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Hey Friends! Happy Tuesday! Can you believe we're in the last week of January? If one of your goals for the year was to start a YouTube Channel, but you've put it off, guess what, you still have time! In fact you have 11 more months!! LOL! This is not a "hurry and start now" post! This is a "don't rush yourself, take the time you need to prepare, and have fun" post!! Lets face it, YouTube is tough. It's not easy recording yourself and sharing it with the world, so its important to take your time and start when you're ready! Today I'm going to share with you some of the equipment I use EVERY time I record a video for my YouTube channel!
First thing we're gonna start with is probably the most important thing (my opinion).....LIGHTS! You thought I was going to say camera right?! LOL! Okay for lights, I love to use natural light (window)! I did purchase this lighting set from Amazon but I rarely use it. I don't have enough sewing space to keep it up, so I don't bother with the set up and take down. One thing I will say with natural light is you can't control it (duh Brittany), so take that into account when you're thinking about what light source you'll want to use! I'm thinking of purchasing a ring light soon to help with the lighting consistency throughout my videos.
Next is camera! You have to record with something right?! Some people use their smartphones, some iPad, I use this camera here! This is the only camera I use right now for recording and I love it! Its really easy to use. I don't know all the ins and outs of it yet, but I watched tons of Youtube videos to teach me the basics. I use the kit lens (18-55mm) that came with the camera and I also have Canon 50mm 1.8 lens (doesn't get much use, but I have it).
So now that we have good lighting, and an awesome camera/phone, what will you sit it on while recording??? I use this basic Amazon tripod and its been holding up great! Its a lightweight tripod, but does the job. It holds my DSLR with no problem. I also use this tripod when I'm doing sew with me videos for the overhead angle. This one is sturdy and I love it. I would not use a heavy DSLR on this camera unless you have it rigged up so it doesn't tilt and fall over. I also use this remote clicker sometimes while recording.
Editing is next! I'll start by saying I use a MacBook Pro. When I started out with Youtube I used iMovie, but early last year, I started using Final Cut Pro X. I love them both, iMovie was perfect when I first started because I knew NOTHING about editing a video. Once I got comfortable with that, and wanting to play a little more, add a few more presets, I upgraded. When I want to get fancy with my videos (which I need to do more of) I'll add a couple presets that I purchased from Pixel Film Studios (here, and here). I've used these to circle around something, and add text.
Now lets talk about sound! I record during the day, so its always noisy in my house! LOL! With haul videos, or scripture shares, because they are shorter, I can get everybody distracted with a snack and movie. However, with my Sew With Me videos....nobody will be quiet that long. LOL! So I ALWAYS go back and do voiceovers for the sewing part of the video. I use this mic, and it works perfect to give me that clear sound for my videos.
So there you have it! Everything that I use when I record for Youtube. If you're just starting out, I recommend researching cost, as well as create a list of things that are MUST buys, and things that can wait. Lighting my can wait if you have windows available, but if you don't, lighting may be at the top of your list. Also I've been asked a couple times about my Peg Board thats behind me in all of my videos. I purchased it from Lowes. My neighbor was kind enough to frame it me, and I spray painted it black.
I really do hope this post was helpful to you and good luck starting your channel this year!!