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Production

The production stage is where you do the actual camera work, either on location or in the studio.

Production includes videotaping interviews and accompanying b-roll (cutaway shots, also known as Coverage), recording audio and lighting a scene. In addition, production may also include the need to label media cards.


Before you shoot video
Take a moment to survey your surroundings. Find out the best angles of your subject. Take mental notes of various angles that achieve good composition. Knowing where to move the camera before you shoot will save you precious time.


Field Production
There are three types of field production systems: Click here to find out what they are

Studio Production
As the name implies, this type of production uses a studio that is made specifically for television purposes.
There are several types of
production elements for a typical studio production. Find out about production elements

Key Studio Personnel

Production work is a collaborative process. The more sophisticated the show, the more people it can sometimes require. There are technical as well as non-technical personnel.
Click here to see a partial list of key studio personnel

The Television Camera
A TV camera converts the optical images into electric signals that are then re-converted by a TV set into visible images

Click here to learn more about TV Cameras

Do I have to use a tripod?


How badly do you want a job?

Too often, the novice photographer fails to use a tripod, which often results in profoundly shaky images that can be unsettling to watch. A shaky camera can raise tension in your audience and they might even get dizzy and find it difficult to focus. Images that are supposed to be pristine and tranquil, such as landscapes, shouldn't be viewed as if they were shot during an earthquake! Instead, the shots should be rock steady, and this is especially true when you are zoomed in on the subject. At the narrow end of the zoom, when the field of view is small, even the tiniest bump will change the image dramatically, if not violently.

So if you must use the camera without a tripod, then the best recommendation is to zoom out to the widest possible angle, which will help reduce the effects of camera motion. When you need to get closer to the subject, instead of using the zoom, physically walk the camera closer to the subject.

One final thing about shaky images -- they don't edit well when you have other shots that are steady. Not every shot needs to be on a tripod, but most often you should use a tripod if you want to do professional work.