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Hey Evil.

Yes, more info helps. I not sure I understand your point about access to CD. Are you talking about the students who will view it, or who will transfer it for you? If you are talking about transfer, then I still stand by VHS. VHS machines are so plentiful and so cheap, it's not even funny. (Especially since I paid $700 for my first one!). The fact that the cameras are DV doesn't make a difference. I assume that you're talking about MiniDV. If so, this is the easiest thing in the world. Get any VHS player with RCA inputs and hook the camera up to it directly. Push play on the camera...push record on the're off.

The issue of sound.
If I were doing this, I would put a lavalier mic on the professor. For the student questions, you can record them separately and edit them in, but the most important information will be the prof...and he'll be clean and on tape without extraneous noise.

Remember, one of the first rules of video production is 'don't make it harder than it needs to be.' And one of the worst rules is "...we'll fix it in post." Do whatever you can to get the best quality on the shoot itself. You'll save yourself a lot of time, and you'll thank yourself for it later.

Good Luck,
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