Hi, I'm new to this forum, and to the subject in general, so I'm likely to be asking some incredibly stupid questions. Please bear with me. I know I should do lots of research myself, but I need to sort out some equipment asap for work. I hope you won't mind me asking away.
Iím looking for some advice. Ok, a lot of advice.
I have no background in video work, Iím a publisher, but a number of my clients have asked if I can produce short videos (30 minute average) of presentations given by doctors. Iíve decided to have a go at doing this myself as itís something I find interesting. Below Iíve listed the probable scenarios in which Iíd be filming and I very much appreciate some input as to what equipment Iíd need, without breaking the bankÖthe lowest cost would be nice, very nice.
Venues: Almost all in doctorsí offices and small conference rooms, where thereíll be either good natural light, or none at all. There might rarely be a need to film in a big conference hall, but if this means having to compromise too much on which camera then Iíll cross that bridge when I come to it.
Camera: I really donít want to break the bank, but I want good enough quality for making DVDs and web based content. Good auto options would be preferable. A lens that can work in small rooms without distorting the image would be required and something that works well in low light.
Sound equipment: As Iíll be filming in noisy hospitals Iím assuming a lapel mic would be best, am I right? But if not then what? If so, wireless or with cable? Is it better to record directly into the camera or otherwise?
Tripod: Iíve got a pretty good Redsnapper tripod for use with my Nikon D90, itís fairly heavy and solid, but would I need something more sturdy?
Lighting: Iíd prefer to avoid this altogether, but can I bearing in mind the possibility of zero natural light in some venues? I imagine not, so whatís the bare minimum I can get away with?
Laptop: I do have one, yes, but its oldÖoh so very old. What would be good specs for a replacement without having to do post-production at a searing pace? Oh, Windows, not Apple. Do people work on 15.6Ē screens, is it much better to go larger? Intel, nVidia or ARM? Graphics cards?
Sorry, I really am very new to all this, but I want to give it a crack.
Just to add. I have a Nikon D90, what kind of quality am I likely to get filming presentations, what are the limitations?