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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!

I know more and more people are getting involved in video technology at their venue. I am one of those people. We started out with a Sony Handycam from the mid 90’s. My church has upgraded to dual HD Panasonics and a BlackMagic Switcher.

I felt it was important to have buttons to push  instead of clicking a screen to switch video. So we spent the money to get the ATEM broadcast panel (a significant chunk of our budget), but I wish I would have know about the alternatives to the Blackmagic Design broadcast panel.

Of course, I still love our BlackMagic equipment. It works great, and they have wonderful support. It’s just a bit more expensive than the DIY stuff.

It’s a pretty nice when your venue gets a camera to record productions. But if you have just a camera, you might want to consider getting some other equipment to improve the footage.

The things on this list could possibly be expensive, but they do not have to be. Just take a look at my previous blog about a DIY shoulder rig.

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.

I have a Canon HV30. It’s a nice little handheld camera. It takes HD video and is pretty easy to work with. If you have ever used a handheld video camera, you know the “awww man” moment when you watch the video and it is all shaky, especially if you, as the cameraman, were moving around.

These guys built a DIY shoulder mount for their DSLR camera. It seemed to work great for them, and the price was right.

So I built one to use with my video camera. It worked really well. I used it at a 5K event. It was very comfortable for standing still shots, and helped to steady the camera when I moved. The best use came as I rode on the back of a 4-wheeler, facing backwards and filming the 1st place runner. That was fun.