With COVID-19 shutting down the whole world, our church is now broadcasting our services on YouTube. Last Sunday we used a WebCam because we only had 48 hours notice, and it just worked.
Given that this is likely to extend to Easter and beyond. We need to improve the sound and video quality as much as possible, but without a huge capital investment.
We have a PA system, but I am not sure how to pull the audio out of it into the computer (4 wireless microphones, 3 corded microphones) and that system is 80 ft away from where our video source needs to be. Our highest priority is to capture the Pipe Organ which is generally not fed through the PA anyway (that thing need no help being heard even across the street). I have a collection of good corded microphones but all plug into the XLR Jacks around the building then into the audio closet and out to the speakers.
The video from the webcam was good. In the future we would like to add additional video sources. I am working on coming up to speed on OBS Studio which knows how to mix multiple video sources, but again my question is how to connect them to the PC. USB max run length is 5 meters.
What would be helpful:
- A web site giving the basics of how audio works. (I know how to plug a mic into a chord and plug that cord into the wall. I have no idea how the things actually work.)
- Same thing for video.
- How to get the Pipe Organ to sound good, or at least not terribly distorted. (I understand that I'll never get HiFi out of a live stream) Can I use one of out existing mics or do I need something different?
- What do I need to know if I want to purchase a video camera, and how to connect them to a PC that is not directly adjacent to it?