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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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    •    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. ( 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

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