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.


LIGHTING
Soft Lights & Stands (2)
$900

Mini-Spotlights w/Stands & Reflectors (3)
$750

Spare Bulbs
$160

CAMERAS
3CCD Mini DV Cameras (2)
$5,800

High Capacity Batteries & Charger
$500

AUDIO
Lavaliers (3)
$570

Field Mixer
$600

XLR Cable
$150

SUPPORTS
10x10 Support Stand for Backlights/Backgrounds
$225

Tripods & Heads (2)
$1,000

BACKGROUNDS
10x12 Muslin Patterns/Solids (4)
$400

Clamps
$40

TELEPROMPTER
LCD Prompter & Software
$3,750

EDITING WORKSTATION
Computer/Display/External Drives/DVCAM VTR/
Software
$10,000

TOTAL $24,845 +Tax/Shipping

Steve Raddock is SVP–Production, The Meetrics Group.
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