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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.

Have questions about number of cameras on a video shoot?

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