Producing a 3 Camera Podcast by Yourself

November 23, 2023
Content Marketing | Marketing Strategy | On Camera On Brand

Episode Summary

In this episode of On Camera On Brand, host Rob Ruscher engages with Biro Florin, the dynamic founder of Misfit Founders. They dive into Biro’s unique approach to podcasting, emphasizing the importance of cinematic quality in content creation. Biro shares his journey from software engineering to entrepreneurship, highlighting his passion for technical excellence and storytelling through video.

Biro recounts the evolution of his setup, from using a Sony ZV E10 as a makeshift webcam to a sophisticated array of cinema cameras. He discusses the intricacies of gear, the creative process, and the drive to produce visually compelling content. His commitment to pushing the boundaries of podcast aesthetics is evident as he details his gear obsession and the pursuit of the perfect shot.

The conversation also touches on the personal side of being a founder. Biro opens up about the challenges and moments of feeling out of place, offering insights into the less-discussed emotional landscape of entrepreneurship. His podcast, Misfit Founders, serves as a platform for sharing these raw experiences, resonating with listeners and fellow creators alike.

Featured Guest

Name: Biro Florin
What he does: Founder and Host
Company: Misfit Founders
Noteworthy: Biro Florin: Entrepreneur turned content creator with a passion for cinematic podcasting.

Key Insights

Embracing Flexibility in Studio Setup

Biro Florin discusses the adaptability of his studio setup, emphasizing the use of battery-powered equipment for mobility and flexibility. He shares an anecdote about having to resort to his backup plan due to a disorganized space, using a Sony ZV E10 camera as a high-quality webcam alternative. This improvisation highlights the importance of adaptability in content creation. Biro’s approach demonstrates that a creator’s ability to pivot and utilize available resources can lead to successful outcomes, even when the primary plan falls through.

The Entrepreneurial Journey to Content Creation

Biro’s transition from software engineering to entrepreneurship and finally to content creation encapsulates his multifaceted career journey. He narrates his initial foray into the tech world, launching several SaaS businesses before moving into full-time work in the UK. His pivot to content, particularly video content, was driven by a focus on podcasting and gear. Biro’s story is a testament to the evolving nature of entrepreneurial paths and the seamless integration of business acumen with creative pursuits in the digital age.

The Cinematic Edge in Podcasting

Biro Florin shares his obsession with filming gear and the quest to elevate the visual aspect of podcasting. He describes his podcast ‘Misfit Founders’ not just as a platform for sharing founder experiences but as a showcase for pushing the limits of podcast production quality. Biro’s dedication to a cinematic approach, including the use of an FX3 camera with a special tuner for a filmic look, underscores his commitment to blending the art of filmmaking with the intimacy of podcasting. This dedication to quality sets a new standard for podcast visuals, aiming to engage viewers beyond the content with a visually immersive experience.

Episode Highlights

The Art of Podcast Set Design

Biro Florin shares his meticulous approach to creating an inviting podcast environment. He describes his ‘armchair fireplace’ setup, which includes a three-camera angle system with cinematic lenses to capture the essence of in-person conversations. Biro’s attention to detail extends to the motion system from Edelkrone, which adds dynamic movement to the shots, enhancing the visual storytelling. This setup reflects his commitment to a high-quality, visually engaging podcast experience that goes beyond the standard static frame.

“So that is a motion system from Edelkrone. I don’t know if you’ve heard of it. It’s quite a famous company for bringing these, at least, maybe, six, eight years ago, motion systems, cutting edge motion systems in a very compact package.”

The Power of In-Person Podcasting

Biro emphasizes the value of in-person interactions for his podcast ‘Misfit Founders.’ He believes that being in the same room fosters a more open and private conversation, which is difficult to replicate over remote calls. Biro’s rule to only conduct in-person interviews underlines his dedication to capturing the authenticity and intimacy of face-to-face dialogues. This approach differentiates his show by offering a more personal and relaxed atmosphere akin to a fireside chat.

“I have these conversations in person. And the reason why is because I feel that that’s the best way, one of the best approaches, to have as close as a private conversation, open conversation with someone.”

Strategic Content Release for Audience Engagement

Biro discusses his strategic approach to releasing podcast content. He started ‘Misfit Founders’ with a bundle of three episodes to avoid an empty listing upon launch. Publishing twice a month, he maintains a steady release schedule that keeps the audience engaged without overwhelming them. This calculated release strategy ensures that listeners have consistent content to look forward to, which is crucial for building a loyal audience.

“I published the first three episodes bundled. I recorded those three episodes in June. And then when I launched, I wanted to have at least three episodes when starting, not to, hey, here’s an episode and then the rest of the podcast listing is empty.”

Leveraging Technology for Efficient Podcast Production

Biro dives into the technical side of podcast production, explaining how advancements in technology have streamlined his editing process. He uses Premiere Pro’s waveform synchronization to align audio and video, saving time and effort. Biro also utilizes the AutoPod extension to tag potential social media clips during the first edit. This efficient use of technology allows him to focus on content quality and distribution, rather than getting bogged down in manual editing.

“I used to have a clapper to synchronize the audio. But now I just tell Premiere Pro to synchronize based on the waveform, and it just aligns everything. It’s, again, magic.”

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