I am routinely asked what kind of equipment I use to create my TTM videos for YouTube, so I thought I would my gear list up as a resource for everybody to refer to. If you have any questions about video or podcasting gear, please send me an email or use the contact form and I will do my best to answer them.
I use a Canon T3i for all of the video where it is me on camera. I love the T3i because it has the flip out screen, which makes it easy to compose the shot while I am sitting behind the desk. There is a newer model, the T4i that is also relatively inexpensive, or you can opt for one of the higher-end Canon DSLR’s. The T3i is a good mid-range camera that can be used for both video and still photography, so it has served me very well.
I use a variety of flash cards for the camera, but have had the best luck with PNY cards specifically designed for HD camera.
I have a microphone mounted to the flash mount on top of the T3i. The microphone I chose is the Rode VideoMic Pro. It has a great sound and is something I can use for other projects as well. When using the Mic, I set the gain switch to be in the middle. It took a bit of experimenting to find the correct settings, but once I did, it was a lot easier than messing with a lapel mic.
For lights I use a simple 2-point light system rather than a traditional 3. The light kit I chose is called the PBL STUDIO PHOTOGRAPHY VIDEO LIGHT KIT CONTINUOUS LIGHTING KIT VIDEO LIGHTING EZ 24″ x 24″ SOFTBOX. It does remarkable well for such an inexpensive kit. The bulbs are 5500K daylight bulbs, which helps me adjust the settings for the camera, making everything look like natural light.
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