Many moons ago I got into the whole ideas of Vlogs and the rewards and riches they offered. The whole process was thoroughly effective but after about six months I realized it was not for me – I preferred to write instead of using that hole beneath my nose 🙂
In this article I will go over the budget video blogging equipment I used in this period and a few of the video blogging tips I picked up along the way…
How do I Get Started?
My first vlog was recorded on a simple Fuji camera that I borrowed (pinched) off my mother. If memory serves me right I think it was about a 12 million pixel camera that didn’t cost more than about $100 at the time.
I wasn’t that concerned with the quality of the video blogging equipment – I just wanted to get my face out there!
This little Fuji device was certainly NOT in HD so I was already at a bit of a disadvantage to other vloggers – I didn’t care as I had the confidence within me to make it work!
I was so ‘green’ on the subject of video blogging I was completely overlooking the obvious, and much more effective, ways of getting my face out there…
1) The Good Old Webcam!
Yeah, can you believe I completely overlooked the totally FREE webcam I had fitted to my Lenovo laptop at the time?
A lot of Mac laptops actually have HD webcams fitted into them these days! I have a Macbook Air that is fitted with a ‘run of the mill’ webcam and a Macbook Pro that is fitted with one of these HD webcams.
You can certainly tell the difference between the two but don’t let that put you off – the Macbook air still offers a decent entry level picture and sound through it’s webcam!
If you’re a PC owner then the quality of the webcam is usually not in HD but depending on the manufacturer – these can still provide a pretty awesome video experience.
It’s like most things in life – the more you pay the better the product and it’s parameters!
2) What’s That You’ve Got in Your Pocket?
About 99% of us actually walk around with cameras in our pockets these days. My partner opts to pay out a healthy monthly bill for an iPhone – I on the other hand opt for the cheaper Android alternative (I’m pretty tight like that!).
On more than one occasion I borrowed (pinched again!) her phone for the sole purpose of making use of her camera – it rocked!
One of the best video blogging tips I can offer you is to TRY OUT the video cam on your phone to judge it’s quality – in most cases you will be pleasantly surprised!
It’s quite amazing what you can do with an iPhone these days in relation to cinematography. Android devices can be excellent to but I think the Apple phones will top the bill for some years to come yet.
The one thing I would say about shooting with your iPhone is that you should always hold it horizontally. When you shoot vertically you end up with those nasty black spaces each side of your picture – not a good look in the vlogging world!
3) I’ve Gotta Wallet…Let’s Use it!
Now this section is not for everyone – times are hard and money is tight, tight, tight!
But I have had experience with higher end video blogging equipment so I thought I might as well briefly cover it here.
The main difference between the pricier end of the camera spectrum is the improvement in sound. I’m not talking about the actual mic connected to the camera here – I’m talking about the external mic jack these little beauties offer.
I was lucky enough to have a rather wealthy friend who liked to buy new technology and NOT use it! In this case he had gone out and purchased the awesome budget Canon VIXIA HF R400.
I was a lucky boy – I got to use this simple and effective camcorder without putting my hand in my pocket!
Now I’m not saying everyone reading this should go out and pick up one of these beauties for $250. All I’m saying is that IF you can afford it, this camera will make your video blogging a much more professional experience for viewers.
The camera comes with a built in mic that lets you adjust recording to suit the position of the zoom or your subjects: front for monaural recording; regular for normal stereo effect; and rear for a wider, more enhanced stereo effect.
Simply put – it’s awesome for audio!
But the camera also offers an external mic input which will allow you to use your own mic setup whenever you want. I tried it out using cheap clip on Lavalier microphone’s and it worked brilliantly.
At the end of the day the picture quality can be perfect but if people are struggling to hear what you are saying…the whole process falls down rather fast!
If you want to get started just get started – grab ANY camera you can find and get filming!
The video blogging tips along with the video blogging equipment I have covered here today is nothing more than a guide for you – don’t let equipment hold you back.
I have come across thousands of wicked vlogs that have been shot on slightly undesirable equipment but they still seem to get millions of subscribers.
Why is that?
The content they are relaying through their videos is worthwhile and people are becoming engaged with it!
If necessary – start small and grow as you go!!!!
Good luck 🙂