OK... so I started the evening contemplating purchasing a Canon T2i. Unsatisfied only with the audio collection capabilities (no surprise... it is a digital SLR), I stumbled across a thread in which someone recommended using a Zoom H4n to capture audio and then syncing it with Singular Software's PluralEyes in post production.
Singular Software claims that PluralEyes can perfectly sync multiple-cameras without the hassle of using a slate, clapping hands or using a flash to set a common timecode. This sounds awesome to me, but you need Final Cut Pro or Vegas Pro to run PluralEyes. Unfortunately, I have Final Cut Express... for now.
I also found a link to The Levelator at Singular's site, although it is actually not their software. The Levelator automatically evens out the sound levels of an audio recording, which will be very useful for interviews with both interviewer and interviewee audio or other multiple-person recordings.
I already have an unwritten wish list of toys I "need" to produce good video, but I am going to start documenting that list now. By no means are the items on the list prioritized in the order that I want to get them. Tonight I am adding four items to The Wish List:
- Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Kit w/ EF-S/18-55 IS $899.95
- Zoom H4n Handy Recorder Kit with 8GB SD Card and Remote Control $319.95
- PluralEyes by Singular Software $149.00
- The Levelator Software Free Download