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Shaun-UK

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Best option for recording (newbie)
« on: March 15, 2012, 06:31:39 pm »
Hi, I am after something to record myself playing my acoustic (that has no pickups) and singing. Now I can't spend much money and I don't expect to be able to get top quality equipment because of that. I just want a simple device to start out with until I can afford a better camera and a seperate mic. Saying that a £15 webcam won't be good enough ;)

So do I look into buying a Panasonic Lumix type of digi cam that seems to be able to record good videos as well as taking good photos OR a dedicated video recorder? I guess the second option would be better value for money for what I would use it for and if so is there anything I should look for when trying to pick a video camera?

Thanks for any help, I am a newbie at recording and can't afford anything expensive yet. I still have to sweeten the missus up after spending out on a Martin D15M last weekend :)

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Re: Best option for recording (newbie)
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2012, 06:56:18 pm »
The first question would be whether you just want to record your playing/singing or if you want to record videos as well. Also, some idea as to your budget would be helpful - "not much" is a somewhat relative ;)

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Re: Best option for recording (newbie)
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2012, 07:08:43 pm »
Oh good point !

Yeah I want it for recording videos of me playing/singing. As for budget I guess £150 would be good but could stretch to £250-£300 if I get something much better for the money. Afterall I will probably use it for recording family type stuff as well as just music.

Thanks again!

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Re: Best option for recording (newbie)
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2012, 07:20:56 pm »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O-hyBvJxdo&context=C412453bADvjVQa1PpcFOMqHDIOCHXqu-1WDqLjTo8pgLSkgk0DE4=

This was done on a Lumix LX5 and I made no attempt to get the sound or video to look good or sound good. If you take a little time I'm sure you could get a good recording with one of those. The blured areas I did afterwards. I was trying to get rid of some distractions. Also zoomed in after the fact. But the camera was sitting on a hard desk a few feet away with lots of reflections.

It's not ideal and to be honest you could probably get a much less expensive camera and get similar results.

The bottom line is,,, you should arrange things so it sounds good, then fit your self in the frame for the video.

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Re: Best option for recording (newbie)
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2012, 07:24:18 pm »
Video is not my domain, one thing though: many "less pricy" cameras are a bit weak on the sound, esp. when it comes to acoustic guitar (which is rather demanding). You may want to get a camera with a mic jack for an external mic, so you can use a much better mic (now or later). You can even connect a high-level dynamic mic to those with a specal cable (a rather weirdly bridged minijack-to-XLR cable, you can buy those). Okay, shutting up now ;)

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Re: Best option for recording (newbie)
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2012, 08:20:55 am »
half a year ago i bought Toshiba Camileo H30 - small cheap HD cam,
here is footage from that cam -  http://youtu.be/SjkaWtO2UEk
but H30 has very bad mic, so audio i recommend to record at the same time to some special USB audio interface and glue after to the video
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