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  • Writer's pictureGeorge Niksch

Elevate Your Band with Multi-Camera Video

In today's day and age, it's essential for bands to have a strong online presence that showcases your talent and energy. One powerful tool in your arsenal should be multi-camera video recordings of your performances. Whether it's close-up shots of guitar solos, sweeping shots of the crowd, or dynamic angles of the entire band in action, multi-camera videos leave a lasting impression that will make you stand out in the flooded landscape of social media. Investing in multi-camera video recordings demonstrates professionalism and dedication to your craft that venues and event organizers notice and appreciate. From sharing highlights on Instagram and Facebook to uploading full performances on YouTube, video content allows you to engage with your audience on a deeper level and showcase your talent to a global audience. Multi-camera videos provide tangible evidence of your ability to captivate audiences and command the stage, making you a more appealing prospect for larger venues and festivals.

In today's example I filmed and live-streamed the NWI Jazz Festival with 6 cameras. Two of the cameras were on electronic sliders on either side of the stage with close ups on band members to give some extra dynamic movement to the edit. I ran the other 4 cameras from back by the sound booth using wide, medium, and two tight shots. This allows me to have one tight shot locked off on one of the main band members(like the singer) while using the other tight shot as a roaming camera to showcase whoever is soloing. I run the cameras through Cineview wireless transmitters to my Atem Mini Extreme ISO to be able to edit the video live. In this case I was live-streaming the video, but I always use the camera switcher even if I am not live-streaming because it saves time in the edit bay. I record in the cameras to their SD cards simultaneously so that I can re-link the high quality footage to the edit in post to deliver you a pristine full edit of your entire set. I then edit that down into a 2-3 minute video with clips of your choice to give you a highlight edit to showcase your work to fans and potential clients. I usually pull an audio feed from the sound boards and mix that with a room tone recording using a Zoom H6. This tends to work well, however it is always better to get a multi-track recording if the sound boards at the venue support that. In this case we were filming in a gymnasium so the reverberations off the walls provided a very challenging audio situation, but we did the best we could with what we were given and it turned out decent. I always suggest hiring a dedicated audio team to ensure the best possible audio and I can recommend some great audio recording companies to work along side me on projects if the budget allows it.

Check out the edits as well as the behind the scenes pictures below and reach out to me to get a quote on filming your next big performance!

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