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Directing a live video production

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On today’s Tech, No Babel: Directing a live video production

When you’re directing a live video production there’s a lot to think about…and even more to say. So, how do you get good at it? I’ll let you know when I figure it out. 😉 (just kidding, but I am only average at directing).

I start by giving my camera ops a great deal of latitude in shot selection. In the heat of the moment, sometimes you just can’t call the shots you want, but you can choose which shots to take when.

With that in mind, you should know a good shot when you see it. When I direct, I have quite a few things in mind. First, I want shots to fit the material. I want them to be different enough that a cut doesn’t cause a jumpcut and a “morphing effect” with a cross-dissolve.

To watch an example of my directing, watch the video above.

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Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div.

Paul Alan Clifford, M.Div. has been a tech volunteer with Lexington City Church (formerly Quest Community Church) in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc. He became part of the technology in ministry team when his church’s attendance was around 200 in one Sunday service and has witnessed it’s growth to a peak of 5,200 average weekly attendance in one Saturday service, four Sunday services in one online and two physical campuses. He literally wrote the book on podcasting in churches, twitter in churches, & servant-hearted volunteering, as well as writing various articles for publications like “Church Production” and “Technologies for Worship” magazines. He has thousands of members of his ProPresenter Users' Group on Facebook and thousands of subscribers to his YouTube channel.