You can go as fancy as you want with the equipment you need to shoot a YouTube video but there is some basic shooting equipment everyone needs.
People might tell you that a normal camera or phone would work, after all, it worked for Bhuvan Bam. But it is far from reality. Sure, it worked out for him and a lot of other YouTubers but the time has changed. And for someone starting now, compromising on quality is not an option.
You can start a YouTube channel without investing in anything fancy but in order to actually attract people towards your channel and get views, investing in quality (NOT expensive) basic shooting equipment is important. So, let’s dive into the basic shooting equipment you need to become a YouTuber, shall we?
Good Quality Camera and Lens
Starting with a good quality camera and lens, because your whole content is dependent on it in some way. Again, you don’t need a fancy camera that will cost you a lot of money. A normal, decent-quality camera that is pocket friendly and offers good-quality video content will do. Don’t forget to invest in the camera lens because it is an extremely important investment that a lot of people don’t consider necessary. It is necessary to buy a different camera lens, people. There are several camera lenses available in the market. Pick one that will work for you depending on the content you intend to shoot.
A consistently steady and focused video is a good video. Yes, you can stack your books and create a DIY tripod but an actual tripod lets you change the settings easily which you may find a little difficult with your book stack DIY tripod. Convenience is important, and so is a tripod. It will save you so much work and your videos will come out great with just this little investment. And it makes a significant difference, you can check for yourself if you don’t believe us.
This is as important as the camera. A camera can record quality content for you but in order to produce quality content, you need to have proper lighting as well. Daylight works amazingly well but you don’t have access to sunlight all the time. And you might learn this the hard way but natural light keeps changing which may not be noticeable to you but the camera catches it, ruining the video for you and the experience of your audience.
High Quality Microphone
For voiceovers, noise cancellation, and recording quality voice, you need a high-quality microphone. Another piece of basic shooting equipment that can significantly improve the viewer’s experience. Especially if your content requires you to speak, you need to invest in a high-quality microphone. Again, it doesn’t have to be extremely fancy, but you can’t compromise on the quality to save your money either. Choose a microphone that may be a little on the expensive side for you but not a lot and offers you a quality that will work for you as a beginner.
Video Editing Softwares
Your work is not done after you have recorded the video. You are supposed to edit it as well. There are a number of free editing software that work well but the ‘locked’ features in the same software can improve the quality of your video if you consider investing.
Unless you intend to post the raw video as it is, you will need some editing software to edit your videos and again, it is better if you invest in software that has all the features you will need depending on the niche or type of content you intend to post.
Extra Memory Cards
Finally, memory cards. Why don’t people talk about memory cards? It is one of the most important, basic requirements that every YouTuber needs. You will realise how important investing in memory cards is once you lose your content because of low or no space left. Before this happens, and you regret and feel bad for not investing in memory cards beforehand, it is better if you just go and stock a few memory cards for yourself.
Investing in the abovementioned basic shooting equipment will definitely help you create quality content and get more views but there is a lot more than this that you need to learn, invest in, and understand to become a successful Youtuber. If you wish to learn more about this, you should take a course on How to Become a Successful Youtuber so that you can be prepared for everything and have decent knowledge regarding the technicalities of starting a YouTube channel that makes you money.