The November meeting’s audio and visual (AV) elements for both in-room and Zoom attendees was well below our goals, with the Zoom audio being especially bad.
As the Technology Committee Chair responsible for delivering a quality AV experience, I am pleased to report that several adjustments have been successfully tested and should dramatically improve the participant experience for the December meeting tomorrow. They are:
- A second remote control camera was obtained. We will have at least two video cameras to enhance the in-room and Zoom visual quality.
- The room’s big screen TV is usable but connectivity may not yet be optimized by the county’s AV contractor.
- A professional grade Public Address (PA) system and guest operator will be on hand to provide in-room audio. This system will also direct connect to the Zoom host equipment resolving those participant’s November Meeting problem.
- We do not plan to use the Center’s audio system pending acceptable improvements by the county’s AV contractor.
Other woodworking groups we’ve contacted have said they spent between $10k and $20k on their systems. Our Board of Directors has decided to take a more cautious approach, incrementally expanding our capabilities commensurate with our ability to deliver a quality AV experience, staff as necessary, budget for the expense, and (key to continuing) receive member feedback.
Finally, those other clubs and our AV team know it will take more than two people to maintain the AV production over the course of a year. Therefore VOLUNTEERS for the AV team are needed. Whether you have any experience or an interest but no prior hands on, we would like to hear from you. Let us share our views to help you decide to join the team.