Council had one public meeting this Monday. They decided it should be at 2PM . . . and it ran nearly 4 hours.
Once again the members of council were not physically present – they attended using the Zoom app.
- This is the second Zoom Council meeting I’ve broadcast. The last meeting had me sitting at the media table near the back and when staff were talking to council all I could show was the back of their heads . . . this time I brought a few more cameras and sat at the front so I could manipulate them if needed (change angle and focus) and show staff members from the front.
- When I went to stream Facebook threw an interface change at me. After some searching I had everything I needed but at one point it appeared the screen had frozen. This turned out to be just my monitor window which I was able to find out because I asked the viewers if it was frozen at their end and it was not.
- There was a point in the meeting where the video from the main camera was frozen and I had to disconnect and reconnect it to get it back. Unfortunately this was the source for the audio as well. Luckily I had all the cameras recording as well so that section was not lost. (yahoo redundancy)
- The next issue was the opening screen – I had incorrectly put April 19 instead of 20. And of course a viewer noticed and pointed it out. I was able to correct that for the produced version you can see here.
- The final issue was the top-of-screen overlay with the city’s and gftv’s logos and the text identifying the meeting and date (which was correct). I’ve been using a line that goes right across the screen full width. But the zoom screen took a more nearly square chunk out of the video space. I had put the staff along the left side. And I realized, late in the meeting, that I could condense this top line overlay into something less wide, something that could fit above the staff segment and leave a bunch of space above that I could expand the main video into. So that is the way the whole thing looks in the produced video. It may stay that way in the future.