Originally Posted by incagraphy
I was given a task to come up with a shopping list for an NGO. They work with indigenous people around the world filming interviews and b-roll and they also do some filming in a summer academy.
The budget is a total of £3,000, which is around $4,700 (3/4 for Video and 1/4 for Photographic gear). I might push it more later in the future.
I kindly request help with forming up this list, particularly with the camera choices.
One thing I consider is to suggest getting a photographic camera that can shoot video, which makes it a bit more practical (though, I realize it poses some difficulties in shooting videos other than interviews).
I am suggesting a monopod (possibly Manfrotto 561 BHDV-1 if our budget will allow, or the new Benro S4.
As I said, the camera choice is the priority. Is it better to go with a camcorder and entry level photo camera? Or a better photo camera that can shoot video? Which model, with what lens?
If you got extra time, I would appreciate help with supplementary gear too. A list that I was suggested some time ago has all that I can think of:
- Lapel wireless microphone (and an independent recorder like Tascam or Zoom?)
- fluid head tripod,
- small lighting kit (3 pup lights),
- At leats 3 SD digital memory cards,
- Spare battery
- 5 way reflector,
- Black and white sheet of silk (drape over things for dampening background),
+ We have already purchased a Rode Video Mic Pro and it deadcat.
What brands/models do you suggest?
Many thanks in advance.
1 - camera - go with 2x DSLRs. Eg buy a Canon 700D and a EOSM. Both these cameras are great video cameras and great stills camera, and with the optional adapter for the EOSM, both cameras will take the same lenses, work nearly the same, and are ideal backup for each other. Cameras do fail
(trust me, I know this the hard way). You will need a back up
. I uses a EOSM for most of the video on this NZ trip. A 600D did the rest of the tripos shots. http://arcoonastudios.zenfolio.com/f202324166
$2000 should get you 2 camera bodies, a couple of lenses and a couple of spare batteries.
2 - you can use a Zoom H1 ($100) and deadcat ($30) as a hand held mike without a lapel. i have a H1
3 - best headphones for detecting wind rumble are the Panasonic RP-HC55-S Noise-Cancelling Earbud Headphones $65 http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-RP-HC55-S-Noise-Cancelling-Earbud-Headphones/dp/B0014II9F0
. I have had 4 of these.
4 - The cheapest best value serious video tripod is the SACHTLER ACE $550 http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=sachtler+ace&N=0&InitialSearch=yes&sts=ma&Top+Nav-Search=
The smoothness of your tripod head, and the rigidity of the legs are #1 difference to make you video look pro. do not skimp here. The truth is, people are used to seeing video on their TV, shot on $4K to $40K tripods !
5 - Led lighting - search eBay. 700D and EOSM work great in low light, even candle and campfire light - I NEVER
use my led vid light !
6 - buy the fastest SD cards you can afford. I use and recommend the SanDisk Extreme Pro Class 1 SD cards http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/824140-REG/SanDisk_SDSDXPA_032G_A75_Extreme_Pro_32_GB.html
7 - beauty reflectors are dirt cheap http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Collapsible-Reflectors/ci/1327/N/4062040412
use white or silver, not coloured
8 - Rode mike, sorry to hear that. We all make mistakes.
The cheapest path to pro sound is the SONY D50 recorder http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/524130-REG/Sony_PCM_D50_PCM_D50_Professional_Portable.html
$500. The D50 is a true pro recorder and will kick to rode all round the paddock in audio quality. The D50 (I have one) also kills the H1 in sound quality. The D50 is built like a tank and will likely survive the rigors of travel, where as the H1 and Rode probably not. I use the D50 every day as my media player - it has a kick asre headphone amp. Use the line out from the D50 into your camera to also record audio for extra insurance
But, the key to recording good audio is a) proximity - eg mike close, and b) record in STEREO. Good 90deg xy cardiod stereo (per the D50) allows for adjusting the mono (eg voice) in relation to the other stereo ambient or reflected voice sounds. Bottom line is, if yo record only mono, then you cannot adjust the mono voice in relation to the other sounds. 90deg xy cardiod stereo can also be manipulated in post to simulate a shot gun mic. all this can be adjusted in Adobe Audition (formerly Cool Edit Pro).