on the product and integration expertise of Burst and Clair Brothers, the church outfitted the new sanctuary with a bold and engaging 142’ screen, fed by Barco’s HDF-W22 large venue projectors. Ten HD video cameras are placed throughout the Center to capture all the program elements for image magnification on the central screen in addition to original video and graphic content.

“We’ve worked with Barco projectors on numerous event stages, and really value them for their excellent brightness and contrast in ambient lighting situations, as well as their ease of integration,” comments Seth Morth of Clair Brothers. “They definitely give our customers a high-performance projector for less cost than other alternatives on the market.”

“The projection sub-system presented many challenges in terms of logistics, engineering and installation.  Barco delivered their products on time, met the budget, worked out of the box and continue to make each service a memorable event,” states Robin Heywood, President of Burst.       

A smart, economical projection choice
In addition to the projectors for the main Worship Center sanctuary, First Baptist Dallas installed an HDF-W22 projector at the adjacent event center as well as eleven RLM-W8 projectors for the Youth Center’s classrooms and meeting spaces.

"We are very excited to be partnering with Barco on this very unusual installation,” comments Bryan Bailey, Director of Media and Production of First Baptist Dallas.  “The consistency and quality of the projectors has really calmed many of our concerns about blending and warping seven images.  Perhaps most importantly, the impressive customer service provides much needed confidence in the middle of a truly unique application."

Committed to house of worship AV solutions
“We understand that today’s houses of worship are investing in innovative programming to visually support their religious services and Barco projectors are tailor-made for their creative as well as infrastructure needs,” comments Scott Stremple, Vice President Sales, Venues & Hospitality for Barco North America. “We’re committed to serving their wide range of presentation with innovative and cost-effective Pro-AV solutions.”