Lyrics Projection – Feb 5, 2012
A few months ago we got our lyrics projection system up and running. Our setup is as follows:
We mounted a 52″ Samsung Plasma TV on the wall. The sanctuary is 40′ x 60′ and viewing from any place is fine. The plasma has a wide viewing angle which allows those on the platform to see what is on the screen.
From the pulpit area a VGA/HDMI hookup was installed in the floor. This hookup will allow any Preacher or visiting Evangelist to use the display from the front of the sanctuary . Audio from the front is attached directly into the sound system.
We ran a 100 foot heavy guage (22 Awg) HDMI cable from the sound-booth (located in the back of the sanctuary ) to the display. It terminates in a wall jack in the sound-booth allowing hookup of any HDMI device. Presently this is a DVD player and a laptop.
The laptop we are using does not have HDMI out. To attach it to the system, we are using a VGA/HDMI convertor box. The box has a maximum resolution of 1280 x 1024.
I have hooked up other laptops using HDMI and have connected at full resolution (1920 x 1080) with no problems.
For lyrics projection, we use OpenLP on the laptop running on Windows 7. This program is free and contains more features than some paid programs that I looked at. It is a cross-platform, open source program. Version 2 is currently in beta, but we have never had a problem using it during services. I am on the development team of this project and can say it is being developed by a terrific group of individuals. I highly recommend this software to anyone.
If you have any questions about our setup, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.