Tech, No Babel: Directing a live video production

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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.


PaulAlanCliffordPaul Alan Clifford works with church staff and volunteers who want to use technology to impact people far from God, by navigating through the maze of possibilities and jargon. He wants your church to get past the hurdles and embrace the tools so that technology is a gift, not a burden. He has been a tech volunteer with Quest Community Church in Lexington, KY since 2000 and is the founder of, llc.

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