Slingstudio

Slingstudio

Warning- serious geeky technobabble ahead 😉

This is week 2 of livestreaming the Sunday service. Last week I was feeding the sound from our church sound system along with the feed from our cameras (via a simple hardware vision mixer which allows me to switch between them) into a video capture dongle and into my laptop. Then on the laptop I was using software to interface and send the video feed to YouTube. This was the result…

This was fine, but our church cameras were put in with our sound system about 12 years ago and are only SD, so I persuaded the vestry that as we are probably going to be doing this for a while we should see if we can improve the quality and they allowed me to get some new gear…

Thanks to the excellent folks at B&H I got hold of a Slingstudio system. This a fantastic system that allows you to connect cameras wirelessly using their Cameralink units or use cell phones directly as cameras and switch between them using the interface on an iPad. Along with the main hub I got a couple of cameralink units to connect HD cameras that can be zoomed in and out (Canon HF R800s) and a bunch of refurbished Pixel 2 cell phones I found cheap on Amazon to use as static cameras. (BTW- I’m very glad I acted fast and ordered all this when I did- this gear is now out of stock everywhere!)

I realized pretty early on that whatever else I did I would need more light in the church, but luckily I could bring out some of my photographic lights to help with that. And after running a bunch of cables up through a hole on the sound room ceiling (audio from the sound board and ethernet etc.) to the hub on its shelf at the back of the church it all came together…

This system does not require any extra software to connect to YouTube, it interfaces with it directly, and I also worked out how to do graphic overlays for the Psalm 🙂 The learning curve is pretty steep, and I’m still really getting to grips with it, but this was the result this morning…

It was a bit of a dance trying to mix both vision and sound during the service as the connection to the iPad that controls the system was a bit flaky when I went into my sound room with it , (the hub needs to be in the church for the best signal for the cameras) so I ended up keeping the iPad at the back of the church and ran to the sound board when I needed to make adjustments. But I think I’ve worked out a way around that, and so we can see if we can do even better next Sunday 🙂


4 Replies to “Slingstudio”

  1. Trying to setup sling running Rodgers 905 digital organ into soundboard, sounds bad, sling seems to be dropping the pedal 16 and 32 foot frequencies. I think it does ok with 8 and 4 ft but not higher. Should I be using a directbox? Our sound guy says sling is dropping those outer frequencies. Have you experienced this?

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