Even seemingly simple footage is actually quite complex. There is a blend of elements, from grain and noise, to exposure and white balance. When shooting with multiple cameras, how can footage be matched between them?
Ten years ago when working in televison, every week, I would be handed multiple tapes of an event recorded on multiple cameras. I would spend hours uploading the tapes and syncing the footage before editing could even begin, teaching me the important benefits of using a live switcher.
A glance back at the last 30 years of consumer electronics history shows that video camera technology has been a fast-moving category marked by innovation that has resulted in increasingly better image quality packaged in increasingly smaller and less costly cameras.
In Joe Carnahan’s gritty 2002 good-cop-bad-cop thriller “Narc,” the director kept it real by shooting some scenes guerilla-style with a hidden camera. There’s a montage in the film where two actor/cops are out in the streets of Detroit questioning unsuspecting real people about a not-so-real murder.