Have you watched any YouTube videos today? Studies show that one billion hours of video content is consumed on YouTube each day. If you have your own YouTube channel, that’s 2 billion potential consumers you could be reaching every month. A great benefit of YouTube is the creative freedom to create a “How-To” series or just document your travel adventures. It’s your channel and you get to decide what it looks like. Keep reading to learn more about the best video gear to have when you start producing your own YouTube videos.

Mirrorless Cameras

Entrepreneur using mirrorless camera to film YouTube video
Entrepreneur using mirrorless camera to film YouTube video

There is an old saying that says the best camera is the one you have on you. For most people today, this is your smartphone. Some phones even shoot 4k video now, a sought-after feature in most DSLR cameras.

A camera is necessary to film videos for your YouTube channel but which camera to get is a matter of preference and budget. If you don’t want to use a smartphone to film your videos, a great place to start is a mirrorless camera. These cameras are used by everyone, from beginners to professionals. They have become very affordable and shoot quality video, making them a popular choice for anyone looking for a camera.

It is important to think about what you will be using the camera to film and what features are a must when you start your search. This will help you sort through the options while maintaining your budget goal for your camera.

Shotgun Mics

Entrepreneur speaking into shotgun mic on video camera
Entrepreneur speaking into shotgun mic on video camera

Have you ever watched a video with a horrible sound quality? It’s memorable, right? This isn’t the effect you want in your videos and audio is just as important as the visual video on the screen. You can buy a $5,000 camera, but if people can’t hear anything, they won’t watch your videos.

Many people will invest in an external microphone that attaches to the camera. These are called shotgun microphones and are a popular, high-quality option that allow you to achieve great sound quality without having to set up an entire audio system.

Ring Lights

Entrepreneur using ring light to film YouTube video
Entrepreneur using ring light to film YouTube video

The use of light, whether it’s natural or artificial, is important for your videos. Shooting a video in a room at night with no lights would be difficult to see. Proper lightning is aesthetically pleasing to the eye and allows the viewer to focus on the content instead of trying to decipher what is going on in the video.

You may already have great lighting options around your house. If not, a simple ring light is what several vloggers and YouTube creators use when they are talking to the camera and don’t have natural light to work with.

A Tripod or Stabilizer to Hold Your Camera

Entrepreneur mounting camera on tripod
Entrepreneur mounting camera on tripod

This is a piece of equipment that is valuable to have in order to deliver stable footage. Holding your camera in a locked position on a gimbal stabilizer or tripod will allow you to shoot the video without worry about potentially shaky footage.

When you are choosing a tripod or stabilizer to hold your camera on, it is important to consider the camera size you will have on it. If your camera is heavy, it may require a more robust tripod than a lighter camera would. This piece of equipment will save you time when you are editing because you won’t have to worry about shaky footage.

Video Editing Software

Entrepreneur using video editing software to cut together YouTube video
Entrepreneur using video editing software to cut together YouTube video

This is how you convert your videos from raw footage to a visual masterpiece. Editing software is the key to elevating your videos and adding all of those effects that you see people using on YouTube to make their videos more interesting. There are a range of options when it comes to video editing, anywhere from free to a monthly or yearly subscription.

Free options like Windows Movie Maker or iMovie are great to start with. In these programs, you will learn how to position and trim clips, as well as add titles and audio to the production. Once you have mastered the concept of editing the videos in a program like this, you can look into more advanced options like Adobe Premiere.

Get Started Today

Now that you have learned more about the video gear that you need, you can get started on producing your own YouTube videos. Start by brainstorming what type of videos that you would like to make and then begin filming! If you don’t have a huge budget for this, start small and invest in more gear as you grow!

Have any more ideas on best video gear for beginners? Let us know down in the comments.

This article originally published on GREY Journal.