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.

Facebook Live Training Videos from the Studio

On August 8, 2018, Focal Point Productions produced a Facebook Live broadcast for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association.  The 25 minute training and educational live webcast was aimed toward new players in the Olympic Development Program (ODP).

The team at Focal Point used the TriCaster TC1, three cameras, a wireless intercom system, tally lights, Vidpresso (for social media graphics), a Teradek Cube, and much more.

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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Our Maryland Video Production Studio

Focal Point Productions recently hosted doctor's from Chesapeake Urology and recorded several patient education and promotional videos for new treatment options.

Having a Baltimore video studio allows Focal Point Productions to the ability to produce videos training videos easily and cost effectively.

Dr. Marc H Siegelbaum in studio recording a promotional video.

Dr. Marc H Siegelbaum in studio recording a promotional video.

Facebook Live Studio Webcast for MSYSA

Hi everyone, this is Brooks Gray. I am an intern this semester at Focal Point Productions, underneath of Marty Jenoff. On February 11, 2018, Focal Point  hosted the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association (MSYSA) for their State Cup tournament draw. This was FPP's third year for producing this live webcast from our Owings Mills Maryland video production studio.  

The live video was streamed to the MSYSA Facebook page, and had a peak of 83 concurrent viewers.  By the next day, the video had more then 9.100 minutes viewed and 180 post engagements, making it a huge success.

I was in charge of the Facebook live comments. It was my first time running the system, but I ended up managing it to the best of my ability. Marty was working the TriCaster TC 1, which is a video switcher, recorder, and live streaming device. The TriCaster can also add titles, graphics, power point slides, and other elements to the program. Another intern, Greg, operated the teleprompter for the host. Ty, a crew member was the floor manager in the studio. Overall, everyone did a great job and we helped the MSYSA to assure everything ran smoothly. 

-Brooks Gray 

Focal Point Productions Selected to Host "Baltimore Videographers Association" Meetings

Some exciting news, Focal Point Productions will be hosting the Baltimore Videographers Association's monthly meetings starting in January 2016.  The group of local video professionals held their October 2015 meeting at our studio, and shortly after that meeting, they decided to permanently hold their meetings with us.  We are very excited to welcome everyone to our facility.  More information about BVA can be found at their website.

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.