Checklist for video recording
If you want to record an event or a person successful, various things have to be considered. The following checklist is intended to support you in your project.
Check in advance:
- Cameras charged
- Enough free Space on the SD-cards
- Batteries in all microphones
- For new rooms, check the conditions on site (Light situation, frame,…)
- Discuss together with the lecturer structure and procedure (how many speakers, breaks, discussions)
Take material with you:
- 2 cameras (+ SD-cards) and charging cables, if necessary.
- 2 camera tripods
- 3 headlights + 3 tripods
- 1 (with two speakers 2) radio Microphones + receiver
- 1 microphone + 1 microphone tripod for recording the audience
- 2 headphones
- power stripes, spare batteries
- Presenter, if necessary
- Plant(s), if necessary
- White sheet of paper (white balance)
Before the recording:
- Arrange on the positions of the speakers
- ALWAYS make white balance!
- Adjust Shutter/aperture for the presentation (currently we use Canon 1/120, JVC 1/25 ) → avoid a flickering image
- Connect the radio microphone(s) to camera 1, static microphone to camera 2.
- Switch all microphones on and test them with the speakers, dB-amplitude should be around 10, check sound quality and volume with a headphone (on both cameras)
- Check current light conditions and positions of the speaker (is he sitting, standing?). The lighting installation should be adapted to, not vice versa!
- Arrange the responsibilities beforehand (who capture the wide shot/normal/close)
During the recording:
- Check the Sound on every Camera with Headphones, not just the dB-amplitude. Adjust with the wheel carefully if the speaker speaks to loud or to quiet
- With 2 radio microphones: If only 1 speaker speaks over a longer period of time (e.g. Presentation alone), turn-off the second radio microphone.
- Always record the sound from all cameras (if there is no additional micro, use the internal camera microphone)
- Check the image on every camera
- Everytime the light conditions or the position of the speaker change, the lighting installation must, if necessary, rearranged. If possible during the break.
- This applies to the images settings also. During the recording just in emergencies (e.g. flickering image)