Sony Handycam HDR CX240

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justincy
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Sony Handycam HDR CX240

Postby justincy » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:09 pm

We're a new stake and the FM group is sending us a Sony Handycam HDR CX240 which they say is now standard issue from the church. But here on tech.lds.org and on meetinghouse tech everything points to the Sony EVI-D70 or D80. Is our FM group wrong? It doesn't make much sense to me. The CX240 doesn't have automatic pan, tilt or S-video out.

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Re: Sony Handycam HDR CX240

Postby michaelfish » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:14 am

The Sony CX240 is an excellent camera and is just fine for broadcasting stake conferences. Just mount it on a tripod and connect to the Webcasting equipment. If you set it in one position and leave it, the camera angle will probably get boring after an hour or so. For best results have a camera operator control it, but the operator can a distraction to the congregation.

The Sony EVI-D80 is a remote control pan/tilt/zoom camera and is good for static shots, since PTZ movement or recalling a custom preset position is generally jerky. It also requires more to set up. For instance, it doesn't have a built-in monitor so you cannot see what you're doing. The handheld remote control is only good for 15 or so feet, so you would need to be physically close.

The EVI-D80 is best used remotely - with wires that extend the video and control capabilities into another room where a monitor is set up. The result is there no visible camera operator and the camera can even be hidden so most people won't see it. To overcome jerky movements of Pan/Tilt/Zoom action, an additional camera can be added and displayed on screen while the shot of the PTZ camera is framed. Once framed, a video switcher can alternate between the the two cameras...which is also more to set up.

The EVI-D80 has a lot more potential than the CX240 when it comes to remote control capabilities but requires more set up, more equipment and more wiring.

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Re: Sony Handycam HDR CX240

Postby russellhltn » Thu Jan 29, 2015 12:26 pm

michaelfish wrote:For best results have a camera operator control it, but the operator can a distraction to the congregation.


It can be. But needn't be a major distraction. I set up the tripod at a pew position. The cameraman sits just behind it. The screen is angled down. Most of the time, it's just the camera up there. Only when the position needs to change, does the cameraman reach up and move the tripod handle or adjust the zoom.

The bigger issue is how polished a broadcast is everyone expecting? Some approach the sophistication of General Conference. But that takes multiple cameras and a video mixer.
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