Cameras 2 and 3 are our fixed, centerline cameras. These cameras are located on the main platform in the center of the auditorium. These cameras require some setup beforehand to ensure a steady, stable shot. Please take the time to complete the following when you address one of these cameras:
- First, be sure to disengage the brakes for both the pan and tilt functions. The brakes are found on the lower right side of the pan and tilt head that holds the cradle that attaches the lens to the video camera. Please note that these are brakes and not locks. Push down on the levers to release the brakes so that the camera will now pan and tilt smoothly.
- Next determine the amount of friction you want the camera to have so that the head does most of the work of stabilizing the camera. There are two large knobs on the left side of the pan and tilt head. Friction is added to the head by turning the knobs clockwise, or toward you as you stand behind the camera.
Determine if the camera is balanced correctly. Balance will determine if the camera stays where you want it in regards to tilting up or down. An improperly balanced camera will rise or sink when you take your hands off the controls. A correctly balanced camera should stay where you put it.
To check the balance of the camera, release the friction on the tilt knob by turning it away from you until the camera seems to float. If your horizon rises or sinks when the tension is diminished, then the camera is out of balance and will need to be rebalanced. Always check this because every operator sets the camera to their liking. Don’t assume that the camera will be perfectly balanced for you if you are 5’3″ and the previous operator is 6’4″. Set the balance for your comfort.
To change the balance on the tilt function you will need to disengage the balance lock lever on the right side of the pan and tilt head. Press the lever in a downward motion. This will allow the camera to travel slowly and incrementally forward or backward as you manipulate the studded wheel toward the front right side of the pan and tilt head. Slowly turn the wheel until you can determine which way the camera is moving on the sled. Make an incremental adjustment and then reengage the locking lever. Check the balance again until the camera remains balanced when you have both hands off the rear controls. Please note that balance adjustment must be made after you have adjusted the position of the control arms.
Finally, adjust the height of the pedestal. You will notice a lever on the collar of the pedestal with red and green marks for lock and unlock settings. To raise or lower the camera, flip the lever to the green position and adjust the pedestal up or down to your comfort level. Be sure to lock the position by flipping the lever back to the red locked position.
Please note that Camera 3 is typically set at a lower position during the musical part of the service and then is adjusted up to match Camera 2 for the preaching segment of the service. If you are operating Camera 3 you will need to make the necessary changes to the angle of view for your viewfinder when you boom the camera up. If you need help in making an adjustment please ask for assistance from the engineer in charge or another more experienced camera operator (during the rehearsal—not during the performance).