The recommended equipment for conducting community media video interviews includes a camcorder, tripod, microphone and headset.
It's always a good idea to test your equipment with the microphone before conducting the interview. Shoot a few seconds with sound and play it back to make sure everything is working okay.
The most important thing to remember is to make sure your interviewee is as relaxed as possible. If you have a two person team, one member should chat with the interviewee while the other sets up the equipment.
For editing, you will need a few extra seconds of recorded tape before and after the interview.
It is a good idea to simply start recording during the preliminary chat and you will probably be able to gently begin the videotaping without making a big fuss. Don't try a professional countdown : )