Equipment

Please take a look at our production method and tutorial pages to get a sense for what to be prepared for working with each of the equipment packages outlined below. We have described many tips tricks and checklists to ensure that adding video to your practice is quick and easy. All of our create pages have a pdf link at the bottom of the page for a printer friendly version of this content.

 

Low Budget Video Production

         

Video camera
with “mini” mic input
Canon Vixia HF R400 Full HD Camcorder ($300)

SDHC Memory Card, Class 10 ($15)

Microphone
Pearstone OLM-10 or Audio Technica ATR-3350 (wired) Lavalier Microphone ($23)

Headphones
Sennheiser HD 202-II Closed-Back  On-Ear Stereo Headphones $25

Tripod
Velbon CX-300 ($40)

iPhone Production

        

Your smartphone + $60

Studio Neat Glif Tripod Mount iPhone or iStabilizer Mount ($12-20)
with Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripod ($20)
Audio-Technica ATR-3350 (wired) Lavalier Microphone ($22)
KV Connection iPhone Mic adapter ($24) needed to use external mic with iPhone

DSLR Production

        

Many labs have digital photo cameras that are fully capable of recording HD video already,

models that can record video:

Canon 5D Mark II, Mark III, 7D, 60D, T2i, T3i, T4i Nikon D600, D800, D7000

Microphone
Pearstone OLM-10 or Audio Technica ATR-3350 (wired) Lavalier Microphone ($23)

Webcam software-less production

QuickCapture in YouTube*, Quicktime or iMovie, allows you to simply use a webcam on your laptop or computer to capture interview/talking head style content.

*YouTube requires having an account.

Camera-less production

Narrate a slideshow of images or Powerpoint presentation

Screen capture in Quicktime (Mac) CamStudio or Camtasia (PC)

Editing Videos

In-Camera Editing

Carefully plan your shoot so that you capture your video in one take without editing. We recommend a practice round if you take this approach.

Free Software for editing or simply adding titles

YouTube (online editor)
iMovie (mac free editor)
Windows Live Movie Maker (pc free editor)

Low budget: Adobe Premiere Elements $60

Prosumer: Final Cut X $300

 

Upgrades

Wireless lavalier mic Will give you more flexibility in shooting
EW-112 G3 Sennheiser Wireless Microphone System with Lavalier $630
Improved Tripod for more solid camera support, Pearstone VT2500B Video Tripod System $130

 

 

Recommended Vendor: B&H Photo and Video in NYC
B&H has very helpful customer service staff to discuss what will work best within a given budget

Last Updated July 1, 2013

 

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