Capturing a live event can be a formidable task. Whether it's a wedding, concert, or presentation, using a multiple camera setup can help ensure you get complete coverage, without missing important moments. Learn about planning, choosing gear, setting up, shooting and directing, editing, and using a switcher. Knowing how to pull off a multi-cam production can help make sure your next project covers all the action.
Capturing a live event can be a formidable task. Whether it's a wedding, concert, or presentation, using a multiple camera setup can help ensure you get complete coverage, without missing important moments. In this segment, we talk about the advantages and disadvantages of a multi-cam setup, as well as gathering the information you need about the event. Knowing when a multi-cam production is the best option, and how to plan for it can help make sure your next project covers all the action.
You've toured the venue, extracted pages of details from the client, and you're ready to put your gear list together. Most of us would feel lucky if we even had one complete set of equipment in our arsenal, so you may need to borrow or rent additional gear to pull off a multiple camera production. In this segment, we talk about choosing cameras, support, audio gear, and lighting. Using the right gear is the core of a good shoot, and a great final product.
With cameras, mics, and lights, you've got all the essential gear you need; but there's a few more choices left to make before shoot day. In this segment, we talk about choosing a multi-cam production workflow, ensuring good communication, and setting up on the day of the event. Choosing the right workflow and setting up properly will ensure that you're ready to roll when the event begins.
Shooting and Directing
With intensive pre-production and tight budgets, you're all set up and ready to shoot. Now the pressure is on to get great footage and capture the event. In this segment, we talk about last minute preparations, shooting techniques, and how to direct a crew. This is where the real fun begins, and all your skills will be put to the test.
You've captured stunning footage and pristine audio, and now it's time to tie everything together into a cohesive edit. In this segment, we talk about labeling your clips, syncing your audio and video, setting up a multicamera clip, and using the multicamera editing tools. Knowing how prepare your clips and utilize the tools properly can help streamline the post production process, and get your project completed on time.
Using a Switcher
Live switching an event can be a little overwhelming if you've never sat behind the controls of a switcher before. But if you keep it simple, you can nearly eliminate the need for post-production. In this segment we talk about getting video and audio into a switcher, the basics of switching, and adding live graphics over your shots. If you prepare properly and practice a bit, live switching can be an exhilarating experience.
DVD Running Time: 34 minutes