My recording equipment

October 4, 2010
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In an effort to be more transparent and to help those who would like to record their own events I’ve listed out the equipment that I use below.

Gear

Recording

For each track I’m going to record I have the following equipment (there are two variants):

  • Sony HDR-CX550V Camcorder (64GB Internal Memory)
  • Sony HDR-XR150 Camcorder (120GB HDD)
  • Sony AVCT-60 Tripod with Camera Control (x2)
  • Zoom H4N Audio Recorder with 32GB Ultra SD Card
  • Mini Tripod for Zoom Recorder
  • Powered VGA Splitter
  • VGA to HDMI converter with Audio Input
  • Lot’s of misc cables, power cables, power supplies, etc…
  • Pelican 1620 Carrying Case

Variant A – Laptop

  • Matrox MX02 Mini Capture device (34mm PC Express Connector)
  • DELL Studio 14z Laptop
  • 1TB External USB 2.0 HDD

Variant B – Desktop PC

  • Black Magic Intensity Pro HDMI Capture Card
  • PC (Core 2 Duo 2.0ghz with 2GB of RAM, 1x750GB HDD, 2x1TB HDD)
  • Flat Screen Monitor, Keyboard Mouse
  • A Second Pelican 1620 Carrying case
  • 100GB Boot Drive (2xRemovable Drive Trays with 1TB Drive in each)

Post Production Gear

Hardware

  • PC (Intel Core 2 Quad CPU Q6600  @ 2.40GHz)
  • 8GB DDR2 RAM
  • NVidia GTX-480 Video Card with 1.5GB RAM
  • 1 x 750GB Internal System HDD
  • 2 x 1TB Internal HDD
  • 2 x 1TB External HDD
  • 1 x Netgear ReadyPro NAS (4TB capacity)
  • 1 x Drobo FS (6TB Capacity)
  • Shuttle Pro v2
  • MS-4000 Ergo Keyboard
  • MS Intelli-Mouse
  • iPhone 3g (testing)

Software

  • Windows 7 – 64 Bit
  • Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4
  • Console 2
  • Putty
  • Virtual Dub
  • Audacity
  • Media Player Classic
  • IE 8, Firefox, Google Chrome
  • FileZilla FTP Client
  • Tweetdeck

Web-sites

  • http://freesoundtrack.com – free and premium music tracks used at the beginning and ending of videos
  • http://odz.mx – URL Shortner service with analytics (home grown)
  • http://gmail.com – yup communications
  • http://fedex.com – shipping management

Prep

… pretty minimal – double check the Pelican 1620’s make sure everything is in it’s place and ready to go, pack the one or two needed up and label to ship out the week before the event.

Setup

Unbox and put everything out… cameras and tripods are easy.  Audio is easy.  The slide capture is still much more painful than I think it should be.

Recording

Keep the camera focused on the presenter, keep them in the right or left third, opposite of the projection screen at the venue.

End of Day

Dump all data from the cameras and zoom down to external hard disk, re-format them for the next day.

Tear Down

Box everything back up.

Post Production

I’ll do another post on my post-production workflow…