When making YouTube videos, there is a lot that goes into it. Cameras, software, music, and wires… here you can find ALL of the gear we use on a daily basis.
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The Main Camera
I use a Panasonic Lumix GH5! It has great “bang for buck” and even features weather sealing for bad weather… The MAIN reason to use the GH5 is the incredible image quality, the fantastic 5 axis image stabilization, and for me… the built in slo-mo.
Learn more and buy it here: http://amzn.to/2lXlKQ2
While I am looking to get some wider and longer lenses, the lens I use every day is the Panasonic Lumix 12-35 f2.8 It’s wide enough to see our faces at arms length, and long enough to zoom in and get some great shots. https://amzn.to/2Mp3idx
But don’t forget- the cinematographers secret weapon: A variable ND filter will unlock the camera’s full potential to make great images with shallow depth of field even on a very sunny day. Think of it like sunglasses for your camera! https://amzn.to/2JEKTrl
Last, sound. As the first part of A/V, Audio is a huge part of what makes video so great! Rather than worrying about yet ANOTHER battery to replace or keep charged though, I’ve opted to use the Røde VideoMicro http://amzn.to/2mqV6wD It’s always “on” and doesn’t need anything. Just plug it in and instantly better sound.
The DJI Mavic Air, is my aerial drone of choice for travel. It’s VERY small, but maintains pretty good image quality over all. With a 3 axis gimbal for the camera, and the ability to tune the image style to your liking, the Mavic Air is perfect for travel and recreational drone cinematography. https://amzn.to/2y97j2E
(Don’t forget the memory card: https://amzn.to/2sRhVOu )
But just like the full sized camera, if you want to REALLY step up the quality and control you have over your recorded image, and ND filter is a must for your drone. On very bright days, use the ND16, ND8 for normal daylight, and ND4 for overcast days. Polar pro makes a fantastic 3 pack of varying strength ND filters specifically for the Mavic Air: https://amzn.to/2sRlIeG
The Action Camera!
GoPro has launched SEVERAL cameras since I purchased my last action camera. But, if I’m honest, I’m not a huge action camera guy. I use the GoPro as a last resort if I know I’m going to be IN water. None-the-less, the GoPro is invaluable when you just need the shot! No need to get the latest and greatest, I’m still rocking the GoPro Hero 5 Black http://amzn.to/2lcsTrw
(Again, Sandisk is my memory card of choice https://amzn.to/2sRhVOu )
BUT if you really want to level up your underwater game, a dome enclosure is key! It’ll help you get those tasty “half-under-water, half-out-of-water” shots! This is the one I use, while it’s not the best and a little fiddly, it’s a great value: https://amzn.to/2y4f36g
I have two tripods I use, a small hand-held one, and a bigger one for more elaborate setups. To be honest, I haven’t yet found a tripod that I’ve been completely satisfied with. My Casey Neistat style Joby “bendy” tripod ( https://amzn.to/2JI6kYP ) has probably been my favorite, but after 10 years of service it finally gave up the ghost and I’ve tried some others.
Attached to my camera at all times is the Manfrotto Pixi Evo 2 ( https://amzn.to/2JxI4wm ) It’s a slick little design, has a good build quality, and is quick to deploy. If you are looking for something different, I’d check it out, but I’d personally choose the JOBY gorillapod over this for vlogging.
My big tripod, is a knock off of a Manfrotto tripod, and while a cheaper alternative, it hasn’t held up well to heavy use. that said, if you want to check it out see this link. But I think I’d feel better recommending the real Manfrotto BeFree available here https://amzn.to/2y7KJYp . While I haven’t used it, I have to imagine it would be better quality overall than the one that I have.
Phew, I think that about wraps it up for the Camera gear! But there is still so much more to do when it comes to Content Creation…
Capturing the content is only half the fun! Now you get to edit everything! Because of the applications I use to edit (more on that in a bit), I rely on Apple Mac hardware. I joined the Apple fanboy club after building my first hackintosh in 2008 and I never looked back. I won’t try to sell you on the Apple ethos (they don’t pay me enough for that). Suffice it to say, it would take a LOT for me to buy any other brand’s computers.
I personally use a 15″ MacBook pro, and while my particular model is a bit older, I can happily recommend you buy any of the MacBook pro models. It all depends on how MUCH power you want and how much you want to spend. The MacBook (non-pro) series is a great alternative if you don’t intent to do a lot of video/photo editing or gaming though.
Learn more about the Apple MacBook Pro 15inch model here https://amzn.to/2y6Te5P
Our Smart Phones
For us, Smart Phones are a big part of our content creation. Whether it’s checking emails, keeping up with you WayFam, or publishing to Instagram and making last minute tweaks to YouTube videos, the Apple iPhone is key! Because I’m already bought into the Apple “ecosystem” I am happy to recommend any new iPhone. We personally still use the iPhone 6, but I’d happily upgrade if I had the cash. https://amzn.to/2JzhgvM
Hard Drive Storage
In 2017, Glyph Tech sent us some new harddrives and BOY are we happy with them! With extremely fast read/write times, USB-C, and a small footprint, the Glyph Atom 1TB SSD is ALWAYS with me and I rely on it daily to do all of our video and photo editing. https://amzn.to/2LLIVWL
After I finish with a project on the Glyph Atom, I back it up to a much bigger Hard Drive called the Glyph Black Box Pro. This beast is pretty big and requires an external power source, but when you use as much data as we do, it’s absolutely essential. https://amzn.to/2JEqQJH
One thing that makes Glyph so great, is that if your hard drive fails, let them know and they’ll rush you a replacement while they work to recover any files that you might have lost on your old hard drive. Their service is excellent!
Finally, when I get back home from my travels, I make a backup of the backup! The Glyph Studio RAID Mini is my weapon of choice. It uses two hard drives at once in a RAIDed setup. That means that the hard drive can created a copy of each file on each hard drive automatically for you. So you essentially have a backup built right into your hard drive. https://amzn.to/2t4gBYc
Once upon a time I used windows movie maker, then I moved on to some random one that came with a capture card I bought, then Adobe Premier in college. But as soon as I started using final Cut Studio 7 I knew I was hooked on Final Cut Editing.
Today, I use Final Cut Pro X exclusively for my video editing. But heads up, Final Cut REQUIRES that you use a Apple computer for editing. It does not work on Windows or Linux computers… That caveat aside, I highly recommend it. It’s fast and easy to use! Plus, buy it once and you own it… unlike “other” editing software available on the market.