šŸŽ¬ YouTube Gear

šŸŽ¬ YouTube Gear

If I could go back in time and tell myself where to invest in order to grow fast on YouTube, it would be:

  1. Set a realistic budget
  2. Spend that budget on Audio > Lighting > Lens > Camera (in that order, more on why below)
  3. Purchase a popular video editing software like Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro then use FREE plugins like those from Ryan Nangle to start off with before moving onto paid ones (options down below)

The Hardware

šŸŽ™ Audio

people are willing to sit through bad video, but never poor audio
  • Rode VideoMicro - Started off with this one! Great on-camera microphone to start off with since it's good value for the money. If you have a limited budget start here, and it's super lightweight so it's perfect for vlogs
  • Rode VideoMic Pro+ - What I currently use since I keep it attached to a stand at home. The audio is a pretty decent upgrade but it's actually a bit more annoying to use vs. the VideoMicro
  • Blue Yeti USB Mic - I use this for voiceovers (my vlogs for example). This is connected to my MacBook so I use it to record audio only directly into Audacity

šŸ’” Lighting

the difference between good and poor lighting is *literally* night and day
  • Aputure Light Storm LS C120d II - I use this as a Key Light along with the Aputure Light Dome II. I actually think the dome matters more than the light itself since you want to diffuse the light as much as possible (the larger the dome the better) so you can go for a cheaper light like those from Godox
  • Aputure AL-MC - I use this little bad boys as my fill lights. I actually have 4 of these since I got the travel kit. You can download the Sidus Link app to control them from your phone and change the colors to suit your needs!
  • Elgato Key Light Air - Since the Aputure lights are too hard to carry around with me when I travel, I use the Elgato Key Light Air for when I'm on the road. It only has 3 pieces so I can stuff it into my luggage pretty easily

šŸ”Ž Lens

a good lens will make up for a "bad" camera body

I'm not a lens expert so I basically relied on advice from Think Media, Ali Abdaal, and Peter McKinnon. That being said, I think my choices have been pretty good:

  • Sigma 16mm f/1.4 - BEST STARTER LENS EVER. This lasted me for 6 whole months when I first started out! The price-to-reward ratio for this lens is INSANE (see one of my earlier videos for an example)
  • Sony E-mount FE 24mm F1.4 GM - Got this for myself as a birthday present but to be extremely honest with you the difference between this and the Sigma was minimal #noregretsthough (see this video for an example)

šŸ“ø Camera & Peripherals

Sony cameras are apparently better for video, and Canon for stills
  • Sony A7III - Not much to say here. Got this and hoping it will last me for at least a few years
  • Atomos Ninja V - I didn't think I needed this until... I got it. Apart from being able to see myself when I film, the codec that the Atomos outputs makes editing the footage super fast and smooth
  • Manfrotto Befree Advanced Tripod - I have this setup at home and don't touch it, so the height and position are usually fixed without me having to adjust before every shoot
  • Peak Design Travel Tripod Ā - My "secondary" tripod that I use to shoot my thumbnails with (adjusting height, angle, etc) and I bring this with me when I travel since it's so sturdy
  • Samsung T7 Portable SSD - I am an extremely careful person so I backup all my final videos. I have two 2TB drives so it will probably take me at least 1-2 years to fill it all up
  • DJI OM 4 Smartphone Gimbal Stabilizer - This is a must-have if you want to film stable shots on-the-go. I use this mainly for my vlogs (i.e. NOT the talking head videos). The setup is so easy (the magnetic mount is AMAZING) and the features are more than enough for my needs

The Software

šŸŒ Thumbnails

  • Canva.com - Surprisingly easy to use. I use the free version for the first 5-6 videos then decided to purchase the Pro version because I wanted to use my own color scheme and their "PRO" elements (some icons are only available for "PRO" users for example). To be fair, I know successful YouTubers who use Google Slides or PowerPoint for their thumbnails

šŸŽ¶ Music

  • Epidemic Sound - Been using them since Ali recommended the platform in his Skillshare course and it's been great so far! Particularly like how they would recommend me music similar to the tracks I've been using, so I don't have to spend hours going through tracks and picking ones that "go" with my videos

šŸ–„ Screen Recording

  • CleanShot X for Mac - I was really hesitant to pay for a screenshot / screen recording app since Quicktime seemed to be just fine but the functionalities of CleanShot is well worth it. I can edit my screenshots and recordings in a few clicks AND I can choose to show the keys that I'm typing, which is super helpful for my tutorial videos