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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Live Video Production Equipment

Live production takes more equipment, and generally speaking, more expensive equipment than recording several cameras and editing the footage together later. The advantage is time.

So what do you need to do live production?

Cameras — Studio cameras which output live video and have production features are a must.
Tripods — Your cameras will need support to keep shots steady.
CCUs — For production cameras, outboard controls called Camera Control Units enable you to open the iris, tweak the gain, and even change colors (or paint) the cameras.
Zoom controls — Controls that allow smooth and even zoom of the lens, enable more dynamic shots.
Focus controls — On production cameras, you don’t trust autofocus. Instead, you zoom in all the way, focus and zoom out.
Lighting — The human eye sees more contrast in the world than cameras do, so we use light to fix that problem.
Sound — Sound really matters to video, so make sure that’s as good at the final destination as in person.
Switcher — When you have multiple video sources, you need to switch between them. That’s why we use a switcher (not a mixer; mixers mix sound, but switchers switch video).
Comms — Don’t try and get by with hand signals and two-way radios. Get something duplex (so you can interrupt a talkative person) and with better quality. ClearComm and Telex are two brands.
Computer/CG — To put text, graphics, and preproduced video into your system, use worship software or a dedicated computer system that interfaces with your switcher.

Before you decide which of the following you need to use, you need to decide if you’re doing live video to record, to display (like IMAG), or for a remote audience.

Displays — Display the video on site. Examples are televisions and projectors.
Encoder, Internet, live streaming host — If you’re live-streaming, you’ll need all three of these to get the video to a place where it can be viewed online.
Recorder — If you’re saving the video for later, you’ll need a tape-based or Hard Drive based recording system.

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