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James Woodman
Bullet/lipstick camera advice
on Mar 26, 2013 at 10:46:54 am

Hello, everyone. I've never worked with bullet/lipstick cameras before, and would appreciate some advice from anyone who's willing to share.

I need to record a sequence from the point of view of someone walking into a building and interacting with staff at a reception desk. Rather than do it myself with a handheld camera, I'm thinking about using a hidden mini camera so that I can capture a more natural conversation. These are not actors.

Why hidden? There will be another full-size camera filming the action for cutaways and sound, so ideally I don't want the visitor to be wearing a conspicuous head mount. Also, the people involved may be reluctant to strap a camera to their head!

The end product will end up on the web, so I don't need broadcast quality. In an ideal world I want to be able to output at 720p.

Can anyone suggest a) appropriate technology and b) a sensible way of mounting it on a moving person, please?

If any of the cheap cameras (GoPro, LookCie etc.) are suitable then I'd be happy to buy one, or I can hire in something like the Sony HXR-MC1 -- as long as I can figure out what to fix it to!

If you think it's a mistake to try to hide the camera then I can always shoot the cutaways separately, but I'd still value your advice about the choice of PoV camera and the ideal mounting.

Thanks in advance for your advice.

Best wishes,


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