Learn Multicamera and Live Streaming at ‘MulticamP’
Do you want to get some hands-on education in livestream event production? Is multi-camera video production something you might be interested in? If so, you might be interested in an upcoming two-day workshop that's making its way across the country. Called MulticamP.tv, this "multi-camera live stream workshop" is the brainchild of Mitch Jacobson. You might recognize Mitch's name: he literally wrote the book on multi-camera production and post with Mastering MultiCamera Techniques. If you're not familiar with this tome, take some time to look inside over at Amazon and you'll see that it's thoroughly researched and at 472 pages is full of information that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. I got to know Mitch in some interviews about the subject of multicam editing while he was writing the book, and his passion for the subject comes across both on the page and when you meet him in person.
The MulticamP.tv workshops Mitch is doing are the next step beyond the fine advice he includes in his book. Even though we're living in a world where we have education right at our fingertips via the Internet, these types of workshop tours are always popular. Throw a rock in a city of any size and you're bound to hit a touring DSLR workshop. While those seem to be a dime a dozen these days, one with the specific focus of something like multicam live streaming isn't quite as common.
Mitch is a fun guy and when I read his quote elsewhere about the MulticamP.tv workshops I thought, yep, that's him:
"People have been working with multiple cameras for hundreds of years but on almost every show I edit, there are multitudes of sync problems that cause countless hours of wasted time in post," says multicamera veteran, author and MulticamP.tv workshop creator Mitch Jacobson. "Working with sports, music and variety programs for U2, McCartney, the NFL and America's Got Talent has taught me how to use the simplest tricks to solve the biggest problems. MulticamP.tv attendees will be able to take advantage of that experience to learn how to avoid pitfalls and ensure success for live production, webcasting, and post. I'm on a mission and my goal is to forever eradicate poorly executed multicamera techniques from the face of the earth."
When I asked about what attendees will be doing during the two-day workshops Mitch broke it down like this: "We are going to build a remote greenscreen studio with three of the new Panasonic HPX255 cameras and NewTek's Tricaster and Telestream's Wirecast for switching and encoding. We'll also ISO record backups of all cameras and master feeds using AJA KiPRo Minis and AJA Kipro Racks… the whole thing will be genlocked and jamsynced and also have reference audio everywhere so we can demo multicamera editing in Premiere Pro using source TC, Red Giant's PluralEyes and manual slates using Pureblend Movie*Slate for iPad."
Got that? Definitely a great workflow to learn hands-on. There's also a more detailed itinerary on the MulticamP.tv website. The workshops are $749. Student and other discounts are available as well, so click on any of the links below to register or get more details about each city-specific event.
I'm not sure where one could go to get some real multicam and live streaming hands-on training outside of a local college. They are probably teaching some of this stuff in high school media classes these days, but it's not going to be easy to walk into your local high school and audit an A/V class. In fact, that might get you arrested. Heading to one of Mitch's workshops is a much better plan.