Oregon City Christian Church upgrades live streaming of services with new JVC PTZ cameras and controller
JVC Professional Video, a division of JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation, announced Oregon City Christian Church is using two KY-PZ100 PTZ network video production cameras to produce weekly live streaming coverage of one of its Sunday morning services. Before the new cameras, OCC had been using only a single camera in the back of the church to stream its services.
Based in Oregon City, Ore., OCC has a growing congregation and attracts about 650 people across three Sunday services each weekend. The church pastors wanted to improve the online presentation with multiple cameras, but did not want the church to feel like a TV studio. Shari Scherschel, director of media and communications, was tasked with finding an affordable solution.
Admittedly, Scherschel was initially skeptical about installing PTZ cameras instead of using traditional production cameras and operators. “I didn’t want it to look like security footage,” she said.
Scherschel was also wary of PTZ because one of the pastors is a “walker,” so the cameras needed to be able to smoothly follow him as he moved across the platform during his sermons. After a demo in the church, she chose the KY-PZ100s and JVC’s RM-LP100 remote camera controller. “I liked the control, plus I liked the picture quality and the zoom speed,” she said.
After a week of rehearsal, Scherschel debuted the new system on Christmas Day. OCC now has a four-camera setup, with the KY-PZ100s mounted in the back and on the side of the sanctuary, plus two unmanned cameras locked down to capture shots of the band.
The control room is a long desk positioned behind the audio engineer at the back of the church. Scherschel handles switching duties on a Blackmagic Design ATEM production switcher, which was purchased to support the multi-camera production, while another crew member adjusts both KY-PZ100 cameras using the RM-LP100. During musical numbers, the video production uses ProPresenter to include lyrics at the bottom of the screen. The live program is monitored on a new JVC DT-N17H ProHD LCD monitor.
OCC’s facility is not large enough to warrant an I-MAG (image magnification) system, but there is a large monitor on the platform that displays Bible verses and other supporting images. The video production often keeps the monitor and pastor in frame when the content is referenced, and the image is clear enough for online viewers to read the monitor.
Scherschel said the controller helps the new PTZ cameras mimic the movements of a traditional studio camera for on-screen pans and zooms. “You can do some nice stuff, and the presets are really useful,” she explained. “I really like the color and the clarity. They look really sharp, and they stay in focus while tracking.”
In January, the Oregon City area closed down because of heavy snow. Knowing bad weather was on the way and services would be canceled for the weekend, Scherschel recorded a service on Friday. It was well received; Scherschel said more than 500 people viewed the service online on Sunday, and several members of the congregation shared photos of their families watching the service at home. “We’ve had really great compliments from the congregation,” she added.
Available in black and white housings, the KY-PZ100 features a 1/2.8-inch CMOS sensor and 30x optical zoom lens, and its f/1.6-4.7 maximum aperture delivers excellent low-light performance. It streams up to 1080p/60 video at a variety of bit rates, and supports on-board HD recording at up to 50 Mbps to a MicroSDHC/SDXC media card. The RM-LP100 provides IP control of up to 100 cameras, with a joystick and zoom rocker for smooth and precise camera movements. Its seven-inch touchscreen panel provides control of camera groups, presets, and PTZ speed, as well as white balance, shading, iris, and other camera settings.