How Do I Make My Videos? Here’s My Camera, Studio and Video Editing Equipment
What camera, recording and editing equipment do I use?
Here’s what I will cover in this post:
- Audio Recorder and Microphones
- Mavic Mini Drone
- My Computer and Editing Equipment
- Lights, Background etc in my new Home Studio
My Main Camera – Canon G7X Mark II
I bought the Canon G7X Mark II a few months before I started my hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. It’s in very poor condition at the moment and in need of replacement but only because of the nature of my trips. That is, this camera has been bouncing around in my backpack for years and exposed to extreme weather and a tonne of usage.
Some things I like about it: Small size, quality video, good in-built stabilisation, good sound, flip screen.
Some things I don’t like about it: No output for external mic, you can sometimes hear the lens/sensor adjusting while recording.
Backup Camera – iPhone 7
I often use my smartphone for taking photos and making short videos. It’s not as good as the Canon for cinematic shots etc.
My Drone – Mavic Mini
I haven’t had a proper chance to use my drone. But at this price-point, I felt the Mavic Mini was decent value and worth having for occasional shots from the air.
Some things I like about it: Small size, quality video, good in-built stabilisation, affordable.
Something I don’t like about it: Too light to fly when its’ windy.
My Vlogging Tripod – Joby GorillaPod
I use this tripod all the time and it was given to me by Joe Ladrigan (@Joeire) during my walk around Ireland. It’s very practical and small enough that I have no problem throwing this in my backpack – even for a dayhike. Please note that my one is actually a combination of the Job Gorillapod and this attachment by Neweer.
Tall Tripod – Amazon Basics 60-Inch Tripod
I’m kinda lazy when it comes to setting up a tripod. But occasionally, I need this tall one to capture a specific shot. It’s very light which means the tripod can tip-over quite easily – especially in the wind – so be careful with it!
Zoom H1N1 Audio Recorder
I have started recording my video and sound separately. It takes a lot more effort in terms of logistics and editing but it’s worth it. This is because the sound from a purpose-built audio recorder is far better which makes a big difference when it comes to recording the sounds of nature. The Zoom H1N1 is on the beginners end but it’s small, lightweight and easy-to-use.
Something I don’t like about it: It takes AAA batteries that run out pretty quickly.
Important note: You need this cable to use a rode mic with the Zoom H1N1.
Rode Smartlav Microphone
I’ve started “lavalier” (clip-on microphone) which also takes the sound to the next level for a podcast or video. While I have yet to use this mic outdoors, it will reduce the amount of interference caused by the wind. I also have a cheaper version – the Boya lavalier – but I have yet to use them enough to say which one is better. The Rode smartlav gets better reviews.
Important note: You need the Rode SC3 cable (adapter) to use a rode mic with the Zoom H1N1.
My Portable Video Editing Device & Software
iPad Mini 4 & iMovie
Believe it or not, I have been using an iPad Mini 4 and the free version of iMovie to edit all of my videos since 2017. It’s great for editing on the trail and can handle basic tasks like putting clips together or adding music etc. However, I’ve also been using this iPad at home because I simply couldn’t afford anything more/better. I’ve always wanted something more powerful.
Some things I like about it: Easy to carry on the trail, surprisingly good for editing simple videos, last a long time!
Some things I don’t like about it: Limited editing capabilities and my iPad mini will often crash in the midst of editing and sometimes wipe out several hours of work.
My Home Editing Machine and Software
Mac Mini with Apple M1 Chip
(16GB Unified memory & 500GB SSD Storage)
I’ve been watching a lot of videos recently about the best laptops/systems for video editing. Most of the new iMacs and MacBooks were out of my budget but the new Mac Mini offers an incredible performance for much less. It’s still very expensive and a large chunk of my savings but I had to look at this purchase as an investment in myself. As for the editing software, I have started using the free 3-month trial for Final Cut Pro.
Portable Hardrive – WD 1TB Elements
I used to keep all of my videos, photos and files on my laptop which eventually slowed down the performance. From now on, I will be using this portable hardrive to store my videos etc and try to keep as much space as possible on the Mac Mini to ensure the system is fast and working properly.
My Home Studio Setup
White Brickwall Backdrop
I use this polyester backdrop to create a nice background inside the cottage. You might think that any auld wall is good enough but that’s rarely the case.
Photography Backdrop Stand
You need a reliable and sturdy setup to keep a backdrop in place. I’ve seen video creators using hooks on a wall etc and that also seems to work.
10″ Ring Light on a Tall Stand
This light is placed behind the camera and at a 45-degree angle to my face.
Softbox Photography Light
This light is used for the rest of the room and will be used in my next video.
Any questions? Let me know in the comment section below.