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Managing the video output

Using the cameras

You have 2 cameras at your disposal: camera 1 is mounted just above the clock at the back of the church and camera 2 is on the left side wall about 1/3 of the way forward. The main reason for having 2 cameras is so that you can pan or zoom the one which is not live rather than broadcasting the rather jerky movements that panning and zooming make.

The positioning of the cameras is controlled using this device:


You will see that a number of preset pan/zoom settings have been set up. The ones you will use most are preset 1 - the fixed lectern under the screen - and preset 2 - the centre lectern.

To move a camera to a preset position, for example camera 1 to preset 2, press CAM1 then 2. You can see the result on the Roland box - the little image labelled HDMI 1 is what camera 1 is capturing, and HDMI 2 is camera 2.

Before the service, check that the presets are where you want them. You may have to adjust them if this week's preacher or reader is much taller or shorter than last week's. To adjust, for example, camera 1 for a taller reader, use the big black handle. Pull it towards you to accommodate a taller speaker, or push it away for a smaller person. The further you push, the faster it moves, and for a small adjustment it's best just to nudge it gently. You can also push it to the left or right to pan left or right, and twist it clockwise to zoom in or anticlockwise to zoom out.

To save the new position, say of camera 1 preset 2, move the camera to the desired position and press CAM1 SET 2 ENTER.

You can save up to 256 presets, so if you need one for just one service I suggest you use numbers from 20 upwards, eg CAM2 SET 20 ENTER.

If the cameras appear over-exposed, try pressing CAM1 then IRIS+ and/or CAM2 then IRIS+.

It is not necessary to use any of the other controls, and the screen shows nothing very useful.

Using the Roland switcher


The Roland switcher determines the single video feed which goes to the screens in the church and to YouTube via the streamer.

Until we get more accustomed to it, the only controls you need are the large buttons 1, 2 and 7 (two of each) and the fade switch, which is the handle at the bottom right.

Buttons 1 and 2 are the feed from cameras 1 and 2, and button 7 is the feed from the laptop. White means the input is live, ie there is a signal available, green means the input is selected, and red means the input is live.

If the fade switch is down, as shown, the bottom row of inputs is active and the button showing red is live. If the fade switch is moved to the up position then the selected - green - feed will go live and turn red and the red light in the bottom row will go green.

The screen on the box shows the live video top right, labelled PGM, ie the feed currently showing red. Top left, labelled PVW, is the other feed, ie the green light. The 8 smaller pictures are the 8 inputs, ie CAM1, CAM2 and the laptop.

You can cut from one feed to another while the row is live: for example, as shown in the picture if you press 1 in the bottom row, the output will switch to camera 1, and if you press 7 it will cut to the laptop output.

The simplest way to use this is to use the bottom row for the cameras and the top row for the laptop. So at the start press 7 on the top row, and then when the cameras are in use cut from 1 to 2 and back by pressing 1 or 2 in the bottom row. Remember only to move a camera (ie choose a new preset) when it isn't showing red. When the time comes to show the laptop output, swing the fade switch over to the top row, where 7 is already selected.

A few other points:

  • Show the wide shots if nothing is happening. I usually start on preset 3 and cut to preset 1 once the speaker is at the lectern and ready to speak.
  • For the readings, start by showing the reader announcing the reading, then fade to the laptop to show the text. You can then go back to the reader when they announce the second reading, then back to the laptop for the words and finally back to the reader.
  • It is considered good practice not to show the same view for too long. During the sermon, for example, switch between camera 1 and camera 2, for example, every 5 minutes or so.
  • If a second laptop is connected to the HDMI socket at the front of the church (on the rail in front of the organ console), it will appear as input 8.