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Tech watch: PTZ cameras

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PTZ cameras are a great solution for churches who livestream. They are compact and can easily be mounted to a ceiling or wall in the worship space where an internet connection is available. The PTZ stands for pan, tilt, zoom. Pan is moving left and right, tilt up and down and zoom in and out — so it packs a power punch of versatility in a small package. Some models come with a full 360-degree rotation that opens up many options when it comes to camera angles. These cameras need to be integrated with other software in order to livestream, but the camera itself can be run through a computer with an Xbox controller or an app from your phone. They are a good option for churches with fewer technology volunteers in worship. One person can run the camera and the stream from the same computer.

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