Ugh n00b problems never end
so a friend of mine has been on pbs and hgtv, she makes homemade soap, teaches other people how to make it at workshops, etc.
i'm going to try to make a short video w her similar to her spot on hgtv:
they had two cameras and two cameramen running on that one. one did the face/body shots and the other did all the close ups of the soap making action, so she was able to improvise and do her thing in a natural, fluid manner without breaking for a bunch of retakes. (notice how her monologue continues across cuts, it works really well and keeps things flowing in the viewers mind, mine anyway).
my first challenge is how to do that with just one camera? have her complete her sentences on camera, then shoot the close ups of the action after she's done talking and edit it all around later? what's the typical sequence of events while you're shooting something like this?
also, sound quality is important to me. i've got a canon zr900 which has a single mic input (and a pair of builtin stereo mics too). there's a place close by that will rent me a higher end shotgun condenser mic for $30/day but i can't figure out how to get the sound into my camera. i definitely want to use a nice condenser mic so i dont get any hum/noise from long runs of unbalanced cables, but all the mixers and mic preamps i've looked at that provide the necessary phantom power only output line level signals and my camera only has a mic level input.
my next "brilliant" idea was to use something like a behringer 802 mixer for phantom power and just record the main mix out into my laptop with audacity (and sync the video and separate audio tracks in post) but then i realize my laptop doesn't have a frickin line in!!! only mic in and headphone out. grrrrr!
so... now the only thing i can think of would be to get a usb/firewire sound adapter that has xlr inputs and phantom power, but those things are expensive too, $150-500 US.
Super Cheap - Canon ZR900, Aiptek A-HD, Premiere Pro CS4, Avidemux, VirtualDub, Audacity, GIMP