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Broadcast equipment: what do I need?

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JEA Adviser Institute presentation discusses the basic needs of video equipment to build your broadcast/video program and the major consideration of needs.

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Broadcast equipment: what do I need?

  1. 1. Broadcast Equipment What do I need? @dgoble2001 JEA Adviser Institute #JEAai
  2. 2. Consider Your Needs • What kind of production/publication do you wish to be? • Full broadcast class? • Adding raw video to print stories? • TV Magazine show? • Multimedia short news packages? • Only online distribution? • Closed Circuit or Cable Access TV? • Longer format documentaries or film?
  3. 3. Minimum needs • Camera • Microphone • Tripod • Media to record (tape vs. SD card) • Headphones
  4. 4. Budget • Where is the money coming from? • How will you budget? • Can you beg & borrow from multiple departments to pay for equipment? • Student to equipment ratio? Quantity vs. quality • Revenue sources • Professional equipment is expensive....you also don’t need it.
  5. 5. Budget • Revenue sources – Booster associations – Foundation grants – Fundraising – Department funds – Advertising • Show value over time to receive administrative support. • If you ONLY cover controversy, it will be very hard to get approval for funds.
  6. 6. Cameras • Canon • Panasonic • DSLR • iPhone or mobile devices
  7. 7. Essentials for Video Cameras • Headphone Jack • Audio Inputs • Sound Control • Manual Focus • Manual Iris • White Balance • 3 CCDs (3 chips = higher quality recording)
  8. 8. Mics • Handheld – Radio Shack $50 • Wireless Lavalier $600+ • Boom $170+ & pole $200 • No mic = get close!
  9. 9. Tripods • Libec at B & H photo $160 • Pearstone $70
  10. 10. Media & Headphones • SD Card – Class 10, 8GB or more • Headphones – use ear buds
  11. 11. Features • Once you have an idea of what you’ll be doing with your camcorder, you should be able narrow down the features that you’ll need. • Features to Look for in a Consumer Camcorder • Features to Look for in a Professional Camcorder • Already have a DSLR that shoots video? • Already have an iPhone, iPad or mobile device?
  12. 12. Recording Medium • Format – High definition or standard definition, that is the question. – HD camera prices coming way down! – Hard Drive cams – SD cards – Tapes? • More About Mini DV Camcorders • More About DVD Camcorders • More About Hard Disk Camcorders
  13. 13. Accessories • What comes included with your camcorder • How much do additional accessories cost • Consider cost of these when factoring the price of a camcorder. : – batteries – microphones – tripods – cables – memory cards – headphones – editing software
  14. 14. Do Your Research • Once you've narrowed down your camcorder choices, read some reviews to find out more information about the models you're thinking about purchasing. • These reviews might point out information you haven't considered, or reinforce your purchase decision. • Try It Out (if you can)
  15. 15. More Helpful Links • B & H Photo, Video & ProAudio • More About Mini DV Camcorders • More About DVD Camcorders • More About Hard Disk Camcorders • Must-Have Camcorder Accessories • Free Video Editing Software • Camcorder Microphone Buying Guide • Camcorder Review: Panasonic PV-GS180 • More Camcorder Reviews • Video Project Ideas • Video Sharing Web Sites • Learn About Video Blogging
  16. 16. Don Goble Ladue Horton Watkins High School St. Louis, MO dgoble@ladueschools.net @dgoble2001 JEA Adviser Institute 2013 Q & A

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