Newbie looking for entry level gear

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      Long time audio/music guy looking to get into video. I’m looking to get equipment sufficient to learn the basics of video more than I am interested in getting the most advanced gear. My goal is to make promotional videos of artists I’m working with. I learned in audio recording that great results are 20% equipment and 80% technique. I’m hoping that’s similar to video work.

      Here’s what I’m thinking of getting. Please let me know if I’m on the right track:

      • Nice consumer DSLR – perhaps a Canon EOS T6s camera
      • Over time a couple additional lenses
      • SD Cards suited for video speeds and capacity
      • Lighting equipment (I really don’t know where to start with lighting)
      • A modest fluid tripod
      • Editing software (my girlfriend has an older copy of Final Cut Pro she’s never installed and I have access to Adobe Premier through my day job

      Are there other items I should be using to begin to learn the craft of video?



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      I’ve been doing this several years as a hobby and have owned several dslr’s a bunch of lenses and a few bridge cameras. This is what I have learned over the past 5 years or so, and this is my current rig.

      For video, I don’t think you can beat the Coolpix B700 which has a fixed 24mm to 1440 mm lens, and shoots 4K 25P video. I have gotten better video with this bridge camera than any of my Nikon dslr’s and lenses which shoot in 2K. The B700 is automatic in video mode, chooses the best exposure, iso and shutter speed, getting the right exposures, and has a very good silent tracking autofocus. I got mine used on ebay for $320.

      For lighting I bought the Xprimo three pack of 22 watt led bulbs (3000K soft white – 150 watt equivalent each) for $50 on Amazon. I use them in a floor lamp pointed at the ceiling, and a reading lamp and a desk lamp, pointed at two walls but not at the subject. This avoids shadows.

      As an audio guy the following is probably not needed, but for other newbies, this is what I use. For sound I use the Zoom R16 8 track digital recorder which records up to 8 tracks simultaneously. Recording to the built in SD card there is zero latency ($400 new). Good clean sound and all your tracks are in sync.

      You can use the audio from the camera to sync your video with the Zoom audio tracks, and then mute the camera audio in the editor. You are not going to get this quality of audio in a camera.

      For a vocal mic I use the CAD c195 condenser mic. This is available on ebay used for about $50 and up. You need a couple of xlr cables. I run my vocal mic through the TC Helicon Create pre amp (about $100 or less used on ebay) to the Zoom. The R16 also has two tracks that can be set as an on board stereo mic (or use just one for mono) to capture room sounds. All the instruments are plugged directly into the Zoom R16 8 track.

      Since the B700 is a light weight camera all I need for the tripod is a Pinacle P920. A good solid tripod if treated well, new for $50 at B and H.

      For editing, Premiere Pro used in conjucnction with Adobe Audition for audio editing and Adobe After Effects for grading is all you will need. All three products work together as a video/audio/grading suite. You can do all your audio and video editing and grading non destructively on the Premiere Pro time line.

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