This topic is somewhat off topic for this group but I have gotten good
answers from the wide experience of the group members before. Please
indulge me. ;-)
My church has started a video ministry to record the services and play them
on cable TV and the internet. From our first few weeks it is obvious we
need to build platforms 2 or 3 feet off the floor at the back of the
sanctuary so the people's heads walking up and down the asiles don't get in
the way. The platforms have to be relatively large to hold a standard
tripod. It seems to me the plaforms could be significantly smaller if a
shock-mounted monopod could be built into the platforms. I have googled a
lot but have not found anything. Can someone please suggest a solution
Not enough information Mark.
I asume that this is a stationary video mount. It is a static position that
does not move? If so, It is just a matter of finding a manufacturer of
"pole mount" video bases.
If it has to move around at all and/or be manipulated by humans, this is
something completely different.
If NYC is a convenient drive or train ride for you, go down to B&H
Photo and talk to them about what you need to do (note--they are a
block from Penn Station--the train is a very viable option). It
would be worth while spending some time on their site as well.
The panning function is in the head, not the tripod, and the head can
be mounted to just about anything that you can put a 1/4" bolt
through. Note though that good fluid heads (if you're looking for a
panning head for video that's the technical term and the keyword to
plug into Google) aren't cheap.
The "right" way to do this so that you don't get the congregation's
heads in the way and also don't block their view is to put the
videographers in a booth at the rear of the church (if you have a
balcony then shoot from there) and adjust the focal length as
required. You can also use remotely controlled cameras with powered
pan and tilt mounts if you need views inaccessible from that location.
simple solution. *don't* use a tripod/monopod at all. all you need is
something to support a tilt/pan head to which the camera is then mounted.
any sort of a reasonably sized _wall-mounted_ angle bracket or shelf support
will work admirably.
Depands on the size/weight of the camera(s) used.
Our church has three of the electronic-news-gathering size/style TV
cameras (what you see on the shoulder of the on-location cameraman for
your local TV news station - or the police reality shows). These
include the shoulder mount, a video tape unit and a battery, so any
camera can be used stand-alone for things such as taping interviews or
a drama rehearsal when the full 3 camera setup isn't needed.
After trying numwerous arrangements over about 10 years of
broadcasting the services, we've come up with the following
Camera 1 is mounted on a tall adjustable tripod that rests on the
floor. The camera operator has a platform to stand on to reach the
Camera 2 is mounted on an 8-9 foot long piece of steel pipe that is
welded to a steel plate which is bolted to the concrete floor. This
is mounted in the center row of pews, about 2/3 of the way back from
the front of the church. The operator stands on a platform that fits
on a pew seat.
Camera 3 is on an adjustable tripod in the left front corner of the
balcony. No one can walk in front of it, so the tripod is set low and
the operator sits on a stool to reduce his profile.
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