Just joined the forum to have a browse on the latest developments in the video world. I'm an established equestrian event photographer and a few years ago I covered a few indoor events with video (originally because of the light levels being too low for good stills). I didn't do too many because of the
editing taking sooo long after the event. Transfer tape to disk (up to 8 hours of it), edit individual competitors (some/most not wanting it), burn each entry to dvd, post to customer etc. etc. too much work for so little profit.
However, I still keep being drawn back to wanting to do video again as an extra service but I really need to know if there is another way to do it? With still photographs, selling them on the day is crucial to getting the sales. I'm thinking it would be the same with video but how could it be done? The only way I've thought so far would be to use one of those cameras that write directly to DVD disk. Take out the disk & sell it to the customer. But, I've only seen this format on low cost consumer cameras so the quality wouldn't be as good and I probably wouldn't get the price to make it worth while.
I've been thinking about being able to record straight to my laptop but not sure if any of the latest software can do this. Alternatively, getting another camera or two and having them in fixed positions and doing a live mix in my van using a mixing desk of some sort (used to have one in my S-VHS days).
I also seen some 'field recorders' which apparently can capture direct to disk but I can't see a way round being able to write the DVD and still capture the next competitor (unless I buy two?).
Any ideas anyone????