Resources and Card Stuff

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. You can also find more resources directly on Amazon in my Custom Amazon Shop.


Ultra Pro Regular 3/4 Toploaders

These are the best toploaders for most of your cards. I prefer these over BCW. I tend to buy them by the case, but they are linked Here. This is a deal for 200 toploaders and 200 soft sleeves. Ultra Pro is really my go-to for almost all of my card supplies.

Ultra Pro 200 Regular TOPLOADERS Standard + 200 Free Sleeves New Top Load Lot
  • Quantity: 200 Top loaders
  • Keeps cards clean
  • 3" X 4"
  • Prevents damage
  • Card size: 2-1/2 x 3-1/2


Using peel-and-stick envelopes will make it less of a hassle for your favorite celebrity to return your item, who wants to lick a standard envelope? This is a great deal on a 500 count security lined bo of 6 3/4 envelopes – perfect for your TTM “return” envelope! You can find them on amazon here

Return Envelopes (6 3/4)

EnDoc #6 3/4 Security Tinted Self Seal Envelopes - White 6 1/2 x 3 5/8 Inches Peel and Seal Envelope, For Home, Office, Business, or School - 500 Pack
  • 6 3 4 BUSINESS ENVELOPES – High Quality Easy Close Office Envelopes are Perfect for Sending Forms, Checks, Invoices, Invitations, Cards, Photos, Memos & Beyond
  • CONVENIENT PEEL AND STICK – User Friendly Design Speeds Up Stuffing & Sending w/ Super Strong Sticker Adhesive Already Applied; No More Gummed Closure
  • HEAVY 24LB CONSTRUCTION – Unbendable White Kraft Paper Stands Up to Postal Journey; Hard, Sturdy, Professional Weight Won’t Rip, Tear, Fold, Crinkle or Crease
  • STANDARD TINTED SECURITY – Extra Thick, Opaque Material, Intricate Security Pattern & No Windows Ensure Utmost Confidentiality for Private Correspondence
  • SAVE MORE ON BULK SUPPLY – Stock Up & Take Advantage of Best Pricing; Choose from 250 Pack or 500 Count Box for Home, Office, School, Wedding, Etc.

Video Gear

Camera – Canon T7i

I use a Canon T7i for all of the video where it is me on camera. I love it because it has a flip out screen, which makes it easy to compose the shot while I am sitting behind the desk. It has served me very well.

SD Cards

I use a variety of SD cards for the camera, but have had the best luck with PNY cards specifically designed for HD camera.

SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K UHD, SD Card - SDSDXXY-128G-GN4IN
  • Shot speeds up to 90MB/s, transfer speeds up to 170MB/s [requires a compatible device capable of reaching such speeds, such as the SanDisk SD UHS I card reader (sold separately)] | Based on internal testing; Performance may be lower depending upon host device, interface, usage conditions and other factors 1MB=1,000,000 bytes; X = 150KB/sec
  • Perfect for shooting 4K UHD video (1) and sequential burst mode photography, (1)Full HD (1920x1080) and 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video support may vary based upon host device, file attributes and other factors. Compatibility - Compatible with microSDHC and microSDXC supporting host devices
  • Capture uninterrupted video with UHS Speed Class 3 (U3) and video Speed Class 30 (V30)(2) | (2)UHS Speed Class 3 designates a performance option designed to support 4K UHD video recording with enabled UHS host devices; UHS video speed class 30 (V30), sustained video capture rate of 30MB/s, designates a performance option designed to support real time video recording with UHS enabled host devices
  • Built for and tested in harsh conditions (3): Temperature Proof, Water Proof, shock Proof, and X ray Proof, (3)Card only
  • System ram type: ddr3l_1600_sdram


I have a microphone mounted to the flash mount on top of the camera. 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.

Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone with Rycote Lyre Shockmount
  • A true shotgun microphone designed for camcorders, DSLR cameras and portable audio recorders as primary and reference audio
  • The 1/2" condenser capsule provides broadcast-quality audio via a 3.5mm connector with an incredibly low self-noise of just 14db
  • The Rycote Lyre based shock mounting system provides isolation from external factors that may cause unwanted rumble and vibrations


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.

PBL Studio Photography Video Light Kit Continuous Lighting Kit Video Lighting EZ 24"x 24" Softbox Photographic Lighting
  • Two (2) EZ Softboxes 24in x 24in Heavy Duty Extra Thick Material
  • Two (2) Fluorescent Photo Light Bulbs 5500k
  • Two (2) 7ft Light Stands with Carry Bags
  • One (1) Carry bag
  • These are the Original PBL EZ softboxes


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