Soundboard to video camera help

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Forgive me I am novice at best but...

I am looking to run stereo quality audio to a camcorder for real time recording of church services... We have several mic's and other inputs that record umm...20ish channels of audio and we want to sync this audio with the recording of live video.

What I need to know is how to do this? ...is it as simple as running a AV cable to the camcorder if the camcorder supports line in? Will that not work at all for me or are there "better quality" ways to do this? Beyond that I need a decent quality camcorder that is midrange price ($500-$1500) dollars to do it with. Can someone suggest a few that can handle the audio input and that have decent to higher quality indoor video capturing for that price range? Also if the camcorder has internal HDD that would be great...otherwise need 1 HR + recording capabilities for recording media.

The sound board/set ups aren't an issue.

After searching the net for how to do this with little avail I found this article:
http://www.videomaker.com/article/8243/

It was very helpful in telling me I "could" do this but not very detailed in the "hows"...can someone please help this rookie out?

P.S. The camera will be stationary so no need to move it!


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The simplest way to take a line output from a mixer into the mic socket of the camcorder with as few problems as possible is via DI (direct Injection) box - you may even have one, they're used to connect line level kit, such as cd players, video audio outs and guitars to sockets designed for microphones. To prevent the mic inputs distorting when connected without a DI box, the mixer output has to be kept very low, and the auto gain control works hard to keep the input from overloading. None of this helps audio quality.

On the direct to disk subject, there are quite a few bits of software that can capture in real time, direct to disk in uncompressed format - DV rack being my favourite as it can chop the files into separate 'chunks' that can be re-assembled with no dropped frames.

I'm doing quite a lot of work now direct to the internal drive on my laptop, via DV Rack - it isn't safe to use an external HD, but I suspect that may just be the laptop limiting transfer rates when pushed - but direct to the internal drive is 100% ok. I still run the tape, of course - but so far they are just backups. The other added benefit is the large display on the laptop - saving lugging a proper monitor around.