I've been thinking about how to get a multi-camera set up. As ever, the two key factors are affordability and the time investment required. Realistically I am not going to buy several go-pros, and I don't want to spend days of my life editing. Cheap chinese action cameras may be one option (the jury seems to still be out), but I wonder if there is another way.
Both my and my wife's smartphone contracts are up next month. That's got me thinking. Would it be possible to use whatever new phone I might get, and the two old ones, for a multi-camera set up on the cheap? Even two-year-old smartphones are likely to have better cameras than I could afford if purchasing action cameras purely for filming diecast racing.
That could solve the affordability issue. But I am still concerned about ease of use and time commitment. I don't want to kill my enjoyment of diecast racing by getting bogged down in a convoluted editing process.
Does anyone know of a relatively simply way to set up mutiple phones to record simultaneous footage of a race or tournament and upload that footage to (or ideally have it automatically available on) something like Google Photos, or a film editing app that could pool the separate sets of footage together? It would then in theory be not too difficult to edit the three (or more) streams of footage together, switching between "reels" as the cars come down the track.
I guess you could connect each phone to a laptop or insert each SD card into a laptop and upload the footage, but it would be a heck of a lot easier if it was just available in a shared app. I'm also not clear whether the phones would need SIM cards (sorry, I'm a bit of luddite about this stuff) or could be used without but just connected to wifi.
Thoughts or tips gratefully appreciated. My existing phones are Android, by the way.