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Topic # 150396 21-Jul-2014 12:46
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I was wondering if anyone knows a place in Auckland that hires video cameras?

Reason being is I play in a covers band and we would like to take some footage of us playing live and edit it so we can upload it to youtube and put it on the bands website.

Ideally if we could get someone to film it for us and edit it into a nice little package that would be great, but our budget is pretty limited and if the camera is on a tri-pod then my wife could look after it.

if anyone knows where we can hire a video camera from or someone who can do the filming for us that would be great!

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  Reply # 1110936 19-Aug-2014 00:47
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Would you be planning on doing it more than a couple of times? I reckon most hiring options are way to pricey as an option for you. Not when you can pick up a Panasonic GH1 or Sony NEX-5N for next to nothing instead. Then you get to keep it, learn all its ins and outs, and use it as much as you like.

Where do you play? If you play at bars in the central Auckland region I could offer to work out a time when I could do it for you for just the same price as it would cost for you to hire the gear instead. Here is a video I filmed of another band just a couple of weeks ago.

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  Reply # 1111063 19-Aug-2014 09:08
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thanks - our drummer bought a small 'go pro'? camera and we've tried it at a couple of gigs... just set it up on a mic stand and it works fine

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  Reply # 1111167 19-Aug-2014 11:10
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Oh... a GoPro! Ha, well if you're happy with that then even using your cellphones could work if you lock it off so the shot is steady.

This for instance, costs just 5 bucks and makes using a cellphone much more usable than only handholding it:

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  Reply # 1126213 11-Sep-2014 01:19
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OnceBitten, how did you go? What did you get :-)

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  Reply # 1126229 11-Sep-2014 07:54
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just remember to get a camera that supports an external microphone as most onboard mic's are not very good and wont handle the mass volume / racket of a live band recording. 

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  Reply # 1126262 11-Sep-2014 08:40
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Yes - the camera the drummer bought has 2 small mics that lift up from the camera.
We've taken several clips from various gigs over the last 6 weeks and the audio is great.
We put the camera on a mic stand to do the filming and have been quite impressed with the results

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