Project: Putting together a small, modular video studio
Problem: Knowing what it will cost
Takeaway: To do a two-camera setup with all the fixings, you're looking at spending about $25,000
Eventually, outsourcing video production or renting gear becomes more trouble, or more expensive, than it’s worth. When it becomes apparent that having an in-house studio would pay off in terms of cost and productivity, it’s time to look at expenses. The run-down below will give you an idea of what kind of outlay you may be looking at. Of course, your needs will dictate your approach, and you can go either much lower budget, or over-the-top high end.
Soft Lights & Stands (2)
Mini-Spotlights w/Stands & Reflectors (3)
3CCD Mini DV Cameras (2)
High Capacity Batteries & Charger
10x10 Support Stand for Backlights/Backgrounds
Tripods & Heads (2)
10x12 Muslin Patterns/Solids (4)
LCD Prompter & Software
Computer/Display/External Drives/DVCAM VTR/
TOTAL $24,845 +Tax/Shipping
Steve Raddock is SVP–Production, The Meetrics Group.