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     Karl Walker updated 9 years, 4 months ago 6 Members · 14 Posts
  • Karl Walker

    April 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Hi! I’m Karl and I am new here.

    We have a church and we are planning to record and broadcast on satellite tv some of our worship services.

    Could you please recommend a camera for me? We have a budget of about $1500 for a start.

    Someone recommended the Panasonic TM700 or so…..any advice?


  • Bouke Vahl

    April 24, 2011 at 9:18 am

    eeer, dude…
    I don’t get it.

    What is the price for a sattelite uplink at your location?

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  • Karl Walker

    April 24, 2011 at 1:01 pm

    I will be sending the finished product to a church in South Africa and it will be broadcast on sat TV (intelsat 7/10) through them. There is a package for budget broadcasting.

  • Richard Cardonna

    April 24, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    For that price i their are various low end prosumer cams from panasonic and sony. check at, Or go to ebay and buy a higher end used cam.

    Will you be sending a recording via mail or streaming or sending a live feed?


  • Bouke Vahl

    April 25, 2011 at 10:29 am

    well, my point was, for 1500 bucks you have money to record just the sound…

    iow, make a list of all the equipment you need, and don’t forget cabling.

    You need a camera, tripod, mics, something to get the material inside your computer for post, some storage, means of transportation to the broadcaster…

    And i take it the operators are volunteers?

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  • Rafael Amador

    April 26, 2011 at 10:07 am

    Buy your self any camcorder with FW, plug it to a lap-top and you are done.

  • Karl Walker

    April 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

    What is FW?
    I am currently using a small camcorder to rec d video and my laptop to rec d audio on audacity thru line out from d mixer. I use sony Vegas pro 10 to mix it and make dvds

  • Richard Crowley

    April 26, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    FW = FireWire = EIA1394 = iLink(Sony)

    What does your current video product look like? Sound like? What are the major deficiencies? Maybe lighting or microphone or even set dressing are more “low-hanging fruit” than replacing the camera.

    You have asked our opinion about a specific camera, but you have given us no context in which to evaluate it. What do the people at the uplink say about your video? I suspect that people here are reluctant to answer your question because from our perspective you are asking it in a vacuum. You haven’t even identified your current camera or what kind of video you are shooting? Are you doing “simple” interior talking-head? Or are you producing worship services? Or are you making on-location documentaries? Where are you?

  • Karl Walker

    April 26, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    Sorry, I’m new to this and still trying to work out things.

    I am using a small Panasonic SDR-H40 camcorder right now to make simple videos of the preaching in the church.

    I am recording the sound through the audio line out on my mixer to my laptop using audacity. I then convert the sound to MP3 and mix it with the video using Sony Vegas.

    This is one of the videos I recently made –

    I am planning to start sending dvds for broadcast by the end of this year and I would like some advice as to what to pick up.

    The uplink guys want me to use at least a 3ccd camera……the one I am using is not, hence I need to pick up another one.

    The camera I am using is a very small one and it records in mov. format. I mix it on Sony Vegas and render it as avi. format PAL DV widescreen (don’t know if that is correct or not).

    I will not be producing documentaries, but simple recordings of the preachings.

    I am located in Mauritius.

    Hope this helps a bit…:-)

  • Richard Crowley

    April 27, 2011 at 1:32 am

    Have you tried your camera outdoors? What kind of video do you get on a bright overcast day? What does the picture look like when you keep the zoom at a conservative setting (i.e. not all the way out at 42x) Many lower-cost cameras produce remarkably nice pictures when what they are shooting is well-lit. The video I saw had bright white backgrounds which will make even the most expensive camera produce muddy images because cameras (and humans, for that matter) don’t tolerate bright back-lighting interfering with the primary subject.

    I assume that the distortion I heard in the audio is from the YouTube compression? Does your original audio sound OK?

    I wouldn’t automatically jump to the conclusion that you need a new camera when you appear to have lighting issues to remedy first.

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