HOUSE OF WORSHIP
Video equipment in a church has become a technological necessity.
A video camera and recorder can be used in combination to record sermons, choir concerts, and special messages given by guest speakers. Congregations may want to consider using this type of equipment to record worship services so that they can be downloaded onto websites or aired on local television channels. If members miss a Sunday, recordings will allow them to watch the worship service on video at a later date.
A video camera combined with a video distribution system, gives you the opportunity to feed sound and picture into other areas of the building. This is particularly useful for overflow areas when the main church hall is full. Within the main church hall, video can be distributed to monitors mounted throughout the hall so that everyone has an excellent view of the worship service, regardless of where they are sitting.
B2BVideoSource.com carries a selection of video cameras for use in worship facilities. The most basic camera used in a house of worship is a fixed camera aimed at the pulpit, or other area of interest (the camera is wired to a monitor or a digital video recorder). The next step up from the fixed camera is a remote controlled pan/tilt/zoom camera. This allows an operator to move, zoom and focus the camera from a remote location (the ptz camera must be wired to a monitor in the remote location so the operator can see what he or she is doing). For a more ellaborate set up, multiple pan-tilt-zoom cameras can be mounted in the main hall and fed into a video mixer or into individual monitors.
The Revolabs product line offers an unobtrusive wireless audio solution for houses of worship for recordings, podcasts and broadcasts of sermons. Revolabs' wireless microphones are easy to use, allow for mobility of the speaker and are unobtrusive without a battery or battery pack.
"The EVI-D70 is a great little camera, with a surprising reach on its zoom.
Its chief drawbacks are that it's a single chip camera, and that the motor movement doesn't feather out at low speeds.
For what we're doing at Grace Bible Church they work great. We don't usually move live cameras, so the motion doesn't need to be the smothest, and for webcast at 320x240, the resolution and color production of the single chip is ample. We run 3 D70s, controlled by an RM-BR300, fedding Y/C into a Tricaster.
Sony does have 3 chip and HD cameras similar to the D70, and the higher end models do have much smoother motion.
The biggest plus to the D70 and its kin, as opposed to putting a camcorder or camera on a p/t/z head are support for presets. Many/most p/t/z head options can't offer presets because they don't have a feedback circuit to know the zoom position of the camera. Presets are the key to a single operator being able to run multiple cameras (and or even switch video at the same time) because you spend far less time controlling the camera. you just punch a pre-set, and it goes to that shot, then you tweak as needed. For each of our cameras we have 6 preset shots Wide, Singers, Medium Stage, Medium Pulpit, Close Pulpit and Congregation Wide. Just push a button, and the camera repositions and zooms to that shot."
- The Church Media Community