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- In my opinion, there are only two absolute must-have tools to start creating great multimedia content – a phone and a computer. This section of my media kit will go over mobile reporting technology.
- Make sure your phone has a strong camera (and that it’s always clean!). You may want to get a camera app to improve your shooting capabilities on mobile.
- Your computer should be able to edit video well. I use Adobe Premiere on a MacBook Pro. If you aren’t advanced and want to start out with a simpler system, then iMovie on Macs works too.
- I recommend some type of stabilizer to help your phone create more smooth and stable shots, such as the Beastgrip Pro. You can also get a robotic stabilizer like the Osmo. Both options allow you to film vertical or horizontal.
- Get good headphones. You may also want to invest in a pair of AirPods.
- Play around with interchangeable lenses for your phone.
- Invest in a microphone for your phone. I recommend having a wired lavalier microphone (to mic someone speaking), a wireless lavalier mic, a handheld mic and a shotgun mic (to capture better sound on-the-go). You will most likely also need an adapter to connect the mic to your phone.
- Get a light for your phone. Here’s another mobile light option. If you have something like the Beastgrip, the light can easily connect to it. Or you can get a light that clips directly onto the phone.
- Check out tripods for your camera or phone. You may want a selfie stick, a tripod with a smartphone connector or a basic tripod (if using actual cameras). A small, portable tripod is also great for travel.
- Consider getting a portable battery pack, especially if you’re doing most of your shooting with your phone.
- Look into a Bluetooth remote shutter so you can take photos or videos without having to even touch your phone.
- A mobile flash drive is a good idea too so you can back up your footage quickly and securely from the field.
- Investing in a camera and lenses is costly, but if you want to improve your production quality then you may want to buy a camera kit (with lenses, batteries, SD cards and sound gear). I use 5Ds (a DSLR camera) and C100s. My favorite lenses are 16-35mm, 24-105mm, 50mm and 70-200mm. If you want something for quick and on-the-go shooting, you can look into this type of camera.
- A solid light kit can dramatically improve any shot. If you want to keep it simple, a nice ring light works too.
- Drones are just cool. You can get a drone and hook it up to an app on your phone to easily control it (be sure to check the laws in your area before you film). You’ll get a much wider variety of shots using a drone!
BECOME A PRO
- My number one tip is to use your equipment as much as you can, and you’ll start creating better and more captivating content every time.
- Practice shooting something on your phone, then edit a sequence on your computer or with a quick editing app on your phone.
- Watch as many videos as you can to see what you like and then try it out yourself the next time you’re in the field.
- Stay on top of tech! There is always something new coming out. The more open to learning you are, the more on top of it you will be when it comes to being a multimedia pro!