Content Creation Tools

Here is a list of everything I have purchased for filming content and an honest review of all of it along with when to use what. (some of these may be amazon affiliate links that I may get paid a minor amount for introducing you to the product - this in no way changes my comments and thoughts mentioned below).

Microphones:

I just got this and it seems to be working well so far. It is 2 lapel mics (so when I'm interviewing someone they have one too) and the receiver connects to my iPhone.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B09X114FP9/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?smid=A209UUQT8O7JCV&psc=1

There are times when I'm not filming with my phone but rather with an actual camera. This is the mic that I use and mount it on the camera. It has always worked really well. I put the fuzzy hat on it.

https://www.amazon.com/Movo-VXR10-Microphone-Windscreen-Smartphones/dp/B0723D3FVL/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=movo+mic&qid=1670468128&sprefix=movo+mic%2Caps%2C140&sr=8-3

Gimbal:

This is the gimbal I want to get. I have tried 2 before and I like them both. However I want this one because it will still allow me to put the lapel mic receiver on the phone without interfering with the balance. This has been a point of frustration for me for a while so I have research this a lot. I look forward to getting it soon.

https://amzn.to/3uz2pGI

Green Screen:

I really like this green screen and have used it multiple times. I wanted to be sure it was tall enough for anyone I might be interviewing and wide enough to fit 2 people. Plus it easily collapses and fits under a bed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MS0E9WE/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A1OL2QPKLA93XC&psc=1

Lighting:

At my desk I decided to get a bright lamp to help with mood because of the seasons. Frankly, I use it for video more than anything else. I just keep it on my desk and turn it on and my lighting always looks great on film. People ask me all the time what lighting I use.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078JLZ3X9/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=A322B1K7AG4NNU&psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hardygroupre-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=4d31dc3057e7d82994c37c453e685c6c&camp=1789&creative=9325

After filming with my green screen and the ring light I found that there were often shadows on the green screen which made it harder for editing. These are small lights that I keep at about knee height but closer to the screen than me and just point them at the screen. This keeps the screen the same color at all times. As a benefit, since they are battery operated I bring them with me when doing an interview so we have light on us if needed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00UKEJB60/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=APGNKGIBL58YH&psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hardygroupre-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=602b463534d6ea54fbe235bbc8e22e6e&camp=1789&creative=9325

The person that advised me on buying the smaller lights directly above, said he always brought back-up batteries because he had run out of batteries in the middle of an interview. I purchase these but I've never had that problem. Yet I bring them with me charged every time just in case.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Y31FHC/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=A2ISCC5HPW8KU9&psc=1&_encoding=UTF8&tag=hardygroupre-20&linkCode=ur2&linkId=17e36a4daca70c51f4db47370abc01fc&camp=1789&creative=9325

Camera:

When I decided to get a teleprompter I also decided to get a better camera. I did a bunch of research on which one seemed particularly good for content creation. This Canon is the one I went with. The only time I use it is for use with the teleprompter since I'm using my iphone in the teleprompter. I actually really love this camera however I think it is in no way needed - it's just a fun to have.

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