Video Tools, Cameras, & Equipment

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Cameras

Panasonic GH4 Camera
This is hands down my favorite camera! I know many vloggers love the Canon 70D/80D for YouTube (I used to be a Canon fan) – but the GH4 kills the Canon for video. You can record for 30+ mins, 4K video, & use it as my web cam for webinars with the HDMI port!
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II
This camera is the best pocket camera for vlogging, video, and photos around. The picture is amazing for a travel size camera. The only downside is there is no mic-input (hence why it isn’t my primary camera).

Lenses

Panasonic Lumix G X 12-35mm F/2.8 Lens
This is my go-to all around lens! If I had to pick one lens for the Panasonic GH4 this one would be it. You need longer arms to vlog with this lens (so for vlogging the Panasonic 7-14mm is better in my opinion). Otherwise for everything else this lens is awesome!
Panasonic Lumix G 7-14mm f/4 Lens
If you are looking for a vlogging lens than this is the one to get! Great wide angle if you plan to point it at yourself.
Olympus M.Zuiko 25mm f/1.8 Lens
This lens is a super sharp lens for the micro 4/3 camera. It is a prime lens and great in low light. I really like it when I film on my glass board.
Olympus M.Zuiko 45mm f/1.8 Lens
Another great lens to have if you are looking for a bit more zoom or depth. I like this one for portrait shots or for when when I travel.

Microphones & Audio Equipment

Countryman B3 LAV Mic
This is a wonderful stealthy mic. It is tiny and a fantastic mic to hide on video. This is the one I often use when I am on video.
Sennheiser EW 112-p G3
If I am working on my glass board or have some distance between my camera and myself, then I need to use wireless mics. This is the wireless mic that I like to use.
Rode Video Mic GO
If you have a DSLR camera and need an external mic, but you don’t want to deal with a lav or lapel mic – then this is the mic to go with.
Scarlett Solo Audio Interface (2nd Gen)
I use this audio interface for various mic inputs. This is great for individuals. If you need multi-inputs then Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 (2nd Gen) Audio Interface is another good one to check out.

Tripods and Supports

Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Tripod
This is my primary tripod that I use. It is heavy duty, incredibly adjustable, tall, and has an extension arm that can be parallel to the ground (great for overhead shots).
Gorillapod Tripod
I like Gorillapod tripods for holding my C920 webcams. They are incredibly flexible and attach to almost anything!

Backgrounds and Lighting

Savage Seamless BG Paper
Background paper is a necessity if you want a smooth background for your shot (smoother than muslim sheets). Thunder Gray is my favorite color!
5x7ft Collapsible Greenscreen
This is the green screen that I use. It is collapsible and has a blue side as well!
CowboyStudio 2000 Watt Lighting Kit
This is the lighting kit that I use to light up my studio. The lights are great as they have multiple bulbs so even if one burns out you can continue to film (compared to some other kits that only have one special bulb).
19" Ring Light
A ring light gives a little soft glow to important elements. I use it to smooth out the skin and have a clearer picture. It is also great for lighting up specific objects where you need a camera in the middle of the frame.

Additional Goodies

Wasabi Power Battery Panasonic
Additional batteries for the Panasonic GH4 – the Wasabi Power Batteries hold a great long charge!
Transcend 128GB SD Card
Storage memory cards for my Panasonic GH4.
Transcend SDHC Card Reader
You have to be able to read your camera’s memory cards. This is my SDHC card reader. It is small, but it works!