Getting funding, need help picking out equipment

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by budha, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. budha macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    Hey everyone,

    Before I get started, I know a lot of people will say do a search, so if you know of any good threads that cover this already, I would love the link.

    My boss and I are putting together a list of equipment we want to buy to show a donor exactly what he is putting money into.

    We already have an XH A1 Camera, a wireless lav, and a hand held mic.

    We want to start doing documentary/reality based video shoots.

    I was thinking that we will need the following items (keep in mind we are on a budget of sorts, so any medium level equipment will work nicely too...we aren't making feature length films):

    1. A light kit

    2. A boom/shotgun mic

    3. A good set of headphones

    4. A receiver that can have multiple mic inputs for multiperson panel shoots

    5. Possibly a secondary camera (possibly an HV30?)

    6. A steadicam (I was thinking possibly a pilot)

    If you guys have any suggestions on products/prices, that would be most helpful. I really appreciate everyone's help.
  2. 2jaded2care macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    Maybe you should do a search... ;)

    For starters, if I understand correctly and you plan to shoot interviews, I think before you buy a light kit, you should spend $40 on a DVD called "How to Setup, Light and Shoot Great Looking Interviews":

    It details how to get together a basic light kit for that purpose for around $1500... A lot of people will advise against buying a pre-packaged "kit".

    As far as a Steadicam, do you have experience using one? Do you think you'd use one that often? Might be better to take a class first, and rent one when needed. There's a reason there are people who make a living as a Steadicam operator.

    You'll definitely need a second camera.

    My 2¢.
  3. KeithPratt macrumors 6502a

    Mar 6, 2007
    There are a lot of options and combinations, so a budget and a more detailed idea of what your shoots will entail would get you far more accurate recommendations.

    Do you have a decent tripod? That should obviously come before a Steadicam.

    For good value shotguns, look at the Rode NTG1/2/3. For headphones, a pair of Sennheiser HD25s will take a lot of kicking and dropping.

    For interview lighting, Lowel are pretty popular. A fresnel, a soft box, a lower-wattage kicker, and some reflectors, flags and silks would make a good basic kit. And budget for stuff like C-stands and Magic Arms.

    If you need to mic up several people at once, you'll need a mixer with as many inputs. These are not cheap. If you don't have a second camera you'll need one that can record as well.
  4. budha thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2008
    We have a crappy that would definitely be on the list. I was thinking about getting a spiderbrace rather than a steadicam for now.

    What would be a decent/budget friendly WIRED lav? I would need 2-3 for multiple person interviews.

    Ideally we want a nice light kit that we can do 3 point lighting with for interviews. Eventually we may want two for multiperson interviews.

    The budget is in teh 5k-7500 range right now.

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