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- March 9, 2006 at 3:23 PM #42400AnonymousInactive
Im sure I can to the right place. I have NEVER worked behind a camera before. I can only explain what I am doing with the camcorder, but I need some help understanding video production equipment requirements & expectations to pull this off. I am going to film an Inspirational T.V program. It is going to be me speaking directly into the camera. The long shots while Im speaking probably will not exceed 30ft and at that distance I dont want to sound like Im a mile away or in a can. I will shoot most my footage outdoors along the coast, near or on a boat. (I will avoid all saltwater spray Ill just be speaking). It may take 30min to60mins of raw footage to create the 30min show. After editing the whole show I will make it available online to download and view. The show will also be broadcasted on T.V. one day, but I already have a Profe$$ional available when the time comes. Before I spend the big bucks on the prostime-dime I want to create my own with as great a quality as I can for about $1,300.00 budget (camera & tripod). For now the goal is a very good quality program for web and possibly late night T.V. but it MUST NOT look like a scene out of Americas Funniest Videos.. cheap. I would like to go as far as I can producing the show on my own. Realistically by the time I can afford good airtime. Ill be ready for the Pro$ and great broadcast quality video. Am I asking for too much for too little? A sales rep at a commercial store advised me to look at a 3CC like the Sony DCR-DVD405 & gun-mic. or better. What do you suggest?
u will not be able 2 get a real high quality camera and tripod for $1300 but its a start i dont have a lot of experance with lower quality cameras but for 1000 bucks you can get a camera that should work and it will not look like afhv X-D use a tripod, set the white balince and ur on ur way
Thanks for the help, but what is a "white balince" you mentioned after the tripod?
its used 2 make sure white is white its easy 2 set most mini dv cameras have it i have seen many videos ruined b/c white bal was not set
It sounds like you really want to do a nice job which is great but to be brutally honest with you I dont think youll be able to do that for $1300.00. Because youre planning on getting this on TV you would probably want to use a good 3-chip camera. A decent Sony or Canon camera will run you around $2000.00 to $2300.00. An adequate tripod will be in the $300 to $500s range and from the plan you spelled out, you would need a good wireless mic system which can run between $500.00 and $900.00. A shotgun mic wont work if youre 20 to 30 feet away like you mentioned. Especially by a windy shoreline.
Now Im not sure if youre planning on generating any revenue or not but if you are, maybe look into renting equipment for your first few shows. Once some money starts rolling in, eventually will be able to afford your own equipment which would be more suitable for your needs.
Thanks for the response. True, I do want to do a good job but When it comes to getting the show on T.V. I already have a crew and gear available. I just don’t want to have to hire them through all my "rookie" trial and error’s as I develop my self, and stlye and the show- infront on the lens.
I am looking for the best quality "bang for my buck" while in the develpomental stage. I may have to use this video to get sponsors. Everyone will know up front that this is not the broadcast quality show- But I want them to say it still looks pretty darn good, even if they see it over the web.
In other words; The "prototype" isn’t the end product, you’ll spend the least on it, but try to get the most out of it. Do you still think I need to go as high as $3,000.00( even if I have to spend a little more than 1,500.00).