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I do this type of work often, shooting video for country music artists and bands. It is imperative to get an audio feed from the console and there are several ways to do that as expressed in the above posts.
One can take a feed from the F.O.H. and that will work OK, but keep in mind that the audio that is fed to the house is a mirror image of that occurring on-stage.
By that I mean that the loudest item on-stage will need less feed to the house so the mixing engineer will only have a little (or no) volume on that items channel in the mix.
Conversely the quietest item on-stage will be be given a lot of volume in the house mix, so the resulting mix sent to the house is a combination of audio directly from the stage and that mixed at the console. The smaller the venue the more this is obvious, the larger the venue the less of a problem this mirroring effect will create.
There are several solutions: One is to use a separate console for audio for video (costs a lot to do this) or a separate mix from a mixing console already being used. (this is easily done from the monitor mix console if one is being used, but may not include some effects done at F.O.H.) Many newer mixing consoles have a matrix mixer built in that can make audio feed pretty simple too.
However with smaller venues or lower end bands those things may not be available to you. Another solution is to use two audio sources and mix them in post. one a feed from the F.O.H. console the same as goes to the house speakers (yep it’ll be a mirror image) Then place a condenser microphone in the audience area near a place that is A: Out of the way.. B Has clear line of sight to a house speaker system.
This works well since you will also have some audience sounds that will enhance the overall Live Performance Video, like the applause of the audience.
Most pro cameras have at least 2 inputs with controls for both inputs. Some prosumer camcorders do too, but most consumer camcorders do not, but fear not for many small portable audio mixers exist and do not cost all that much money. You should also have a couple of adapters to get from XLR to whatever your cameras audio inputs are, and a couple of AUDIO PADS ( a -10db and a -20db will do since you can use them together to create a -30db pad) this solves the issue of too much volume level from the audio feed.
I generally use two cameras for such work, one positioned at or near the F.O.H. position, and one hand held for close-up work.
You can see examples at: http://www.youtube.com/roblavender
Hope that helps.