Faq: I am pretty good with a camera but know close to nothing about video.
What I plan to do: I will be paid to deliver per order a unique and personalized tutorial, I figured that it will be more interesting and thorough if I also include a video (how to demo) to go along the tutorial.
Volume per tutorial is about 5 different videos, 5 to 10 minutes long each.
What it shows: A person demonstrating craftsmanship, but close up not required, Environment: roughly the size of a small office.
Format got to be “web-able”.
From there, what do I need knowing that the video content is more important that video quality. Which equipment, on a budget, should I look for? (Video camera? Lights?) thanks
Camera ..DSLR with video ...Canon 600D or 60D or Nikon 5100 ..all are HD capable ..Nikon focusing slightly is better if the subject is moving when you zoom ( but the lenses are more specific than the canons ) ..all take mics..you'll need "off camera" mics as the noise of the built in ones is intrusive...
The 60D is partially weatherproof..
You could spend much more ( any of the above with "kit glass" will cost you around $800.oo in the USA )..but the "gig" may not last or justify the outlay ..you could spend less and do voice over later ..in which case any of the Canon sx20is or sx30is would do for basic HD video with zoom ( and macro available for detailed stills shots if needed ) ..if you get either of the latter two ..then also look into CHDK ..which will vastly expand what they can do as they both use the same digic4 processing engine ..CHDK will give you motion trigger etc and RAW on both cameras..
The reason I suggest DSLR and not dedicated video cameras is you don't need the reach of Video cameras..for what you will be doing..and the consumer ones don't do good video ..you'll spend more for a prosumer video camera than you will for a lower end DSLR with HD video capability ..and the DSLR has better glass available..
I use cameras from the above Canon options for Video for sites and tutorial work ..you can buy inexpensive steady cam rigs for DSLRs nowadays..if you need ..