Video Camera Setup

Last Updated: 2 July 2019 at 09:01

Video Camera Requirements

One video camera is sufficient for a successful webcast (cameras do not need to be permanently mounted). For detailed camera requirements, please see “Video Camera Requirements” located in Webcast Requirements.


Video Camera Setup

The following instructions explain how to prepare a non-permanently mounted video camera for a webcast.

  1. Place the video camera near the back of the room or the chapel in a secure, stable location (a sturdy tripod is recommended).
  2. Connect the camera to the Teradek VidiU encoder via the method that best fits your situation:
    • Video Distribution System: If the building’s video distribution system is being used, connect the camera to the video input jack found in the chapel. The Teradek VidiU encoder will then connect to the video output usually located in the tech room or satellite closet (please see Video Distribution System).
    • Direct Video Connection: If your building does not have a video distribution system, cabling can be run directly between the Teradek VidiU encoder and the camera. Set up the encoder and other webcast equipment close to where the camera is located to avoid lengthy cable runs.
  3. Use gaffer tape (not duct tape) to tape down exposed cables. This will reduce the chance of someone tripping on them and getting hurt. It will also reduce the risk of the camera being damaged or of the webcast being interrupted.
  4. Place the camera high enough that it has an unimpeded view of the podium and stand. The camera should be in a secure position. When using a tripod, the tripod should be able to elevate the camera to at least six feet. Keep in mind that audience members may stand at certain points in the meeting (for example, during the rest hymn). People may also walk in front of the camera. If the camera is high enough, these distractions will not be seen at the receiving locations.
  5. Note: Audio is normally run separately to the Teradek Video encoder and not from the video camera. (Please see Audio Setup Overview.)

Camera Operation

Be sensitive to the audience viewing the webcast. Realize that the operation of the camera can be distracting during the event. Keep the following in mind:

  1. Avoid frequent or unnecessary movement of the camera. Make sure the camera is securely placed. Use a stable tripod if one is available.
  2. When focusing on a speaker, the speaker should occupy as much of the screen as is reasonable.
  3. When panning and zooming (e.g., when the choir performs), do it smoothly. Some cameras allow you to establish auto preset views so that you can smoothly transition between close and wide views.
  4. When possible, have an experienced person operate the camera.