SBankhead wrote:Examples 1 & 2 (slides 1-7)- It's obvious that these extension arms would have to be installed and removed for conference, right? It would be kind of ugly and in-the-way for a permanent install.
The extensions and cameras are removed after the conference which requires a ladder, but it isn't difficult since all of the cables are already run. The whole setup takes only 3 or 4 minutes to get the ladder and install or remove each camera.
SBankhead wrote:Slide 5- Why two cameras set up in the same location? Seems like for a two camera shoot, you would want different camera angles.
Example 3 (slides 8-9)- Same as above: Why dual cameras in same location?
We actually used 4 cameras. 2 on the left side, 1 hanging in the center and 1 suspended on the right. There were several reasons for multiple cameras:
1) This was the first time the robotic cameras were used and although we went through extensive testing, we wanted to be sure we could switch back to the original system, in case of a failure.
2) Our Stake was being reorganized during this Stake Conference and we thought it was nice to have the ablility to quickly pan to the new Stake President when he stood up in the congregation to be recognized. It would be difficult to attempt this with the robotic cameras, but with this set-up, we were able to have one camera on the pulpit, have a wide shot of the chapel, have a wide shot of the cultural hall and still have the tripod camera free to compose a close-up of the new Stake President the instant he stood up.
3) Two other Ward buildings receive the conference broadcast. We would like for them to feel as much a part of the Stake Center's congregation and Spirit as possible. It is the goal of the STC to deliver the word of the Lord to the other Wards in such a way as to invite the Spirit the best we can. We feel that the professionalism of multi-camera broadcast with different camera angles helps convey the Spirit better and helps to keep our remote congregations connected and interested.
4) Robotic cameras are most effective presetting and memorizing 6 positions for instant recall and making slight adjustments to frame the shot. In contrast, the camera operator of the tripod mounted camera is able to deliver extremely slow and deliberate pans of the choir and frame shots almost instantly where as it takes much longer to frame (compose) a shot with the robotic cameras. We're still getting used to the joystick controller for the robotic cameras.
5) Since our Stake Center is designed with the stage at the opposite end of the chapel, we can use the mulit-camera set up for both Stake Conference and performances on the stage. Setting up the extra cameras seemed 'a given' since it was not much additional work.
Eventually, we hope to eliminate the tripod camera. It takes up space (9 chairs), is visually distracting and it takes more time to set up - dragging out the platforms, running cables, setting up the tripod and camera, etc. We need experience operating the joystick controller, mixing with the SEG, chroma-keying the hymns, adjusting the sound, etc. If anything, we've learned this can't be done by one person - it requires a dedicated and supportive team. THANK YOU STC!