Westminster Abbey Order of the Bath Service


09/05/2014: As an official supplier for events at Westminster Abbey, BCA are fortunate to have been involved in filming the Ceremony of Installation of Knights Grand Cross of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath. At the request of The Central Chancery of the Orders of Knighthood our brief was to supply the equipment and personnel necessary to enable the congregation present at the service to see the events unfold that they would otherwise miss. Utilising our 12 channel High Definition vision mixer, along with HD switching and routing, we were able to relay the entire proceedings from each location within the Abbey to 13 screens throughout. Careful planning was needed on this project. In previous years it had been necessary to set up two separate control areas as the video signal had been delivered in SD composite due to budget restraints. This year, thanks to our upgraded equipment and HD-SDI signal path, we were able to limit the disruption caused in the Abbey by routing all camera feeds back to one central control area. The choice of cabling for this project was paramount as the distance the video signal was travelling surpassed the technical capabilities of lesser quality cables. Our control area comprised of four robotic camera operator positions, vision mixing, sound mixing, director and VT playback. In order to facilitate our final brief, the ceremony required 15 HD camera positions: 4 Panasonic AW-HE120 located in The Lady Chapel of King Henry VII, 2  Panasonic AW-HE120 cameras covering the Nave and Organ Loft, 4 HD Manually Operated cameras covering the West Door, Quire, Lantern and Nave, and a further 5 locked off HD cameras. The mixed signal was distributed to 11 plasma screens, (6 x 60″, 3 x 50″ and 2 x 42″). This was supplemented by patching into the in-house system enabling the live feed to be shown on a further two LCD panels to the front of the Abbey. A DVD has been produced of the occasion and is available via our new online shop section of this website. Fifty percent of all proceeds for each purchase will be donated to the Chapel Memorial Fund.