You may have heard of vloggers like Casey Neistat or Peter Mckinnon, and it sounds pretty awesome. You think, “Hey! I could do that!”, but you aren’t sure what it is or where to start. Vlogging is another way to say video-blogging. This is when instead of writing you record yourself talking to the camera giving viewers tips or tricks on some skill you have or just telling them about your everyday life. You want to get out there, start shooting, vlogging and share it with the world. It allows you to be more creative and opens up the door to be a lot more engaging with your community of followers. If you haven’t tried vlogging then give it a shot! Here’s what you need to get started.
1. A Camera
Preferably a camera with a microphone input and with good video capabilities. You don’t need an expensive camera like the Canon XD Mark II ($8000), you just need a camera. Even an iPhone would work. There’s many options out there including smartphones, mirrorless cameras and DSLR’s. You just need to figure out what your vlogging is going to be like and then find a camera that matches your needs.
2. A Microphone
While most cameras come with a built in microphone, that level of audio will never compare to the quality you can get from using an external mic. I would seriously consider getting this right away because viewers want to be able to hear and understand what you want to say and if they have to struggle to understand then they may not be as willing to engage on your vlog.
The microphone world can be a little scary so here’s a few microphones that I recommend you to start out with. The Rode Mic is a reliable option at around $80. This one attaches directly to the camera and that’s it. If your camera does not have a microphone port you can go with something more like the Tascam where you can record separately and put it together in post production. Or if you have the money the Rode Pro has received excellent reviews from vloggers all around.
3. A Stabilizer
You are more than likely going to use this a lot. You need a base for your camera so that you can talk into it without necessarily holding it and it’ll help you get some steady shots to have as b-roll throughout your vlog. If you can, make sure you get a tripod that is more suitable for video. Video tripods can allow you to get smooth, steady motions unlike a normal photo tripod. Stabilizers or steady cams will also help you get some smooth footage but depending on the brand it can get a bit pricy so just focus on having at least a tripod for now.
4. Extra SD Cards
Video uses a large amount of space especially when shooting in HD or 4k. The last thing you want is to run out of space when shooting and having to redo everything the next day. Make sure you always have at least one extra SD card with you. The larger the amount of gigabytes it stores the better. In fact try making sure you get at least a 32GB SD card. You’ll thank me later.
5. Editing software
While some cameras allow you to clip together videos right then and there, those features don’t come close to the amount of things you can do when using iMovie or Premiere Pro. You’ll find a lot, if not most cinematographers and vloggers using Premiere Pro, but it can be expensive. See if your computer already comes with something installed. As long as you can see your footage and put it together with some music/audio then you should be more than ready to get started.
Now that you’ve got the essentials go out and vlog! Go on a trip with some friends and practice what you’ve learned. Have any Hub Meet Ups coming up? Vlog it and tag us! We’d love to see what you can do.