QUOTE(Keyhorn @ Apr 6 2012, 06:16 PM)
QUOTE(Tenor Viol @ Apr 6 2012, 11:16 AM)
I am the chairman of a chamber choir and we give concerts in a lot of small churches with old 2 manual + pedal board tracker organs.
They tend to be lacking modern comforts such as a video link to enable the organist to see the conductor and often the mirror is either inadequate or in the wrong place.
I'd like to make our organist's life easier.
Does anyone know of any relatively inexpensive kit that can be used to provide a video link? It would need to be portable as th echoir woudl own it and install it as required at each venue. I'm a ssuming some sort of small camera, cable, and small portable screen. As the chor woudl be paying, we'd want ot keepo costs down, proably below GBP250 ideally.
Did exactly that, using:
- cheap 2nd hand monitor from eBay
- cheap wireless camera (keyhole type) from eBay
- All that was needed apart from that was extension cables for mains for the camera and receiver power supplies.
Total cost about ?30, and it's all been working for 18months or so now.
You'd want a portable camera stand, or adapted music stand (the camera I use is very lightweight and very small), and a copious supply of gaffa tape (for all sorts of reasons).
If you visit a Maplin store you will find all sorts of CCTV cameras available for a very reasonable price. Most have a USB, wireless or Ethernet connection, and will work with a Laptop. Some may also connect directly to a PC monitor, or perhaps to a tablet device, such as an iPad.
There are many possible configurations, but the cameras themselves need not be too expensive. However, make sure they are capable of working in low light, (B&W may actually be better than colour), as some church buildings can be very dark inside; even with all the lights on!