April 21, 2015 at 8:16AM
Best camera for recording live performances
Looking to help some friends out who work with a traveling dance competition. They are looking to upgrade from their sony hvr-z1u. Their workflow is pretty specific, they record to tape on the camera as a backup, and record to cf card with an external recorder in order to pull from the card and be able to print dvd clips of each dance performance on the spot for parents wishing to buy a copy of their children's performance. They also run two audio lines out, one to an external audio mixer, sorry I'm not sure exactly which mixer they use, and they also run to their house audio setup. I just know it's all ran through XLR cables. They also run hdmi out from the camera to a splitter that goes to a monitor for the camera operator and then to backstage to as a preview monitor. Their budget is around $4,000 and are willing to spend a little more for a good setup. Any one know of a camera that can run with this workflow and also if their are no solutions for recording to tape, what would you recommend for an alternative way for them to have backups of everything they record? Please note they record ALOT of dances in one weekend of work. I used to run camera for them and we would go through sometimes 80-100 mini dv 1-hour tapes in one weekend.
Any help you guys could offer would be appreciated.