Video Production Principals (Part 1)

The difference between On-camera angle and off-camera angle

On-camera angle vs off-camera angle

The difference between an on-camera angle and an off-camera angle lies in the perspective from which the scene is being filmed.

In this article we’ll dive into the difference between these angles, use cases, and the benefits of each.

Videographer filming testimonial video for corporate client

What is an “on-camera” angle?

“On-camera” refers to a shot where the camera is positioned in such a way that the subject is looking directly at or speaking into the camera.

What is an “off-camera” angle?

“Off-camera” refers to a shot where the camera is positioned at an angle that is not directly facing the subject. Off-camera angles are used to provide different perspectives.

It’s relative to the subject

In summary, the main difference between an on-camera angle and an off-camera angle is the direction in which the camera is pointing relative to the subject.

On-camera angles involve the subject facing or interacting directly with the camera, while off-camera angles involve the camera capturing the subject from a different perspective.

Showreel example

Showreel of the different interview/piece to camera styles.

These examples are extracted from videos that we filmed for one client (Domain). Please note, the client did their own editing on these videos.

Videographer filming product video with large sensor camera

When to use an on-camera angle?

“On-Camera” Angles are often used when addressing audiences, presentations, and vlogs to create a sense of direct communication with the viewer. 

Using an on-camera angle during a presentation can help to establish a connection, creating a more engaging and impactful experience for the audience.

Common “On-Camera” angle use cases

CEO address

If your CEO is delivering a message directly to employees or customers, an on-camera angle can create a personal and engaging connection.

Product presentation

When showcasing a new product or service, an on-camera angle can help demonstrate its features and benefits directly to the audience.


For customer testimonials or employee messages, an on-camera angle allows the audience to connect with the speaker and their story.

Teleprompter being used in corporate video production

On-camera angle benefits: Teleprompter or autocue devices

An added benefit for on-camera angle videos is the possibility of using a teleprompter or autocue device. A teleprompter can be a useful tool in various situations, especially in corporate video production. Here are some scenarios when using a teleprompter can be beneficial:

Scripted content

When you have a scripted message that needs to be delivered verbatim, a teleprompter can ensure that the speaker stays on track and delivers the lines accurately.

Complex or technical content

For speeches or presentations that involve complex or technical content, a teleprompter can help the speaker deliver the information clearly and confidently.

Language assistance

If the speaker is not fluent in the language of the script, a teleprompter can assist them in delivering the lines accurately.

Time constraints

When there are time constraints and the speaker needs to deliver a message within a specific timeframe, a teleprompter can help them pace their delivery.

Multiple takes

In situations where multiple takes are required, a teleprompter can ensure consistency in the delivery of the message across different takes.


For individuals who may have difficulty reading from paper or cue cards, a teleprompter can provide a more accessible way to deliver their lines.

Teleprompters can be a valuable tool in ensuring that your message is delivered effectively and accurately, especially in situations where precise delivery is crucial.

Off-camera interview angle

When to use an off-camera angle?

“Off-Camera” angles are usually used in interviews by journalists to create a sense of impartiality. These camera angles are extremely versatile and can be used creatively in many types of videos. They enhance storytelling and visual impact and let the audience take an observer’s point of view.

Common off-camera angle use cases


Off-camera angles are often used in interviews and testimonials to show the interviewer or audience reaction shots. They add depth to the conversation and help viewers connect more closely with the interviewee.

Fireside Chats

When filming a discussion, an off-camera angle can provide a more natural and unobtrusive view of the interaction.

Events and Conferences

Off-camera angles are useful in capturing the atmosphere and energy of live events and conferences. They can show audience reactions, interactions, and different angles of the event space.

Educational Videos

Off-camera angles can be used in educational videos to demonstrate concepts, show detailed processes, or provide additional visual information that enhances the learning experience.


In documentary or reenactment scenarios, off-camera angles can help recreate events from different perspectives, adding depth to the storytelling.

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