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June 05, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 307

When an event is filmed correctly there is a lot of subtle cues at play that subconsciously don't go unnoticed. The use of different camera angles, the combination and timing of shots, all combine to convey the appropriate feel, that's in sync with the message.

Single Camera Production

When producing a single camera event, it is preferred that the camera is placed centrally, in front of the presenter. This is normally at the back of the room. It may sound obvious but its surprising how many event videos you watch don't do this.

Although the presenter is primarily talking to the audience in front of them, a well positioned camera also allows engagement with the video audience.

In a single camera event video production, the primary role of the camera is to cover the person speaking only, if there are other elements in the presentation such as a Power Point, these are inserted in the editing process.

If possible, it is ideal to cover an event using multiple cameras. Adding even one additional camera lifts the production value immensely. It not only adds visual interest, but allows greater flexibly in the editing and shaping of the final product.

Two Camera Production

On a two camera production, the second camera is placed at the front of the room, facing back towards the audience. The addition of an audience shot adds significant visual impact to the video and creates a feeling of engagement with what is being said.

It's also a must have for any event that has a question and answer session or significant amounts of audience interaction.

Three Camera Production

A third camera becomes necessary when there is a larger group of participants involved in the event, such as a panel discussion.

The third camera is normally positioned next to the first camera at the rear of the room, facing the on stage participants. It can then be used as a wide shot showing the whole venue or as a group or single shot, if there are multiple presenters or panelists.

A multi camera production is normally edited in real-time on the night by using a vision mixer to do a 'live' edit during the event.

Often the material then receives further editing off site, to clean up tighten the content.

Multi Camera Audio

Audio is an equally important aspect of an event video production.

Good planning and the right equipment mean that every participant involved in the event can be heard clearly.

The safest way to capture audio is for each participant to have their own wireless microphone clipped on their lapel. This lets the presenter or participants walk around the stage or roam through the audience whilst still maintaining good quality audio.

As a back up I also have a wireless microphone on the lectern and also receive an audio feed from the in-house system.

Ideally audio should be sent via wireless microphones to a mixing desk that then feeds into the vision mixer. It's also good practice to send one on the auxiliary feeds back to one of the cameras for backup.

There are lots of elements that go together to produce an event video production, using multiple cameras is a great way to obtain a professional result.

John Hubbard is a video production professional who resides in Melbourne, Australia.

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