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Tek Team


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Here is what you will learn with this training:

  • Training Resources
  • Your Commitment
  • Leading the Camera Operators
  • Overview of the Switcher and Gear
  • Calling Cues
  • Switching

As a part of your training, please complete the following:

Additional Resources:

What is the time commitment for Camera Ops?

  • Arrive promptly on Sunday at 8:00am to meet with the Video Director.

  • Full Service Rehearsal from 8:20-9:15am.

  • Both Services at 9:30 and 11:00am. Finished up around 12:30pm.

  • Your schedule will be posted on Planning Center and you can customize it using the Block Out Dates and Scheduling Preferences which allows you to control how many Sundays a month you are scheduled.

  • You can reach Daybreak's scheduling administrator here.

How should I dress?

  • Please wear all black. Dark blue jeans are fine.

  • No shorts or flip-flops please.

  • Black Daybreak apparel is encouraged.

What are some of the standards?

  • Please, no cell phone use while operating cameras.
  • Avoid chewing gum.
  • No food or drinks while operating cameras.
  • We value promptness and honor your time.

Introducing your switcher, the ATEM SWITCHER.


The BlackMagic ATEM Switcher.


The Clear-Com Beltpack

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The beltpack is automatically turned on. Generally, you are listening to the Video Director (VD) and do not need to use the talk button. Use the volume control to adjust the headset volume. Press and hold the Talk button to talk to the VD. Pressing the Talk button lightly will cause it to stay on. Avoid leaving it on. If you do not have your headset on, be sure to turn the volume down.

Putting your skills together.
In summary, when you are composing a shot, you need to consider each of the following goals:

  • Great COMPOSITION with good headroom and look room.
  • Proper EXPOSURE using the iris.
  • The subject is FOCUSED and the background is blurred.
  • Eliminate the MOIRE EFFECT using DOF and EDGE FOCUS.
  • Consider your MOVEMENT, using steady stills and purposeful moves.

Understanding the Video Directors coaching.

The Video Director (VD).
The Video Director is located in our studio where they switch four cameras and screen graphics. It is their responsibility to lead you when you serve. They will assign you to a camera, inform you of special requests and coach you through the services. You will hear them over the headset. Here is a description of the language they will use. From time-to-time, you may also hear the Service Producer over the headset if they have requests of the video team. Please speak with the VD directly if you have any questions.

Camera locations.
Camera 1: Back of the room on a riser on a tripod. Wide shot. Main speaker shot.
Camera 2: Located audience left (West). May be handheld or on a tripod.
Camera 3: Located audience right (East). May be handheld or on a tripod.
Camera 4: Roving. This camera location changes from week-to-week.

Our goal is to keep the cues simple and precise.

  • Stand By: The VD wants you to prepare for a shot. (Example: Stand By 1)
  • Ready: The VD is going to take your shot immediately. (Example: Ready 1)
  • Go: Your shot is live! This is the most important cue to follow. (Example: Go 1)
  • Pan: Move your camera horizontally. (Example: 1 Pan Right, 1 Pan Left)
  • Tilt: Move your camera vertically up or down. (Example: 1 Tilt Up, 1 Tilt Down)
  • Zoom In (Push): Zoom in toward your subject. (Example: 1 Zoom In)
  • Zoom Out (Pull): Zoom out away from your subject. (Example: 1 Zoom Out)
  • Wide: Go to a wide shot. (Example: 1 Go Wide)
  • Medium: Go to a medium shot. (Example: 1 Medium)
  • Close Up (CU): Go to a close up shot. (Example: 1 CU on Guitar)
  • Over The Head: Zoom In while tilting up. Go up over the subjects head.
  • Quick Shots: The VD wants everyone to have a good shot and they will not call cameras or they may just call numbers. This will happen very quickly. (Example: 1-4-2)
  • Live: You are live. The VD may say this if you are unsteady or they think you are not aware that you are live. (Example: 1 is Live)
  • Iris: Open or close the iris to adjust the exposure. (Example: 1 Open Iris)
  • Focus: Your are out of focus. Adjust your focus. (Example: Focus 1)
  • Headroom: You need more or less headroom. (Example: Less Headroom 1)
  • Room: You need more looking room. (Example: 1 More Room)
  • Moiré: You have a moiré issue. Adjust focus, subject, focal length. (Example: 1 Moiré Issue)
  • Steady: Hold still, you are moving too much. Or, prepare to hold steady. (Example: Steady 1)

You did it! Give yourself a pat on the back.

It's time to rock it.
You have completed this training guide, watched the video tutorials, set up your Planning Center account and practiced your skills. Now it's time to use your talents to make a difference in our services at Daybreak! Way to go. Please take a moment to let us know that you are ready to serve by completing the form below.

Personal next steps.
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