How to Build a Studio for YouTube, Vlogging, How To Videos, and More!

How to Build a Studio for YouTube, Vlogging, How To Videos, and More!

Go behind the the scenes of my latest studio. This studio is relatively an easy DIY setup and I have listed the major components that I had used below

LIGHTING SETUP: Prismatic Spectra RGB 18" LED Ring Light ( App Controlled )

Prismatic Lighting 6' Light Stand 

Avenger C1000 Drop Ceiling Scissor Clamp


Atomos Ninja Inferno HDR 4KP60 Recording Monitor

Atomos ATOMCAB017 (input only) Balanced XLR Breakout Cable

G-Technology Atomos Master Caddy 4K 1TB Solid State Drive

G-Technology Atomos SSD Reader

Manfrotto 244MICROKIT Micro Arm

AUDIO: Sound Devices MixPre-D (has been discontinued) but the Sound Devices MixPre-3 with a 3.5mm stereo cable to the Rode VXLR Adapter will do the same job.

DPA SC4063-BM d:screet Mini Omni Black lavalier microphone

Audio-Technica AT8314-15 XLR Cable, 15'

Sound Blankets ( 80″ H x 80″ W ) Black-White with Grommets

OVERHEAD RIGGING SETUP: Manfrotto Single Autopole

Matthews Studio Equipment SUPER MAFER Clamp


What's going on everyone? Joel Wallis here. So I'm gonna show you my new studio. It's going to look kinda similar to the old one, but it's better. So let me show you what I've got going on.

All right, so this is my old studio space. Come on in and check it out. It's changed significantly because we took everything out of here and we put it into the new location. Some changes that we made, you can kinda hear in the room that it's a little echo-y, and I tried to kinda fix some of the stuff in post for it, so that was another reasoning of getting out of this room. Plus the wall, kinda the fit and finish of the room wasn't that great. We had the desk, we had the overhead shot, and then we had our backdrop behind the camera here where the shelves lived and everything like that with some accent lighting. And now I'm gonna go and show you the new space.
All right, so this is the new studio. So in order to turn on the lights I'm using an app to be able to control the majority of the lighting, and we're gonna go ahead and turn it on. So this is the new room. The way that I've got it set up is all of the studio lighting is set up an on app. We can go in and we can change our lights over to a blue color or it could even do purple or whatever color of the rainbow that I want to be able to do, we have that driven by this app. You can adjust brightness and everything from there. So I really wanted to simplify this studio as well as I have other colleagues that are using this. Our next button is we have a power-on, and what that's gonna do is it's gonna turn on our accent lighting with the shelves and everything. This turns on the camera, the monitor, everything else, so it's pretty much a two-button to turn on everything and then you're ready to go.

All right, so for our main lighting I use four Prismatic ring lights, they're the Spectra models. Now for mounting the ring lights onto the ceiling, since this is a commercial environment, I used the Avenger, it's their scissor mount. They just clip onto the stripping that goes down so then they just scissor right on and then you tighten down that 5/8 baby pin where that light will physically connect and that locks it into place. So really easy to be able to install, and if you need to be able to take them out, again there's no drilling or cutting involved. Then I'm also used the AIDA, the UHD-100 4K camera. I really like this camera because it gives off a nice, good, wide-angle lens while still keeping the good quality and it doesn't bow and contour too bad. Then for recording I'm using the Atomos Ninja Inferno. From there I'm also using another Manfrotto, this is the Micro Magic Arm to be able to mount the monitor below so that way I can see myself for reference, and it still gives the eye line where it looks like I'm looking into the camera still. If you're curious about any specific gear that I used in the studio, I'll put all the items that I used in the studio down below in the description for you.

So for bringing in the audio since we're doing all the recording at the Atomos monitor, I am using the Sound Device's MixPre-D. This allows for us to be able to bring in two XLR inputs and to be able to adjust each input independently. From the MixPre-D mixer we have two outputs, so now we can output out to our Atomos recording monitor. Then for the microphones I have two hardwired DPA lav mics, that way we can have two people on camera. For hanging the microphones underneath the table I just used a headphone stick-on mount. And then we have headphones over here so then we can check our audio levels before recording, and then we have the second microphone right here. I also gave myself just a little bit of extra slack on the XLR cables, that way in case someone were to, you know, walk away while still being mic'd up, it has a little bit of slack so that way it doesn't get ripped out.

All right, so for getting the overhead camera, it was actually a really simple way to do it and it involves using the Manfrotto Autopoles. The way that these work is basically they pressure fit in, so you just line up your bottom to the top of the ceiling, then there's a button here that basically you just, when you have it laid in, when you go to push up this bar it pressure fits it right in there. So two of these, one on each side, then you'll have your crossbar, you can go across. You could do either, like, some kind of, like, one inch piping or a telescoping pole so that way you can configure different setups. No drilling or cutting needed, so you can easily put this into your home or into, like, a corporate building that you don't own or anything like that. Now for suspending the camera to do the overhead shot what I used was the Manfrotto Magic Arm, and then I also used a Mafers Clamp to be able to clamp down to the piping. For holding up the cross pole, I just used four Mafers Clamps, two on each side, and then one will attach to the Autopole, then the other one will attach to the other Mafers Clamp, that will hold up the pole going across.

Now for the acoustics in this room, I did need to use just three sound blankets to really dampen the sound in here. This room is pretty rock-solid in general, but it's always nice just to have that extra bit of densining that sound as well as this room has carpet in it, versus the last room was on concrete, so we had to have a rug or sound blankets down on the floor in there. The tiles in this room, it also helps with absorbing the sound so it's not bouncing it, versus our last room we had concrete ceilings. Now we just need to get the TV mounted and get our second camera up for the overhead shots and the studio will be all done.
If you have any questions or you'd like to know more about my studio, feel free to shoot me an email or ask away in the comments. I'll have my email address down below for you, and be sure to follow, like, and subscribe. Thank you. See you on the next video.

15th Nov 2019 Joel Wallis

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