Multi Camera

It is common knowledge that human attention span is short, especially online, whether it be reading or watching. Let us make your show more attention-grabbing with switching angles, roaming cameras and zoom lens close-ups on the man of the moment, as opposed to a monotonous audience view (they've already seen that).

Up to 4 UHD ('4K') cameras are mounted or moved around the venue, and even on-stage if permitted. These cameras film different targets simultaneously, then in the post-production process the view is switched smoothly between each source, selecting the best view for every moment – including your audience. That grand drum solo won't be hidden in the background, it will get its moment in full screen from the stage-side camera dedicated to the drum kit!

You know that dreaded moment when the 6ft oaf stumbles into your camera shot posing a silly face? When there's 4 cameras to pick from, he won't make it through my edit!

 

Music Recording Methods

Recording direct (DI) from the PA desk is usually the stereo 'Master', which is great for the clarity of the vocals, bass frequencies and electro-acoustic guitars, as your video sound doesn't suffer the imperfections of microphones listening to PA speakers. However, when the act includes instruments like drums, grand pianos, and amplified guitars; those don't get so much input to the PA desk as they create much more of their own volume on stage than the singers.

Tascam recorders with Shure, AKG and Boya microphones

To get the best of both sounds; LiveShots use extra AKG, Rode, MXL, Shure, Tascam and Boya microphones with a variety of pickup patterns on stage and around the room, wired to our own recording units and cameras which will not interfere with the venue’s sound. In post-production, this is combined with the desk recording to achieve the total live band+audience sound, along with the vocal and bass clarity of the DI.

Have a listen to the short 'Whats the Difference' video below and you'll hear why it's worth it, in 25 seconds.

As part of our premium option; we record up to 8 independent microphone channels around the room with bi-directional, cardioid and shotgun microphones for an enormous stereo sound and tone control. The microphone management and post-production is done by one of our pro sound engineers.

Note; The specific microphones used will vary depending on which sound engineer is contracted.

Tidy Trimming & Titling

Logo Titled videos

For gig videos; each song is cut using the suitable start ⁄ stop points, skipping breathers or inappropriate banter between songs. Styled with fade in/out of the video and audio, using band logo overlays and closing credits. You can have the entire trimmed set as 1 video, or a separate file for each song (recommended), which you can string together as a 'Playlist' online.

For interview and conference videos; mis-spoken lines or unwanted heckling can be removed. Foul language can be 'bleeped' out.

For sport videos; break times can be either cut out clean (minimum budget) or used to involve commentator interviews and highlight re-plays (premium budget).

 

Animated Closing Credits

Each song can end with an animated list of band members names and their instruments. Other information like the band’s URL, Facebook page and the venue’s logo and sound engineer's name can be added.

Notice how the video turns a little blurry before fading out? This is so that the text is more prominent, and the sharp focus video footage doesn’t distract the eye from the sharp edges of the font. Any font of your choice can be used for these credits, but it needs to be fairly bold.

This optional feature comes at no extra cost as it includes Liveshots' credit logo.

 

Montage Videos

If you want a promotional montage of highlights as an introductory/promotional showreel video, maybe for your Facebook 'Cover Video', this service can be done on top of the full video production; £40 for a montage up to 3 minutes long (90sec limit for Facebook cover video) or £80 for both a 3 and 5-minute montages.

Include Your Own Footage

If you have special moments from other people's filming; try to get the un-processed footage to us and we will include it to your montage, with our own tweaks, at NO EXTRA COST!

Montage Timeline

You can either opt to let me choose the prime moments to combine, watch back your videos and let me know the time periods you want me to use, or you can work alongside me to refine them along with the multicamera project.

This is the 3 minute montage video I created for The Novatones gig at the great Talking Heads venue in Southampton.

 

Play FHD Watch Full HD montage video

Conference Audio Recording

Conference Audio

A basic one-way lecture will primarily just require a recording microphone for the presenter. These can be hand-held, table top, or lapel microphones for the premium service. Basic but essential mastering will be done on the audio, such as background noise and hiss reduction, EQ and volume stabilisation.
A second wide span stereo microphone will be targeted at the audience but held mute in the edit until desired.

If the meeting is intended to take questions from the audience (medium & premium budget), an overhead microphone on a boom pole will be brought to the questioner. Whether you need 1 or 2 of these depends on the size of the room and audience. If the room is large or you are hard of hearing, you will be provided with an earpiece for these audience mics.

If you require a small PA system to make use of all these microphones on the scene, this can be arranged with the premium budget option. The mic and speaker controls will be manned by a sound engineer to achieve the appropriate volumes and avoid feedback.

 

The Finished Product

The editing can take from 2 days to a week depending on film duration and the number of cameras on the scene. You will get the chance to view a draft video of a few minutes of footage, give your feedback, then pay the remaining balance and the full video will be completed.

HD vs FHD

You will be sent the finished product via WeTransfer in 2 formats; High bitrate Full HD (1920x1080) for hard drive storage and internet broadcast, plus a lower bitrate HD (1280x720) copy. This smaller file will be suitable for phone or tablet storage, and uploading directly to Facebook.

Facebook does not display FHD video, if you upload one it will shrink the resolution and re-compress the file to HD rather carelessly. Resizing a static or motion image and making the best of your bitrate is a sensitive process, we opt for more time and care taken in Adobe Premiere Pro, social media platforms prioritise speed.

Sound quality will not be compromised in these shrunk copies, just lower video resolution and bitrate.

 

Venue Stage and Lighting (Disclaimer)

Ask any videographer or photographer, and they will confirm; the more light on the scene, the better the image quality.

We have a couple of portable video lamps for some extra ambient brightness, but we don't own a full-stage lighting rig. If the venue has insufficient or poorly positioned lighting, and a badly presented stage; we can try our best with our tools and skills but I can't make the corner of a dark messy pub look like a professional venue.

Copyrights and 'watermarks'

Watermarks; No, I don't usualy leave a 'Liveshots' watermark logo in the corner of the video like Vevo and most TV stations do. We close the video with production credits, but that is it. The only time that this watermarking would appear is in free video shoots - done specifically for our own promotional purpose. When you hire us, you can have your own logo planted in the corner.

Legal stuff

Copyrights; According to multiple sources, it goes like this;

"If you film a band playing live music, you own copyright in the video. However, the band (or their label / publisher) would still own copyright in the music - so if you want to be able to lawfully exploit your video, you would need to get the relevant permissions from the band (or their rightsholders) to use their music."

LiveShots are not making videos for MTV yet, we currently produce videos for open online sharing without royalties etc. Therefore, we don't hold any 'red tape' restraints on your use of the videos, providing that this good will is matched by you and the video is not modified. Let us know if you want to negotiate how the videos ownership is legally handled.