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ToolsOnAir Brings New Workflow to High-Tech Worship Network Facility

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The newly built Succeed In Life Center Pare de Sufrir Church in Houston, TX boasts one of the more impressive new broadcast facilities to come online this year. Designed and installed by Conroe, TX-based Hairel Enterprises, the project was recently nominated for WFX's coveted Solomon Award.

The 46,000-square-foot facility includes an 1,100-seat contemporary worship center, a 150-seat chapel/teaching room, a high definition production studio and control room, and numerous support areas. As Hairel President David Hairel explains, the church’s previous system had them tied to a time-consuming analog based workflow to capture and broadcast programming. “They were capturing to video, transferring to and from NLE systems for editing and post production,? says Hairel. “It was tremendously time-intensive for a facility that’s producing youth videos, church announcements, weekly broadcasts and streaming worship services world-wide, five days a week.? Hairel’s team designed an elaborate digital network with fiber connectivity from each ministry area to the studio for direct-to-disk capturing, non-linear editing and digital delivery and distribution. Video is captured via four Panasonic HPX370 P2-HD manually operated cameras and four HE50S PTZ cameras. In the production studio, ToolsOnAir's Broadcast Suite provides the essential end-to-end workflow for multi-camera recording and playout control. Four Mac Pro Final Cut workstations equipped with AJA IO XT and Black Magic Designs DeckLink multi IO interfaces capture eight channels of 1080i HD video to a 64 TB RAID array, with ToolsOnAir’s Live Cut and just:in enabling engineers to build an edited Final Cut multi-cam project live, in real time. Using ToolsOnAir’s just:live, engineers can manage live playback while recording live. Customized graphics including real-time lower thirds are generated and pulled into the timeline as needed. And just:play provides full playback automation for the church’s 24 hour webstream channel. “The ToolsOnAir system has enabled us to save them literally hours in their daily workflow,? says Hairel’s Designer Scott Baker. “They’re able to generate dramatically more content, and they can more efficiently utilize their people, their equipment and their space. ToolsOnAir completely changes the entire paradigm.?