Calvary Chapel Screen Becomes Larger Than Life
Calvary Chapel is an evangelical megachurch in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with more than 18,000 worshipers. Founded in 1985, the church ranks as the 14th largest in the country, hosting seven services per week in its 3,750-seat main sanctuary.In the past, the church rented three 12,000-lumen projectors to display images on the stage's 75-by-16-foot screen. However, the projectors' low resolution and resulting grainy image limited the desired impact. What's more, the companies Calvary Chapel rented AV equipment from provided little to no customer service, and technical issues with the products were not addressed in a timely manner. The solution? The Panasonic PT-DZ21K.
During the summer of 2012, Richard Belgie, AV manager at Calvary Chapel, began to research a large, permanent projection installation that would deliver high-quality, bright images able to overcome ambient lighting in the sanctuary. Because the services at the chapel are recorded, it was important that Richard find a solution that would work well in a TV production environment and could create higher resolutions images on the stage.
After reviewing a number of products from different companies, Calvary Chapel purchased four PT-DZ21K projectors in December 2012. The 20,000-lumen lumen projectors use edge-blending technology to create a massive image on a 100-by-16-foot tall stage—the entire back wall of the chapel. It was critical that the projectors have high resolution and lumens, as projecting that size image can reveal pixels.
Richard was even more delighted to receive the projectors a mere three days after ordering them and equally impressed by the hands-on service provided by the Panasonic team. Since the projectors' initial installation, they have run flawlessly and produced dazzling images for the worshipers and staff.
An installation of this scale is quite uncommon and is made even more impressive with media servers that can stream live content onto the stage in real time. "This is the same setup that's used for major pop culture events, such as the Super Bowl and the major award shows. Worshipers and staff, alike, have shared glowing feedback of the setup, which really helps tell the story of each service."
“Reliability was a big concern of ours, along with service and support. ThePT-DZ21Ks have been perfect since they were installed and are, by far, the best projectors of all brands that we have tried,” noted Richard. “Moreover, Panasonic has been extremely proactive in ensuring the projectors work well and truly cares about our experience with them.”
- Richard Belgie, AV manager at Calvary Chapel
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