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Equipment Setup

Pre-Service Setup

Post-Service Duties

Mac Mini Proj

1.  Power up / login to Mac Mini Computers

There are two Mac computers we use to produce our Sunday service.  A Mac Mini that runs the projections and another Mac Mini that runs the cameras, livestream and some sound.

  • Turn on the external monitors.

  • Jiggle the mouse or touch the keyboard a couple of times to bring the iMac out of it's sleep.  If someone turned it off (YOU SHOULDN'T), power it on and login using the passcode you get from Pat.  If any of the mouse(s) or keyboards need AA batteries, they are found in the slide out drawer beneath the cabinet which is on the wall, directly to the right of the tech table.

  • If one or both of the computers are turned off, you will need to power them on and login.  Power on instructions are found HERE.  You will now need to login to the computers.  Select the user "FCC Maryville MO - Production" and use the login that Pat has provided you with.

Projector

2.  Power on the Projector - You only need to do this step if the button on the Stream Deck doesn't work!

Open up the Chrome browser and look to the bookmark bar (near the top of the screen) and you will see                                                        .  Click on that and you will see this:

Click on "Control" and you will see this...

Single click on "STANDBY" and the projector will power on after a few seconds.

PowerPoint
Stage Lights

3.  Startup Google Slides

  • With the projections Mac started up and logged in, Open the Chrome web browser  app and the week's Presentation.  If it is not ready, open last week's presentation just so we can confirm operation!  At the very top of the screen you will see "Slide Show", click on that then, "Play from Start".  The presentation should begin and this section of our setup is complete!

4. Turn on Stage Lights - You only need to do this step if the button on the Stream Deck doesn't work!

  • The first thing we are going to do is make sure that the lighting system is working.

    • At the bottom of the Mac screen you will see this icon

 

  • Click on that icon and you will see this screen..​

If you don't though see the "EOS" button, you should see this "ETC" button.                  click on it and you should see something like this:

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We WANT to see the blue button say, "Primary".  If it doesn't follow these trouble shooting guidelines found HERE.

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5B. Turn on Sanctuary Lights

These to images below show the layout of the Sanctuary light switches. Switches 1-6 control the individual sets of lighting fixtures.  The switch "LED BOOTH LIGHTS" control a small string of lights for the booth.  The "HOUSE LIGHTS MASTER" switch turns on all of the sanctuary lights and the same time and is generally the only thing that needs to be turned on.  The last two switches "3 WAY TOP" and "3 WAY BOTTOM" allow control of the top and bottom lamps in each fixture.

6.  Stream Deck - If the buttons have been working in previous steps, you don't have to worry about this!

Now we need to get our "Stream Deck" device working.  It will look like this and it is right below the main monitor.

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For this device to work, the app "Bitfocus Companion" needs to be running.  To do this insure that app is running.  At the very top of the mac screen you will see a small icon like this

If the app is running it will be lit up, like above, but if the app is not running, the device will be dark, click on the small icon, then "Launch GUI" and the device will light up!

7.  ATEM Software Control App

Next we need to make sure that the ATEM App is running.  The icon for this app looks like this.

Click on this and the app will open and look something like this:

Switcher  -  ATEM Mini Pro

This is the device that switches between all of the input signals, i.e., two cameras, Presentation Software (Google Slides or Powerpoint) and this Mac.  It also serves as our livestream "encoder" which means this device does all of the processing of our services so YouTube can accept our programming.  This is a diagram of our switcher, the Black Magic Design, ATEM Mini PRO.

Click "TURN ON ALL LIGHTS" and if you've bee a good boy or girl, the lights will come on!

In this diagram the yellow labels at the top of the device show where all of the different cables plug in.  The labels on the bottom designate which button controls which input signal.

Note how some of the buttons have either a red, green or white border.  At this point, press the buttons so that their colors match the borders above.

Camera - PTZ Optics

Now we are going to setup our two cameras.  We'll start with the PTZ (Pan, Tilt, Zoom) camera at the back of the sanctuary.  Right above and to the right of were you are probably sitting right now!

We need to power the camera on.  Go to the "Stream Deck" Device and hit the Up arrow button until you see this:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit the "PTZ ON" button and after a moment of two the camera will power on.

Camera - Still Camera

Next you need to plug in the still camera to the outlet right behind the main monitor.  The plug has orange tape on it.

So, if you have done all of these things, the external monitor should look like this:

Setup - Livestream Studio 6. 

While Facebook Live is our primary streaming platform.  We use a program called Livestream Studio 6 (LSS6) to perform all of our live streaming needs!  There is a bit of setup that needs to occur each week, and we're going to take a look at that now. The first thing we need to do is start the LSS6 and it should look something like this:

To have the app look like this, The ATEM Mini Pro needs to be started up along with the PTZOptics camera, the still camera and the Behringer X32 sound console.

It is a bit hard to read but the text by the read arrow needs to read "Connected".  This will be there if the ATEM mini pro. is running.

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in the lower right corner of the screen you will see this..

This is where we will input most of the information to get our live stream setup!!

1.  The first thing you are going to do is click on the drop down box "Select Event" and select "Create New Event".

2.  Then, under "Event Title", Type in the day, date and year, i.e., Sunday, November 26, 2023.

3.  Scroll down a bit further and make sure that "Public" is showing in the "Share with" dropdown box.

4.  Just a bit further down  under "Select a content rating", make sure "All audiences" is showing.

5.  Finally click on "Create Event".

Now we need to go to the web address:   https://vimeo.com/manage/events to finalize and confirm setup!  The page should look like this!

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Notice that you will see the event we created a few moments ago, "Sunday, November 26, 2023". Single click on that text and you will then see a page that should look like this.

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Here is where you can verify the information you entered when setting up the live stream earlier.  Now click on "Manage Production" in the upper right corner of the screen with the yellowish box around it. Then there will be a small pop up box.  Click "Stream with an Encoder", and you should see something like this:

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Notice the Facebook and Youtube icons/text.  Click on the "Add" button next to Facebook and you will see something like this:

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Make sure there is a check mark in the box as shown.  If not click to place it there.  Then click on "Save".  Then you should see something like this:

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Note the little "slider button next to the Facebook icon.  Currently it is off.  Click it and it will turn blue and be in the on position.

Now do the same thing for Youtube and when completed, your screen should look like this:

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This essentially completes the setup for our live stream.  The only thing remaining is to go back to the Live Stream Studio 6 app and at the appropriate time, click on the "Go LIVE" button to officially start the live stream.

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Sound Console - Behringer X32

The first thing we need to do is power up the sound system and there are two steps:

  • There is a large switch at the top of the rack just beneath the sound console.  Turn that on.

  • Next, turn on the sound console.  The is a large "rocker" type switch on the back, lower right side of the console.

  • You will see this popup on the console screen:

  • You might see this popup on the console screen.  If it does, hit the arrow in the red box to make the popup go away.

  • Next, find the "Scenes" area of the console and select the "View" button.

  • You should then see this, or something close to this on the screen.

We need to get to the "Scenes" tab.  Hit the arrow key in the red box to "tab" over to the Scenes screen.

  • You should see something then that looks like this.  Next, use the rotary knob (see red circle) and scroll down until the screen looks like this...

When you select and load a Scene (More on that later), you will bring up the correct microphones / sources for that part of the service. The way FCC Maryville is running sound currently, there is only one scene, and that is "Sunday Service"!

At this point you will check all of the mics to make sure they are opperational, but first we need to "battery up" all of the microphones that will be used for the service.   We now use rechargeable AA batteries that are found in the brown cabinet on the wall.     Open up each needed microphone (hand-held or beltpack) and insert the correct amount of batteries in the correct manner.

Find the fader on the far right side of the console.  It is labeled "LR Main PA".  Push the fader up to zero (0).

 But first, we are going to take a look at the general layout of the console and VERY SIMPLY explain how these things work!

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The first thing we are going to look for are the "Layer Select" Buttons all of the way over on the left side of the console.  The first button is for channels 1-16 which is where we will be for "normal" Sunday services where the the praise band isn't playing.  .  Button 2 is for channels 17-32 which are the channels we use when the praise band plays.  We use the third and fourth buttons way less frequently.

The next thing we are going to look for are the "Group / Bus / Matrix Select" Buttons near the center of the console.  In most instances we will be using the second and third buttons Bus 1-8 and Bus 9-16.

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Now go over to the "Layer Select" buttons and make sure "CH 1-16" is selected and green.  You will see this.  These are most of the channels we will use for a standard Sunday service.  Just a few things.  The slider for each channel makes it louder (up) or softer (down).  The "Mute" button when selected is red and turns the channel off so it can't be heard.  The "Solo" button right above the colored scribble strip  when selected is yellow and allows the mixer to only listen to that particular channel in their headphones.  At the top is the "Select" button, that when selected is green and allows the channel to have it's parameters edited.

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Now go over to the "Layer Select" buttons and make sure "CH 17-32" is selected and green.  You will see this.  These are  the channels we will use when the praise band plays.  

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Back to the Mic check.  With all of the needed microphones "Batteried Up", UnMute each channel also making sure its fader is UP, and talk into the Mic

After mic check you will need to setup any mics need for special music or other parts of the service that need sound reinforcement.  Check these mics as well for operation.

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End Livestream

When the service has concluded, wait about 45 - 60 seconds then you may end the livestream.  To do this go back to the LiveStream Studio 6 app and click the red "STREAMING" button.  This will end the live stream

Power off the sound system

  • Turn the power switch on the back of the console "OFF".

  • Turn the red switch at the top of the audio rack "OFF".

Power off Cameras

  • Press "PTZ OFF" to power down the PTZOptics Camera

  • Simply unplug the Still Camera.

Close the ATEM Software Control App

Right Click this icon                       in the Mac Dock and select "Quit"

End/Close Google Slides

  • On the main Mac Mini screen, click on "End Show" in the top left corner of the screen.

  • Close the PowerPoint App.

Power Off the projector

  • Press "Proj OFF" to power down the Projector

OR, if that doesn't work complete the below steps...

  • Open up the Chrome browser and look to the bookmark bar (near the top of the screen) and you will see                                                  .  Click on that. and you will see this

  • Click on the Power button one more time.  The button might say "ON" but that is ok.  When you click on the button, a pop-up dialog box will appear asking you if you really want to turn off the projector.  You do.

Sleep the Projections Mac Mini & Turn off Monitors

Click on the        in the upper left corner of the screen, then click on "Sleep".

Finally, power off all monitors.

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Stream Deck
ATEM App
ATEMMiniPro
PTZCamera
StillCamera
Live Stram Studio 6
X32
SanctaryLights
End Livestream
PowerDown Sound System
Power Off Cameras
Close ATEM App
Close PowerPoint
PowerDown Projector
Sleep Computers
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