Meetinghouse A/V Distribution Hub

Last Updated: 13 December 2019 at 11:59

The meetinghouse Audio/Video Distribution Hub (AVDH) is a permanently wired device in the satellite rack or technology closet that automatically routes audio and video signals according to the function selected. This eliminates the need to reconfigure cables for different types of events and allows for decreased setup time and greater reliability. 

The AVDH products are currently deployed for existing meetinghouses in North America only. New meetinghouses constructed in the last several years have newer A/V switching equipment already installed and do not need this product. Please see Video Distribution System for more information on other distribution equipment that may be installed. 

The AVDH was created in response to the difficulty of temporarily wiring webcast equipment into audio and video feeds in the satellite rack or technology 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.

Product Documentation

Please note: The webcast communicator mentioned in the following PDF user guides is a previous meetinghouse webcast encoder, but the principle of connecting the AVDH with the current Teradek VidiU encoder is the same, with the exception that you will need a composite-to-HDMI converter.

What Are the Primary Benefits of the AVDH?

There are two AVDH models available: the AVDH-1 and the AVDH-2. The benefits of each are described below.

AVDH-1: Transmitting-and-Receiving Unit

  • Permanently connects to meetinghouse video distribution system
  • Permanently connects to chapel audio system
  • Permanently connects, or allows easy connection, to the meetinghouse webcast encoder (Teradek VidiU)
  • Allows users to easily select among three primary functions (audio and video routing automatically switches based on your selection):
    • 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 is 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 for 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

  • It 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 feed.

Where Should It Be Installed?

The AVDH products are currently deployed for existing meetinghouses in North America only. New meetinghouses constructed in the last several years have newer A/V switching equipment already installed and do not need this product.

The AVDH-1 is best for 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 is best for meetinghouses that receive webcasts and have satellite equipment. There is no reason to install an AVDH-2 into a meetinghouse with no satellite equipment.

How Can a Facilities Manager Purchase and Install the Products?

The AVDH-1 and AVDH-2 are available in the eMarket.

Any installation of the AVDH products must be coordinated by the facilities manager (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, 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 who originally installed the audio and video distribution systems in the meetinghouse or local integrators who 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 the eMarket.
  • Arrange with the integrator to perform the installation. The AVDH documentation will carefully guide the installer through the process.
  • There is a requirement (documented in the commissioning guide) for the installer to certify their installation with Church headquarters support once complete. The FM should not pay for the installation until they have received an email from Church headquarters verifying that the support group has certified the installation. Following this process will ensure a high-quality installation.