My Favorite YouTube Video Equipment: What I Use
A lot of you have asked about the video equipment that I have, use, and like the most for my YouTube channel. So, let’s get to it!
To shoot my videos, I have the Panasonic HDC-SD800K 3 MOS Twin Memory 3D Compatible Camcorder. I bought this a number of years back and really like it. It is a higher-end camera and does so many groovy things. I’ve never used it’s 3D feature, but at the time I purchased it, that really wasn’t a big thing.
If I decide to do a live stream, I have a Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. It shoots HD, wide-screen video at 1080 and also takes photos. The video and sound quality are both excellent. I also use this web cam when I’m shoot gaming videos for the Old Nerd Gamer YouTube channel or my channel on Twitch.
I also have a nice GoPro alternative sports camera that I use for more on-the-go type variations. The best thing is, I wasn’t shelling $300 or more for it! It’s the KingCool WiFi 12MP Full HD 1080P DVR Camcorder 2.0 inch 170 Degree Waterproof Sports Action Camera, comes with a good dozen or more mount types (ones you would pay extra for with a GoPro), and does a great job.
To get my POV videos shot, I have a couple different things I use. I have a pair of iVUE Horizon 1080P HD Camera Glasses Video Recording Sport Sunglasses and a pair of Pivothead Durango HD 1080p Video Glasses. Both of these are great video glasses with good sound and video. Also, very easy to use, solid, nice features, and as good a battery life as is out there.
To do my reviews in the car, I have three Arkon Windshield or Dashboard Camera Suction Mounts. I have them positioned on my dash on my right, left, and dead-center. I use whichever one, or a combination, depending on the review and if I’m doing a collaboration with someone else or not. They can also be mounted on the windshield. They serve me well! 😉
For any reviews, done in my home, I use the Panasonic camera and a number of tripods, depending on what I need or just am in the mood to set up. 😉
My primary desktop tripod is a HDE Mini Camera Tripod Flexible Spider Leg Video Web Cam Stand Camcorder Mount. Cheap, small, and serves it’s purpose.
There are times where I am having to do a video for a client and the script they have for me is a lot longer than I can comfortably memorize. That where my Mini Teleprompter R810-10 with Beam Splitter Glass comes in! It fits on a regular tripod or I set it on the upper level of my desk. Regardless, this can be used with a tablet or phone and some free teleprompter software. It’s nicely put together (very solid construction!) and works well. This is a life-saver and makes me feel a lot better when doing longer scripts.
For more control and a few more groovy versatile features, I have a Bontend Flexible Tripod with Iphone and Smartphone Holder. This has a convenient bubble level to make sure the camera is level, extremely flexible and has very sturdy wrap-around legs. It can hold a regular camera, a Go-Pro or alternative, or a mobile phone. All adapters are included.
For unboxing videos, I use my Panasonic camera with one of the tripods above and also mount my GoPro alternative camera to one of these bad boys: A Clamp Mount, which Includes a Clamp Mount, Ball & Socket Mount, 10″Gooseneck, Tripod Mount. I clamp it onto an upper level of my desk and then twist the gooseneck to give my audience a top-down view on whatever I’m un-boxing. When I get to editing the video, I simply alternative views so they have something extra to look at.
Speaking of editing, I have used the same software, albeit different versions, for an easy decade now. I use Sony Movie Studio Platinum Suite 12. There is a newer version 13, but I didn’t care for the cosmetic changes they made to that one, so opted to stick with 12. It’s inexpensive, has tons of features, and has always been able to do a lot more than I even need. Solid piece of software! The suite also comes with Sound Forge Audio Studio 10. If you’re not a Movie Studio user already, you may want to consider starting with 13 or above. The cosmetic change won’t be an issue then.
Back to the hardware!
My apartment doesn’t have the best lighting, even with the shades open, allowing natural light in. So, I have three NEEWER 160 LED CN-160 Dimmable Ultra High Power Panel Digital Camera / Camcorder Video Lights. These allow me to set up a nice three point lighting system to get some brightness going on in here. I use three inexpensive tripods to mount them on and a couple umbrellas to even out the lighting nicely.
Finally, to keep things charged on the go, I have two AmazonBasics Portable Power Banks. These have nice battery lives, charge my devices up quickly, and I never have to worry about running out of juice.
Other that all this, I have a few miscellaneous things here and there. That’s my main video work equipment. I hope it helped and gave you some ideas for things you may need for your own video recording adventures. 😉
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