3 Things to keep in Mind when Adding a Third Camera on Interview Shoots

Are you still using a one or two camera setup for shooting professional interviews and other video productions? Well, it might be a good idea to add a third camera to bring an extra dynamic to your productions. Here’s how you can do that:

1. Prepare Your Business For A Third Camera Shoot

Adding a third camera requires additional equipment and resources to take into account. Needless to say, planning a few days ahead of your shoot can make the process flow smoothly for everyone involved.

Don’t forget to:

  • Reserve both your AV and IT equipment as early as possible to ensure availability and avoid last-minute stress. Our calendar feature makes it easy to keep track of your bookings!
  • Feel like checking out multiple items of equipment at once? Use the CHEQROOM kits feature!
  • Make sure you choose your location ahead of time and scout the territory in advance.
  • Verify if the equipment you are checking out is complete and in good working condition before you take it with you.

2. Make Sure You Have the Right Setup

Most filmmakers and video producers are familiar with standard A-cam and B-cam setups for interviews. But a second camera, too, opens a variety of coverage opportunities. Assuming you tripod the A-cam and B-cam, you can have the C-cam on a shoulder mount or move between setups with an eye for creative filler shots. Here’s a diagram of the setup.

3-cam-setup

3. Try Different Shots

As you can see above, from your third angle, you can get a handful of other creative shots to use in your edit that you normally wouldn’t be able to try:

Some suggestions:

  • Steady A & B shots
  • Ultra wide shots with a wide angle lens
  • Close-up photography with a telephoto lens
  • Profile shots
  • Background shots


What’s your take on using a third camera for interviews? We’d love to hear from you!

Source: premiumbeat.com

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