My YouTube Recording Equipment

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Have you ever watched one of my tech videos and wondered “What is he using?”.

Wonder no more! This page details all the video and audio recording equipment I use to record videos for my YouTube channels. Those of you who publish videos on a video platform such as YouTube, Twitch, Tik Tok or Instagram, will find it useful :)

YouTube Recording Setup
My main YouTube recording area.

As you will see, I use many different products to create and edit the videos I publish on YouTube. This includes cameras, microphones, lighting, tripods and much more. Enjoy :)

Cameras

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Sony a6500Sony a6500CameraThe Sony a6500 has been my main camera since 2019. It can record up to 4K at 30FPS.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DNSigma 16mm f/1.4 DC DNLensI use a Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens with the Sony a6500. It has a great range and its autofocus is excellent.Buy on Amazon
Sony RX10 IISony RX10 IICameraThe Sony RX10 II is my overhead camera. It supports USB charging and can record up to 4K at 30FPS.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Sony RX100 VIISony RX100 VIICameraThe Sony RX100 VII is a compact digital camera that can record in 4K. I use the camera for B roll, vlogs and other clips outside.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Elgato FacecamElgato FacecamWebcamThe Elgato Facecam is a high-quality 1080p webcam that I use when showing myself in the corner of my videos.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Logitech BrioLogitech BrioWebcamThe Logitech Brio was my main webcam for around five years. I now use it as a secondary webcam for showing other angles during recordings and live streams.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Sony FDR-X3000Sony FDR-X3000Action CameraThe Sony FDR-X3000 is a 4K action camera that was released in 2016. I’ve used it for recording videos in the car as it has good audio. The video quality looks dated now though.Video TestN/A

Video Capture & Editing

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Elgato HD60 S+Elgato HD60 S+USB CaptureI use two Elgato HD60 S+ to capture footage from my main camera and overhead camera. It can support video up to 4K at 30FPS.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Elgato 4K60 Pro (Mark II)Elgato 4K60 ProPCI-E CaptureThe Elgato 4K60 Pro is a PCI-E card that is in my main PC. It can support recording at 1080 240 FPS, 1440p 144 FPS and 4K 60 FPS.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
DaVinci Resolve Speed EditorDaVinci Resolve Speed EditorVideo EditingThe Speed Editor is a custom editing keyboard that helps you edit videos in DaVinci Resolve.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Software

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewPlatform
OBSOBS StudioVideo RecordingI use OBS to record and stream most of my videos. This powerful video application is free to download and easy to use.Audio Filters / ScenesWindows, Mac & Linux
DaVinci ResolveDaVinci ResolveVideo EditingDaVinci Resolve is a fantastic video editor, audio editor and colour grader. The majority of features are free to use, though I upgraded to the studio version of the software.ArticleWindows, Mac & Linux
Screencast-O-MaticScreencast-O-MaticScreen CaptureScreencast-O-Matic is an affordable screen capture application. I’ve used it to create many tutorials over the years.Video ReviewWindows, Mac, iOS, Android & Chromebook
HandbrakeHandbrakeVideo ConversionHandbrake is a useful tool for converting video files to other file formats and codecs.Written ReviewWindows, Mac & Linux
VideoProcVideoProVideo Conversion & DownloaderVideProc is a handy application that can convert video files, record screens and download videos. I use it to download videos fromWritten ReviewWindows & Mac
PhotopeaPhotopeaImage EditingPhotopea is a browser-based image editor that is free to use. I use it to create thumbnails and edit images that are used in videos.Browser
AudacityAudacityAudio EditingAudacity is a feature-rich audio application that is 100% free to use. It’s useful for recording audio and making repairs such as removing background noise.Written ReviewWindows, Mac & Linux
TubeBuddyTubeBuddyYouTube MarketingTubeBuddy provides a number of tools to help YouTubers such as keyword research, analytics and bulk editing.Written ReviewBrowser Extension, Android & iOS
vidIQvidIQYouTube MarketingvidIQ is another useful service that YouTubers will love. It offers keyword research, analytics, daily ideas and more.Browser Extension, Android & iOS

Audio

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Zoom F8Zoom F8Audio Recorder & InterfaceThe Zoom F8 is a professional audio recorder and interface with eight XLR inputs (the latest iteration of it is called the F8n). I use this to connect multiple microphones.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Shure SM7BShure SM7BDynamic Studio MicrophoneI have two Shure SM7Bs in my collection. It’s a high-quality dynamic microphone that sounds amazing.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Shure A26XShure A26XMicrophone ExtensionThe Shure A26X gives the Shure SM7B a little more room when connecting to a boom arm.Buy on Amazon
TritonAudio FetheadTritonAudio FetheadMic BoosterThe Fethead adds 27dB of clean boost to my Shure SM7B, which improves the overall quality of audio recordings.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Audio-Technica AT4053bAudio-Technica AT4053bCondenser Studio MicrophoneThe Audio-Technica AT4053b is a hypercardioid condenser microphone that captures audio from above. I use filters in OBS to remove the background noise it picks up.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
TritonAudio Fethead PhantomTritonAudio Fethead PhantomMic BoosterI use the Fethead Phantom to add 18dB of clean boost to the Audio-Technica AT4053b.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Sony ICD-SX2000Sony ICD-SX2000Audio RecorderThe Sony ICD-SX2000 is a digital voice recorder that is handy for recording audio on the move. It has good built-in microphones but works well with lavalier mics too. Sadly, the recorder is no longer sold by Sony.YouTube ReviewN/A
Blue YetiBlue YetiDesktop Condenser MicrophoneThe Blue Yeti is a USB desktop microphone that is popular with YouTubers. I don’t use the Blue Yeti that often now, though I keep it around as it’s such a versatile microphone. Be sure to use audio filters with it as it tends to pick up a lot of background noise.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
RØDE Wireless Go IIRode Wireless Go IIWireless Lavalier MicrophonesMy RØDE Wireless Go II kit features two wireless units and a receiver. Each remote unit has a built-in microphone and supports lavalier microphones too. Can be used with cameras, smartphones, audio interfaces, laptops and more.Unboxing / TutorialBuy on Amazon
RØDE Lavalier GoRØDE Lavalier GoLavalier MicrophoneA useful lav mic to have in your kit is the RØDE Lavalier Go. I use it with my RØDE Wireless Go II kit and it sounds great.Buy on Amazon
Sennheiser ME 2Sennheiser ME 2Lavalier MicrophoneThe Sennheiser ME 2 is a condenser lavalier microphone that I mostly use with my Sony ICD-SX2000 audio recorder.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
BluSmartBluSmart Lavalier MicrophoneLavalier MicrophoneA super cheap omnidirectional condenser lavalier microphone that I used to record audio with my smartphone for years. I still have the microphone in my collection, but it is sadly no longer available to buy.YouTube ReviewN/A
RØDE VideoMic NTGRØDE VideoMic NTGShotgun MicrophoneThe RØDE VideoMic NTG is an on-camera shotgun microphone that can also be used on a boom arm. It can also be connected directly to smartphones, tablets and computers.Buy on Amazon
RØDE VideoMicroRØDE VideoMicroShotgun MicrophoneThe RØDE VideoMicro is a versatile little shotgun microphone that works well with smartphones and action cameras because of its size.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
RØDE SC4RØDE SC4TRS to TRRSThe RØDE SC4 lets you convert a 3.5mm TRS input that most microphones use to a smartphone-friendly 3.5mm TRRS input.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
RØDE SC7RØDE SC7TRS to TRRSThe RØDE SC7 is a TRS to TRRS connection cable. Useful for connecting microphones to your smartphone or tablet.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
RØDE VXLR+RØDE VXLR+Microphone ConverterI use the RØDE VXLR+ to connect 3.5mm microphones to audio interfaces. It can convert 12-48V phantom power to 4V plug-in power, which is important for using many lavalier microphones.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
RØDE PSA1RØDE PSA1Microphone Boom ArmI have two RØDE PSA1 boom arms to help me position my Shure SM7B microphones correctly.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
ART HeadAMP 4ART HeadAMP 4Headphone AmpFor whatever reason, when you connect headphones to my Zoom F8 audio interface, the volume is low. So I use the ART HeadAMP 4 to boost the volume. It allows four pairs of headphones to be connected.Buy on Amazon
VisioSound XLR CableVisioSound XLR CableMic CableI use XLR cables to connect my Shure and Audio-Technica microphones to my audio interface. I’ve found the VisioSound XLR cables to be reliable.Buy on Amazon

Lighting

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Elgato Key LightElgato Key LightDesk LightI use two Elgato Key Lights on my desktop to help light up my videos. They take up significantly less room than other LED lights and can be controlled from my main PC or from my Elgato Stream Deck.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
IVISII 19″ LEDIVISII 19" LED Ring LightRing LightAnother light I have integrated on my desk is the IVISII 19″ LED ring light. It comes with a solid light stand, though I’ve recently been using it with a Manfrotto 396B articulated arm as it takes up less roomYouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Neweer 660 KitNeweer 660 LED Light KitStand LightThe Neweer 660 lighting kit contains two powerful LED lights with stands. It cannot be controlled remotely like the Elgato Key Light, but it retails at half the cost.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Pixel G1SPixel G1SPocket LightThe Pixel G1S is a portable RGB LED light that can be used on cameras and on tripods. I tend to use it in the background of my videos to add a little colour. I also have the older Pixel G1 in my collection.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Tripods, Poles, Brackets & Clamps

ProductImageSizeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Neweer 155cm VideoNeweer 155cm Video TripodLarge TripodThe first good tripod I ever bought was the Ravelli AVTP 75mm. It’s now being sold by Neweer. It’s a big sturdy tripod with a fantastic video head that is going to outlive all humans. This tripod is built to last!YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
K&F Concept 72″K&F Concept 72" TripodLarge TripodThe K&F Concept 72″ is one of my favourite tripods. It’s not too expensive, is made well and features a rotatable centre column that can be used horizontally.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
YoTilon 49″YoTilon 49" TripodLight TripodI use the YoTilon 49″ tripod with my smartphone and compact camera as it’s portable and lightweight.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Q666Q666 TripodLight TripodThe Q666 is a portable tripod that won’t break the bank. It’s been relegated to a backup tripod now as my K&F Concept 72″ tripod is better.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Sirui 3T-35Sirui 3T-35 TripodMini TripodA little expensive compared to other tabletop tripods, but the Sirui 3T-35 is worth it. It can support up to 4KG of weight and is flexible enough to be used handheld.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Neweer Portable DesktopNeweer Portable Desktop Mini TripodMini TripodA versatile mini tripod that I frequently use on my desk when capturing footage. You’ll find it available under many different names (Mine was branded Zomei).Buy on Amazon
Cullmann Magnesit CopterCullmann Magnesit Copter TripodMini TripodThe first good mini tripod I ever bought was the Cullmann Magnesit Copter. I still use it occasionally with my compact camera and smartphone.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Benro MK10Benro MK10 Selfie StickSelfie StickIs it a selfie stick? Is it a tripod? The versatile Benro MK10 is both!YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Standard Ball HeadStandard Ball HeadBall HeadThere’s a standard size of camera tripod ball head that you’ll see released under many different names. I use many of them to secure cameras and brackets in place.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Koolertron Tilt Tripod HeadKoolertron Tilt Tripod HeadBracketA useful little bracket I use sporadically is the Koolertron tilt tripod head. It can help place cameras into unique positions.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Manfrotto 143BKTManfrotto 143BKT Camera BracketBracketI own a couple of Manfrotto camera brackets. They work well with Manfrotto poles and clamps.Buy on Amazon
Manfrotto 122BManfrotto 122B PolePoleI use two Manfrotto 122B poles in my recording setup. One is used to hold up the horizontal crossbar for my overhead camera and microphone, whilst the other is used as a platform for my main camera.Buy on Amazon
Manfrotto 272BManfrotto 272B PoleHorizontal CrossbarManfrotto markets their 272B pole as a horizontal crossbar for holding up backgrounds. I use it above my recording area to hold my overhead camera and Audio-Technica AT4053b microphone in place.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Manfrotto 396BManfrotto 396B Articulated ArmArticulated ArmThe Manfrotto 396B is a 3-section double articulated arm that comes with the Manfrotto 123BKT camera bracket. I currently use it with my 19″ LED ring light.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Manfrotto Super ClampManfrotto Super ClampClampI absolutely love Manfrotto Super Clamps as they can clamp onto any desk or pole. I have about five of them in my collection, using them to attach poles, cameras, ball heads and more.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Two-Section Center ColumnTwo-Section Center ColumnPoleI use extendable centre columns on my desk to position lights, webcams and other cameras.Buy on Amazon
Andoer Table ClampAndoer Table ClampClampThe Andoer table clamp is helpful when trying to secure something to a desk or pole.Buy on Amazon
Fantaseal 11″ Magic ArmFantaseal 11" Magic ArmArticulated ArmI have a few smaller 11″ magic arms in my collection. One is being used to hold my Audio-Technica AT4053b microphone in the right position.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Storage

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Samsung T5 (1TB)Samsung T5 SSDSSDI love Samsung’s range of small external SSDs. I use my Samsung T5 frequently for transferring files between my laptops and PC.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
SanDisk Ultra 3D (4TB)SanDisk Ultra 3D SSDSSDI use the SanDisk Ultra 3D to store old YouTube videos, graphics, audio and other files. Speeds are really impressive for a SATA drive.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
UGreen M.2 NVMe EnclosureUGreen M.2 NVMe EnclosureSSD EnclosureThe UGreen M2 NVME enclosure can be used to connect M2 SSDs to your computer. I use it for copying files and cloning drives between systems. The enclosure is cheap to buy, but it doesn’t have good cooling for your SSD.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Sony SF-M Touch (256GB)Sony SF-M Touch SD CardSD CardI initially picked up two Sony SF-M Tough SD cards for my old Fujifilm X-T4 camera. I now use these cards in my Sony RX100 VII.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Important Recording Accessories

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Elgato Stream DeckElgato Stream DeckControllerThe Elgato Stream Deck is the not-so-secret tool of many YouTubers and Twitch streamers. It can be used to control many aspects of recording, though I mainly use mine to switch cameras and control my Elgato Key Lights.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
CalDigit TS3 PlusCalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 DockThunderbolt 3 DockThe CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 hub has proven to be one of my best purchases. It offers several USB ports, a UHS-II SD Card reader, a Displayport, an ethernet port, an optical port and more.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
iFixit Manta Precision Bit SetiFixit Manta Precision Bit SetScrewdriversThe iFixit Manta kit is a lifesaver when working with laptops, PCs and other electronic devices. It features a total of 112 bits.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
iFixit JimmyiFixit JimmyPrying ToolThe iFixit Jimmy is useful for prying open smartphones, tablets, laptops and more.Buy on Amazon
Think Tank Retrospective 30 V2.0Think Tank Retrospective 30 V2.0 Camera BagCamera BagI managed to pick up a mint condition Think Tank Retrospective 30 2.0 camera bag at a great price. I use this gorgeous bag to store all many camera and audio accessories.Buy on Amazon
Peak Design Slide LitePeak Design Slide Lite Camera StrapCamera StrapOriginally bought for my old Canon M50 camera, I now use the Peak Design Slide Lite strap with my Sony RX100 VII camera. Great for recording on the move.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Amazon Basics HDMI 2.0 (1.8m)Amazon Basics HDMI 2.0 CablesHDMI CableI use several HDMI cables to connect my PC to monitors and capture cards. I’ve found Amazon Basics HDMI cables to be affordable and well made.Buy on Amazon
Snowkids Micro HDMI to HDMI 2.0 Cable (1.8m)Snowkids Micro HDMI to HDMI 2.0 Cable HDMI CableI detest micro HDMI as every micro HDMI adapter and cable I buy eventually breaks. Micro HDMI continues to be used in cameras and laptops so I still need to use them. The braided cables from Snowkids have been the best Micro HDMI to HDMI cables I’ve found yet.Buy on Amazon

Main PC (For Recording & Editing)

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Lian Li Dynamic XLLian Li Dynamic XL PC CaseCaseThe Lian Li Dynamic CL case is not just great to look at, it’s easy to work with too. One of the best PC cases I’ve bought and easy to recommend.Unboxing / PC BuildBuy on Amazon
Gigabyte X570 Aorus MasterGigabyte X570 Aorus Master MotherboardMotherboardThe Gigabyte X570 Aorus Master is a high-quality motherboard with great support for PCI-E 4.0. The early versions of its bios had issues with USB connections, though it now runs stable.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
AMD Ryzen 9 5950XAMD Ryzen 9 5950X CPUCPUThe AMD Ryzen 9 5950X is perfect for video recording, editing and encoding. With 16 cores and 32 threads, it’s a beast for gaming too.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FENvidia GeForce RTX 3090 FE Graphics CardGPUThe Nvidia GeForce 3090 FE boasts 24GB of VRAM. It’s a fantastic card for productivity or for games.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
NZXT Kraken Z73NZXT Kraken Z73 AIO CoolerAIO CoolerMy 5950X CPU is cooled by the NZXT Kraken Z73. It features a 360mm radiator and a gorgeous customisable LCD display.InstallationBuy on Amazon
Adata XPG Spectrix D60G RGB (3600mhz CL14)Adata XPG Spectrix D60G RGB MemoryMemoryAll hail the pretty RGB lights! The Adata XPG Spectrix D60G RGB memory modules have always performed well and its display and gorgeous lighting will be a centrepiece of any computer.InstallationBuy on Amazon
Corsair AX1000Corsair AX1000 Power SupplyPSUAll of my computer’s components are powered with the titanium rated 1,000-watt Corsair AX1000 power supply.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Corsair ML 120 PROCorsair ML 120 PRO FansFansI use six Corsair ML 120 Pro fans in my PC. They generate a lot of air and aren’t too noisy either.InstallationBuy on Amazon
Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus (2TB)Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus SSDSSDThe Sabrent Rocket 4 Plus is a high performing PCI-E 4.0 NVME drive that offers read and write speeds over 6,000MB/s.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon
Seagate Firecuda 520 (2TB)Seagate Firecuda 520 SSDSSDIn comparison to other PCI-E NVME drives, the Seagate Firecuda 520 is a little slower, offering read speeds of aroud 5,000MB/s and write speeds around 4,400MB/s. It has a higher endurance rating than most other SSDs, which is why I use it as a cache drive for DaVinci Resolve.UnboxingBuy on Amazon
Gigabyte GC-Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3Gigabyte GC-Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 PCI-E CardPCI-EThe Gigabyte GC-Titan Ridge PCI-E card ensures my PC has Thunderbolt 3. I’ve used it for many years and it’s always performed great.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Monitors

ProductImageTypeDescriptionReviewAvailability
Samsung LC34F791 34″Samsung LC34F791 34" Ultrawide MonitorMonitorMy 34″ Samsung ultrawide monitor has proven to be one of my best purchases. It boasts a 100hz refresh rate, a 1,500R curve, a 4mb response time and a resolution of 3440 x 1440 pixels.UnboxingN/A
Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD-EK 27″Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD-EK 27" Gaming MonitorMonitorI use my 27″ Gigabyte gaming monitor as a second monitor and for when I play games online. It features a 144hz refresh rate, a 1ms response time and a 2,560 x 1,440 pixel display.N/A
Amazon Basics Single Monitor StandAmazon Basics Single Monitor StandMonitor ArmThe Amazon Basics monitor arm doesn’t handle the weight of my 34″ ultrawide monitor well, but it’s a fantastic addition to my other monitors.Buy on Amazon
Datacolor SpyderX ProDatacolor SpyderX Pro Monitor CalibratorMonitor CalibrationThe DataColor SypderX Pro helps me analyse monitors and calibrate their colours properly.YouTube ReviewBuy on Amazon

Future Upgrades

I’m always looking for ways to improve the quality of my videos so my YouTube video recording setup is in a constant state of evolution.

Here are some things I am keen to upgrade in the future.

  • Main Camera – My Sony a6500 has been a fantastic camera, but I am keen to upgrade to something better in 2022 and move use the Sony a6500 as a B camera.
  • Overhead Camera – My first overhead camera was the Sony RX10, but I later upgraded to the RX10 II as it offered 4K recording. I am keen to upgrade to the RX10 IV to improve the autofocus.
  • Lighting – I am keen to improve my lighting further :)

If You’re Just Starting Out…

If you’re just starting out on YouTube or Twitch, you may be shocked by the number of products I use to record and edit videos, but it’s important to bear in mind that I built up my recording studio over many years. It didn’t happen overnight.

Like many YouTubers, I started with just a single camera and then slowly upgraded my setup over time. I think this is the best approach at the beginning as it allows you to experiment with video and see if it’s something you do actually want to stick with long-term.

So if you’re going to launch your own channel, I recommend using what you have already got, whether it be a smartphone, camera or webcam.

Here is some advice for improving your recording setup over time.

  • Buy Used – You can save a lot of money by buying used recording equipment. My Sony cameras, audio interface and monitors, were all bought second hand. If you manage to pick up some used bargains, you can put the money you saved to buying other equipment you need.
  • Sometimes It’s Worth Paying More – Whether you are buying new or used, it is frequently worthwhile to pay a little extra to buy quality products from established brands. One of the initial mistakes I made was buying cheap tripods. I quickly learned this was short-sighted as they break easily and they put your expensive cameras at risk too.
  • Good Audio is Vital – Viewers may forgive you for poor video quality, but they won’t stick around if the audio is bad so make a point of using good microphones. Keep this in mind when you start upgrading your setup.
  • Lighting Makes a Difference – Without good lighting, even the most expensive camera in the world will look terrible. If you aren’t using natural light during the day, make sure you have plenty of light. Regular stand lights from your local hardware store can make a big difference and be a good solution until you move up to dedicated studio lights.
  • Keep Learning & Growing – Growing an audience online can be a daunting task so it is important to set small goals which you can realistically achieve. If you continue to put in the time to learn new techniques and improve your knowledge of recording, you’ll reach your goals.

I hope you have found my list of YouTube video recording equipment useful. To keep up to date with what I do online, I encourage you to follow me on Twitter and on YouTube :)

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