Welcome to our ‘How we create a video’ series guide. In this blog we’re talking about equipment and hardware. To see other parts in this series, please visit our blog homepage, including:
Part One – The Brief
Part Two – Our Suggested Approach
Part Three – The Plan
Part Four – Equipment and Hardware
Part Five – The Shoot
Part Six – Post Production and Editing
Part Seven – Output and Delivery
Deciding what equipment and hardware needed is obviously a must for every video project. This stage is all about making sure everything required to shoot the video is brought with us.
Most of the time, equipment and hardware is arranged from our end, but we’ll also collaborate with clients to make sure they are comfortable and able to work with the equipment we’re using, particularly with things like teleprompters, lighting set ups and drones.
Portable green screen set ups will be brought if there will be post production graphics involved in those scenes.
If green screens are being used at work locations, considerations of filming space will be made as well. Should there not be adequate space to accommodate the green screen then studio set ups will be considered instead.
Motion Control Equipment
Motion control equipment includes:
– Motion control rigs
If the video requires panning around the video subjects then this equipment will be used so that the camera stays steady during the movement, as opposed to leaving the camera operator jerkily to move the camera around manually. Of course, if you are going for that ‘Blair Witch’ look and feel, then by all means this equipment won’t be required!
Drones are useful for airborne shots and to capture locations. Be aware of any location restrictions though, and with the grey areas on the legality of drone footage.
Professional Studio Monitors
Having professional studio monitors during the shoot is a necessity to be able to review footage instantly and make sure that what is shot on camera is correct for screen.
Again, lighting equipment is necessary to correct any natural lighting issues. As lighting is never stable unless you’re in a studio designed for such purposes, any shooting in natural environments will require lighting correction.
Choosing the right camera will be down to the camera operator and us, but don’t fret if we turn up with a tiny video camera in hand – long gone are the days of hefty double-handed over the shoulder video cameras and even every day devices such as DSLRs can shoot top quality videos.
Sound Recording Equipment
While most video camera equipment can record sound through internal microphones, these are not used for the final version of the video(s). The reason for this is that these microphones aren’t designed to produce professional sound quality, but rather for reviewing raw video footage.
Audio is recorded separately through professional sound equipment and then synced up to the video footage during post production. This equipment is able to pick up better sound quality and by recording audio on a separate track any imperfections can be adjusted in the editing stage.
Next in the series is Part Five – ‘The Shoot’, which is where the fun and acting begins! Make sure to read the blog to find out what you need to prepare for.