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    How-to video equipment


    Have a new project for work, in need of some basic video equipment. Preventative maintenance and troubleshooting process and skills building, I am to create a series of instructional videos on a few of our product lines. Functions/features I'm looking for:

    * All indoor
    * Wireless microphone
    * Able to fit in tight spaces
    * Mount to variety of platforms (looks like this is a standard feature)
    * Slow motion would be a big plus
    * Remote Start/Stop if that's a thing?

    I don't think I need editing software really, we use Panopto which has an editing platform. Budget isn't super tight, I think under $3k is probably reasonable.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Ok....so I think this is what I will go with. DJI makes some cool stuff, but the big kicker is their microphone setup.

    DJI Pro Mic

    Seems like there are a million ways to capture video, most of the mounts/stands are universal. The tough part is capturing decent audio. I wanted a setup that's wireless, I also wanted to be able to remotely control the start/stop video function remotely. With DJI you can use voice commands. I setup the mic then literally just say "start recording" and off you go. Will go with their Action 2 camera.

    All in....camera/mic/stands/mounts/Pelican case will be less than $1,000. Not bad!

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Sounds like you're well on your way to getting set up... but I was gonna say you may want to jump onto youtube and see if you can find out what your favorite content creators are using for equipment... a lot of them list their stuff somewhere cuz they get kickbacks if you buy it through their affiliate links.

    For a camera? Fukit, these days you could prob just use a smart phone and get 99% of the quality you're looking for.

    But one thing I've heard is that the room you're in matters just as much as the audio equipment you're using. Big reverberating room? Doesn't matter much what you use unless it's a good quality lapel mic.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Gopro has been the showbiz industry standard for small package filming for many years. Lots of support, big community, etc.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Yeah, most phones can do pretty damn good video capture out of the crate. Combine that with a decent mic setup and you can get going on the cheap quickly. The other end of the spectrum is proper mirrorless dumping HDMI to a capture box for lossless recording, or you can move up to full frame... Welcome to the rabbit hole, it goes deep.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    just go full baller, IMAX with Dolby!!

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    I'm kind of "meh" on GoPro. Looks like they're running a subscription model now? Can anyone shed some light on that?

    Also, the audio recording Pete brought up is exactly why I want the DJI setup (I think.) These are a set of two wireless lapel mics that connect to a hub, which is then connected via cable (3.5 mm/USB-C/Lightning.) This mic setup can also connect to any device, not just the DJI camera.

    I'm attracted to the DJI camera because of the voice activation....much like my old GoPro Hero3 which had the remote to start/stop recording. I thought that was a great function. IMO I can eliminate a lot of trimming/editing time if I am able to remotely start/stop.

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    Ok, read up quickly on the subscription thingy. Most of it is free replacement of a damaged device or battery.

    That said, there's definitely a world where I would buy a GoPro for the camera and use the DJI mic setup.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    If you're going to drop some coin, put it into lighting. With enough light even crap cameras can astound, without light even high end cameras produce crap results.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Quote Originally Posted by Kurlon View Post
    If you're going to drop some coin, put it into lighting. With enough light even crap cameras can astound, without light even high end cameras produce crap results.
    Lighting doesn't need to break the bank either. Neewer has a 3 light bicolor LED kit for ~$225. Just got some NP-F batteries for mine.

    Edit: just a heads up - the Neewer 3 light set is currently on sale at a great price.

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    Re: How-to video equipment

    Here are a couple of photos of my lighting setup for product shoots.
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    Here is the photo that I took with that setup.
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