The age of YouTube has brought a new medium of communication and sharing – we can now share out thoughts and insights in 4K videos real time. I want to share my passion of making videos with you and reveal some of my secrets and tricks to get good quality videos produced on time. One of the big reasons why the Boxmining Channel grew was because I was able to get coverage of important events on time and share insights with the community.
- Logitech Brio 4K
- Sony a7III with Sony 55mm F1.8 lens
- (Lights) Yongnou YN360 II Color LED Lights x2
- (Lights) Elgato Keylight x2
- (Capture Card) Elgato Camlink 4k
- (Controller) Elgato Stream Deck
- (Recording Software) Streamlabs OBS
- (Editing Software) Adobe Premiere
- (Editing Software) Final Cut X (sometime)
I don’t have a big space to record my videos, so I try to make the best of it. I primarily use the Logitech Brio (it’s cheap and always ready to go, especially when we need to cover emergency events). For wider shots I have the Sony a7III which is connected to the computer via the camlink 4k – so I can switch cameras during live shows.
The rest of the stuff makes look like an Elgato shill, but the whole ecosystem system is pretty amazing. The Elgato Stream Deck is for switch between scenes and controlling the lighting.
- Shure SM7B
- Sound Devices Mix Pre-6
This sound setup has to be honest a nightmare to get working well. I love the way the Shure SM7B sounds, especially since it’s directional and cuts out the noise from the nearby fans and air-conditioner unit. The only problem with the SM7B is that it’s very quiet requires a very good pre-amp. With help from Cameron (CryptoDaily), I got the Sound Devices Mix Pre-6.
The preamps on the Mix Pre-6 is good enough to use the SM7B without a cloudlifter.
The Vlog setup is what I use when I’m travelling between conferences, meetups and even vacations. This is great for videos on the go or with motion in the background. Personally I don’t like carrying a lot bulky video equipment – nothing is worse than carrying a heavy tripod and camera case.
- Osmo Pocket ($299) with audio 3.5mm audio adapter
- Rode – VideoMic Pro+ ($299)
The main choice here is to use the Osmo Pocket as my main video camera. As a handheld Gimbal, the Osmo Pocket makes walking and talking scenes much more watchable. It’s also small enough to fit into my pocket most of the time. Unfortunately, the built in sound is pretty bad, so the audio adapter highly recommended.
This setup is my go to setup for conferences and event coverage, mainly due to the versatility and low light performance. The Sony a7III performs extremely well in low light conditions, making it perfect for dimly lit rooms or conference venues.
- Sony a7III
- Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM Lens
- Sony 16-35mm F4 Lens
- (Vlog Mic) Rode – VideoMic Pro+
- (Conference) Sennheiser AVX Set ($999)
The Sony a7III really shines – with a large battery and excellent video capabilities. When paired with the 24-70mm lens, the results look good (although it’s VERY heavy to carry).