Ok guys, I've been approached by a start up sports company to film their event and produce combine like footage for the attendees. This all came at me pretty quick and honestly I'm a bit lost in where to start. So i've turned to the creative cow gods for a bit of help. I need a way to record 12 seperate feeds. I know the concept, i need cameras with hd-sdi output, a server or servers to record the raw footage to. But as far as what cameras, what cards (i'm thining a few matrox vs4s?) and what software to record it all, i'm lost!
Any advice/help/expertise/experience is MUCH appreciated!
How I would approach this is to record ISO (isolated) in each camera as back-ups, feed them all to a switcher, and live-switch to a recorder or archive drive. Incredible time-saver, if time = money.
IMO if this is a one-off event, your best bet would be to rent a "fly-away package", where all this gear, camera, switchers, etc. has already been integrated for you, in portable containers. If you don't have the skills to live-switch, be the Producer instead and hire a good live shot director and/or TD.
A twelve-cam job is also in the realm of using actual production trucks.
If you are doing this on a shoestring budget, then you're faking the live switch with a multicam edit in post.
Ditto to what Mark said. We have a production trailer with Newtek instant replay system. When we use it for corporate events and want ISO records, we simply use the Newtek. Gives me 4 cameras recorded for several hours. Newtek and EVS are the market leaders in this technology. It is not cheap!