2-camera shoot-HELP!

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Joined: Aug 19 2001

I have a guerilla video very low budget shoot of a business conference that will last for 8 hours that I have to shoot with two cameras. I want to keep it very simple and cheap. I have one Vx1000. I would like to do a good job on this because of other work I could get from this company even though I may not make anything on this. Could someone who has done this sucessfully please tell me what low end 2nd cameras(cannon zr10?) , video mixer,(mx-1?) audio mixer, cables, moniters, lights and audio gear (mostly talking heads and two person demos) you have used that got the job done with rock solid reliability but didnt cost a fortune.

also, In this case Is it simpler to shoot it live and dissolve the two cameras or to shoot it with both cameras unswitched and edit it in or Imovie later.?

Please include the estimated cost of the gear and where I might get it used or new.

all helpful feedback welcome...



StevenBagley at Uni
Joined: Oct 31 2000

Iso-record the cameras and switch them later, that way you won't miss vital shots by recording the other camera (as an example, a wedding I shot had the Best man drop the rings whilst I was zoomed in on the groom giving his vows, fortunately the shot was caught on the other camera -- if I'd been cutting live I'd have missed it)

The other thing is, scrounge as many cams as you can. 3 or 4 will allow you to do a much better job than 2.

But the vital thing is to make sure you have a wide shot from the back of the hall to fall back on if you can't cut from your other cams.

See you earlier,


George Markie
Joined: Jun 6 2001

One thing to watch out for is the colour balance of the cameras. I did a three camera shoot recently using a Canon XM1 a Panasonic DX110 and a Panasonic DV150 and the difference between the three was quite startling

Joined: Mar 31 1999

>I did a three camera shoot recently using a Canon XM1 a Panasonic DX110 and a Panasonic DV150 and the difference between the three was quite startling<

Sounds like you might be buying a DV Storm soon to get simultanious colour correction for two cameras in real time :)

Ray Liffen

chris thomas
Joined: Apr 23 1999

But can anyone answer James' other questions (ones that I'd like to see answered too!)?

I'm interested in finding out about some cheap equipment to do multi camera shoots, and live visual mixing. Which cameras can be genlocked (is that the right terminology?), where can I get a 3 to 5 camera video mixing desk? is there anything else I'd need to know about?

Chris Thomas. [email=chris@cptv.co.uk]chris@cptv.co.uk[/email]
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Chris Thomas. http://cptv.co.uk - over 30 minutes of streaming video to bore yourself with!

Joined: Mar 31 1999

CV readers who can remember back to the Feb99 issue will have seen an article about my multi-camera setup using remote control of pan, tilt and zoom. On the occasions when I need to do a live mix using these cameras, I use a Panasonic AVE7 which has three video inputs. Two of these inputs have frame stores so they will synchronise to the third, thus giving three cameras in sync.

If the job is purely recording then I record all the cameras separately and edit them using Premiere.

I am giving a talk about my multicamera setup to the Borehamwood Video Camera Club on October 15th - more details nearer the day.

Ray Liffen