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Best camera for a live speaking event/conference

by jamiep0tter / June 15, 2016 1:13 AM PDT

Hey guys,

My boss is hosting a live speaking event/conference that's going to be running from 9-5. The speaking parts are the only bits that need to be filmed, and the longest anyone will be on stage for is 1 hour 45 mins. Basically, he wants the event to be filmed but he wants a big 'professional' looking camera. I'm incredibly new to more professional type cameras and have only ever used DSLRs (Which I would used, but recording stops when the file reaches 4GB and it doesn't look 'big/professional' enough). I was wondering if anyone had any recommendations of the type of camera that I should be using, or possibly a camera that you could recommend I look into? I've done a bit of research and think something with a dual SD card slot is going to be the best, purely for the fact i'm going to need space for a lot of continuous recording.

Any help or any recommendations will be hugely appreciated!

Thanks

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Re: conference
by Kees_B Forum moderator / June 15, 2016 1:25 AM PDT

I'd ask a professional to do this, with his professional equipment both for image and for sound.
Your boss doesn't ask his wife to make the lunch either, I suppose, but uses the professional service of the conference center.

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For one time like this.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 15, 2016 9:12 AM PDT

Call in the pros and you won't be stuck with gear you spent thousands on and more.

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What's your budget?
by boya84 / June 16, 2016 5:34 PM PDT

The last large conference I went to they used 3 cameras like
http://hyperactivebroadcast.com/Equipment-Hire/Broadcast-Cameras/Sony-HD-Camera-Channels/Sony-HDC-1500-HDLA-1500

There were two remote controlled cameras like
http://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-camerasptz/cat-ptzhighdefinition/product-BRCZ700%2FPAC2/

and a couple of shoulder-mount broadcast cams with a camera operator and grip (to manage the cables) team (like you see at pro sports venues).

Everything was cabled to various controllers, switchers and whatnot.

Audio is handled separately. In addition to the recording, the video images were played real-time on a couple of video walls about 12 feet high and 20 feet wide or so... these large panels were made up of much smaller ~8 inch square snap-together LED panels... then there's all the cabling back to the controllers, lighting (trusses, lights, power cabling, dimmer controls, teleprompters, mics, monitors, wireless mics, stands and truckloads of other stuff).

My guess is the rental for the equipment and the staff to run all that ran into $200k pretty easy. They came in the day before the event, set up, ran their show for 2 days (and 5,000 attendees) and were packed and gone by about noon the day after the event ended.

Search using "broadcast camera rental" and see what hits where the conference will be... at the very least, contact the conference venue folks, tell them what you need and let them make recommendations of folks who have been brought in as hired help there before...

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