At Info Recap my vision is to publish infotainment videos on my YouTube Channel and interesting articles on my blog for smart seekers. I use variety of gear and software for my video production and blogging. So I thought of sharing the video gear and editing software I use so that you can get started with your blog or YouTube channel.
Audio-video gear, editing software and website tools that I’m going to share to you in this post will cost you few bucks. I would say you are investing into your future. It’s worth spending on something you love. Seriously I used to procrastinate things thinking, what if I don’t get any returns on my investment? I was totally wrong, once you invest in something you start working autonomously and eventually you will reach your goal. So my friend don’t hesitate now, take an action and invest few bucks towards your future.
Disclaimer: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means I get small amount of commission when you buy any product after clicking the link.
Audio Video Gear for YouTube Creators
Because videos are my primary concentration first I would like to share the video shooting and lighting equipment I use for my video production. I’m going to share Amazon links to every product so that you too can check that particular product on Amazon.
Camera: Canon EOS 70D – I started my video shooting with this cam. This is a mid-range DSLR cam that can shoot Full HD (1920×1080) resolution video up to 30 fps. It has flip-out LCD touchscreen and WiFi connectivity. Video and Image quality is very impressive on this camera. In low budget I recommend Nikon D5500 and also it’s one of the best entry level DSLR for beginners.
Camera Lens: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 – Either you can buy Canon 70D body alone or with standard 18-135mm lens. But I recommend using 50mm lens because images or video look more bright and auto-focus is too good when it comes to shooting moving objects. For Nikon DSLR cams I recommend Nikkon AF-S FX Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G lens.
Memory Card: SanDisk Extreme 32GB – When shooting in Full HD, your memory card should write at faster rates as cam. This card writes at a speed of 90 MB/s so there will be no interruptions in video recording.
DSLR Remote: Canon RS60 E3 – It’s frustrating to walk to cam every time you want to control shutter or focus. Using this remote you can control cam shutter from your place itself. If you have any in house camera operator to help you with you don’t need this. But I recommend buying it for ease.
Wireless Mic: Sennheiser EW 100-ENG G3-A – Audio quality is equally important as video. In fact initially I struggled with audio quality. I tried many mics and finally settled with this wireless microphone for it’s superior audio quality. If you don’t have high budget you can opt for Aputure A.LAV omnidirectional lavalier multipurpose mic. This particular mic you can use with DSLR cams, PC and smartphone.
Tripod: Ravelli ALT4 61-inch – It’s difficult to shoot videos by holding DSLR cam in hands. Videos will be shaky or distorted. So tripod is must for steady shots and smooth rotation.
Lights: Neewer 700W Lighting Kit – For better exposure I recommend using lights which also improves video quality. If you are shooting outdoors or have enough natural light in your shooting area then you don’t need any lighting.
Green Backdrop: Prism Chromakey Green – All my videos have different backgrounds either solid color or animation. Having any color backdrop helps in keying background and replace it with any cool animation or gradient color.
Video Editing Software for YouTube Videos
Most of the video editing software I use are developed by Adobe. I’m a Adobe Creative Cloud Member which is a monthly subscription. Adobe Creative Cloud suite offer 20 software for video or audio editing and animation. I use only few software for my regular work.
Adobe Premiere Pro – If you are a beginner then Premiere Pro is the video editing software you should start working with. Using this software we can delete unwanted scenes, trim video, join individual clips, color grading and audio editing.
Adobe Audition – This software is useful for recording and editing audio. We can do music mixing, clean noisy audio using various inbuilt tools.
Adobe After Effects – This software takes video editing to the next level. We can create motion graphics, visual effects and color grading using this software.
Adobe Photoshop – I guess Photoshop needs no introduction. It is the best image editing software on the planet. I use this software to edit images that I use in my videos or in my blog articles.
Adobe Illustrator – This software is useful for creating artworks, icons, vector images, logos and sketches. I rarely use this software. Depth or image quality will be high in Illustrator that’s why creators use this software for log designing and artwork designing.
filmconvert – This is a plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects. This plugin is used for color grading to give filmy look to your videos. It has many presets based on the DSLR camera you are using.
SPL De-Verb – When shooting indoors sound gets bounced on hard walls, floor creating reverb or echo. De-Verb plugin removes reverb or echo in audio and makes audio sound better.
Though my primary concentration is on my YouTube channel, I also publish text version of my YouTube videos as articles on my blog. Following are the tools I use to run my website.
Hosting: Bluehost – I run my website on self-hosted WordPress. My website is hosted on Bluehost one of the leading hosting providers. Their server uptime is close to 99.8% and their customer support is top notch. You can call or chat with them anytime to get the support you needed.
Domain Registration: GoDaddy – It is the largest domain registrar. They also offer ssl certificate, domain privacy, website building tools and hosting.
WordPress Theme: Theme X – As I said I’m running my website on self hosted WordPress, theme plays important role in look and feel of the website. Theme X is the #1 selling WordPress with which you can customize literally everything related to WordPress site. Also theme X comes with a 15+ free plugins bundle which no other themes are offering.
YouTube Plugin – TubeBuddy – TubeBuddy is a #1 YouTube channel management browser plugin. It offers many tools for creators to increase their productivity. You can get content ideas, competitor analysis, channel analytics, backup, A/B testing. It saves lot of time for creators and we know time is money.
Online Courses for YouTube Creators
Most of us are not professional at video or photo editing. Before I launched Info Recap I have taken few online courses to make sure that I have necessary video and photo editing skills to make my YouTube videos look better. I personally recommend Udemy, an online learning platform which offers courses on variety of topics. On Udemy if you buy any course, you will get lifetime access to it and a course completion certificate. In addition to that you can feature those nano-degrees in your resume which will be a boost to your career. I have done below courses on Udemy and I strongly recommend you to take up these courses before you launch your YouTube channel.
Adobe Photoshop CC Course – Obviously Photoshop is the best place to start any multimedia course. You need to learn Photoshop for 2 reasons. One is to edit images that you want to feature in your video and the other one is to create stunning thumbnails for your YouTube videos and promo materials. This particular course is the most comprehensive Photoshop course on Udemy with 140 lectures of 30 hours duration.
Adobe Premiere Pro CC MasterClass – Adobe Premiere Pro is a video editing software using which you start editing raw video footage. On Premiere Pro you can cut, delete unwanted clips or sequence individual clips. You can adjust audio levels, color grade the scene and add scene transitions. You can also do some text and image effects. This particular course is from Infinite Skills, one of the largest e-Learning companies. This course has 128 lectures of 18 hours duration.
The Complete Guide to After Effects – Once you have done with fine tuning your video, next step is to introduce some visual graphics to your video. After Effects is the best visual graphics or 2D, 3D motion graphics software in the world. Even Hollywood graphic designers use Adobe After Effects in their movie production. This course is from Phil Ebiner, one the finest online instructors. This course has 122 lectures of 12 hours duration.
Camera Confidence: Be Better On Camera – Okay now you have necessary multimedia skills and it’s time to hit the camera. Even though you are a very proactive person in outside world, when it comes to speaking on cam we all feel a bit nervous. This particular course from Christian Hartnett makes you feel more confident when speaking on a cam. He is a journalist and an on-air professional. This course has 56 lectures of 2.5 hours duration.
Video Production & Video Marketing Master – When we plan to shoot video we get many questions in our brain like what are the best camera settings, how to setup lighting and how to record audio. This particular course by Ryan Stones clears all your video production doubts and also you will learn effective video marketing strategies. This course has 94 lectures of 7.5 hours duration.
Complete Guide to YouTube – So now you are ready to publish videos on your YouTube channel. If you are new to YouTube, you might be searching here and there about YouTube tips like getting more video views, more channel subscribers and YouTube videos and channel best practices. So I strongly recommend this course by Phil Ebiner which provides everything you need to know about YouTube channel management. This course has 105 lectures of 6.5 hours duration.
That’s all folks. I hope that I covered everything related to audio-video gear, software and tools to start your YouTube channel or online video business and get going. I will keep updating this page whenever I encounter any new tools or software that will ease your video production process. Now before leaving this I request you to subscribe to my YouTube channel where I publish infotainment videos for smart seekers 🙂