We’re asked this question all the time – here we’ll try and explain….

One, two, three, ten? Do I need video playback? Name graphics? It can be baffling to someone that doesn’t come from a video background. But let’s make this a bit simpler.

Let’s take this example of BBC Business Live (daily 0830 BBC News Channel) to analyse what went into it:

We start the programme with two presenters (two mics) on one camera. We then go into an animated title sequence (video playback or VT).

Immediately after the opening titles we have a wide shot (for only a second), that’s two cameras. That fades into the presenter standing in a different position on a third camera. She finishes and hands over to the male presenter, a 4th camera.

All of a sudden in the first two minutes of a programme we’ve used 4 cameras. This is a nice example of where extra cameras and backdrops (plasmas, floor to ceiling windows) can make a programme look so much more interesting but does require a little more kit and rehearsal.

However, not all events need so many cameras – a simple panel debate and discussion with a few presenters can work perfectly with 3 cameras (one wide, one on the main presenter or anchor and another going between the panellists).

Don’t get bogged down in the detail as our team are experts in helping you produce polished, engaging webcasts. We can take your brief and budget and work out a solution to most problems – suggesting complicated or polished productions for your webcast.

If you want to discuss live webcasts please drop us a line – info@streamgo.co.uk