I know there’s a number of filmmakers around here, so I hope this is close enough to be relevant. Currently evaluating the feasibility of a weekly DVD production. Fast, cheap, & easy turn-round are the bigger factors than flexibility, editing and quality (though a minimum reasonable quality, of course)
Can anybody speak as to how something like a hi-8 analog camcorder & a decent but non-pro digitizer would compare to a cheaper digital camcorder? Hoping for at least as good as a good VHS - I’ve seen normal 8mm video and that’s not worth it! It’s for a weekly church service, low volume, so cheap & fast is important. Not likely HD, too rare & expensive at this point. Hoping to minimize the extra equipment as well, due to limited amount of space and the extra costs, just plunk the camera on a tripod about a foot above the (flat) floor about 100 feet from the platform and hit record. There’s only a couple of fixed flood lights on the platform, not theatrical lighting either. Sounds bad for video, doesn’t it.
Plan could include running a volume leveller on the sound (so probably have to add sound & sync to video), maybe a lighting adjustment to the video if absolutely necessary (unfortunately existing lighting is limited). Then just drop in an intro and the synced video into a prepared template with a few standard clips, and burn. Hopefully.
Ideal would be to have a copy available within 20 minutes, as there are occasionally visitors who could not return the following week (and also reduce the strain on editors time!). That would mean about 15 minutes to pull the final master together (including any filters & sync). I’m not sure what optimizing & setup would be needed, bearing in mind the lower expectation of quality editing.
I don’t think complicated editing software would be needed for a single take, just Windows Moviemaker or nero’s editor, maybe something like VirtuaDub if we need to run filters on it. Any burner software, like we would get with the computer, e.g.nero express, should be able to put the clips togther in a standard DVD right? (I don’t have a camera myself and so haven’t actually made any videos).
It could be piped directly into a digitizer box of some kind and read the sound from the mixer so that it wouldn’t need to digitize later. ($~100-200 Hauppage or Plextor say, not $1000+) However, I’m not sure if the onboard digitizer on a digital camera would be a better choise, and then download with Firewire, although that would take some time, it might be faster than running a filter on the video to clean it up.
(Sound is currently being done already, but getting a new computer because the current one is pretty old, hoping an E6600 will be fast enough to do video AND sound. Not crazy enough to record sound, record video AND run the projector on the same machine though.)
One guy is going to try his Hi-8 camera and then record with his HP multimedia PC, mostly to show how bad that would be. I suspect the Hauppage would be about the same quality as the bultin one. Shop said the CDN$200 Plextor digitizer he stocks is a good pro-sumer one.
Of course, Blender would be required, for… er… I know! Generating the credits, compositing them over an establishing shot, and… the 3d walk-through of the building!
Anybody have an experience with something similar?