Multicam Live Event Shoot ► Production Tips and Checklist
Photo Moment - June 08, 2018
Planning to shoot a multi-camera live event? These tips and checklist will help to ensure you get the most from pre-production, the event, and post-production so you don't miss anything critical!
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NOTES FOR A MULTICAM SHOOT
• What’s your camera layout; wide / medium / tight?
• What is delivery requirement? If 1080p, can you shoot 4K for punch-in “extra camera angles”?
• Get layout of the house
• Ensure you know audio config of location. Tapping into house audio? Do you need M-M XLR joiners? Can you get an audio recording from the house? If so, can you get ISOs?
• Rent gear far in advance. If traveling, rent any big, heavy, cumbersome gear. Tripods and cables! Rent backups of anything critical or fragile. (borrowlenses.com will ship to UPS Stores!)
• As many bodies as you need, plus backup if possible
• Pack a variety of lenses assuming you don’t know what the environment will be. Pack a long lens for sure!
• More camera batteries than you need
• At least one battery charger per camera
• Backup AA batteries (not just rechargeable)
• AC adapters if you know you’ll have access to power
• Extension cords and power strips if using AC
• Memory cards
• Tripods (or rent)
• Audio cables and accessories (or rent)
• Mics for each camera — facilitates syncing, AND gets you house sound (audience reactions) to mix in
• XLR camera input
• Audio recorder
• Wired headphones for audio monitoring
• Head lamp / mouth-grip flash light — it’s hard to hold a light and make hardware adjustments with one hand
• Batteries charged
• Cards formatted
• Ensure cameras have the same settings; consider saving settings and transferring them from camera camera
• If using rental gear, check it all completely before using. i.e.; make sure tripod heads are tight. Make sure you know how to use the gear. You may be in the dark trying to make adjustments.
• Be packed and ready to run!
• Try to position cameras where people won’t walk in front — people always come late, leave early
• Start at 180d angle, but it’s ok to adjust… minimal movement
• Manual WB
• If possible, get exposure/WB card from grey card on stage and match all cameras
• If using waveform monitor — make sure it’s is on before hitting record (can’t turn on once recording)
• Set Zebras to acceptable skin tone level and to 95% — can’t adjust once rolling
• Microphones on all cameras; check and balance all levels (by meters)
• Make sure volume is up on camera output so you can monitor — can’t adjust once recording if it’s not on the back wheel
• Have extra memory cards ready (leave at the camera?) if possibility of running long
• Start recording several minutes apart so there’s time to swap cards and all cameras don’t stop at the same time
• Use relay record, not backup, if any possibility of going over max record duration
• Know when your cards will fill or batteries will die so you can be there ready, and try to make the swap at a non-critical moment — USE TIMERS!
• Check cameras regularly… you never know!
• If manually operating close-up camera, don’t stop rolling… just let it go; it’ll make the multi cam edit easier