Need Suggestions for mounting webcam at Stake Conference webcast

Conversations around originating a webcast for conference, including cameras and mixers.
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Need Suggestions for mounting webcam at Stake Conference webcast

Postby swidmann1 » Wed Oct 05, 2011 7:59 pm

Greetings all-
First, thank you in advance for any comments you may offer.
We will be doing our first stake conference webcast October 16. We will be webcasting to only one Meetinghouse.

Due to a very limited budget and after some discussions with Kurt Olsen (SLC Product Manager) we've decided to not invest in the Osprey card and use only one webcam, Logitech c910 on a laptop (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/webcams/devices/hd-pro-webcam-c910) along with a Chat50 mic.

Since it is a webcam, it will need to be placed close to speaker at the podium. In a perfect world I would like to have the webcam directly in front of the speaker.

I'm looking for suggestion on placing the webcam in a stationary position in front of the podium. I can think many ways to do this, unfortunately they include drilling holes in the stand. Obviously that is not an option. If you would, could you please share your thoughts or past experiences on how to do this.

One other note...While the webcam is very, very small, it could be distracting to those who are at stake conference. One solution I came up with would be to place the webcam in front of the podium and elevate it so it would be a little higher than the speaker using some type of boom or jib. (My first life was in TV News). At least that way it would not be in the speakers face. Shooting at a higher angle instead of a lower angle also is more appealing and flattering than shooting from a lower angle.

Thanks again for your comments.

Steve Widmann
Waco Texas Stake

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Postby russellhltn » Wed Oct 05, 2011 8:16 pm

I agree higher is better then lower. Because of placement, you may have to place it a bit on the side to keep it from being too distracting to the "local" group. But even then, there's a fair amount of distraction present. Your local leaders will have to decide if it's better to find a way to fund what it takes to be less distracting or not.
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Postby harddrive » Thu Oct 06, 2011 5:59 am

Russ, you are correct, but you don't want to go too high because you will get a top of the head shot instead of a face shot.

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Postby Aczlan » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:58 am

Looking at that webcam, I think I would mount it with black gaffers tape to the corner of the podium top, or 1/4-1/3 of the way op the mike "stalk". That way, the camera isn't in line with the person's face for the local audience, but will still have a good shot.

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Postby michaelfish » Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:19 pm

swidmann1 wrote:I'm looking for suggestion on placing the webcam in a stationary position in front of the podium. I can think many ways to do this, unfortunately they include drilling holes in the stand. Obviously that is not an option. If you would, could you please share your thoughts or past experiences on how to do this.

I have mounted cameras on speaker tripods. They are stable, portable, non-obtrusive and inexpensive. They have adjustable heights and the 1" black mast allows everyone to see around it. The camera can be placed slightly above the speaker so that the camera cannot block the view from anyone (unless they stand and are very tall).

The picture here is a large camera; yours will be much smaller, much closer to the podium, and less noticeable. Perhaps you could use a microphone stand (with a boom) and a USB cable from the laptop to the camera.

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Postby swidmann1 » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:06 pm

I like it. We did some tests today at the stake center. The best location for the camera is about 2-3 feet in front of the stand. A boom mic stand would be perfect since the base could be placed next to the speaker behind the stand. The camera only weighs around 5 oz. so most mic stands are overkill. What it really needs is a modified tinker toy stand like this only with a
longer 'boom'
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Postby Aczlan » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:22 pm

swidmann1 wrote:I like it. We did some tests today at the stake center. The best location for the camera is about 2-3 feet in front of the stand. A boom mic stand would be perfect since the base could be placed next to the speaker behind the stand. The camera only weighs around 5 oz. so most mic stands are overkill. What it really needs is a modified tinker toy stand like this only with a
longer 'boom':confused:

Throw a 20# sandbag on the base of your boom mic stand and gaff a 3' piece of 3/8" round stock (preferably painted flat black) to the boom. Then tape or otherwise fasten the camera to that and you are golden. Just take it down quickly after the session so that nobody walks into it.

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Postby russellhltn » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:26 pm

Aczlan wrote:a 3' piece of 3/8" round stock


Like a wooden dowel you can get at the hardware store? I was thinking the same thing. We used that once when we needed to extend out boom mic for lightweight hanging mics.
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Postby SheffieldTR » Fri Oct 07, 2011 2:07 pm

Depending on the building, you might be better off by getting your audio directly from the system. This could be done if there is an audio out jack on the podium, if so equipped, or from the tape recorder under the sacrament table. They both should be 1/8 jacks that could then go to your communicator or laptop. This should dramatically reduce room noise. You could also test the assisted listening device in your USA/Canada buildings and try that as your solution. With that, understand that your wire from that device to your laptop acts as the antenna so don't coil that up, stretch it out!
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Postby swidmann1 » Sat Oct 08, 2011 4:48 pm

Thanks to everyone for sharing suggestions. Looks like I'm going to try the modified mic stand/tinker toy method. I'll be sure to take pictures and post. A week from tomorrow is the big day.

Cheers,
Brother Steve


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