Plan B Video Recording
Attach battery to camera.
Set legs on tripod & lock, being careful to keep all legs same length so tripod is level.
Attach camera to tripod, flip lever to lock.
Flip open viewfinder to turn on camera.
Loosen thumbwheel on pistol grip, pan/tilt camera to desired position, tighten thumbwheel.
Press record button to start recording.
Red means recording, Green means on Standby.
1) For best audio, always try to have camera pointing towards those who are speaking. This is typically straight forward inside a church or funeral home. If filming at a cemetery, try to be sure your position is straight on towards the celebrant, or whomever is speaking. Since the celebrant is usually addressing family, being close to the family is a good starting point.
2) Move camera and tripod as minimal as possible for a smooth viewing experience. Too much panning or zooming can be distracting to viewer, if you do pan and zoom, do it deliberately, slowly, and smoothly.
For Church & Funeral Home Services, Setup camera in a location you think will not get obstructed but can still see the full altar. Manned is always recommended but not always possible if limited staff.
Manned: if camera is manned, take a position to the rear of church on side (but close) to center aisle. After procession is completed and all are seated, move camera to center aisle and zoom in, keeping full altar in frame.
Unmanned: If camera is unmanned, I recommend placing in front of church, just off to the side so full altar and podium(s) are in view. When unmanned you will lose certain shots, like the entrance, possible placing of pall, and exit,
Move camera and tripod as minimal as possible for a smooth viewing experience. Too much panning or zooming can be distracting to viewer, if you do pan and zoom, do it deliberately, slowly, and smoothly. If camera cannot be manned, placing camera closest to the front and off to the side, again with full altar in view, may be best angle for the actual service.
For Cemetery Services, same recommendations as above. My typical position is just off to the side of family/guests with the celebrant centered (if possible) and view of casket/flowers.
Most Plan B videos can be edited and uploaded same day I pickup camera.