Making multi-camera shooting faster & more affordable

Datsa Gaile

Author: Datsa Gaile

Published: 01 October 2015

by Datsa Gaile Issue 105 - September 2015

Multi-camera filming has been known for years. There was a time when shooting any production involving multiple-camera positions would require a very large studio budget. Today we have many solutions for live vision mixing and great editing platforms what offer multi-camera editing.

As there are so many great products and tools at our disposal that can be frustrating as we never have enough time to set up the equipment properly as the end client always demands more as technology advances at a fast pace, so does the expectations from the client. In many cases we need to show the live mix on to screens, projectors, live stream over the internet or both or just need an instant multi-camera shoot. As we know the editing platforms can not provide this quick fast turnaround. There are lots of solution out there for anybodys budget but you still cant beat driving an OB van up to location, parking up and ready to go till recently it has been out of the reach for many productions companies budgets.

For many productions on a very tight budget who want to do live multi-camera, show the live edit on screens or live streaming. You get to the event and start setting up and there is never enough time to set equipment up properly. It also means arriving at the venue many hours before the event. Sometimes it can be very stressful and might put you in a wrong frame of mind, can give lots of stress on yourself, your crew and your client.

Another important thing to look at is economics. Time is money you need to set up fast and ready to go and have all confidence that it all is going to work.

At the Accolade Productions we wanted to find a solution as 80% of work is live events multi-camera. We were so frustrated with carrying equipment in flight cases in and out of the venues and make everything work, also, we tried on many occasions to hire an OB van for our projects but we found that it was too expensive for our budget, so we decided to build our own affordable OB van. We can cater from the smallest up to a large scale production and we can now offer our OB van to other production companies. The OB van can easily be branded for your production giving your company high profile.

Accolade Productions OB van is based around Blackmagics latest equipment and at the heart of the system is an ATEM M2 4 K switcher. With 20 x SDI inputs. We can also ISO all cameras, audio and record the mix in various formats. It has 6 x independent aux outputs to feed projectors and monitors and has a lot of scope to be tailor made for your requirements. We can add on extra equipment such as additional cameras etc. and provide a full crew. The van is also available for dry hire or with a full crew.
This is idea for small to large productions including broadcast, concerts, theatre shows, corporate events, training films, fashion shows, outdoor festivals, sporting events and also a variety of social media events. We can record the live mix, send to large screens or stream live over the internet - The 3 options are also available simultaneously.
All this and more at a budget that is suitable for all.
For more info contact us on 0845 29 39 348 or email or check out our website

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