Dr. Juneesh K Kuriachan


The multi-camera setup is a multi-camera mode of shooting. It’s the way of shooting where you shoot a single frame shot with multiple cameras in multiple angles. The no of cameras may vary depending upon the angles we want. Several cameras are employed on the set and they all simultaneously record or broadcast the scene or program. In general the two cross cameras take the close up shots or covers the two most important characters on the set and the front camera always take a wider or master shot to show the entire set or to set the geography of the room. In this way multiples shots are taken in a single take without any start and stop. This kind of shooting is generally done when you have to broadcast your shoot after some time so that you don’t have to edit so much. It reduces the time spent on editing after the shoot. By using multi cameras for shooting you cut down the retakes because in one go you shoot the video from multiple angles. It is generally done for live programs in which you have to broadcast the program live and you do only basic editing in the PCR. It reduces the complexity of tracking continuity. It is an essential part of Live Television.


The use of multiple cameras was informed first in the early days of television to broadcast the “ The Queen’s Messenger” in 1928, the first drama performed for television. The BBC uses multiple cameras for their shows since 1936. In television the multiple camera shooting is generally used in sports programs, news programs, soap operas, talk shows, game shows etc. we generally use three camera set up for an interview show.

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