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What is your typical Multi-camera Setup when recording a performance, recital, concert, etc? Well here's a quick look at my most basic gear for three static camera angles. I typically go with (3) Panasonic GH4 cameras as I love the super long battery life, and 4K video recording all day (deliver 1080 but flexible in post for faux zooms and crops).

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If i'm doing a 3 camera angle shoot, I find it's easier to match footage when you have the exact same cameras (same color profile, set same exposure, etc).

I also make sure to add a good microphone to each camera as you need really good scratch audio to do a quick sync in post. As a backup I also run timecode on all cameras and match them as close possible for post sync. In the photo you'll see i'll use either a Rode VideoMic Pro or Azden SMX-30.

I also try to use Sandisk 128GB SDXC Cards so I don't have to swap cards during the event, and record each video clip as long as possible. I find it's easier to sync a few long clips in post than a hundred small clips. Once the clips are synced in post, it's easy to cut out all the dead time.

For audio, I make sure to bring a few portable audio recorders (like Zoom H1) and set them up close to Audio Speakers, but i'll bring a Multitrack recorder (like Zoom H6) to plug directly into the sound board. The Zoom H6 offers dual recording in case sound peaks, and worst case scenario I can sometimes grab audio from the cameras (since they are mic'd up).

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I also break out my hands free wireless headsets for each camera operator to make sure everyone is on the same page. Good communication is key between multiple operators.

Finally and totally optional, i've rigged up a dual monitor setup with Camera Motion Research Connex Wireless Video Kits. Super reliable and long range systems. So while i'm operating the main camera, I can get a feed from the two other camera angles and make sure I have a clear visual what everyone is covering. With our wireless headsets, I can direct the other two operators to make sure we cover the entire performance.

So that's a quick look at the core parts of how I tackle these quick Multi-camera angle shoots. Do you have any favorite pieces of gear of tips you'd like to share?

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The Azden SMX-30 is a unique Video microphone as it physically has two microphones built into one body. There is a directional shotgun microphone for focused mono sound, and a pair of microphones spaced 120 degrees apart used for a wider stereo pickup. When it comes to video microphones, you would typically carry two different microphones.

Originally I thought the dual microphones may have been just a gimmick, but the Azden SMX-30 really does sound good when used in either mode. The system also includes some features found in more expensive video microphones such as +20db Gain Booster (preamp), -10db Pad (attenuation), low pass filter, and a sturdy shock mount.


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I'm not going to dive into scientific data on this mic as I personally don't feel I need to. For me personally I think it sounds darn good (comparable to other mics), build quality is great, and most of all it's features make the SMX-30 very practical.

Being able to switch between stereo and mono on the fly is incredibly handy when switching between capturing focused dialogue (i.e. interviews) or ambient sounds of the environment. That makes this a great mic to have when traveling.

With an auto power on/off setting, you never have to accidentally record video with no sound and you don't have to worry about powering your mic off before packing it away in a bag. You can get additional information over on the B&H product page (here)

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