Revisiting Tech – part 1

We streamed the concerts from the gathering at the start of Feb. Like an idiot I forgot to hit record, so we’re at the mercy of other folks in the audience who had a camera, but here’s the skinny for anyone interested in doing similar with surprisingly good results.


I own a Canon 250D DSLR, which has the considerable advantage of having a ‘clean’ HDMI output (i.e. minus all the menu graphics etc) if you can find the setting in the labyrinth of menus. I also grabbed a small power supply (that plugs in in place of the battery) to keep it up and running. This I paired up with a 10-18mm wide angle zoom, although the wide end of the 18-55mm lens that comes with the camera will probably do the trick. Set the camera to manual mode, the shutter speed to 1/50th second, and adjust the ISO for suitable image brightness.

(Side note, you could do this just as well with a decent video camera with HDMI out.)

You will also need:

  • a MiniHDMI to HDMI cable
  • a HDMI capture device – I’d recommend an Elgato CamLink or similar.

Unfortunately, its audio’s a bit rubbish and lacking in low end, hence:


Basically, we stuck a Rode NT-1 condenser mic up on a stand and plugged it into our Behringer audio interface. These days I’d do the same with a decent USB condenser mic (such as an NT-USB) and save the need for an audio interface.


Actually? we used Zoom, with the video set to the capture device, and the audio to the mic/audio interface. Turn ‘original sound for musicians’ on, and there you have it.

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