Videojournalism on a budget

How cheaply can you build a multimedia tool kit? Does $10,000 sound about right? That’s what NBC’s Maria Schiavocampo says she carries around in her gear bag. How about $6,000? That’s what Andy Glynne says it costs to build a basic documentary kit.

Still too much? Consider the Adam Westbrook approach. Decide what you really need, then take your time looking for the lowest possible prices from EBay and other online sites. Here’s his list:

  • Camera: Panasonic NVDX100
  • Microphone: Audio Technica ATR25
  • Tripod: Camlink TP-2100
  • Edit hardware:  Dell Optiplex 745
  • Edit monitor: Acer 24” flatscreen
  • Edit software: Adobe Premiere Elements 7

Westbrook did his shopping in Europe where he works for Bauer Media. His bottom line in pounds translates to $825. Total. Amazing.

Westbrook promises to to share examples soon of what his bargain basement gear can do. If it’s decent, he’ll have proved that almost anyone can now afford to produce good quality video.