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An interview rig that is mailed to the guest in order to grab high-quality audio/video from multiple angles

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Darko Savic
Darko Savic Apr 27, 2022
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The interviewer mails the guest a remote robotic interviewing device that takes studio-quality footage without requiring any technical knowledge on their part.
  • High-quality remote interviews with people who are not tech-savvy and lack quality equipment. Also, for busy people who can't be bothered setting things up.
  • No more low-quality audio/video for remote interviews. Make them as good as in-person interviews.
  • Studio-quality dynamic camera angles for less monotonous interviews.
  • An ability to make remote interviews indistinguishable from in-person interviews.
How it works
An interviewer/podcaster arranges to do an online interview with someone. Instead of doing it using the low-quality laptop webcam via Zoom, the podcaster mails a physical interview rig to the guest. The rig is designed to take high-quality audio and video from multiple dynamic angles throughout the interview.
The rig
The interview rig is a tabletop device with two cameras and two microphones. The cameras are mounted on robotic arms. In order to keep the shot from becoming monotonous, the arms periodically move. Each camera's movements are constrained so that they won't be visible within the other's field of view.
Likewise, the main microphone is mounted on a robotic arm that self-adjusts to optimize sound quality.
The interview rig includes a head sized monitor so that the guest can see the interviewer eye to eye.
No technical knowledge required
All the righ needs is electricity and internet connection (Wifi, LAN, mobile data). The guest places the rig on a table in front of them and turns it on. Everything else is done remotely by the interviewer.
Studio-type interviews
One of the biggest downsides to online interviews is the fact that the podcaster and the guest are not hanging out in the same room. This could be changed, at least from the viewer's perspective.
Both the interviewer and the guest place a single chair in front of a white wall. The only thing visible to the rig cameras is them sitting on their chairs and whiteness in the background.
Each of them sits in front of the interview rig facing the other as if they were in the same room.
The rig is switched to "studio mode". The software takes care of the rest and combines the videos so that it appears to the viewer that they are in the same room.
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Distribution network

Miloš Stanković
Miloš Stanković Apr 27, 2022
Definitely a 'yes' on the necessity for this idea, as podcasts with bad or unsynced audio, and poor video are unenjoyable.
The same goes for TV news features, as topics lose the steam and the tension when the interviewee breaks up or the two people start stuttering because they don't know whether the other person has finished their sentence. Sidenote, this can possibly be solved by the parties having an app/button they press to notify the other side they are finished with speaking their thought. It would show on each other feeds in the form of a red dot, but would not be visible to the public.
But the issue with the rig is the time needed for the equipment to arrive at the guest's location. Especially for podcast or news stories that are sudden, ongoing, and time-sensitive. Or when the guests are very busy and have a small frame in which they are available.
For big news networks, they could have several of these rigs spaced around the country or the continents for quicker delivery to the subject who needs it.
At the same time, the podcasts sphere is also getting more and more organized into bigger networks. They could possibly do it too.
Or an independent company could provide that service alone. Have a rig in each major city.
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Goran Radanovic
Goran Radanovic2 years ago
I always wondered how news stations managed to get great footage of their guests who weren't in the studio. How is it that the guest is looking straight at the anchor? Are their eyes solely focused on the camera lens, and how is their audio perfect?
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Fixed locations

Spook Louw
Spook Louw Jul 05, 2022
Perhaps rigs like this could be set up in fixed locations like cafes or shopping malls, and people could pay to use them whenever needed.
This would get rid of the logistics of mailing and setting up the rig for each client, but still, keep the idea accessible to anyone who needs to use it.
They could be set up in small, soundproof booths, and everything should be set up already so that all a customer needs to do is sit down and connect their laptop/phone. The entire business could be autonomous, where the system is activated by receiving the usage fee and shuts down when the time runs out, or a number of rigs could be managed by a single "sound engineer" to ensure that everything works perfectly.
This would be similar to a normal recording studio, but much smaller and cheaper, focusing on more elementary sound and video needs to cater for businesspeople who want to have high quality meetings, or for guests on podcasts/shows.
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