If you are a radio presenter thinking about how to bring another element to your show, consider incorporating a segment you can film on video and direct your listeners to later.
Triple J's Like a version and BBC1 Extra's Fire in the booth are two great examples of how radio presenters have thought outside the studio and reached out to their online audience in a different way. Triple J's like a version is a segment that gets artists to cover other current songs whilst BBC Radio 1's Fire In The Booth gets rappers to freestyle over beats. Before we go on take a few minutes to check out Ngaiire and Stormzy kill it for Triple J and BBC Radio 1. The great thing about both segments is that they can be played on radio as audio snippets or can be viewed as videos online after the fact.
So how did they do it?
Live or pre-recorded?
Don't feel like you're limited to live segments when trying to come up with a cool and engaging idea. Ideally people want to hear something live and unedited but sometimes giving off the impression that something is live is just as good as allowing it to happen in real-time. Even though both LAV and FITB give the impression that they are live on the radio they are most likely both pre-recorded segments due to the smoothness of the performances and high recording quality. Having said this, it is entirely possible to record a segment as it is happening live to air however, more care is needed as you only have one shot.
How many cameras?
Both segments clearly have people filming from multiple angles, using at least two cameras to film different angles during the performance. One thing they do have in common however is that one camera is always on the talent - in this case being Ngaiire and Stormzy. Another thing to note is the differences in filming styles between videos. LAV focuses on keeping the footage crisp and unaffected with warm lighting whilst FITB chops and changes from static footage to B&W footage on a more shaky, handheld camera to keep tensions high and reflect the music.
After shooting they would have cut shots together using video editing software. You're probably thinking "yeah right - our radio station doesn't even have one camera let alone several!" Places like the ABC and BBC have money to spend on good gear but fortunately for you, it's not essential to have multiple hi-tech cameras filming the entire performance. If you want, you can even film from different angles using a smartphone. If you are able to film using multiple cameras (or smartphones), it's also a good idea to film the reactions of the presenter and any spectators.
Keep it rolling, keep it simple
Like a version and Fire In The Booth are both good at contextualising the content of each video by keeping the cameras rolling before and after the performances. In LAV, you get to see the act plugging in their instrument and physically getting ready for the performance.
Another great thing that both videos do to contextualise the performances is rather than giving a detailed introduction of what the segment is all about, they pretty much get straight into it by saying the name of the segment and introducing the artist. That way the audience is given the autonomy to figure out what is going on.
Capturing the audio
There are different ways of recording audio for radio. In Like A Version, the audio seems to be recorded into the computer from a mixing desk. If you are new at recording audio check out this article we wrote on multi-channel recording using an interface. In FITB however, Charlie Sloth gets the talent to rap into one microphone connected to one channel while the music is played through a different channel. Either way, it's not that hard to make audio sound good, even in bad weather. Read an article we wrote about recording audio in variable weather conditions.
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