Step 2: Get the right equipment
If you’re just getting started there is no need to go and build a TV style recording studio. There are plenty of ways to get started from any kind of budget.
Use what you’ve got!
To be honest, my favourite form of video production is on my iphone. All of these videos below were produced on an iPhone without anything else. Yep, I’m serious. No microphone, no lighting and no fancy producers. The best thing about this form of production is it cuts out all the excuses I often see crop up that stop you from ever getting started. Think of those times that you’ve come up with a grand plan then all of a sudden nothing happens because you didn’t have that one little bit of equipment…
The below videos were filmed in Circular Quay in Sydney with an iPhone…
In this instance, the way to take your video production to the next level is to invest in some audio equipment. At the end of the day, you can get away with it sometimes but very few people are willing to put up with crackly and grainy audio.
See below for recommendations on the type of audio to buy.
If you are looking for a more consistent and higher quality method of production then the first port of call can be borrowing from a buddy! The reason this is a smart move is oftentimes people can go out and spend a small fortune setting up a studio and then realize that it’s not really for them.
If you don’t have any close friends with a camera you can borrow, why not trying a post on Facebook to see if anyone will lend to you?!
There are many great options out there to rent your equipment if you are just getting started, think of it as a try before you buy type approach.
There are great providers of video equipment across Australia:
Of course, buying the equipment is an obvious option and it certainly makes sense to invest for the long term when purchasing your equipment.
The thought of setting up a video studio might sound daunting however it is not as out of reach as you may think. It is important however to be organised and do your research when purchasing as you can very easily buy equipment that both isn’t compatible and just doesn’t fit with your integrated system.
There are many opportunities out there when you are ready to upgrade from filming on your iPhone.
The Mevo is perfect for filming live events and great for live streaming (which is becoming increasingly popular on platforms like Facebook).
The Mevo is a 4k camera that outputs 1080p video. This means that the camera can choose different parts of the 4k video to output at different angles.
The below image shows what the Mevo looks like at time of publishing: