Guatemalan Church to Produce HD Programming with Grass Valley Gear

Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios—the largest and fastest growing church in Guatemala—has selected Grass Valley Live Production solutions to outfit its new church in order to produce high-quality programs for church members and viewers. Daily, Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios airs Latin America’s number one rated Christian program on TBN’s “Enlace” as well as Daystar’s “Casa de Dios” and “Noches de Gloria”.  The programs are seen throughout the U.S., Central and South America, and parts of Europe.

GrassWorking with local Grass Valley solutions provider Comtelsat of Central America, Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios has begun taking delivery of the components that will make up its new production center which is scheduled to be completed in Q3 2013. These include eight LDX Première upgradable triax cameras with 3G capable transmission, a Kayak HD production switcher frame with Kayenne XL control panel, a 4-channel K2 Summit 3G media server with AVC-Intra codecs, a 64×64 Concerto routing switcher, and an assortment of GeckoFlex signal processing modules. Comtelsat will support Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios with equipment commissioning and staff training throughout the four year agreement.

“We’re in the process of completing a state-of-the-art church which will be on par with the very best houses of worship in the United States,” said Alexander Calderon, TV and Broadcast Director for Iglesia Cristina Casa de Dios. “It will house the latest in audio and video technology because it’s really important to us that our church members enjoy high-quality content. Grass Valley’s exemplary solutions for live production enable us to deliver best-in-class HD productions for our viewers, inside our church and throughout the world.  Grass Valley has an unrivalled production portfolio which never compromises image quality, and helps us future-proof our investment by allowing us to upgrade over time where necessary.”

“We’re delighted that Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios has chosen our solutions to deliver great HD services to its members,” said Tim Thorsteinson, President and CEO of Grass Valley. “The House of Worship market is a key area of growth so we’re excited that Grass Valley solutions are gaining traction in this sector. This project with Iglesia Cristiana Casa de Dios demonstrates the flexibility of Grass Valley solutions and we look forward to supporting the church and its productions over the next four years.”

The LDX Series
The new LDX Series of upgradable cameras helps simplify the way that live content is produced and delivered by providing a way for users to select the level of acquisition format flexibility and features they require today, with the ability to access software upgrades tomorrow. With GV-eLicenses, they can upgrade their camera to the next level temporarily or permanently, whichever makes the most sense for their business model.

With uncompromised performance including 1080p50/60, full compatibility with Grass Valley’s line of 3G Transmission solutions and stunning 1080p/1080i/720p images, the LDX Series is the industry’s most advanced range of cameras. The LDX Series is based on state-of-the-art, third-generation CMOS imagers – Grass Valley’s Xensium-FT. The LDX Series boasts an ergonomic design with time saving features such as improved color management and automated controls, allowing operators to concentrate on creativity.

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