We have already spoken here of a handful of TV series and programs that, during the current period of social isolation, started to have their recordings made with iPhones, in the homes of their stars and participants. The case of “Late Night with Seth Meyers”, on the other hand, is a little different: the presenter decided to resort to his iPad Pro to continue with the interview program.
THE Los Angeles Times published a report showing how the program team adapted to the new remote recording routine, which started on March 30. And even without Apple’s “official” participation (as in the case of “American Idol”, for example), production adopted a modus operandi almost entirely based on Apple products and services.
Presenter Seth Meyers, for example, turned to the iPad Pro – more specifically, the frontal camera of the tablet, which has inferior quality compared to the rear cameras but allows him to record his monologues and interviews while running a teleprompter on the device screen. Meyers’ home “studio”, set up in the attic of his house, simply has the iPad attached to a tripod, a chair and some lights.
The audio, in turn, is captured with a little help from your iPhone – more precisely, via a Sennheiser ClipMic Digital microphone, connected to Meyers’ smartphone by a Lightning cable. After recording, the presenter passes the audio and video files to your Mac via AirDrop, and upload them to Dropbox so that program editors can get their hands dirty.
More difficult to adapt to the domestic reality were the interviews conducted daily by Meyers. The frames are captured by the zoom, where Meyers, the interviewee of the day and the show’s producers come together; each producer then records the screens on one of the “sides” of the interview, sending the files to the editing team to put everything together in a cohesive clip.
Even the band 8G, who plays in the program, decided to turn to Apple products and services: after a video discussion on the Houseparty app, to decide which songs will be played that day, each member plays their instruments individually (almost always with a little help from GarageBand), sends it to the mixing team, gets the final audio back and records it by playing the instruments in front of the iPhone camera.
Obviously, the big change from the “common” version of “Late Night with Seth Meyers” is that, in domestic editions, the program is not broadcast live. The team claims, however, that the production method adopted allowed the presenter, team members and respondents to shoot on the same day as the program was shown, keeping matters up to date – a crucial feature of interview programs.
Pretty cool, isn’t it?
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via The Verge