So it is decided! You will become a video blogger and share your own unique knowledge with the world. What kinds of important tools do you need to start? If you've heard of unique talents who managed to get lots of subscribers with nothing except their personality and a smartphone, chalk it up to luck and forget. Today, the video content market is very saturated with really quality products, so if you want to get views and subscribers, you need to work and learn a lot to stand out. We do not suggest hiring a professional video production team that any YouTubers do, even if this path exists. Our goal is to guide you through five main and affordable gadgets each beginner must have to start their own vlog, whether it's a YouTube channel or an alternative (for example, if you want to make a video page for free.) [1
Logically we start with a camera because no video is possible without it. As for the quality of the video, the best (and most expensive) option is a DSLR camera. But if you're on a budget, anything that can record high quality 1080p + video will work for a start.
- Camcorder (like Sony HDRCX405 camcorder ) is a compact, affordable, lightweight and versatile option for various types
- Action Camera ( GoPro Hero6 is said to be the best in a row ) – A lightweight, super compact and waterproof camera designed to shoot extreme and adventurous outdoor videos without compromising on quality (and even beating the counterparts with 4K videos that aren't blowing).
- Webcam ( Logitech C920 HD Pro ) – a cheap, plug-and-play option like
- SLR ( Panasonic Lumix GH4 ) is lighter and smaller than a DSLR (A plus when recording videos on the go) though could compete with the latter.
- DSLR ( Canon EOS Rebel T 5i ) has become a selection of many YouTubers for its superior video recording quality. The price is fierce, but the professional growth opportunities are worth the money.
2. External Microphone
Even the best 4K visual content does not give you views and subscribers if your sound is a nuisance. Built-in microphone cameras are miserable in suppressing background noise, so you need a good external microphone to make sure your audience hears you in every possible environment. Your options are as follows:
- USB microphone (if you can record near the computer) deals with external noise quite well for a relatively small price. Blue Yeti is the most popular among YouTube vloggers.
- Hacker microphone (if the camera has a warm shoe) is a pro in catching sounds in front of it cutting down everything on the sides and back. Red Microphones VideoMic Pro R is a good option for a camcorder, DSLR or a mirrorless camera.
- Lapel mic aka lavalier mic (see RODELink Digital Wireless System ) invisible record high sound from 300 feet away, giving you freedom of movement.
3. Stands and other camera holding / control devices
Stands and camera stabilizers are needed not only to ensure the stability of your videos, but also to make you less dependent on camera function. Here are the options you can choose from, based on your needs:
- It is better to choose a robust and reliable stand that is capable of holding a DSLR and is safe for video recording outside (two great things to try one day ). iKan E-Image EG01A2 is one of the most compact in this area.
- Tabletop stand. This small version is great if you record video at the table, worktop etc. Some models (such as JOBY GorillaPod ) can adapt to different surfaces. Another plus is that such stands can be used as a vlogging stick.
- Gimbal Stabilizer. Shaky videos are terrible. This unit balances your camera with built-in motors / weights to create a perfectly smooth video. You will need it if you plan to record while walking, or use a super-light GoPro action camera.
- Vlogging stick (see Mpow Selfie Stick ).
- Remote Shutter (wired or wireless) is good if you value the ability to start / stop / pause recording from a distance. Although they are usually designed for specific camera brands, they also work for other brands.
Proper light is the key to creating wonderful videos that look professional. With good lighting, even a budget camera will record better videos than a DSLR without it. To control the lighting under low light conditions:
- Ring lights (works best for beauty channels) eliminate shadows from the face, brighten colors and personality more visually appealing. LimoStudio 18 "Ring Light AGG1774 is among vlogger's favorites
- Umbrella Light ( LimoStudio LMS103 ) is a cheap and portable option that provides soft light that can cover a large area and make the background For this purpose, it is often used in the ring light combo box, which only highlights one person.
- Camera lighting (mounted on camera) works best for videos involving people in poorly lit locations. iKan iLED-MA Micro Flood is a good and cheap alternative.
5. Video Editing Software
Since it is virtually impossible to record a great video from the first time, all bloggers need editing software, there are many products on the market and your choice will depend on the price (free or premium) and set of features / frills your creativity requirements Free editors (Windows Movie Maker or iMovie for MAC OS) provide basic features that allow you to n cut and paste clips and add text to your videos. If you want to have fun with your videos and make something professional, you need to pre-empt a premium editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro (subscription) or Final Cut Pro (for MAC users, one-time payment).