I know that the deal here is that I'm supposed to tell you things I know, but occasionally I need advice on something you might know about but I don't. This coming Fall I'm tasked with making a video, but the extent of my knowledge of moving images is that I watch them on TV and in theaters. Assume a howling wind of blistering ignorance and you're right there with me.
The video will reconstitute a seminar and will basically portray a talking head—although it needs to be watchable, too, so I need to be able to enliven it with some halfway competent effects. Nothing terribly fancy. It needs to end up looking halfway decent on a computer screen or typical CRT TV set.
Can anybody help? I'm starting from zero and need to know about cameras, editing programs, and instruction books or online tutorials. Know any good websites? Books? Do I need to take a class? Any clue what kind of cameras are decent? Should I just try to hire a student or somebody and not try to do it myself? I should probably add that I work in the Mac environment.
Got any expert advice or opinions?