Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Using Multi-Cam when Shooting a Wedding

Tip #5 To Shooting Better Wedding Videos

Using Multi-Cam when Shooting a Wedding.

When shooting a wedding, one great way to improve the quality of the wedding video is to use multi-cam. This involves using at least 2 video cameras. This allows you to capture the wedding ceremony from two or three different angles.

You may ask, why should I use more than one camera? Well, the benefit of using more than one camera is that you are able to capture the ceremony from different points of view. If you can imagine a standard rectangle church, one aisle down the middle with the bride and groom on each side. If you place your camera on one side of the church, you will be favouring either the bride or the groom, and capturing most of the back of the other. If you have a camera on each side of the church, you can then favour both the bride and the groom. Using two or three cameras also provides you with security. The security that you will have less chance of losing your footage, or runing into problems, such as dropouts. It also gives you the flexibility to move your camera, while the other one is capturing everything.

When you use two or three cameras, your editing time does increase dramatically. Basically you will need to import the footage from all cameras into your computer and then cut and change between the different angles, not to mention syncing the audio so that it is in time with your main audio source.

Using multi-cam is certainly for the more advanced videographer and editor. It is advised that each camera has an operator, so that they can monitor the recording and control the camera where required.

When editing, you will need to select the best angle to use, and place transitions between the cameras if necessary.

It is difficult to cover all of the elements that need to be examined when dealing with multi-cam when filming a wedding, however hopefully I have given you a small taste here. I could easily cover them off in seperate posts, that I may do in the future. If you are looking at going into filming weddings professionally I would certainly recommend you consider using at least 2 cameras. I know that some people say they can get a great effect with using the one camera, and that is fine, however using 2 cameras allows for such a more pleasing end result to the bride and groom.

To edit the multicam video, Adobe has recently released Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0. Premiere Pro 2.0 now has the ability to edit in realtime, up to four video cameras. This provides a great way of editing the multicam footage after you have shot it. There are ofter software tools as well that are available, however my experience is with Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 and have found it to be great.


At 2:36 PM, Blogger Jill said...

I use Adobe's Premier on Oliver's videos. Not real happy with the quality of the video though. I think it's my camera?? I'll have to come back and visit to see if you have any tips.

Thanks!! Need any advice you can give.

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