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Preparing for a Video Production Tip #1: Camera People

How many camera people should I request from a video production company?

The short answer is that, as a rule, one camera is nice, but two are nicer. That being said, not all videos require two cameras. Let’s discuss that first.

When do we need two cameras?

It depends on the type of video production you’re making and of course, your budget. If you’re producing a promotional video, you probably only need one camera since things will generally be preplanned and controlled. If we have to film people, machinery, the building, a testimonial, a process, or a product, we have the luxury of time and re-dos. Event videography on the other hand only gives us the opportunity to get it right once. That means that we need to get all of the right angles and vantage points filmed at once. If we’re filming a speaker and plan to start with a wide shot and then cut to a closer shot for instance, we have to use two camera people. We can film events with one camera, but two make it more interesting to watch. An interview is a little different.

Chicago video production examples

Here are two examples of interviews we filmed and edited. One is with one camera and the other is with a second one:

One camera:

Two camera:

If the subject of the video has the time, you can film them two or three times and edit the shots you want together as you see fit. But if you’re working with a time-constricted executive who can only stay for one take of an interview or statement, then you have to decide whether you want to use one or two cameras. One camera is definitely adequate, but two will add more dimension.

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