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February 29, 2012 8:06 AM Subscribe
Help me design the best video setup for recording myself drawing/painting.
posted by overeducated_alligator to Media & Arts (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to record some tutorial videos of myself drawing and painting. I usually work at a drafting table, not an easel, so the camera needs to be able to see over my shoulder or top-down.
The videos would be at least an hour long each, consisting of a few long continuous takes edited together. Their final destination is probably going to be the web, but I'd like to keep my options open for making DVDs in the future.
Here's what I have now:
- copy stand with "downshooter" camera screw (you screw it to the tripod mount and it points the camera perpendicular to the work surface)
- GorillaPod tripod, though I've never used it
- Desktop PC with Windows 7
- 2 bright fluorescent lamps on articulated arms for illuminating the work surface
- crappy low-res webcam with no tripod mount, I've just been taping it to things to hold it in place
Here's what I need:
- either a high-resolution webcam or a camcorder, which needs to have a standard 1/4" tripod mount.
- maybe a conventional tripod which would be tall enough to shoot over my shoulder, but that might not be necessary.
- I'd prefer to spend $250 or under. Is this realistic?