What is the AVDH?
The Meetinghouse Audio/Video Distribution Hub (AVDH) is a permanently-wired device in LDS Church meetinghouse satellite racks that automatically routes audio and video signals properly according to the function selected. This eliminates the need to reconfigure cables for different types of events, which allows for decreased setup time and greater reliability.
The AVDH was created in response to the difficulty of temporarily wiring webcast equipment (such as the Teradek VidiU*, Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator or a PC) into audio and video feeds in the satellite closet. Many stake technology specialists struggle with accurately wiring the equipment, especially since events typically happen only a few times per year. The manual setup process increases the risk of mistakes and failed webcasts.
Once installed properly, particularly with the recommended permanent camera installation, the AVDH will provide as close to “one-touch” webcasting as is currently possible. Initial feedback from two installations done during the product development project was very positive.
What are its primary benefits?
There are two models available: the AVDH-1 and the AVDH-2. The benefits of each are described below.
AVDH-1: Transmit and receive unit
- Permanently connects to meetinghouse video distribution system
- Permanently connects to chapel audio system
- Permanently connects to Meetinghouse Webcast Communicator (if applicable)
- Allows users to easily select among three primary functions, and audio/video routing is automatically switched:
- Transmit webcast
- Receive satellite feed
- Receive webcast feed
- Features a front-panel interface that provides optional additional connections:
- Video and audio output with volume control
- Auxiliary inputs that allow the following connections:
- PC connection for using Meetinghouse Webcast Software
- Composite audio and video sources (such as a DVD player) to send signal throughout the meetinghouse (a composite to HDMI converter will be needed when using the Teradek VidiU webcast device)
- VGA connection to send PC content to the VGA port in the chapel for connection to projector or flat-panel TV
- Network connection for PCs running Meetinghouse Webcast Software or general Internet connectivity
- Camera control port to connect a PC via USB to allow for remote camera control (if camera is installed)
AVDH-2: Receive-only unit
- Has the same features as AVDH-1, except it does not offer the transmit webcast capability
- Provides the ability to switch easily between receiving a satellite feed and a webcast stream
Where should it be installed?
AVDH devices are designed for existing meetinghouses only. New meetinghouses constructed in the last several years have switching equipment already installed and do not need this product.
The AVDH-1 can be installed in meetinghouses that both receive satellite broadcasts and also regularly transmit webcasts (typically a stake center). The locations should have a demonstrated need to simplify the webcasting experience and the process of switching between satellite and webcast events.
The AVDH-2 can be installed into meetinghouses that have satellite equipment and also need to receive webcasts. There is no reason to install an AVDH-2 into a meetinghouse with no satellite equipment.
The products are currently targeted for deployment in North America only.
How can an FM purchase and install the products?
The AVDH-1 and AVDH-2 is available in LDS e-Market.
Any installation of the AVDH products must be coordinated by the FM. Stakes should never undertake this effort on their own, as it represents a permanent building modification.
FMs should follow this process:
- Determine whether the meetinghouse fits the criteria for installing an AVDH-1 or AVDH-2 (see the “Where should it be installed” section above).
- Verify that the necessary budget is available (see the “How much does it cost” section above), and proceed only if the expense is justified.
- Find a qualified integrator or contractor to do the installation. There are several Utah-based contractors that are qualified, but they are not the only option. Locations outside of Utah may consider the integrators that originally installed the audio and video distribution systems in the meetinghouse or local integrators that have sufficient AV experience and knowledge.
- Purchase the equipment. The integrators have the option to buy the AVDH equipment and resell it to the FM, but the FM should check pricing carefully. It’s likely to be less expensive when purchased directly by the FM through LDS e-Market.
- Arrange with the integrator to perform the installation. The AVDH documentation will guide the installer through the process carefully.
- There is a requirement (documented in the Commissioning Guide) for the installer to certify their installation with Church HQ Support once complete. The FM should not pay for the installation until they have received an email from Church HQ certifying that the support group has certified the installation. This process will ensure a high-quality installation.