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What is up, my Spillios? I was hoping you guys could help me out with something.
I'm currently in pre-production on my own series of online review shows and am almost finished writing enough to start filming. The only problem is I don't have a camcorder to record it (kind of important). I have been searching for responses from the various producers of Channel Awesome (thatguywiththeglasses.com), since I'm sure the question has been brought up before, but have yet to find anything helpful.
The question is what camcorder should I buy for the shows? Should I start off with Standard Definition or High Definition? Should I buy it off Amazon or Ebay for less or go and buy it in person so that I can see it and handle it before buying it? Should I stick with the camcorder's microphone, dub the audio or buy an extra microphone along with the camera? And if I should get an extra mic, do I get a shotgun mic, lapel mic, other?
(X_X) Yeesh, production is complicated. If anyone is wondering, I have a basic MacBook 13 inch and was planning on just using the iLife programs for editing. I have been mainly considering a Flip HD camcorder and want to try and keep it under $200 for right now just to see if the whole thing even makes any money. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Standard def, if people like your show they'll stay even if it's SD and then you'll also get criticism just in case people don't like that it's not in HD. The Amazon and Ebay thing is up to you! shotgun mic for recording video, for dubbing extra mic or a headset(Decent quality like 3.5 or above out of 5 stars in best buy/frys/anywhere beside Radioshack)
Don't really worry about high quality stuff because if you look at some of the early Snob, Lupa and AT4W stuff it's very low quality SD stuff however make sure they can always clearly hear you even if you're raging out, but as they got more popular and were offered a part of the TGWTG pie quality and care went up dramatically. Don't try and be Angry Joe off the bat unless you got people dedicated to the cause of editing stuff. Oh and if you can, when you dub your audio have it running through head phones (ear buds work just as well as ear muffs head phones) so you can hear it back, and make sure to sync levels of both dub audio to you being recorded on video.