A friend asked about ideas, and I had none... that were useful. Here's the situation, he wants try to do video content. Not professionally, more hobby and a bit of his regular job making "teaching" videos. Was wondering what to use for a "cheap" trial period.
So I'll break it down to two parts, work and hobby. For work he is reviewing training videos, so was interested in something like a "YouTube Reaction" video, one where he can sink up a video he's watching to a video of him commenting. He will not be the one to redo/modify the training vid he will just be one of the staff watching and giving ideas to the dept. that does. (they actually suggested reaction vids and that got his curiosity up so wants to try and do them "well") For this part... any camera will probably work, including his cell or a built in cam on a laptop. But he'd need some software that can sync the recording to what is playing. He'd also need a stand of some kind to aim it at himself for the recording.
The hobby part is he wants to do some videos of walking tours and "reactions" to footage, so may need quality video, portability, and battery life. Plus some features to improve the stability of the image while moving.
Now as the work part isn't going to be "paid" and the hobby part is just an interest that may grow... he doesn't want to spend a lot to try it out and learn more about it. So his question to me, and mine to you is... suggestions for:
- affordable software that can sync a recording to a playing video
- functional stand/base for a camera (or phone) that provides control of the angle the video is shot in. Again starting cheap until he knows what he likes and if he wants to pursue it.
- Camera suggestions both portable and fixed that could give him practice without large investment.
- general suggestions on tips and tricks to test out.
He can afford to invest some money, but doesn't want to spend hundreds/thousands just to learn if he likes it. I'm sure if the hobby interests him enough he will continue to upgrade bits at a time, and if he somehow starts to get money for the "work" he does he'd also likely continue it and want better gear.
Can any one suggest a "starter kit" type thing for making videos? Both in terms of hardware and software. If you have any training suggestions, i.e. a youtube channel you know that teaches videography styles... feel free to include that too.