Producing a Training Video Series

Having a production studio makes recording multi-camera training videos so much easier. A three camera shoot with multiple teleprompter and lights can be very complicated and expensive to do onsite. But with a studio and video switcher, we are quickly and easily able to set up our studio for such a project. Within a 5 hour shoot and a few hours of editing, we completed 7 training videos for a local company last week.

Studio Training Videos

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As a Baltimore video production studio, we often get asked to record training videos.  But recently we took a different approach to producing training videos for a local consultant.  The client wanted to record four training sessions, each with two people, three cameras, and multiple teleprompters.  For most videographers this would be extremely challenging and time consuming.

Blackmagic video switcher showing the 3 camera angles.

Blackmagic video switcher showing the 3 camera angles.

But because Focal Point Productions specializes in live streaming and multi-camera productions, this was easy.  We used our Blackmagic video switcher kit.  This allowed us to switch in-real time between all the cameras.  Now, instead of taking weeks or months to edit these training videos, they'll be edited in a few hours.

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Behind the Scenes of a Live-MultiCam Webcast

On September 16, 2015, Focal Point Productions produced another live, multi camera webcast for MedStar Health.  This was the first webcast for MedStar that took place off the Baltimore hospital's campus.  The "Lew C. Schon Innovation Fund Webcast" was broadcasted from the Inn at the Colonnade.  Production crews arrived at 1:00pm to prepare for the prompt 7:00pm start time. Viewers were able to watch the one hour webcast by visiting MedStar's website, or their Facebook or Twitter page, and ask questions in a customized chatroom.

Equipment used included a TriCaster, 4 HD Cameras, 2 wireless microphones, 4 hard wired lav microphones, two Apple MacBook Pros, a Teradek Vidiu, a four headset intercom system, tally lights, a 10 channel audio mixer, several monitors, and 2,000 + feet of cable.

Behind the scenes photos courtesy of  Debra Schindler.

More Studio Set Up Photos

Presentation / Demonstration Set Up

Three camera set up with tally lights, lighting, and studio monitor.

Three camera set up with tally lights, lighting, and studio monitor.

Point of view from where the talent sits.  Presenters can use their iPad or laptop to show apps, websites, power point presentations, or any type of file.

Point of view from where the talent sits.  Presenters can use their iPad or laptop to show apps, websites, power point presentations, or any type of file.

The over-the-shoulder monitor can be used to display a logo, video, or a live guest via Skype or FaceTime.

The over-the-shoulder monitor can be used to display a logo, video, or a live guest via Skype or FaceTime.

Talk Show / Interview Set Up

Wide shot shows both the host and guest.

Wide shot shows both the host and guest.

all three cameras have tally lights. The host's camera has a teleprompter.

all three cameras have tally lights. The host's camera has a teleprompter.

The third camera shows the guest.  

The third camera shows the guest.  

Watch a sample video here

Control Room

Control room.  The director can switch between 4 cameras and 2 computer/ feeds.  All titles, graphics, logos, photos, and videos are inserted live, thus editing is not required.

Control room.  The director can switch between 4 cameras and 2 computer/ feeds.  All titles, graphics, logos, photos, and videos are inserted live, thus editing is not required.