Using more than one camera to film your live event adds a lot to the final production, whether it is a live stream, virtual conference or an on-demand film uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo or our GloCast unbranded video player.
Using multiple cameras makes your film look dynamic and interesting with higher quality production values. When an event is filmed with multiple cameras, we will be able to choose the best footage from a number of angles – particularly important if the event has a lively Q&A session or fast paced debate. Essentially, the more cameras we can use, the better your film will be.
Naturally, as we add cameras, the cost tends to go up slightly as both crew and kit increase in addition to the time required in the edit suite but the the benefits outweigh the additional cost. For live streams, you can have up to 4 HD cameras and an additional live high quality feed from the PowerPoint or Keynote presentations. For footage edited in the edit suite, we can use unlimited sources. The most common setups are explained below:
1 Camera (1 operator)
– Basic budget option
– All camera movement and zooms will be visible
– Static in nature.
– The framing will be medium with almost the whole body visible.
2 Cameras (1-2 operators)
– Wide shot and a tighter speaker shot. We can cut out any zooms, focus pulls and camera movement in the edit or live mix.
– Wide shot is a safety shot and can be locked off (unmanned), allowing the camera man to be mobile and to capture multiple angles. This can make the film look like a 3 camera shoot.
– We often use a DSLR for the manned camera for a more filmic result.
3 Cameras (2-3 operators)
– One camera will usually be locked off on a wide establishing shot. This will be our safety shot in case both cameras are zooming or focusing at the same time.
– The second camera will be manned on a medium shot. For instance, this could be of the top table.
– The third camera is usually at the front of the room, allowing us to capture audience from the front as they ask questions in addition to capturing tighter speaker shots and angles of the panel.