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Camcorder with mic input

Hi, we are a rubber stamp manufacturing company who have shows on an internet based craft channel, we have been using some one else to video our demos, but have become a bit fed up having to travel and pay them to do this for us They use a 2 camera set up , 1 from above and one from the front. Can anyone recommend a camcorder that suits our needs, am having great difficulty finding one with a mic input. Also if we use say a sony with a mic input for the over head and a sony with no mic input for the front shots will it cause any issues when editing. Any help would be much appreciated
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First you only need one audio track and it does not matter which camera you use.
Your video editor will have a number of video tracks and a number of audio tracks all of which come together when you edit your videos.
Mic inputs are usually found at the upper end of the consumer market. My camera, a Panasonic HC-V750, has a mic input so cameras around the £500 mark are the area to look. You can get a cheaper model for the second camera and you can mix models as the recording standards are common. You may find it easier in the editing process to try to keep the recording quality the same from both cameras, so if one is set to 1080/50i set the second one to the same.
Obviously both cameras will record sound but again the editor will allow you to mute one of the audio tracks. So budget for a good editor, Sony make a range and I use the Corel editors. You will find that the editor is as important as the cameras, most editors will directly upload to the usual range of internet sites, Youtube, Vimeo etc.
Also budget for tripods and lighting plus a decent mic. Camera inputs tend to be stereo but you can get mono to stereo adapters and use a mono mic to both channels in the camera.
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