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Video Production Equipment Checklist

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Video Production Equipment for All Budgets

Nowadays, you don’t need a huge budget to make a video. There is good quality video gear available to you at all levels. And while it’s important to spend some money for quality, prices have definitely come down over the years making a lot of important video production equipment available to you.

There is no one gear package that will be right for everyone. It depends on your needs, your budget, and your skillset.

Here are my recommendations for some of the basic video production equipment you might need.

 

Video Camera 

Obviously, the main piece of equipment will be your video camera. Practically all cameras today shoot HD video. You can use a camera with a built-in lens (like a mobile phone) which can be easier to start with or one that allows interchangeable lenses for more flexibility.

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Mobile Phone

 

Today’s mobile phones shoot very high quality video. Whether you have an android like Samsung Galaxy or iPhone, you can get a decent image. You are limited when it comes to inputs and lenses.

 

DSLR Camera

 

A DSLR allows for high-quality interchangeable lenses so you can alter the focal length as well as depth of field. There are many to choose from.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Nikon D750

 

 

Mirrorless Camera

 

 

Sony Ar7 II

Panasonic Lumix GX85

Sony AlphaA6300

Audio 

You can’t have a video without sound (unless you want a silent film)! Sound is just as important as the image if not more so. We need to hear the interview, hear the moving music, and hear the atmosphere that we are seeing. To capture better-quality sound, you want to use an external microphone rather than the built-in mic on your phone or camera.

 

rode mic

 

Senheisser Wireless Lavalier Mic

Audio-Technica Wireless Lavalier Mic

Rode Shotgun Mic

Rode Video Mic for Smartphones

Zoom H5 Portable Audio Recorder

Blue Yeti USB Tabletop Mic or Samson Go Mic (for podcasts, etc)

Headphones

 

 

 

Tripod 

One of the biggest giveways of amateur video is shaky, unsteady shots. Having rock solid, stable video allows the viewer to absorb your message and not be distracted by lower-quality production. When selecting a tripod you want to think about your budget, but also portability (if you will be traveling with it or only shooting in studio), and the size and weight of the camera you are using. If you are only using a phone or small camera, you don’t need a super strong, heavy (more expensive) tripod. There are also a few other ways you can create stable video. Here are my suggestions.

Tripod

 

Manfrotto Video Tripod

Mobile Phone Gimbal Stabilizer

DSLR Gimbal Stabilizer

Smaller Tabletop Tripod

Gorillapod

 

 

 

Lighting 

Good lighting can make a big difference in making your video look professional. A poorly lit interview is really obvious when you do not have decent natural light. If you will be shooting indoors, it’s imperative to have a light or small light kit (with 2-3 lights).

 

lights

 

One LED Studio Light 

Video Light Kit

Reflectors

 

 

Accessories 

Don’t forget the small things that can make a big difference. Always bring extra memory cards and batteries with you. And don’t neglect the  lens of your camera which can easily get smudged or dirty.

 

memory-card 

Memory Cards

Extra Batteries

Lens cleaners

In addition to these suggestions, you may also want to have some carrying cases. Make sure you label your gear with your name and number and attach luggage-tags that hold your business card. Keep a running list of your gear.

 

 

Editing Software 

Once you’ve shot your video, you will need to put it together. While editing software may seem daunting, you can edit a professional video with some basic cuts and free software. Learning the basics is fairly easy with just a few beginner tutorials allowing you to get started right away. Editing software can include a lot of bells and whistles that you may never need or you can slowly learn as you go.

 

video edit

 

Apple’s iMovie

Windows Photos – Story Remix

Apple’s Final Cut Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro

 

Check out these posts if you want to add royalty-free music or stock video footage to your videos.

Easily transcribe your interviews or entire finished video (for a transcript on YouTube or your site) at Temi or Scribie for just .10 per minute. 

 

 

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