Gear Used in Youtube Videos

I'm a financial advisor on youtube, but the gear used in my videos and podcasts can be used for any talking head videos or podcasts.  While you can start with a phone camera, I recommend starting with a small but dedicated setup.  The creative workflow is just so much easier with a dedicated rig.

I started making videos with a DSLR camera that I already had but have upgraded all of my gear over time.  Today I use the Sony a6400 as my primary camera and the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E.  I like the camera field of view because I can put the camera very close to me to reach out touch it without getting up.  I also have a tiny office, so the space savings is a big deal for me.

Primary Camera Sony a6400 https://amzn.to/3lLQpOT

Primary lens Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DN Contemporary Lens for Sony E https://amzn.to/3xyXqVp

I use the Sony a6100 as my overhead camera because it's a little cheaper than the a6400.  When I wrote this, I can't even remember what the a6400 does better, but the price was the main reason for going with a different model.

Overhead Camera a6100 https://amzn.to/3yyzouZ

Overhead Lens https://amzn.to/37uAM66

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max https://amzn.to/2uI1xUj

I only use this for syncing audio now, but it's still a good starter mic.  I also never sync audio anymore with my setup, but I still have it.

Main Camera Sync Audio Mic Rode Video Micro https://amzn.to/38HyVcH

Greatest podcast style mic. It will not disappoint.  It's amazing. Get it.

Shure SM7B Microphone https://amzn.to/2GtYNN3

Most videos today are used with this mic setup.  It's clean and easy to use.

Sennheiser Pro Audio MKH416 https://amzn.to/3ivrddt

A must if you have the Sure SM7B.

Cloud Microphones Cloud lifter for Sure SM7B https://amzn.to/37AmdMH RODE PSA 1

I own 3 of these boom arms now.  Enough said.  Get it.

RODE PSA 1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm https://amzn.to/36wG2TJ

It's a good starter light, but I have since upgraded.

Neewer Ring Light https://amzn.to/2t8hnra

Complete game changer.  The Aputure 120d ii is an excellent option used by tons of Youtubers.

Aputure 120d ii https://amzn.to/3iTMM73

The image without the mic is lit with the Aputure 120d II, and the one with the Sure SM7B mic is with my ring light.  Not taken on the same day, but as you can see, it's a world of difference.  It might not matter to some, but I like it better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the look, but I'm not sure that chalk is the best way to go.  I tried high-end chalk and chalk markers, but it's a bit of a mess for my setup.

Chalkboard Paint https://amzn.to/36yNUnU

 

A must for any Youtuber.

Adobe Premiere Pro https://amzn.to/37yD42u

Rode RODECaster Pro Podcast Production Studio https://amzn.to/37JfMZD

 

I don't generally read off of teleprompters, but I still love this setup.  If I need to show a few numbers in front of me, this setup works.  It's small but valuable.

Lilliput A11 10.1" 4k Teleprompter Monitor https://amzn.to/2X1zA8c

Glide Gear Teleprompter https://amzn.to/2U2Vs1U