These comments relate to S


These comments relate to Spncer’s post, but could help the OP. From the diagram, there are loads of really important problems. The main one is a single room. How can the director talk to the cameras without his voice being heard, control, especially in an educational environment where people are not good at being quiet. The audio mixer/balancer call them what you will apart from switcher, needs to hear – so if they wear headphones they can’t be talked to either?

Even if you bodge this all up using domestic equipment, you still needs communications to the cameras. WIth cheap kit the cameras don’t have tally lights and the talent won’t know which camera is live. You will need lighting – you also need to think about size of the room. Cameras are not very wide angle and to get width, you have to be further away. If the cameras have to move then dollies/pedestals are needed. Panasonic and Edirol make some decent video mixer/switchers.

For a new proper studio, it’s vital to get professional help onj projects like this. There are so many things that have to be integrated properly or it’s a mess.

I can’t speak for how things are done in the USA, but here in the UK, the real issue is bending professional applications into things that can be delivered by teachers, and carried out by students. Very often, changes to professional practice have to be made to cope with this.

Education question – the elective, who decides the content? This is important because whoever this person (or organisation) is, may well have very clear cut views on what equipment needs to be purchased.

As a guide – this will set many of the purchase rules.

Format – SD or HD
Cameras – camcorders, or real studio cameras
Studio – a converted classroom, or purpose built studio.

End product – what is the purpose? Who are the audience – the public, examiners, in-house viewing?

Please post back with a few kind of rules, and most importantly – How much budget do you have?

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