drepouille wrote:For a short time, I considered putting an old cell phone on the end of a goose-neck stand, and attaching the stand to the pulpit. However, I would have no control over the phone during the meeting, so I gave up that idea.
I had it on a tripod in the second row just off to the side. The amount of zoom probably depends on the phone's sensor, but I was able to go from the stand to a nice closeup of the speaker from where I was.
The hardiest part was the audio cable. The second hardiest was the phone holder with a tripod mount. I found the latter in my local Walmart in the photo section. It was bundled with a small pistol-grip/table top tripod. But at less than $8, it was worth it for the adapter.
The actual event was easy. Start the feed early, "Pinch zoom" for control, mute button right on the home screen. Long press on stop/start to "go to black". Because of the cheap tripod, I tried to minimize any repositioning.
You might be able to work around the audio cable with an external mic. The app does support Bluetooth mics.
Although, what you could do, is just mount the phone like you said, start the feed early. Leave it on a fixed zoom setting. and then turn off the broadcast at the appropriate time before the sacrament is passed. No control is really needed. That should solve the audio problem. Your mount could be nothing more than a selfie stick duct-taped to a microphone stand.