Ed Talks: Setting up a three-camera shoot

June 15, 2016 11:00

You've seen them on the networks for years: Interviews carefully set up with three different angles, to show the subject head on, a close up and a wide angle view from the side. In the finished piece, the editor cuts between angles, even during a single sound bite. They look cool and provide visual variety to longer interviews. But you may have wondered if it can be done without a big crew to make it happen. The answer is yes, you can achieve that same professional look on your own.

For our latest Ed Talks installment, KARE-TV's Carly Danek explains how one person can set up a multi-camera shoot, get all the raw material you'll need to take into the edit bay, and she'll demonstrate an easy way to make sure all three videos stay in sync.

Each edition of Ed Talks offers quick and easy training resources that give you practical advice you can fit into your busy schedule. Each video is brief and tightly focused on a single, actionable skill or technique that you can put to immediate use. Our first three videos are free and open to anyone who signs in with an email address so you can see what they're all about, including Boyd Huppert talking about the "handshake shot" to draw viewers into a story, SFGate's Brandon Mercer with tips to improve Facebook posts on the fly, and ABC Radio's Alex Stone with some great ideas on how to get studio-quality audio on the road.

Our most recent videos are available exclusively to members, who can get passwords for each video by logging into our member portal. Each video has its own password, and with it, you can see the full video in the portal itself or on our Ed Talks page. They include a tutorial on shooting video with a smartphone from WFAA-TV's Mike Castellucci and some best practices for using Facebook Live from consultant Kevin Benz.

Here is a tease of Carly's video. Log in to learn more!