Join James Ball for an in-depth discussion in this video What you should know before watching this course, part of Multi-Camera Video Production and Post.
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- The course we've put together here is for users of all experience levels. But depending upon what you know, you may find it easier or harder than you're expecting. Fortunately, here on the lynda.com library, you'll find a bunch of different courses. Be sure to check out some of the weekly series, including courses by Anthony Artis, Robbie Carman, and others, and this'll help give you some idea about the production process. My co-host, Jim Ball, also has classes here on lynda.com, and they'll walk you through some of the skills. What we're going to do here is take a start-to-finish look at the actual process of running a multi-camera shoot.
Now if you've run a bunch of these, you might hear some things you already know. But that's good reinforcement. We're going to share with you best practices from doing this for years. My first job in the video industry was actually directing multi-camera productions. I started out in broadcast news and did daily directing of live newscasts and other television shows, so this was my life for many years. We're going to share with you very practical techniques. Now no matter what your experience level, you'll get a good idea on how to get the job done. We're going to cover things for small budgets as well as high end budgets, but I do strongly recommend that you watch this course in linear order.
Avoid the temptation to jump around. We're going to build upon skills that you learn in earlier chapters, and then explore them deeper as we move through the course. While it might seem really tempting just to jump to the thing you think you need, I encourage you to please watch the class from beginning to end. This will ensure that you get the whole picture. You'll be surprised how some small, little detail that you skipped might blow up a production. The bigger the project, the more complex it gets. So sit back, maybe take some notes or rewatch a movie if you need to, but watch this from beginning to end.
And no matter what experience level you are, we're going to give you some advice. If you hear something you don't know, don't worry, you can go deeper in the lynda.com library and explore some of the other titles to help fill in extra information.
You'll learn essential preproduction strategies to get the right gear and place it in the right position. You'll also learn techniques for syncing the visuals and audio captured from each camera. Rich and James offer advice for directors running shoots in the field, as well as strategies for crew members who are building sets and logging footage. Finally, in chapters 7 and 8, they share techniques for multicamera postproduction with Final Cut Pro X and Premiere Pro. In these chapters, you'll learn how to create multicam clips, apply color correction, color match angles, switch between angles, and refine and master your edit. By the end of the course, you'll have a thorough start-to-finish understanding of the multicamera production process.
- Planning the multicamera production
- Evaluating the location
- Creating camera diagrams
- Selecting the right equipment
- Communicating with crew
- Lighting multicam productions
- Matching and syncing cameras
- Directing a multicamera shoot
- Editing multicamera video