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Luke ShawNew Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 1, 2016 at 2:49:08 pm

Hey,

So I have been hired as a Video Producer fresh out a college at a corporation that really wants to revamp their video department and bring it into the 21st century. I am pretty much a one man team and was asked to overview all of their equipment and make a compiled list of all the upgrades they need. For reference this gear will be used for company interviews, corporate training videos, web based content, voice-overs, travel to different sites and various other requirements on a need by need basis. Due to this I have tried to create a list of equipment that allows of for a lot of wiggle room in what we can do. In terms of budget everything listed is kinda at the point of what we want to spend for each category. I would love to hear the communities thoughts and feedback on my list. I have done a decent amount of research on everything on this list but am still new and due to this I have not had access to the higher end equipment and would therefor love to hear what people who have worked with this gear have to say. Also I know there are a lot of things that can be added to this list and we do have some lighting equipment already. This is a kind of bare bones essentials list to get us started out but with that in mind if there is anything that could be added let me know.

Camera -


**Panasonic AG-DVX200** $4,195.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1142844-REG/panasonic_ag_dvx200_4k_in...


Misc. Equipment -


**Sachtler 0475 FSB-6 Carbon-Fiber Tripod System** $1,962.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/498211-REG/Sachtler_0475_0475_FSB_6_C...

**Pelican 1610 Case** $199.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/200016-REG/Pelican_1610_020_110_1610_...

**Impact Turtle Base C-Stand Kit** $143.95

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/850444-REG/Impact_ls_ct40mbk_Turtle_B...

**ATS RAM Cradle 2** $74.95

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/329191-REG/ATS_Ram_BPC_BOOMPOLE_CRADL...

**Lens** $15.95

http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-AG-DVX200-Camcorder-Multi-Coated-Fluorescen...


Electronics -


**Zoom H6** $399.99

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=967366&gclid=CJTroM_...

**Rode NTG-3 Location Sound Booming kit** $1,049.95

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Q2M65W/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=...

**Audio-Technica AT2035 Bundle** $149.00

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica-AT2035-Diaphragm-Condenser-Microphone/...

**SL-VBD96 7.2V Li-Ion Battery** $143.00

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=&sku=1203126&gclid=COrX08...

**2X Lexar 128GB Professional** $129.98

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1090740-REG/lexar_lsd128crbna1000_pro...

**Sony MDR7506 Professional Large Diaphragm Headphone** $79.99

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR7506-Professional-Diaphragm-Headphone/dp/B000...


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Mark SuszkoRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 1, 2016 at 5:53:58 pm

If this is a "shopping list", where's the lav mics and where is the lighting gear?

Do you have a prompter? Do you have green screen gear?

What is the editing setup and the archival storage drive setup?


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Luke ShawRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 1, 2016 at 6:18:18 pm

We already have Lav Mics and lighting gear. The lighting still needs to have some upgrades but we have enough as of now to really make this list a priority and be able to put that on the back burner until we get rolling. We also have access to green screen equipment and people who can fill in as a prompter on a need by need basis. In regards to the editing equipment I am pretty well versed in the software and demands the computer needs to meet and will be working on that list of upgrades for my company after all the gear gets sorted out. I am taking a compartmentalized approach to this upgraded segments at a time just to keep this organized.


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Mark SuszkoRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 1, 2016 at 9:18:17 pm

You may want to take a more holistic view of the editing platform and cameras as a system, together.


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Eric BuistRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 3, 2016 at 9:51:18 pm

Some credentials before we start: I am a one-man-band video producer at a rather large company (72,000 employees across the US). I have also been one-manning as a freelancer for almost 10 years now.

I only see a couple of places that you are either spending too much or might want to re-think your purchase. Personally, I have been extremely happy with the Satchler Ace tripod. The head is great and the sticks are ok, but there are a TON of tripod options that are just as good at half the price of the one you selected. Seriously, you should not be spending almost $2,000 on a tripod. I would take that savings, get a second c-stand and a cart to help with moving equipment around.

For the boom cradle, look into something much simpler... http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/885688-REG/Auray_BPH_BOOM_POLE.html plus an extra grip head (which has so many uses it stupid not to have more) is the same amount, but much more practical and more industry standard.

Why are you getting the Zoom H6? How many channels are you planning on recording (and this isn't DSLR land, you can run a cable into the camera...). If it is just for VO, save the money, get something that only has 2 channels and maybe a nice little preamp to make sure you have a hot signal coming in.

If you are going to be a one-man show, does it make sense to have a boom pole? If you are shooting the majority of your content indoors, do you need a blimp? Is the NTG 3 a good mic for doing interviews? I'm going to suggest something like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/242661-REG/Audix_SCX1_HC_SCX1_HC_Micr... for a mic, throw it on a stand like this: http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/770263-REG/On_Stage_56985_MS9701TB_He... and call it good.

With a little budget savings, I would suggest you add things that either save you time (faster external hard drives, faster computer, faster card reader), make your life easier (like a cart), or add production value (slider, additional lights).

Have fun with it and let us know what you decide!


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Luke ShawRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 3, 2016 at 10:02:38 pm

Thank you fro the time you took in giving me your feedback. I have made some tweaks to this list after posting on various forums and did decide to go with the Ace tripod for almost half the cost. Interestingly enough the cradle you recommend is the exact one someone else did too so i will be going with that as well. The main reason for the zoom h6 was to use as a audio interface now, with the ability to have more uses for it in the future if we did more field recordings with multiple mics of if we just needed an on the go voice over where we didn't want to being all of our other equipment. I added a NT-3 to the list so we can have an indoor option but we do plan on having some outdoor scenes so we will probably need the boom pole and NTG-3 for those situations and I have access to help for booming when those situations arrive. My boss expressed strong interest in having enough equipment to allow for a very versatile workflow if we expand further. Thank you again though for all the time you put into that reply, I get off work now but will delve further into researching everything you said tomorrow. Have a great night!


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Eric BuistRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Mar 3, 2016 at 10:12:07 pm

No worries! Happy to help!

I'm going to say it once more, for emphasis: Get a cart to move equipment. The less heavy lifting you have to do, the sharper you stay during your shoots. A good cart has been the best piece of equipment I have ever purchased. Period. Not my cameras, not my lenses, not my lights, not my computers, ect. It is my cart.


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grinner hesterRe: New Video and Audio Studio Set-up, Looking for Thoughts and Feedback
by on Apr 9, 2016 at 7:05:00 pm

Any company that puts a student in charge of building their department is not a company that plans to be in business long. Go through the motions but pay close attention and ensure they owe you nothing week to week.



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