A couple of Advanced Integrated Reporting students are using our prototype “Go Bag” video camera kit to record interviews in the field.
Compact and (relatively) inexpensive, our prototype kit includes the following:
Canon Vixia G10
Even though it’s technically a “Consumer” video camera, the G10 has several manual features (white balance, aperture, an actual focus ring, etc.) that let users go beyond the typical entry-level “Auto” approach to everything. Plus, the ability to shoot in true 24p means your videos can have the “film look” without appearing processed by gimmicky effects.
Canon WM-V1 Wireless Microphone
Yes, these mics are somewhat bulky. However, they do sound great. If you remember the old 1/8” RF wireless systems that used to be available at this price point, you’ll happily overlook the size of these Bluetooth beauties.
Pearson OLM Lavalier Microphone
Okay. So you don’t want to use the Canon Bluetooth mic during your sit-down interview. That’s fine. We get it. That’s why we’re including this wired lavalier mic. The mic goes on your interview subject’s lapel. The plug goes into the mic port on the camera. The wire basically just lies on the ground.
One other important thing: if your interview subject walks out the door with this mic on, it’s probably not going to be good for the camera.
Shure SM58 Microphone
If you Google, “SM58” and “albums,” you can read up on all of the multimillion dollar recording studios using this inexpensive workhorse to track lead vocals. Apparently, some pop stars don’t sound so hot when they’re singing into a mic that costs about as much as a BMW.
So, if this mic is works as a handheld solution for Bono, it should work as a handheld solution for your interviews.
Bescor LED-70 Dimmable 70W Video & DSLR Light
A light kit the size of a vintage steamer trunk would probably a little bit overkill for this compact approach to video. This LED light seems to be doing the trick, though.
Sunpak Video Pro-M3 Tripod With Fluid Head
Yes, it is quite the tripod, but can you really have too much of a good thing?
Canon Gadget Bag 2400
A bag is a bag is a bag. That is, unless it’s this bag. This bag comes stocked with headphones, extra batteries, filters for the LED light and a couple of 32 gig SD cards.
Of course, the camera’s in there too—waiting for somebody to take it out and start filming something new.