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Equipping a Small Video Studio

By Staff Published on .

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)

Spare Bulbs

3CCD Mini DV Cameras (2)

High Capacity Batteries & Charger

Lavaliers (3)

Field Mixer

XLR Cable

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.
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