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Introduction to Video Recording and Distribution

Why Record and Distribute Video?

For a long time, churches have been recording and often duplicating audio tapes of their services. Many churches are now making video recordings. This is much more effective because you not only hear the service, but see it as well.

A Church Video Distribution system gives you the opportunity to feed not only sound, but also picture, into other areas of the building. This is particularly useful for overflow areas when the building is full. The setup can be as simple as a portable or fixed camera feeding directly into a DVD recorder or VCR. In more elaborate installations you can have several portable as well as fixed cameras. They connect to a video mixer, allowing you to switch between cameras while creating your final tape.

Church Video Distribution:

A basic church video distribution system consists of a fixed camera aimed at the pulpit, or area of interest, which feeds picture through coaxial cable to television monitors located in other areas of the building. The camera is usually equipped with an automatic iris to adjust for variations in lighting. We often also supply a manual zoom lens to enable you to adjust the image to the exact size you need. The camera mount is adjustable so that you can re-aim and zoom it for special occasions.

The next step up from this basic configuration is to add remote controlled Pan / Tilt / Zoom to the camera. This allows an operator to move, zoom and focus the camera from a remote location. This location must be equipped with a TV monitor so that the operator can see what he or she is doing. If the camera is feeding into more than one TV monitor, we need to add splitters, and possibly distribution amplifiers and termination.

A variation on the above is to use a manned camera on a tripod instead of a fixed camera. This requires an operator at all times, but gives you camera control without the expense of a remote Pan / Tilt / Zoom.


More elaborate systems can consist of several cameras controlled through a video mixer. Some of these cameras usually have remote controlled Pan / Tilt / Zoom. Some can also be manned. Each camera feeds into it's own monitor as well as the mixer at the operator's location. This way the operator can see all cameras and mix the video as he or she wants to. If there are manned cameras, a headset intercom is needed to communicate with the camera operators.



Church Video Recording:

A video recording system is very similar to the video distribution system described above. In fact it often is a video distribution system with a DVD recorder added to record the program. The video portion of the recording comes from the camera(s) and the audio comes directly from your sound system. If you don't need video distribution, but only want to record, we may only need one TV monitor to see what is going on tape.

If you add a DVD duplicator, you can now make copies of the service for people who can't make it to church, or want to keep or share the service with someone else.

Video Duplication  |   One Fixed Camera Example

One Remote Control Camera Example  |  Multi Remote Control Camera Example

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