Filming and broadcasting live events can be, put it mildly, somewhat difficult. From missed shots to issues with cables and other broadcasting equipment, even a single small error can often be all it takes to affect the entire broadcast.
Luckily, recording and broadcasting a live event is a skill. Like other skills, once you’ve gained an understanding of the basics, shooting events from weddings to local festivals becomes far easier.
Below, we’ve listed four essentials for shooting and broadcasting any live event, whether it’s a local production or a business conference. If you’re just getting started with live broadcasting, read on to discover four things you absolutely need before you record your first event.
A complete event shooting plan
Shooting live events can be a serious challenge. Like all challenging tasks, the more prepared you are before you begin, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to enjoy a smooth, stress-free shoot that doesn’t run into any problems.
Before the event, prepare a complete plan so that you know where you need to be and what you need to do at every moment. If you have multiple cameras, assign positions for each one, reducing the risk of multiple camera operators focusing on the same thing.
Make sure all of your equipment is fully charged and that you have enough battery power for a full event. You should even prepare a rough map of the area so that every person knows their role.
With the right plan, you’ll be able to move ahead on event day with confidence while avoiding the most common issues that can affect live video production.
Reliable equipment, plus extras
Not all event shoots go smoothly. While some events run perfectly and require little more than your camera pointed at the action, others can run into problems when equipment you rely on just doesn’t work as it should.
The best way to avoid this problem is to have spares of everything. From cameras and lenses, tripods and adaptors to broadcasting equipment, cables and more, make sure you have at least one backup for every item you use during the event shoot.
If this is cost prohibitive — for example, cameras and lenses — just focus on having extras for all of the small, inexpensive items that can often malfunction during a shoot. Trust us — you really will appreciate having spare cables, batteries and other items available when you need them.
Reliable AV staff and equipment
Unless you want to rely on your own sound equipment, it’s important to have a reliable AV team with a soundboard. This prevents the alarmingly common “great video, poor audio” problem that is often seen in small local productions.
Good sound makes your footage far easier for viewers to enjoy, especially for sound-heavy live events such as concerts, plays, and presentations. Without a crisp and clear sound, few viewers are likely to be able to enjoy your live broadcast.
Reliable AV staff and equipment are also important if you plan on displaying your camera feed on screen during the event, as well as for post-event production where access to extra footage and other supporting media is a priority.
Great broadcasting gear
One of the most common small-scale live video production mistakes is investing heavily in high-quality camera and audio equipment, only to take a less thorough approach to building out your live broadcasting rig.
From bonded cellular to IPTV, it’s important that you have high quality, reliable broadcasting and live video equipment to transmit your content to your target audience through video over IP without any audio, video or other issues.
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