A ground-up system: looking for advice

Discussion in 'Professional Video Production' started by Robert Brummett, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Back in the pleistocene of Arriflexes and NPRs I had some experience
    with film documentary work, then moved on to stills and multi-screen
    work. Now I find myself with a couple of ideas for must-do documentaries
    and would love to have the wisdom of this group with regard to equipment

    These projects will be mostly 1-man jobs, with only an occasional helper
    available, so I am looking for compact field gear that can come as close
    to "broadcast quality" as I can afford. I'm looking at about $5K for the
    whole kit, if possible.

    So far I am looking at the Sony VX-2000 and the Canon GL2. An add-on
    mike, perhaps a Sennheiser or Nakamichi in a capsule design for
    versatility. Also a wireless mike set-up.

    I already have a set of Lowel lights.

    Also maybe a tape recommendation, since I understand you should stick
    with one brand/type.

    I know I'm treading on thin ice with a $5K budget, but I hope it can be
    done and would sure like to hear what folks here say about the gear I
    have mentioned.

    Many thanks!
    Robert Brummett, Aug 24, 2003
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  2. Robert Brummett

    Ron Charles Guest

    I do lots of high end doc work, and I would strongly suggest springing for
    another $1250 extra and going for a Panasonic AGDVX100 with a Sennheiser
    K6/ME66, Shotgun and a Sony UWPc1 or Sennehiser Evolution 100 series
    IMHO this is a much better and more robust choice for feild doc shotting
    than either the Gl2 or VX200, and has many added pro features such as 24p,
    real line in audio that totally bypasses the mic pres, good quality phantom
    powered XLR mic preamps, and new reasonably priced add-on wide angle and
    anaporphic converters.
    Ron Charles, Aug 24, 2003
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