Jordan Peterson Exclusive Virtual Interview: Video Production Insights

Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a hightail esteemed Canadian clinical psychologist and professor of psychology who is sometimes known for his controversial views on social and political issues, stirring controversy and questions. He often discusses his views on personal development, individual responsibility, the psychology of belief systems, and the importance of traditional values in today’s modern society.

Sound and Vision Media recently got the chance to help out with a virtual interview session for one of a series of “The Jordan B. Peterson Podcast”. In episode 422, he interviews Dr. Chris Palmer, a medical doctor and psychiatric researcher working in the areas of sleep health and addiction.

The technique used to film this episode is considered remote virtual viewing. A virtual interview involves using telecommunications tools to establish a visual and audio connection between collaborators in different locations. The most common technical setup for this is to use a web based platform like Zoom, Google Meets, Skype, etc. creating a connection through the computer, so that the feed is being shown at both locations.

In this scenario, Jordan Peterson was in Canada, while Chris Palmer was in Massachusetts in front of Sound and Vision Media cameras. Technology to make this possible demanded that each participant wear Apple AirPods for listening to each other. The isolated audio prevented that dreadful feedback echo loop commonly experienced during remote video connections.

For video, both the interviewer and the interviewee could see each other while looking directly into their corresponding main camera lens. Each of the two remote Zoom video signals were viewed directly on a teleprompter screen via a cam-link feed. Each person was recorded at 4K in their own setting allowing for post production to create a seamless and color graded video presentation suited for Dr. Peterson’s YouTube channel.

Jordan B. Peterson and Chris Palmer during virtual interview.

Virtual Interviews and Video Streaming History

Live streaming video became popular around 2008 when YouTube hosted its first event called YouTube Live. It was live streamed (broadcast via the web) from San Francisco to Tokyo and included interviews and performances from stars such as Katy Perry, MythBusters, Bo Burnham and more. A few years later in 2011,  was launched and catered to live streaming video games. From there more and more social media platforms started to get on board with live streaming by creating their own live streaming services. We are all familiar with Zoom, Google Meets, and Microsoft Teams for video conferencing.

Live streaming/virtual interview usage seemed to skyrocket during the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to lockdowns all over the world, many people were forced to work from their homes and corporate companies started to rely on it more and more to connect with their employees. Students also began attending school virtually. It was a cost effect way to reach audiences around the globe.

Collaborative remote viewing allows for global discussions and the ability to share our knowledge easier with one another. It connects people like Dr. Peterson and Dr. Palmer who are experts in their respective fields and lets them share their insights to the world.

Jordan Peterson and Chris Palmer virtual interview.

Insights and Perspectives

Although live streaming an interview can be a great option for some, a virtual interview that isn’t live can be a better choice in many situations. Rather than live streaming to a live audience, a virtual interview gives you a room to make mistakes, correct yourself, and take breaks. Pre-recording sessions can even give creators the freedom to try different formats and edit their content to improve their presentations for wider audience engagement. It also allows you to easily add graphics in, adjust audio and color correct the video.

Below is a screen grab of what Sound and Vision Media and the teams of Chris Palmer and Jordan Peterson saw while the episode was being recorded.

Jordan Peterson on a Zoom call for virtual interview.

As you can see, color correction was added later to make the quality of the video even better.

In conclusion, live streaming/virtual interviews are predicted to continue growing. By 2030 the market for global video streaming is expected to to reach more than $416 billion, according to Grand View Research.

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