MONCKS CORNER — Berkeley County Council meetings, with all their drama and antics, soon may be heading for YouTube.
Council's transparency committee on Friday approved spending up to $5,672 for two high-resolution cameras to make it possible. If full council approves the purchase later this month, which is likely, the cameras could be recording meetings for YouTube and Comcast by next month.
The committee approved buying the Honeywell Acuix PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) system. It can record at a resolution of 1280×720 pixels, commonly known as 720p, which meets the standard for high-definition broadcasts, according to Robert Reimers of Home Telecom, which is handling the contract.
The video looked pretty sharp to committee members getting a demonstration Friday.
The dual cameras are operated by a joystick that can zoom around the room to see the crowd or up close to catch a council member's expression. Keyboard presets allow quick scene changes. Two cameras also would allow a split-screen view.
The meetings would probably be posted on YouTube the next day and would air on a Comcast public-access channel, Public Information Officer Chip Boling said. The county is not considering live streaming because of the cost, he said.
Charleston County, the city of Charleston, North Charleston and Mount Pleasant record their meetings for cable television and Internet. Dorchester County and Summerville have been considering it.
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