If you have ever thought about becoming a YouTube star but didn’t know what equipment to start with then you have come to the right place. In this post we will be discussing the basic equipment you will need for a startup production. With a little filmmaking knowledge, you will be making pro looking videos all on your own.
One of the biggest misconceptions that aspiring vloggers have starting a YouTube channel is that they need a very high quality camera to achieve professional results. The truth is, you can start making high quality videos today with the smartphone you currently own if a DSLR camera is currently out of your budget.
If you own an iPhone 6 or 6Plus you can record video in 1080p at 60 FPS which will result in sharper and smoother videos. The iPhone 6s can record in 4K for even better looking videos. Android phones also have very high quality cameras to produce videos in HD and 4K.
If you already own a DSLR camera and are thinking about the easiest way to achieve great results, consider your lens choice and Focal Length. If the lens is set at a wide angle your face will look distorted, and you will need to zoom in to limit perspective distortion. If you have a zoom lens, consider zooming it to at least 50mm, which is the focal length that will eliminate perspective distortion. You can also purchase a 50mm prime lens for around $200 from Canon or Nikon. A DSLR camera will also allow you to create the blurred, out of focus effect in your background that many people find pleasing to the eye, while also maintaining focus on you.
The next thing you will need is a microphone. It is a good idea to get the best microphone that you can afford, as it is absolutely crucial that your viewers hear you loud and clearly.
If you can help it, do not use your phone or camera’s built-in mic. The built-in microphones produce very poor audio quality. People can look past poor video quality, but if your audio quality is so bad that it sounds like it was recorded inside a cave, your viewers will click to the next, better sounding, video.
Your goal is to produce your natural, warm voice in your video, and to limit background noise. If you are using a smartphone, the best option will be the Rode Smartlav+. It will clip to your shirt and be relatively invisible depending on where you attach it. The best option for DSLR users is one of the Rode Videomics. These are shotgun mics that are great for recording what is directly in front of you while also reducing background noise.
Lighting is an absolute must if you want your videos to look professional and stand out from the crowd on YouTube. Even if you have a low-quality camera, your videos will be much better once you introduce lighting and ensure that you are well lit.
If your videos are recorded from your desk, the easiest and most cost effective way to get immediate, professional results, is to invest in a quality ring light. Some options that we recommend here at DveStore are the Prismatic and Diva Ring Light lines of ring lights. The major benefit of using a ring light is that it floods your face with light, removing shadows, and limits the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. You can watch a review of the Diva Ring Light here, and the Prismatic Halo here.
If you are just starting out, a ring light will be sufficient. However, if you want to add more depth to your videos, more lights will provide even better quality to your productions. We recommend the Prismatic Luna lights. A pair of these lights will allow you to light your hair and your background to help you stand out and add more depth to your final video.
Another solution for having well-lit videos is the Westcott 3-Light uLite Kit. It is an inexpensive, all-in-one 3 light kit. It comes with two soft boxes, background light, and all bulbs and stands. These compact, powerful lights can project light over a broad area, giving you a professional polish on a budget.
To ensure that you do not introduce shakiness or blurriness to your videos, you will need a stable tripod to place your phone or camera on. There are two options we recommend. The Diva Ring Light Tripod is a great, inexpensive stand that will give you some great options for the price. It has a leveler and you can pan and tilt very smoothly with it.
If you want a tripod that is higher quality, the Benro AD71FK5 Video Tripod Kit will give you all the features you need to for smooth movement and adjustments with precision.
Many YouTube stars film with their space visible in the background. This is a great option if you have an interesting background and enough light for it to be well-lit. You can also purchase your own backdrop. We recommend the Westcott X-Drop 5’ x 7’ white/black backdrop. This bundle is very compact and includes a white and black background that can be interchanged. The whole system can be assembled and disassembled in minutes and stored in the included traveling case.
Following the tips in this post you can create awesome, professional quality videos without breaking the bank. You will accomplish your primary goal: getting views, likes, and followers.
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