Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?

A lower resolution three-chip camera can actually render more accurate images to that of a higher resolution single-chip camera when you compare on a pixel-by-pixel resolution.

Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?
As shown in the first of three images with this article, is the representation of color filters for a single-chip camera. Each glass represents a pixel and the gel is the color filter that makes each pixel only respond to the particular bandwidth of light.
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Looking to Upgrade Your Cameras from an iPhone to Stream?
As shown in the first of three images with this article, is the representation of color filters for a single-chip camera. Each glass represents a pixel and the gel is the color filter that makes each pixel only respond to the particular bandwidth of light.
Credit: Courtesy of YouTube

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The algorithm of deciphering this is a process called debayering. This process is different from camera to camera and as such, the image processing available on today’s smartphones is frankly quite good, compared to point and shoot cameras of yesteryear.

Now the three-chip camera can provide a 4:4:4 signal that is not interpolated like the single chip – which means it has more data about the color and pixel accuracy. So a lower resolution three-chip camera, can actually render more accurate images when you compare on a pixel-by-pixel resolution.

So enough with all the technical mumbo-jumbo. What does this all mean if I want to upgrade cameras for my church? Particularly, if we are looking to stream or broadcast to another campus?

I will personally advocate that if a church is just starting out with streaming, or are looking to get online, that you first work on the product of what you are trying to present.

The first thing is get the lighting right, as no camera will make up for poor quality lighting. Then get your program worked out, so that what you are presenting is well organized.

Second, start small and see where it gets traction. In all seriousness – if you are on a shoestring budget, start with Facebook Live, streaming from a mobile device.

When the time comes to getting up to speed with a multicamera system that has a switcher and is either streamed, broadcast or sent to another campus via Sneakernet, i.e., not streaming but transporting by way of flash drive, CD or DVD, make sure you carefully evaluate the camera selection. The three-chip camera will offer better color rendering and low light performance than a similar size single-chip camera.


More About Stefan Svard
Stefan Svard has been involved with the A/V world for virtually all of his life. His first experience dates back to when he was 13 years old, and fast forward to the present. He now has the opportunity to serve a much larger base of people through his company, Audio Video Electronics, a Minneapolis-based AVL systems integrator, which specializes in sound systems, acoustic design, sound transmission isolation, video systems and lighting systems.
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