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Video Making!: Gear

Guide to Gear

All the gear mentioned below can be checked out from the IT service desk on the first floor of the library building.  Bolded items are the easiest and simplest items to create a video with (items vetted by Ben W. '16).

Cameras

Canon Vixia - Point and shoot handheld. Easy to use, easy to upload. Will shoot in 1080p and give you mediocre audio straight from the camera's microphone. It's benefit over the cell phone is that it's a designated camera, easy file transfer, and it has an attachment for a tripod mount on the bottom. This is a good option if you're not trying to be fancy.

Canon t5i - The DSLR option. This camera gives you creative control over all the camera settings, in particular depth of field and exposure. This means you can get better looking footage but, it's at the cost of knowing how to use the camera and taking that little bit of extra time to think about your settings and test them. The audio out of the mic on the camera body isn't going to be good and you'll definitely need to use an external microphone.

Cell Phone - Any easy option for anyone with a smartphone. Phones have slo-mo, high res video, and pretty good audio straight out of the box. This makes it easy to use. On suggestion is that make sure your stabilize the shot somehow. Lighter cameras when hand held show more shake, find a phone tripod or use a table but having stable footage will make your video much more enjoyable.

Microphones

Microphones come in a lot of different shapes, sizes and directions of recording. 

Desktop Microphones:

Blue Yeti & Snowball Microphones

Are you doing voiceover? Well then these are probably for you. The Yeti and Snowball sit on your desk and connect to your computer via USB, recording to software on your computer. You can sit in front of your computer, read your script and record your voice. These two mics probably aren't how you want to do interview audio unless you're going for the radio look. 

Directional Microphone:

Rhode Shotgun Mic

If you're recording audio while shooting video - this is your best option. If you're looking to get the sounds from the subject you are recording the shotgun will do the job. It shoots directionally meaning if you point it away from the noise source it won't pick it up so make sure it stays pointed at your subject with your camera. Shotgun mic's have a shoe that will attach to the top of most cameras.

All Arounder:

Digital Voice Recorder

This handheld mic is going to work pretty well for just about anything. It records semi directionally, with good quality and is easy to move around and can be separate from your camera. If you're trying to be fancy, recording the shotgun mic's audio onto this recorder via AUX cable will give you some of the cleanest audio you can get.

 

Tripods

You can't really go wrong here. If the tripod is steady and holds your camera then it will do the job.

The IT Desk has two brand choices available but both are very similar. 

  • Sunpak
  • Bogen

(Neither of these will fit your phone)

Further Help

Further questions about gear or filming?! 

Contact Justin Counts in IT!

Email: counts@lclark.edu

Phone: x7291