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First, it seems you have not done video editing. You’ll find out 2 hours into your first project if this is for you. Editing takes hours and it must be “in your blood.” Otherwise, it won’t be boring, it will be too frustrating. Look at any commercial TV or movie and see 25 to 200 names in the credits that produced it. And that is the standard that people use to judge your one-man-band production. Second – who is your target audience and why are you doing this? Might help determine equipment and investment. Third – for one question you ask – you can use a digital audio recorder and replace the soundtrack of a good video but poor audio camcorder if you have software that allows you to create and see the audio waveform. Some software synchs for you, but with waveform it’s easy to synch yourself. I and most here use pro editing software that does this easily, but the software alone will blow your budget. There is probably sub $100 software that will do waveform, but I’m not familiar. I don’t think the free software like Windows Movie Maker will do this. Hopefully others will chime in. Fourth – you’re right on audio being extremely important. Get that right. Also, on video, you’ll need some help shooting. A static shot for more than 20 seconds will bore your audience. Get close-ups, real close, like fill the frame, with your face, your moving fingers (both hands), and maybe even tapping feet. Get clever on the shots. Remember, as basic as it sounds many forget, every production should have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Make each section good, and they generally are not equal lengths. Beginning and end may be seconds, but must be there. Many thousands before you have thought “wouldn’t it be cool to do this video…” and most drop out soon after starting when they see how much work it is to do it right. Even for non-commercial work I plan 2 to 5 hours of editing (not counting initial shooting) for every minute of finished video. Like I said, you will find out very soon if it is “in your blood” and becomes a passion, not just a hobby. It sounds like playing the guitar is a passion for you. To make a video of such will require making editing a passion also. I suggest before you spend hundreds, borrow or use what you have, try some free online video editing program trials (many give 30 days free trial, but some will watermark final renders), and give it a shot. We who are passionate wish you well and welcome you into the fold.