How To Deliver Your Wedding Videos Using four DSLR Cameras with only 2 video guys on the location using Multi-Camera Technology?
Change in technology and affordable cameras in the market made photography and videography much more accessible to many people. Which in return raised the competition in the market. It is high time to show your clients what is your uniqueness in this whole process. One major problem most of the clients come across is not getting their final deliverables on time. After working in this industry for several years, I found multi-camera on location editing is one best way to overcome this. But, again, is this affordable? How to do this? Software, devices, etc., so many questions. I hope I will able to give you guys a detailed analysis on this.
In a typical wedding ceremony, let us say we have 1 camera for the main stage, 1 camera for the closeups, 1 for the guests and 1 for the entrance. In my case I use 2 Canon 5d Mark iii’s, 1 Canon 7d Mark iii, and 1 Blackmagic design Production Camera. Make sure call cameras are on the same frame rate. If not switcher will not recognize the cameras. Now you have different cameras for different angels. Now you need to connect these cameras to a device where your main video person can switch between these cameras remotely and record them at the same time. Make sure the cameras you are using should have either a HDMI or SDI video out option.
Now run the cables from the cameras to the switcher and connect them to the input slots of the switcher. In my case I use Blackmagic Design ATEM Television HD. Make sure you connect all the cameras and tape the cables properly and ensure they are not on anyone’s way. Liability is the first thing you need to think off. Once you run all the cables, now you need a laptop (not necessarily) to make your life easier. You need to connect your laptop to a laptop where the software (ATEM software control) is running. This software comes with the device. To connect the device with the laptop you need a USB cable, and an ethernet cable. Your laptop and your switcher needs to be on the same IP address in order to talk to each other. Connect the switcher Multiview output to a monitor or any other source where your video person can see the different shots before sending it live or recording.
Once you see all the cameras working and previews on your screen, you are now good to go. You’ve successfully achieved connecting your cameras and reduced number of people working on the location. This will save you a lot of money towards paying for people.
Connect a HDMI splitter input to the output slot of the switcher. Now take one output from the splitter to a video recording monitor or device in this case I used Blackmagic video assist. This records every edit you do on switcher. Go to your workstation import the edits export and deliver.
I hope this will make your work faster.