Yesterday I spoke about wanting to do more video creation and as a follow up I want to talk about the gear I will be using to create these. I am not highly invested in my video setup but I feel I have enough different versions of gear and accesories that I will be able to create interesting and entertaining viewpoints. And at the end of the day gear doesn’t matter, story is king.
- My DSLR – Even though it is a few years old I still use my Sony A35 DSLR for most of my videomaking, it has a 16mp sensor and outputs in full 1080p HD in AVCHD format so it works well in my editing suite of choice. The quality does look a bit detoriorated now in comparison to the newer cameras available but I am still happy with the results this little DSLR produces and I am still only starting out so I’m using the gear that I already have. Who knows I may invest and upgrade in the future but until then the Sony A35 will be my go to camera for quality shots.
- My phone – As I wrote in my iphone article I currently own an Honor 7 Android smartphone which I also said the camera is a bit shocking on it, well in good light situations you can get an acceptable quality shot when using the rear camera, the front is a washed out noisy mess. But it shoots in 1080p also so easy to edit in unison to the 1080p from my DSLR. I mainly use my phone for timelapses and B Roll type shots to fill in action that I can’t get with a single camera setup with my DSLR. Again using the gear I already own and I’m stuck in a contract with my Honor for another year and a half.
- My Action Camera – Again a bit of a budget find I picked up a Kitvision Splash HD camera from my local supermarket for £30 (down from the original £65) as I was unsure to what extent I would use an action camera and didn’t want to invest GoPro kinds of money on a piece of kit I wouldn’t use. The quality from the camera is actually pretty decent when it’s from a stable point but on action and walking shots the stabilization lacks and the end result is a bit of a rolling jumble but beggars can’t be choosers, I can get the shot I want and in the future I will know if an action camera is worth the investment.
- My Tripod – I don’t actually have this yet, but for my birthday next week I’m getting a Manfrotto 146cm tripod so I can’t speak of the results but I know Manfrotto are a respectable well known make in this field and will write about this later.
- My Microphones – I used to livestream on Twitch for a while and invested in a Blue Snowball microphone and the results are highly impressive, it is a directional microphone so needs to be sitting around a metre away from the subject but it picks up all sound clearly and for £50 I am delighted with the results. I also use a Rode VideoMic Go with my DSLR and occassionally mounted on a tripod to use with my phone, the results are once again great and the fact it powers from the device is a handy aspect so you don’t have to run batteries or turn on the mic when you want to record, you just record from the device and audio is picked up.
- My Laptop – Another oldy here, I use a three year old HP Pavillion with 8gb RAM and other specs I’m not quite sure about but it’s a nice laptop that’s easy to run but provides decent specs for video editing and other functions I want to perform, I have a 1TB hard drive in it so space isn’t an immediate problem either and can record at full 1080p and wav audio with no issues. I am however looking into upgrading as workflow increases as render times can be a bit daunting on this.
- My applications – To video edit I use Sony Movie Studio 12 which I have used for a few years, I know the applications, it’s limitations so can work within these to create the content I need with wishing to upgrade. To record and edit audio I use Audacity as it’s a free program but it’s suite of features rival most paid for services. To record and hold audio interviews I will use Discord, it’s a free cross platform service to rival skype but I find it is a much easier interface with overall better sound quality and is primarily used with my target demographic.
Hopefully you liked reading about my gear and what I use on a daily basis to work and will continue to use going forward in my first tentative Youtube steps.
I’d love to see what you use to create your content, is there a must have piece of kit you have that you would be lost without? A programme that I haven’t listed? Let me know in the comments