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Video recording?

Good morning, all.
I am looking to video our concerts for archive purposes only.  I'd love to be able to just set it up, let it run, and then be able to show the recording to the class.  Yes, I'd like it to have either decent sound OR a mic input.  I would love for it to record to .mp4, and would love to be able to *easily* edit the full concert to clips.
I used to used my Flip... lousy zoom, focus issues (esp. in concert/low light), and sound wasn't all that grand either.  Then they stopped making it.  So I am looking to make a purchase, but wanted your input first.
What do you use for these purposes?
Scott Lounsbury
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on June 25, 2013 12:49pm
This is a great camera! Full HD, and a microphone input. It has a pretty good autofocus. It uses an SD card so it records AVCHD which is a better format then .mp4. I have used a camera like this (not this model)  to record my own little choir for their Christmas program! 
on November 23, 2013 5:04pm
VERY late reply, but what about a Sony Bloggie? It isn't great in low light, but it sure handles sound well IMHO. I use it to shoot videos of myself singing with my choir. I have a youtube playlist and the first video in it shows how I shoot my videos. (Because I haven't seen ANYONE on youtube who shoots choir videos quite like mine. I have fun! So I'm sorry to say sometimes it will sound soprano heavy because you're basically IN my section with me.)
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on January 7, 2014 10:20am
Even later reply ;) But yes, I haved used a Sony Bloggie and I like it a lot! Works very well for the size of it!! 
on January 2, 2015 11:46am
May I ask our pro audio/video techies or any more experieced amateurs out there for a 2015-year update to Scott's video recording question? 
The challenge is to video record a choir concent in relatively poor evening concert lighting in a church, while capturing a good audio recording as well. I have started doing this for a choir in an amateur way and would love to hear the experience of those who have tried other solutions.
I've found it fairly economical to rent equipment from any larger music store in a good-sized city: I recently used a Zoom Q4 video recorder (tiny, discreet on a mic stand in the aisle) and a Zoom H4N audio recorder a little further back so I had some choice if the REQUIRED position of the video recorder (to frame the choir - the Q4 has only two discrete zoom options) gave too much of a close-miked sound. We had two 4-LED light bars illuminating the choir from left and right on speaker stands, and full altar area lighting on. The choir seemed reasonably lit to the eye, and were hot under the lights.
The video recording was NOT impressive: too dark.  I had used a 'concert' lighting setting on the Q4 and probably should have left it to auto-balance. However, I suspect the tiny nature of the recorder and its optics limited its light-gathering ability.
Next I'm going to be looking at using a DSLR camera with its bigger lens, for video recording, but I know with some of the older ones the time limit (without restarting the recording) is a MAXIMUM of about 28 minutes which isn't very acceptable. Can anyone relate their experience with this, or other solutions that are effective for this challenge?
on November 4, 2015 8:55pm
Have you reached your conclusion/solution?  I'm also trying to find a way to record my Choir concerts, with dark house lights and bright onstage lights- something which will not wash out my kids' faces and sound somewhat like the life experience.. :)
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