OK, I'll admit it........... I got lots more advice, and I went out and busted my own budget. My A/V gearhead colleague suggested that all of our videographers here at Dartmouth use Sony & why don't I look for a good deal on a semipro level Sony? so I did: I bought a HDR-CX580V plus an additional memory card, additional battery, a tripod, remote zoom controller, and editing software. I have been offered help, tips, etc. from the videographer who shoots my son's regional lacrosse team's video and from a hockey teammate of my son who is somewhat experienced at editing. I realize this could be 'bold... and stupid!', but there it is. I am going to learn everything I can about shooting video and then go for all the help I can get in editing it to produce a recruiting video. Please make any and all suggestions and comments. I'm OK with 'boy did you pull a dumb move, but here's what you should do now........'
and, truly, thanks very much for sharing your knowlege and insights!