Welcome to another in our #StayAtHome series to help keep your photography passion burning whilst stuck at home. This article explores what video equipment you'll need for Vlogging and streaming from home and why you might take this time to create video content. If you're thinking of starting a new podcast or a Youtube Channel we have advice on gear and equipment from our store.
There are a number of reasons for starting to create video content right now. Many people are at home at the moment watching Youtube and listening to podcasts. Here are a few ideas for businesses or individuals who might consider video:
Regardless of whether you are a professional broadcaster, journalist or are completely new to videography, our video equipment roundup will help you get set-up for content creation, filmmaking, vlogging, YouTubing, streaming and any other video-making ideas you can think of! Stories are emerging of kids recording videos for their grandparents, people sending messages across the globe in support and Youtube views have never been higher. Let's do it.
Most newer digital cameras are equipped with some form of video capability, often superb 4K quality or higher, together with high speed HD, perfect for emotive slow motion playback. If like me, you’ve avoided learning how to use the built-in video on your camera, this could be the perfect time to learn these skills, whilst capturing footage of this extraordinary time in history.
We’ve updated this post with related information for users who want to use a regular camera for live streaming, take a look here as it includes links to camera manufacture apps for the task.
The video-specific Blackmagic Pocket Camera has all of the features for advanced video capture, which includes superb quality video, crystal-clear audio, fast processing and robust build quality. With 4K video you’ll be producing excellent future-proof movies which will stand the test of time when released through any channel. The pocket cinema employs two memory cards, with the quickest being CFast Cards (LINK) for ultimate recording speeds.
For an excellent all-rounder the GH5 records 60p 4K Video as well as 18MP stills. Being a micro four thirds camera this will always be light, compact and easy to move around the home. Adding interchangeable lenses is quick and cost effective, with several suitable for recording video even in tighter spaces found around the home. This makes a great choice for professional filmmakers to enthusiasts.
The Pocket sized DJI Osmo is also 4K ready at 60p yet fits into the palm of your hand. A mechanical gimbal ensures smooth recording, ideal for when moving around for example when making tutorials or showing how something works. This camera makes an excellent starting point for videography.
Whether you are using a DSLR, mirrorless or video-specific recorder, an external microphone adds a layer of professionalism to your broadcasts which is well advised. There are various styles of external mic, from tiny wireless models, shotgun (directional) mics to larger studio styled condenser microphones. Versatility will be key if you plan to move around or record in different rooms in your home. A lavalier or lapel mic can ideal for discreet but high quality results. Rode are the biggest name in external mics, but we carry most manufacturers on our website, including camera brands such as Sony, Canon and Nikon options.
This is one of our most popular microphones as it provides professional audio with just two small transmitters and receivers. They are wireless which means it’s easy to move around whilst recording your audio and feature on-board omnidirectional condenser mic for superb quality audio.
This is one of the most versatile sound recording options, which can be used in just about any situation where you want audio. You can mount it onto most cameras including DSLR, mirrorless and compacts. It will also work with your smartphone, either plugged in or via a boom or on a pistol grip. The Rode NTG can also be plugged into your computer or tablet, making it perfect for recording voiceovers, podcasts, gaming or livestreaming. Audio settings are easily adjusted through gain, high pass, boost and PAD features.
For darker indoor rooms or to get the extra professional look to your home based productions add lighting to your recording and home studio.
This is a revolutionary light which provides continuous lighting to raise ambient light levels as well as high speed flash capability. It runs on regular batteries, achieving an amazing 85,000 full power shots rather than around 250 for a regular flashgun. The Neo II can be used on or off camera, ensuring you can light your videos in the perfect way for your set-up.
For a cost effective solution to camera mounted lighting look no further than this tiny, portable cutting-edge light. Using just three AAA batteries and capable of lighting any Vlog or Youtube video in a smaller space. Auto dimming and the ability to add filters are just a couple of the useful video features for this light.
Joby are the default brand for compact camera supports and this flexible GorillaPod is perfect to hold most mirrorless camera video set-ups. With a weight capacity of 3kg you’ll be able to mount a body, lens and even one of the lights and a microphone mentioned above. The flexible arms give you the ability to adjust angles and attach the GorillaPod to seemingly impossible locations for unique recording angles.
This Befree model is a cost-effective and versatile option which comes complete with ballhead and everything you need for video recording on a budget. With a host of advanced features the Befree belies it’s very reasonable price and can be used with virtually any video camera including heavier DSLR models.
For professionals working in broadcast or serious online trainers and other businesses who need web streaming, there are a couple of options available.
This tiny device competes with systems which cost 10 times as much and is capable of editing through Avid Media Composer, Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro.
By Nick Dautlich on 01/04/2020
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