Since I’ve started recording the gigs for Spark, I wanted to put video to the audio I’ve recorded. This started out with just filming it on my iPhone and it came out ok, if not a little bit restricted.
I then moved onto using my fujifilm bridge camera to get a better shot, unfortunately, this bought to attention a few problems, firstly, the amount of space the video’s took up. I managed to fill the card up with just the first three acts (they were fairly short sets) which meant I couldn’t film the headliner. Secondly, the focus, it was struggling to focus on the singer in the video and was hunting randomly throughout. And thirdly, it is limited to 30 minutes of video per clip, and as bands have a habit of going past their set times, it will usually cut their last song in half.
I then looked into using a DSLR to film the videos as I like the shooting style of them and the ability to control the focus and the various controls within the camera. Unfortunately, there is still the problem of restricted filming time.
I have been doing some research into how to get longer recording times, there seems to be two ways of going about it. Hacking the camera to record for longer than the set time, or buying an external HDMI recorder. I have looked into the HDMI recorders and I have come across the Atomos Ninja 2, it solves the problem of restricted recording and has a load of other features which could be helpful. But, it is the price, once I’ve forked out for a new DSLR, to purchase the Ninja would be the price of the camera again (around £500), I cannot stretch to that amount of money.
I’ve no idea what to do, should i purchase the DSLR and learn to stop and start the recording at the right points to capture the entire set, or just bite the bullet and go for the Atomos.
Tantrum playing a cover of Coldplay’s ‘Yellow’ at Spark Entertainments December 2013 gig. It is recorded and mixed by myself.