Organizing Audio, Network, and Power Cords
Note: This page is old and refers to our 2019 - 2020 broadcasting setup.
Plug in 3.5 mm Audio Cord
Locate the audio out. The 4/5 building has one that works. The 1/2/3 building has one that delivers bad sound. The 6/7 building doesn't have one. (These latter two buildings use a FIFINE mic instead with a USB extension cable)
Run the cord to where the laptop will be located.
Plug a cable with a TRS/3 pole/2 black ring end or TRRS/4 pole/3 black ring end into the jack.
On the other end, you likely need a TRS-to-TRRS converter so that the audio out's left/right feed is converted into a mic feed. (Note: Some laptops can recognize left/right line in as a mic in, and so a converter may not be necessary)
Plug in Ethernet Cable
Locate an ethernet jack. Most pulpit areas have one, and it may also be in a hidden location.
Do not use wifi, as this will likely fail once a full congregation enters the room and all devices compete for one access point.
Plug the cord into the jack.
Run the cord alongside the audio cord where the laptop will be located.
Plug in Extension Cable and Tape Down
Run the Extension Cable alongside the other two cables
Note: Take care to leave some separation between the two. Electrical cables can cause interference when placed in parallel alongside ethernet cables. In my testing, I left about a 1 inch gap between the two, and I was able to still transmit video without any problems.
Use gaffer tape to tape down the cables. This process is much easier with two people.
Plug in Surge Protector and Tidy Up
Our stake keeps the taped down cords, the surge protector, and tripod out between meetings.
Everything else (laptop, camera, and any cords that plug into the camcorder or laptop) are put into a box, and the box is put into a locked room until the following Sunday.