How one church went from one camera to a directing multiple cameras
Mountainview Christian Church contacted Lambda through the recommendation of another longtime client. Just a week or so prior to the COVID-19 lockdown, we had begun to work with them to draw out some ideas for improving their livestream. Mountainview had been using a MEVO to capture their services, but knew they needed something better. Mevo works by using a single camera that can track faces and create multiple images the same shot. This option can work great for small meetings, but not for a full worship meeting in a medium size church.
Mountainview was accustomed to a lot of angles but wanted to add more quality to their captures. With this in mind, we built them a switching system based around a small Blackmagic rack switcher, a broadcast style Ursa camera and few smaller POV style cameras from Marshall. In laying out this system Matt Waresak, a camera specialist at Lambda, worked to ensure the stage was covered from every angle.
Matt mounted two Marshall cameras directly on the stage. He then added another one mounted at the center of the back of the room and a fourth to the side of the back room. This allowed the Ursa camera to be used as both a speaker follow camera for the pastor on stage, and a special shot camera finding interesting shots during the worship. Marshall cameras offer an inexpensive, but reasonable quality adding the ability to have more angles than if every camera was an Ursa broadcast.
The Blackmagic switcher allowed easy switching between angles, the ability to add lower third keys and allowed color and iris (brightness) control of the camera. This is a powerful all in one package. The Blackmagic TV Studio HD switcher also has the ability to switch an “AUX” or secondary output which allowed us to feed the projectors in the room a secondary signal that would be different from the stream. We even added a series ob cables and converters to feed lobby TV’s so churchgoers could see announcements or the service from the lobby
With every angle covered by a camera, it gave Mountainview lots of options for switching video. This was a great setup for the church’s group of volunteers since they had not spent much time with cameras or directing. It gave them the ability to practice video direction, when and where to cut the video and what shot to use next. Learning new cameras or directing video while starting streaming can be a daunting task, but with video coverage from every angle, it gave them an easy place to start learning
Mountainview Church loves their new system! It was a big jump from the little multi-angle Mevo to a full on production streaming setup with flexible lyrics keying options, but it couldn’t have come at a better time for the church. They have gotten a lot of use from their cameras already and can’t wait to keep creating quality content
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