Baton Rouge, La. – Woodlawn Baptist Church is a community church with a congregation of 250. When its 11-year-old projectors came to the end of their life, Laramie Minga, the Music Pastor, and the rest of the team decided to upgrade the entire projection system in the sanctuary to provide a better experience. With the help of Shepherd Multimedia, Woodlawn Baptist Church has become home to two new Hitachi CPWX-8750 7,500-lumen projectors.
Inside the sanctuary at Woodlawn Baptist Church, Minga has an AV set up complete with two new Hitachi CP-WX8750 projectors and screens, one on each side of the stage, for the congregation to be able to follow along with song lyrics, Scripture readings, testimonies, and announcements before and during services. Because of the A-line shaped ceiling, Minga has permanently mounted the projectors on the side walls near the back of the sanctuary, which also allows for easier access to change out bulbs. Equipped with long-throw lenses, the two new projectors have integrated into the entire AV system for easy control.
“The projectors that we were using before the upgrade to the new Hitachi projectors were eleven years old,” says Minga. “The picture at that point was so dim we had to turn the lights completely off in the sanctuary to see images. With the increase from 4,000 lumens to 7,500, the new projectors are a great improvement. On top of that, we installed two larger screens above our platform, which really helps with visibility when compared to projecting onto the wall.”
The higher lumens aren’t the only benefit that Woodlawn Baptist Church has found with its new Hitachi projectors. The functionality of the Hitachi Perfect Fit feature has helped Minga and other administrators easily fine tune the image to the screens week to week.
“As we’ve settled into using the new projectors over the past few months, the Perfect Fit feature has been incredible in helping us match the projected image to the screens,” says Minga. “We are able to adjust the screen size depending on our needs and use Perfect Fit to quickly adjust the projectors appropriately. On top of that, we were able to hardwire our projectors to the board, and now instead of having to walk out and aim the remote, we can control the projectors from the AV booth. It has greatly simplified the process for us.”
Minga used Hitachi’s House of Worship promotion to receive two free lamps, giving Minga peace-of-mind knowing that the church not only has back up lamps available, but he also doesn’t have to worry about the budget for a new lamp in the future.