Video Production Principals (Part 2)


In this article we cover the benefits of using multiple camera angles, the costs and the benefit of shooting in higher resolutions to double your main angle.

This article is part of a series: Video Production Principals (Part 1) – On-camera angle vs off-camera angle.

Single camera angle vs multiple camera angles

We quite often watch something on the screen that was filmed with a single camera. Documentaries come to mind.

We follow the action and, through the single camera lens, become an observer to the scene. Normally, there are a few cut points though. Wide shots and close ups are shown to both orientate and focus the viewer’s attention to certain elements.

Having only one continuous camera angle without noticeable interruptions is like watching a play on a stage. If the content that’s shown is consistently engaging enough, it can work.

In fact, there are movies that have pulled off this feat. One of the most iconic is ‘Rope’ by Alfred Hitchcock.

However, by the director’s own account he was: “trying to get some movement into what is really a theatre piece”. The camera moved with the actors, following the action until at some clever point in the story the lens got darkened enough to allow for the necessary cut (and the film reel to get replaced).

Actor James Stewart brought it to the point: “The really important thing being rehearsed here is the camera, not the actors!”

Alfred Hitchock's rope filmed with a single angle

In other words. If the location and the content that needs to be filmed allows for the necessary interruptions or can be entirely planned in advance, a single camera is sufficient.

Benefits of having several camera angles

Benefits of using several camera angles

Using multiple camera angles when filming an interview, event or presentation (practically anything that does not tolerate interruptions very well) offers several benefits:

Enhanced Visual Interest

Multiple angles can make the video much more visually appealing, engaging viewers and keeping their attention.

Improved Clarity

Different angles can provide a clearer understanding of the subject matter by showing different perspectives and details.

Emphasis and Focus

Different angles can be used to emphasise key points or moments, directing the viewer’s attention to important aspects of the content.

Seamless Vision Switching or Editing

Multiple camera angles provide more options, either during the event or afterwards in the editing process. Allowing for smoother transitions between shots and the ability to cut out any mistakes, mishaps or pauses seamlessly.

Visual Storytelling

Multiple angles can help tell a more complete and immersive story by capturing dif-ferent aspects of the scene or event.

Professional Look

Using multiple angles can give the video a more professional look and feel, similar to what you might see in professional broadcasts or films.

Video example of seamless switching or editing

Having the choice to switch between multiple camera angles can have a big advantage.
That’s true in particular when things don’t go according to plan.

Spot the difference between using one, two or three cameras for the same scene.

Multiple camera angles create engagement

Overall, using multiple camera angles can greatly enhance the quality and impact of the content, making it more engaging and informative for viewers.

How much more does it cost to add additional camera angles?

On most shoots, the single most expensive item by far is labour. People need to be booked in advance for a minimum time frame.

The required video equipment might entail many items besides the main camera kit. Lighting, audio and transportation also need to be considered. It’s a good idea to ask your videographer for a detailed quote that lists those elements separately, so you’ll get the full picture.

You’ll might find a second or even third camera kit to be more affordable than expected. Especially if the additional cameras can be ‘locked off’, eliminating the need for extra operators. This will allow the operator of the main camera to quickly find the next close up shot, while side-, mid- or wide angles are simultaneously available as an alternative.

Doubling your main angle

(The benefit of filming in higher resolutions – for those who plan post production)

Before we discuss that idea, let’s do a quick refresh on video format resolutions.

You might still have some DVDs laying around. However, enjoying watching those recordings will very much depend on your modern TV’s upscaling abilities.

That’s because the video resolution of a DVD is tiny compared to modern productions that are usually at least filmed in full HD. It’s no surprise then that a single-layer DVD can only store up to 4.7 GB of data, while Blu-ray Discs (that utilise full HD) contain 25 GB per layer.

Check out the chart above.

add camera angles by cropping into high resolution video formats

So what about doubling that angle?

Let’s imagine you are planning to film an interview and your final video format is full HD (1080×1920).

Unfortunately, your interview partner is time poor and your budget does not allow for a second camera. In those circumstances, possible ‘upgrading’ your camera’s recording to the higher 4k format can make a big difference.

Upgrading to 4k allows to ‘crop’ into the vision during post production and, because you have ample real estate on your canvas, it works without losing quality.

Strictly speaking you still use the same angle. However, being able to significantly change the size of the shot has a huge impact. Now any time you would like to make an edit, you have the choice between the closer or the wider angle.

That’s it! You pretty much doubled the angle of your camera.

There is a price to pay though. You also just quadrupled the amount of recording data in the process. So bear in mind that this practice will have an impact on data storage, transfer speeds and editing hardware requirements.

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