People have often asked me what I used when making my videos, so I thought it a good idea to create this simple page, complete with descriptions. Please check out your local suppliers for these items – you will get a better deal and much better service than certain online retailers. Support your local dealers!
All of the items here can be recommended without hesitation.
I usually use my trusty Logitech C270 webcam.
Although this model has been updated with the C920 webcam, it still shoots in 1280 HD at 25 FPS.
When 1280 is deemed too low for future requirements, I’ll update to something else but until then, if it does the job, why change it?
As of April 2019, I use an Audio-Technica AT2020 XLR microphone, attached to a swing arm with a pop filter.
This is a great improvement to my previous microphone, a Samson Meteor USB mic.
Of course, this microphone is not in the same league as a Neumann TLM 103, or a Sennheiser 416 shotgun but for the price, it’s an awesome piece of equipment.
In addition to the microphone update, I also had to get an interface and bought the Zoom H5 Recorder. I love this compact device. It can be used as an interface or as a recorder when on the move.
The microphone arm I use is fairly standard and inexpensive.
I can push the mic to one side when I don’t need it and swing it around when recording. Simple, yet effective.
Pop filters can be really expensive but don’t have to be. I know people who have made them out of a coathanger and old stockings (really).
The one I use is inexpensive and effective.
All my videos are produced using Camtasia. I really love this software.
It is flexible, powerful and intuitive to use. It is also very stable, unlike other video editing software that I have used before.
Once you become familiar with its capabilities, you will be able to produce awesome videos in a short space of time.
The sound is processed with Wavelab 9.5 from Steinberg. I used to use Wavelab waaaaaaay back when the current version was something like 2.0 and have now rekindled my love of this wonderful software.
I have bought some excellent online courses, which are listed below. I check these things very carefully and only go for legit and worthwhile courses. A 30-day no-questions-asked refund is a minimum requirement for me and these offer that. Also, credit card details are only requested when you actually want to buy something, which is another positive aspect.
I would like to recommend the Video Ranking Academy. This has helped me to get involved in YouTube and is an excellent course with many positive features and extras. If you’re uncertain about taking the plunge, there is a free masterclass. Check it out – you won’t regret it. There is also access to a closed Facebook group, with great support and help.
That’s all folks – I’ll keep this list updated. Hope you find it useful.