(If this is in the wrong forum, please move it and let me know - I couldn't figure out whether this was Art & Photograpy, or Computers & Programming.) My friends are in a fairly well-known band (in the genre of Hardcore Rock) and they're having their final 5 shows in January 2005. I've been asked to record all the video footage and do the editing. I own Vegas+DVD (version 4), a desktop PC with a 1.2 GHz processor and a Sony Vaio V505 (1.4 GHz Pentium M) with FireWire, and that's about all. So, between now and January 2005, I need to get some equipment and upgrades. I will start off by saying that I prefer Sony. I own ALL sony home audio and video. Keep in mind this is going on DVD and being sold commercially, but I don't have an official budget yet. (They will be getting an advance from the record label, which will either help pay me, or completely be my payment.) Feel free to post low-budget items and mid-level items as well as some dream items, you never know, right? I'd like suggestions for the following items (with the important features below): Video Camera (which format? MiniDV?) - Reliability - Battery Life - Video Quality - WideScreen Capability (even important - or is that best done in post-production?) - Ease of Use - Image Stability - Low-Light Sensitivity Upgrade Vegas to 5.0 for $250? - maybe a no-brainer, but you never know - I will NOT switch to some other software, so please don't post about how "product x" is better than Vegas Plugins for Vegas - Anything that you think is indispensible for commercial-quality production. Upgrade PC (for SURE) I usually build my own PCs or upgrade from what I have. My tower will support a standard ATX motherboard. I assume I'd upgrade the motherboard, processor, RAM, Video Card and get a DVD-Burner (Plextor?). The motherboard will likely have USB 2.0 and FireWire built in. Here's what I have that I'd like to use, if it makes logical sense. If you see anything here not worth using, or worth replacing, let me know your reason(s): - Adaptec 3000S Ultra-160 SCSI RAID card and 3 16-gig Ultra-160 SCSI drives available, but not currently being used - (2) 120-gig IDE drives (one of which is set up as external USB 2.0 & FireWire) - I have an M-Audio 2496 Audio Card - Plextor UltraPlex Wide SCSI (CD-ROM Reader) - Plextor PlexWriter 24/10/40A (CD Burner) - Standard 1.44 floppy - Network Card For 5 full days of recording (never more than 2 days in a row) - 2 weekends of Fri-Sat, and another single day: - How much tape should I expect to need? - How many battery packs (and which ones) would be best to have (assume both that I will and won't have access to power - might be best to be prepared for the worst). - Assuming this is a typical DVD with some extras, maybe secondary audio (if it's not too difficult), and titles and menus... how many hours should I expect to put into it? Should I do this as 5.1 surround? If so, what audio card (by M-Audio?) (NOT SOUND CARD) would be best-suited? I'm assuming at LEAST 80 hours of post-production, along with the 80 or so hours spent doing the actual recording. Aside from what I've listed, what am I missing?