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Things to Remember for Quality Video Production Pt. 3: Camera Tips

Filming an event with a video camera

# of cameras for video production

Today’s post is going to cover camera tips. A consideration is whether to use one or two cameras for your production. If you’re using the footage for archival purposes, then one camera will probably suffice for an event shoot. But if you’re needing this video to be seen by others for training, resale or marketing purposes, then two cameras will definitely provide a more dynamic look.

Yes, it will cost more to edit two cameras than one, but again, it depends on your purpose and expected return on your investment (ROI) for your production to determine whether it’s worth it or not. Remember, your ROI is not only the direct money you’ll make, but it’s also the impression you want to leave with the viewer. A great video equates to a great company in the viewer’s mind. And of course the opposite is also true.

If you want more information on how to decide between one or multiple cameras, read this post.

Example of multi-camera video shoot:

Terrapin Promotional from Video One Productions Chicago on Vimeo.

If you don’t want the backs of heads in your shot…

Our cameras need to be elevated in order to avoid getting people’s heads in the shot. This is especially true if the seating is not on a sloping grade. Generally, we’d like to be on a platform at least two feet above a sitting audience member. Ideally higher, but two feet can work. Yes, the camera will be on a tripod, which elevates us even higher, but if someone stands up, they could be in the shot. So the rule of thumb is that if there is an audience between us and the presenter, we would like to be on a 2-4 ft. tall by 4 foot square platform to avoid getting others in the shot. This is especially true if we’re doing a shoot outside where the ground is flat and everyone is at the same level.

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Things to Remember for Quality Video Production Pt. 2: Lighting for Presentations

Let there be light!

The video portion of your video is arguably the most important aspect of your production. And lighting is probably the most important factor to consider. Ceiling hotel lights really won’t cut it if you plan to use a presentation for other than archival purposes. The hotel or we would need to light the stage if you want a more dynamic look for your video. In this post, we will cover how to avoid bad lighting for presentations.

Lighting for presentations

We’ve discussed the PowerPoint slide situation before, but it bears repeating. Lighting for presentations can be tricky. If you dim the lights for the PowerPoint, we won’t be able to see the speaker very well. So you either have to decide who or what you want to look better, the speaker or the PowerPoint. You can also light for the speaker and edit in the PowerPoint slides in later. Or you can use two cameras – one for the speaker and one for the PowerPoint. This will negate the need to edit in each slide, but a two-camera shoot requires more editing than a one camera shoot. But either way, you’ll need to edit either the PowerPoints or the second camera if you want your video to look professional.

If you decide to film the presenter with one camera and the PowerPoint with another, keep in mind that the color temperature for each shot will be different. If you record the speaker and the PowerPoint with the same settings with one camera, the following will occur:

– White balance for the speaker and the PowerPoint will look somewhat bluish.

– White balance for the PowerPoint and the speaker will look a bit reddish or orange.

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Lighting mistakes

We recently produced a video where we shot a combination of interviews and cut-away footage (also known as b-roll) to insert within the interviews. The client didn’t want us to light the b-roll footage, but the interviews were nicely lit. The result was that the b-roll didn’t have the same vibrancy as the interview footage. It still looked good, but there was only so much we could do under the circumstances.

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Things to Remember for Quality Video Production Pt. 1: Audio for Event Videography

Whenever we are hired to produce a video – whether it’s for marketing, training, or an event – we have a checklist of items that need to be asked so that our clients are happy with the results. This multipart series will cover those important items so that you don’t miss one of these essentials for your next shoot.

Event videos

Event videos are perhaps the most unpredictable type of videos that we do. Unpredictable in the sense that everything isn’t exactly scripted and we generally only have one chance to get that shot. For your use, the Video One video production crew put together a few tips for audio for event videography. So here are some things that you will want to consider:

audio for event videography

Audio for event videography

When producing any video, the second most important factor next to what you see on screen is what you hear. Especially audio for event videography. And if the audio is bad, the entire video is probably not going to serve your purpose. So if you’re going to have a panel discussion, performance or any similar event where multiple sources of audio are required, our crew needs to find out who is supplying the audio.

Generally, if we’re filming an event at an established venue such as a performance hall, ballroom, etc., we can generally get a line out from the ‘board’, where all of the audio sources terminate. The board is generally operated by the venue’s employees and a feed is provided to us. They mix the audio, control levels and otherwise handle everything before giving us the feed.

However, if we supply all of the audio, and there are multiple audio sources, then our  video production crew most likely need multiple mics, a sound mixer and a dedicated audio person to monitor the sound and levels.

For instance, our video production crew just recorded an event where there was tap dancing and pre-recorded music. We ran one cord from the pre-recorded music into one channel of our camera and set up a boom mic to record the tap dancing sound and put that into the other channel of our camera. Then in the editing session, we were able to bring up the audio from each channel as loud as we needed so that people heard what they were supposed to hear at a particular time.

Even if we’re getting an audio feed from the sound board at the venue, we need to make sure that we get a line feed and not a mic feed and find out what type of connection we’ll need. We generally we get an XLR connection. Though rare, it could be a quarter inch connection as well.

If there is a panel discussion, we need to make sure that there are PCM mics on the table or that everyone has a lavaliere mic that terminates to our mixer, which is then output to our camera(s).

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