Thursday, April 1, 2010

Recording Live Improv Performances

I'm looking for a way to record video of live improv performances, and of practices. This means I have to deal with high-contrast stage lighting. For example, the video of our last Six Wheel Drive Show has great detail on the black velvet backdrop curtains, but at the expense of having the performers often appear washed out.

I'm looking for a camcorder of some sort. The features I'm looking for are:
  • Inexpensive.
  • Flash memory based, possibly using SD Cards.
  • Able to deal with high-contrast scenes, possibly through manual exposure control.
  • Videos transfer easily to iMovie on a Mac.
So far, I haven't found any camcorders that meet all 4 requirements. Generally the cheap ones don't let you control exposure, and the ones that do let you control it are not cheap.

Any ideas?