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    Default Advice please regarding best setup for new elearning idea

    Hi,

    I am quite tech savvy (geeky) but have no experience when it comes to recording and editing video. I am planning to put together an elearning site and would really welcome some advice on hardware and software.

    The videos will be an hour long and be a combination of people speaking to camera, powerpoint presentations (animated and annotated within the video not as clickable standalone presentations) and domeonstrations of Excel (again within the video).

    Each video will be around an hour long and I think I'll eventually have around 100.

    I would like a recommended shopping list for:

    1) Camera to use to film the people plus other equipment such as microphone, tripod and things I'm not thinking of
    2) Hardware to use to edit the sessions. Including computer and screen(s)
    3) Editing software that's relatively easy to pick up but can still bring together and sync all of the elements and superimpose a site logo
    4) good software that can capture the powerpoint and excel parts as a video file (I've looked at a few of these already so this isn't as important to me as the first three)

    I want to buy equipment that will do the job effectively and quickly, particularly when it comes to the editing but I don't want to pay for something massively advanced with a lot of features I'll never use.

    My budget is around £5,000, I would love to get set up for less and will try and go higher if you come back and say I'll get nothing for that price.

    I appreciate this is a big request, I've searched through the forum and can't find anything recent that can help me.

    Many thanks

    Rob

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobslay View Post
    1) Camera to use to film the people plus other equipment such as microphone, tripod and things I'm not thinking of
    Sony CX900. A nice big 1" sensor which will help out in lower light situations. Or the AX100 is the same but with 4K.
    This camera does not have XLR connections so you'll either need to record separately or add something like a Beachtek box into your budget (using balanced audio is advisable as it greatly reduces interference from other equipment etc)

    Unless you need to move the camera when filming (ie pan/tilt) you don't need to spend much there. A Velbon D7000 will do the trick.

    Microphone. I'd be inclined to invest in a good lavalier (tie clip) unless you have very good reasons not to. Wireless will add a few hundred to the cost and wired is always more reliable, but that rather depends on your needs.

    You need to consider the environment you'll be filming in - background, lighting etc. You might consider green screen so you can appear in front of your presentations and/or other backgrounds. This can take a bit of setting up, but assuming you will always be using the same location, subsequent times will be much quicker. It always helps to separate your subject from the background and lights are a very good way to add depth and separation to your images.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobslay View Post
    2) Hardware to use to edit the sessions. Including computer and screen(s)
    Expect to pay in the region of £1200-£1500 for a decent PC, and get yourself a pair of 22"-24" Monitors. If you're very fussy you can spend £600+ (up to around £2000 I think) on colour accurate screens, but most people will probably be watching on inaccuratly set up screens anyway. It's worth investing in something like the Datacolor Spyder though, so that at least you an ensure you have a consistent colour.
    People like Scan, PC Specialist have off-the shelf NLE (non-linear editing) systems available off the shelf.

    Don't forget some external storage that you can back up onto and take off-site for safe keeping.

    I can't help with Macs though!
    Quote Originally Posted by bobslay View Post
    3) Editing software that's relatively easy to pick up but can still bring together and sync all of the elements and superimpose a site logo
    Most consumer grade software will allow this. Adobe Premiere Elements and Sony Movie Studio are very popular and there's tons of support/tutorials out there for them. And, you can upgrade later to Adobe ...erm whatever their subscription based professional package is called or Sony Vegas Pro without having to learn from scratch, if you find you need/want additional features.

    Quote Originally Posted by bobslay View Post
    4) good software that can capture the powerpoint and excel parts as a video file (I've looked at a few of these already so this isn't as important to me as the first three)
    Camtasia seems to be the obvious choice here.

    Your budget should be OK. I appreciate I've only skimmed the surface here, but I think it's best for others to chip in wit other suggestions and then, as we get to understand more about what you are doing we can come up with a more specific shoppng list.

    BTW If you are likely to be showing one person on screen for more than a few seconds, I'd strongly recommend two or more camera angles. From a time perspective it is much easier to do this with two cameras as you simply sync the two video streams and switch between them whenever you feel like it as the shots always match.
    Tim

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    Thank so much for taking the time to produce such a detailed response. I welcome anyone else chipping in, time to start googling equipment, thanks

    Rob

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    Default Is this PC spec good enough?

    Hi,

    Regarding the spec for my PC I have been given the one below. Do you think this is a good enough setup for use to quickly edit our videos? We are combining one or two camera feeds with screen recording and superimposed logo, possible using green screen.

    Thanks

    Case FRACTAL DEFINE R5 BLACK QUIET MID-TOWER CASE
    Processor (CPU) Intel® Core™i7 Quad Core Processor i7-4790k (4.0GHz) 8MB Cache
    Motherboard ASUS® Z97-A: ATX, USB3.0, SATA 6GB/S, SLi, XFIRE
    Memory (RAM) 16GB KINGSTON HYPER-X FURY DUAL-DDR3 1600MHz (2 x 8GB)
    Graphics Card 4GB NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 970 - 1 DVI, 1 mHDMI, 3 mDP - 3D Vision Ready
    1st Hard Disk 500GB Samsung 840 EVO SSD, SATA 6Gb/s (upto 540MB/sR | 520MB/sW)
    2nd Hard Disk 2TB WD CAVIAR BLACK WD2003FZEX, SATA 6 Gb/s, 64MB CACHE
    (7200rpm)
    1st DVD/BLU-RAY Drive 24x DUAL LAYER DVD WRITER ±R/±RW/RAM
    Power Supply CORSAIR 650W CS SERIES™ MODULAR 80 PLUS® GOLD, ULTRA QUIET
    Processor Cooling Super Quiet 22dBA Triple Copper Heatpipe Intel CPU Cooler
    Sound Card Creative Sound Blaster Z 5.1 PCI-E Soundcard - OEM
    Wireless/Wired Networking 10/100/1000 GIGABIT LAN PORT (Wi-Fi NOT INCLUDED)
    USB Options MIN. 2 x USB 3.0 & 4 x USB 2.0 PORTS @ BACK PANEL + MIN. 2 FRONT
    PORTS
    Power Cable 1 x 1 Metre UK Power Cable (Kettle Lead)
    Operating System Genuine Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit w/SP1 - inc DVD & Licence
    DVD Recovery Media Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) DVD with paper sleeve
    Office Software NO OFFICE SOFTWARE
    Anti-Virus NO ANTI-VIRUS SOFTWARE
    Monitor IIYAMA E2473HS 24" LED WIDESCREEN, 2 HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080
    2nd Monitor IIYAMA E2473HS 24" LED WIDESCREEN, 2 HDMI/DVI-D 1920x1080
    DVI-D, HDMI & Display Port Cables 1 x 2 METRE GOLD PLATED V1.4 MINI-HDMI to HDMI CABLE
    Keyboard & Mouse LOGITECH® K120 USB KEYBOARD
    Mouse ROCCAT™ Lua – Tri-Button Gaming Mouse
    Speakers LOGITECH S120 2.0 BLACK SPEAKER SYSTEM

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    Plenty powerful enough. Exactly the sort of spec I'm currently looking at.
    Tim

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