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 :)
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 :)
The 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.
The 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.
My 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.
A 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.
Another 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 room
The 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.
The 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!
The 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.
The 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.
I 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.
In 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.
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 :)