VIDEO AND CAMERA EQUIPMENT
Below are my recommendations for camera equipment. I own all of this equipment and am extremely happy with it.
Canon 70D Digital Camera and Video
The Canon 70D takes amazing photos and video. It is one of the few DSLR cameras with AutoFocus. This is very handy if you are filming on your own or if you move quite frequently during filming.
Canon 1.4 Lens ( for blurry background in video or photos )
This lens give you the ability to take photos and video with a really blurry background. I love it.
Ravelli AVT Professional 67-inch Video Camera Tripod (Heavy Duty) – $88
This is my heavy duty tripod.
Dolica Tripod (Lighter Weight/Packable) – $64
Audio-Technica ATR2100-USB Cardioid Dynamic USB/XLR – For Video Voiceovers – $59
This is the Mic I use fore all voiceovers on the Youtube videos. I also use it for podcasting. It has professional sound quality and since it is a USB mic it is super portable.
Mic Boom Stand with Shock Mount – $49
Windscreen for Audio Technica ATR2100 – $2
Rode Videomic Pro Shotgun Microphone for Video Camera – $229
This mic is great for improving the input sound quality of any camera.
Lavalier Mics – Audio-Technica ATR-3350 (Cheaper Option) – $18.
Sennheiser Professional Lavalier Mic Setup – $530
This wireless lavalier setup is one of my favorite purchases for doing video. The sound quality is perfect and I can move around the shop without wires.
VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
Final Cut Pro X (Mac) – $299
Final Cut is powerful and simple to use. We use Final Cut Pro for all of our videos. Adobe premier is an alternative, but it is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud and so it is $50 / month which comes to $600 / year. I prefer the one time fee of $299 for Final Cut Pro X.