The school where I work has, until now, been lucky enough to borrow professional equipment with which to film our two school plays a year. We now have to go it alone. we are looking to buy two good camcorders and two solid tripods. Editing will be done on a staff member's computer: nice and powerful; good software.
The camcorders must be able to record up to two hours of performance (32 gig sd card?); be able to have sufficient HD quality filming from the back of the hall (25 - 30 meters) and with some dim scenes (lit with proper lights, but night time scenes etc). Our plan would be to insert to the audio plug a feed from our sound desk and not rely on the in-built microphone. Ideally they would be roughly £200ish each but could go to £300 each.
The tripods should be heavy and solid to be operated by 13 year old children. sub £100.
Any suggestions you have regarding this kit would be greatly appreciated. Simply surfing Amazon and Currys leaves me quite bewildered! Also, any advice as to the feasibility of an audio input such as this (a mix of many condensor and radio mics) would be useful.
Many thanks in advance!