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Live-streaming: Video Basics Part 1

The Stages of Production
Don’t just show up and start live-streaming. There are three distinct phases that you should put every video, even a live-stream, through.

Preproduction: Plan what you’ll be doing. Collect the people and equipment necessary. Turn it on and test it out.
Production: Actually do the live-stream, but do it the best you can given your circumstances. Don’t plan to fix later what you can prevent now, if at all possible.
Post-production: Finish well. Turn everything off. Edit if necessary. Set yourself up for success next time; don’t just rush out, leaving everything askew.

Genre
Videos belong to a specific genre. Live sporting events are similar. Awards shows are similar. Concerts are similar. You don’t have to “reinvent the wheel.” Look for videos that are similar to what you want to do and use the same structure, but with different content.

Audience
Who watches a video changes how you make it. The live-audience at an event tends to need close ups. Remote audiences need some shots of the audience that those in person could just look around to see. Wide shot aren’t great for in person audiences because they generally don’t help you see. They aren’t helpful to people with smaller screens either because, they’ll lose even more detail. Always consider your audience when you consider what to show.

Special limitations of worship
What happens if the live-stream audience gets bigger than the in-person audience? Can you shoot with a live-stream first perspective, moving cameras closer to the pastor? Probably not.

Look out for the excuse of distraction. There are universally distracting things, but camera placement isn’t one of them. Learn to know the difference. Distraction can be like boredom, where a distracted person is more easily distracted no matter the circumstance, just as a bored person can be bored no matter the circumstance.

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