A couple of local bands have contacted me recently about shooting and editing live footage of their bands for the web and promo. I love doing this and I'm always willing to help.
One wanted a "professional" production until they saw the cost.
The other wanted something cool and unusual but wanted lots of live video in it to mix with art.
In both cases I told them that they might be better off going DIY.
Everyone has a camera that records video today, and almost everyone has a computer that can edit video.
The hardest thing to get right is the sound.
If you don't have a friends with cameras, you need one, and you need a cheap video camera get a Flip
. $125, records 60 min of VGA quality video to internal flash drive, runs on 2AA batteries, connects to your computer via USB. Easy peasy.
Plus it looks good...I used mine to shoot Apparently Nothing at the Dane101 Halloween party the other night
, and considering the low light and PA it looks and sounds great.
Now if everyone in your band gets one of these, mount them all over the stage, tape it to a microphone, give them to the audience, etc...you'd come out with pretty good coverage of your show for next to nothing in cost.
As for the audio...find a way to record it from the soundboard.
Most sound guys and gals are cool enough to help you get a stereo feed from the board. Just bring a lot of adapters and cables so you are ready for anything.
Dump all your video and audio into a computer,
lay out the master audio track from the soundboard,
lay out all the video in seperate tracks,
sync it all up and start cutting/effecting/etc...