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I have an event next weekend that I am thinking I would like to record if I can make it. The event last 8 hours(don't know that all of that would be recorded) and is outside. I was wondering if there are any easy ways to go about recording something this long. No power would be available so batteries would be it.

Might also be nice to have a remote mic.....but not sure how easy that would be to do.

Are any digital camcorders better that others and or what kind of media would be best for this kind of time frame...or is there something that could be rented that would be better.

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