At APi Sound and Visual we have for many years installed camera systems largely for allowing those in the same building to see on a big screen what is happening at the front, and in some cases recording or streaming too. For example you could project close up images of a baptism or other event to give everyone a front row view.
Now in these times of physical distancing, there is a new importance to have the ability to stream and we are able to upgrade existing systems to streaming relatively simply (depending on the age of the equipment). A benefit is for the first time in many years some have been able to join in services, where previously not being able to travel to a physical building, precluded them. A web stream can be viewed live or on demand (like a catch up TV service).
APi frequently use ‘PTZ’ type cameras, as it is possible to steer them and follow the subject, and save common preset positions for quick access. This will be recorded onto media such a USB drive or SD memory card. The audio input is usually taken from the existing sound system.
As with all of our systems we place ease of operation and reliability at the top of the list when it comes to equipment specification. We use simple push button switching between cameras, dedicated streaming devices with just start stop functions and avoid the use of computers to provide these functions so that there is no risk of crashing and no updates to install. For your church this will mean multiple users are confident at recording without difficulty. As well as installing the equipment APi will provide training. We can even provide 4G broadband solutions where signal strength allows for churches without existing connections.