Tag Archive: live event


Many venues are preparing for the Christmas season. A lot of hard work goes into producing the various plays, concerts, and cantatas that are presented this time of year. Because of all this work, it it nice to have a video of the presentation. You and I, as the volunteer tech person, are generally placed in charge of this task. So why not make this year’s video a little cooler.

Instead of using one camera to record the show, get a hold of several cameras. Borrowing cameras from friends or people in your congregation is a great way to go. Another option is to purchase a couple mini HD cameras. They are fairly inexpensive, and take full HD video.

Now, during the production, it is unlikely that you will get to run around the stage getting close ups of your instrumentalist or the view from the choir loft. However, with the mini HD cameras, you can discreetly place them around the stage to get cool shots of the piano player’s hands or close up of the timpani or a the view looking into the crowd from behind the actors.

But how will you get the cameras to stay in place? With the clip lamp camera mount, of course!

In this video, The Frugal Filmmaker shows us how to make a cheap clip-on camera mount. It looks useful for clamping small cameras in areas where a cameraman would be distracting.
 

Have fun making an awesome multi-camera Christmas concert video!

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Spotlight on…Followspots!

 

Just in case you forgot…Christmas is almost here. Well, okay, I guess it’s still about two months out. But you should probably start preparing for it now.

Last year at our Christmas cantata, our music director rented a spotlight, or followspot as it is also known. I had used one before, but it was good to know how to operate a spotlight. It didn’t come with any instructions, we just picked it up from the rental place.

If it is a possibility that your venue might rent a spotlight, study up on them, and make sure you have some time to play with it before the rehearsal.

Last spring, our church bought a decent two HD-camera and video switcher setup. Since I am the Electronic Media (soon-to-be) major. I was put in charge of the TD or Technical Directing.

The cameras were placed within eye-shot of the switcher so I communicated with hand signals. I am really looking forward to when we finally get the two-way talk-back system online. Then I will teach my cameraguys these terms for camera directing.

These terms make it so much easier to get the shots you want.

At my church, we use a wireless mic system for our pastor and music guy. We use 8-10 batteries every week. I have wondered about using rechargeable batteries for a while. It just seems so much easier to grab a couple of new batteries from a package rather than dealing with the hassle of the rechargeable type.

I found an article where the author talks about standard alkaline vs rechargeable batteries in his church. They use 40 batteries every week! That would be a big, seemingly confusing system for rechargeable batteries.

I think our church might be able to pull it off though.