Hi there. I have some limited equipment funding (about $3,000) to do a series of 8 shows for a YouTube channel, with the possibility that the show (or segments of the show) will air on some local cable channels, and also be used as a demo to pitch further. These will be 11 minute shows meant for kids/families (think Monty Python or SNL, but for a much younger audience). Some of the content will be animated (2D, stop-motion, motion graphics, etc.), but there will also be several live segments.
I have a large-ish room rented for a few months this coming winter, which will have a green screen wall/floor area, a semi-permanent news/game show type of studio set area, and an area for a set that can be adapted with different scenery. And we'll be filming a few things outdoors at various locations. In addition to camera suggestions, I would welcome some suggestions for decent lighting for the room. I don't need this to necessarily be top-notch professional looking (and for what I have to spend and work with, it probably won't be, anyway), but good general quality that is flexible to different things and relatively easy enough for a novice to work with. I have extensive experience in audio recording and editing, and a fair amount with video editing, so I'm good to go once the footage is in the computer, but I will be learning as I go to some extent as far as the filming.
I have an older Panasonic DVX100 camera that I've used in the past for some music videos, but I think I'd like to start from scratch and get two matching HD cameras, so I can do some of the studio set shots from different angles and have the look and quality be consistent. So for under $3,000, what do you recommend for a decent quality two camera setup for a mostly indoor set, and what kind of basic lighting will prove the most flexible and useful? And what else might be needed... microphones, reflectors, etc.?