$65 building webcast setup

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jamnajar
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$65 building webcast setup

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Our priorities are make a system that is easy to operate and choose a platform that is device agnostic and simple for end users to use. This is what we used last Sunday along with Zoom to broadcast two sacrament meetings.
Laptop (borrowed)
1080P Webcam ($30) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B084ZJFNKN?re ... b_ap_share
Flexible clamp on camera mount ($25) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Y2W4Q5Z?re ... b_ap_share
Wired lav mic ($11) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B085TK4N92?re ... b_ap_share

The camera connects via USB, the mic via 1/8” headphone jack. Most modern computers only have one jack and the OS will sense something is plugged in and ask if it’s a mic or headphones. The wired lav mic clamps right to the pulpit mic.
Here is a couple pics of the setup:
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Notes: In the zoom meeting we turned the “auto mic level” OFF. We manually turned the mic all the way down while someone was speaking, this reduced the background (kid) noise. We muted between speakers (overkill bit a nice touch). During hymns we turned the mic to 75%, this picked up the organ well enough. We used a Mac for one ward and a PC for the other, both worked well. You can set the camera to HD if bandwidth allows. We used a normal paid zoom account and as people joined we would turn off their webcams for them and mute them if needed. We connected a second laptop (as a participant) to the meeting with headphones to monitor the audio. (Overkill but useful) The 18’ cable allowed us to sit in the second pew and have plenty of slack.
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This is the other building we setup. I hope this helps!
drepouille
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Re: $65 building webcast setup

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My set up is very similar. I use G Suite instead of Zoom. I set up my laptop on a small table just in front and to the side of the rostrum, next to the wooden wall. That is where I sit and monitor both sides of the meeting. (I am often skipped by deacons, though.) I use black electrical tape to attach the wired Lavalier mic to the boom. I store the webcam in the clerk's office when not in use.

I also use an old Android phone to inject hymns with vocals through the crab box into the sound system, since we are not allowed to sing.
Dana Repouille, Plattsmouth, Nebraska
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