I'm interested in doing some multicam shooting of my band's gigs. (This is a personal, not commercial, motivation, so my constraints include budget and cargo space — i.e., minimal equipment bulk. And I need to make shot decisions after the fact since I won't have someone who can switch between shots live.)
So far I've shot simultaneously with two or three consumer/prosumer HD camcorders, each recording to its own MiniDV tape or disk, then bringing all the content into FCP and manually syncing.
This works pretty well, except that the timecode is inconsistent — if I sync all the clips at the beginning of the show, an hour later they'll all be a second or two out of sync. So far I've dealt with this by retiming the clips — after syncing at the beginning, I go to the end and adjust the playback rate for some of the clips by a very small amount (e.g., change one clip to speed 100.01%, another to 99.97%) until they're closely in sync. This is tedious.
I'm wondering if there's a better way. I've seen cameras in the 5,000 – 10,000 USD range which have external timecode inputs. But that's above my price range, and would require a timecode generator and an extra cable running to each camera (which I think would violate my "minimal equipment bulk" constraint).
Are there less-expensive cameras and/or techniques that would work better for this purpose? What should I be looking for?