YouTube Video Equipment List for Beginners

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Learning how to make videos is a powerful and profitable skill. Not only can it get you more exposure on the second biggest search engine (YouTube) it also enables you to eventually create digital products in the form of courses.

If you’re ready to get started making videos, consider this your video creator starter kit.

Canon SL 2 / 200D – Best Starter Camera For Studio Recording

SL 2 with a Kit Lens. Click to check it out on Amazon.

This my personal camera I use for all my studio shots. It’s the lowest price DSLR you can get, has a flip out screen so you can actually frame yourself into the shot with ease and it has a mic jack.

It’s a DSLR and pairs well with some excellent Canon lenses without needing an additional expensive speed booster.

Lastly, it’s tiny and produces video quality on par with Canon’s more expensive cameras.

What about the SL3?

The Sl2 is still the better option. Primarily because it can record in 24p. 24p is look similar to what you see on TV.

What about the M50?

The M50 is the primary alternative to the SL2. An excellent, small camera. The only issue is that it’s lens selection is more limited than the SL2. The video quality is also not as good (in my opinion) as the SL2.

Cons of the SL2

The SL2 has no stabilization. Which means you can’t walk and shoot with this camera as the footage is simply too shaky and unusable. It’s an excellent studio camera, but terrible for vlogging.

The M50 however, has digital stabilization which is pretty mediocre but better than nothing.

10-18 mm Wide Angle Lens

For video creators you either want to have a wide angle look or you want to have a blurry background look.

I prefer a wide angle look ans use the outstanding 10-18mm wide angle lens from Canon.

It’s compatible with the SL2 right out of the box.

Super wide angle lens.

Zoom H2N – Excellent Microphone

Small, portable, excellent sound

The Zoom H2N (see the price on Amazon) is a marvel of a microphone. Excellent price point, very rich and full sounding. I use this microphone for all my screen capture videos and my talking head videos when in my apartment (instead of using the Rhode Video Micro).

If you’re going to be making any type of explainer video or doing any sort of screen capture you’re going to need an outsanding microphone capable of producing high quality sound. That microphone is the Zoom H2N.

Sony FDR X3000 – Best travel vlogging camera

This is the best travel vlogging camera I have ever used. Can record in 4k, wide angle lens, good audio, battery lasts for 2 hours.

This camera can also be mounted on a cheap selfie stick, can plug in an external mic and has excellent mechanical stabilization.

This is the perfect camera for travel vlogging without question.

Looks like a tiny camcorder.

Rhode Video Micro – Best Cheap Microphone

Small and light

Rhode Video Micro is a wonderful, small microphone that produces some excellent sound. It’s also tiny and light weight. Paired with the SL2, you have a small, light DSLR setup that can produce great video and excellent sound.

While the audio is not quite as deep and rich as it’s bigger, bulkier and more expensive brother, the Video Mic Pro (opens in a new tab) – for the price you get an excellent small microphone.

I use this when outside and using the SL2.

Elements – Western Digital External Hard Drive

Essential for any video creator.

When you start making videos you’ll quickly see how much space they take up on your laptop. I use this portable external hard drive to store various video clips, website reviews and finished videos.

I like this particular external hard drive because it’s so small, so portable and you get enough storage space to last you for years.

You’re going to need an external hard drive, I’ve always had great experiences with Western Digital products.

Snag It – Screen Capture Software

My screen capture software of choice. If you’re using a Windows machine get a copy of Snag It for all your screen recording needs. Don’t waste time with annoying free software. Snag It is very affordable, it’s a one time fee and it works great.

If you’ve been wondering how I record my screen, I use Snag It to get the job done.

Hit Film Express – Free Video Editor

Hit Film is a powerful video editor. It has a free version and a much more feature rich paid version. Hit Film is just as every bit powerful as the industry standard Adobe Premier Pro without the monthly subscription. Hit Film Express is totally free to use and there are a lot of tutorials for you to learn how to use the powerful software.

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