Hi, just found your website. What with COVID etc. our church has had to figure out an online streaming solution and we were able to get going with just a Logitech c920, OBS Studio on a laptop, and an upgraded internet connection! I'm the guy tasked with figuring these things out and we've decided to upgrade somewhat.
We're a small church (about 40 members), based in Europe (Gibraltar) and our building is a converted small house. Our main chapel area is maybe 40 feet long.
We're trying to upgrade on a budget, maybe around $2000-$2500.
Our sound is decent, we've got everything going through a soundboard which for now is sending to the laptop via USB, although it has jack and other audio connections out.
We've got a second, older laptop, running OpenLP for slides on a VGA projector which send a second stream over the network to the OBS laptop. I'm looking at upgrading the slide/presentation software too.
I've got access to an Olympus Pen F for a lower price than usual (My Dad's a photographer) and that can apparently provide HDMI output but no audio, but should give us a camera with decent image quality. It would be mounted statically.
I may look at a second DSLR or camcorder as well.
I'm thinking of re-purposing the OBS laptop (Windows 10, i5 8th Gen, 8GB RAM) as the presentation software laptop. Since I suspect a switcher/encoder solution would be better.
I'm trying to figure out the best budget solution. I was thinking something like an Atem Mini Pro might work as an all in one solution but I'm not sure about the inputs. Someone else said they combined an Atem with an AJA Helo encoder. I figure I'll need a jack or USB input for the audio, two camera inputs, and an input for the laptop with the presentation software. I'm not sure if the Pro could handle all that, or whether the extreme would be necessary, or if we'd really need a separate encoder. We want to stream to at least two locations, Facebook and Youtube, although we could go with a subscription to a CDN that handles the multiplatform transmission. Oh, and lately we've been socially distancing people and putting Youtube on a smart TV upstairs. A direct feed to that TV would be ideal but not sure if possible. Lastly, I assume the local video to the projector would be direct from the laptop still.
Sometimes we might want to record material also. This would be separate stuff, like promos etc. I suspect we could just do this via camera direct to OBS on the laptop, but perhaps to the Atem would be better quality?
I've been going round in circles trying to figure all this out and it's a bit overwhelming, so if anyone has any spare time to help me out with this and making a wise decision, that would be appreciated. In terms of budget we might be able to go a bit higher than I mentioned if it will make the difference. We don't want to get stuck in a false economy of ending up with something substandard that needs replacing very soon. We just also don't need some big luxury setup.