IF YOU WANT A QUICK 101 GUIDE TO PRODUCING AWESOME CONTENT YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT PLACE – this is the livnews media kit!
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Mobile & STARTER GEAR
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 filmmaking and 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. Also invest in a mouse if you’re going to be editing.
- 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 with a tripod. Both options allow you to film vertical or horizontal. If you’re using the Osmo, you will want to download the DJI Mimo app too.
- Get good headphones. You may also want to invest in a pair of AirPods.
- Play around with interchangeable lenses for your phone – there are high-quality or inexpensive options.
- Invest in a microphone for your phone. I recommend having a shotgun mic (to capture better sound on-the-go), a wired lavalier microphone (to mic someone speaking) and there are options for wireless lavalier mics too which you can also pair with a handheld mic. You will most likely need an adapter to connect certain mics to your phone and you may want an extension cable for the wired lav. There are XLR to lightning microphone adapters which come in handy if you want to connect your phone to any other gadgets that overlap with actual cameras.
- Get a light for your phone. Here’s another mobile light option and one other. If you have something like the Beastgrip, the light can 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). Here’s a tripod that works well with the Beastrip. 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. Or you can get a battery phone case.
- 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 good to back up footage quickly and securely. And always back up your files long-term on a hard drive.
- Find a bag to keep your gear safe.
cameras & advanced EQUIPMENT
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.
- Purchase a camera kit with lenses, batteries, SD cards and a card reader. I like 5Ds (a DSLR camera) and C100s.
- If you want something for quick and on-the-go shooting there are a few different options. A camera like this is great for blogging. A camera like this is better for newsgathering. So depending on how advanced you want to get with your videography you have options.
- Basic sound gear includes a stick mic, a shotgun mic and wired or wireless lav mics. Make sure you have the appropriate cords to connect to your camera depending on which camera you’re using. Some of your advanced equipment could overlap with your mobile gear as well.
- My favorite lenses are 16-35mm, 24-105mm, 50mm and 70-200mm.
- Get a bag to keep all of your gear together.
- A solid light kit can dramatically improve any shot. If you want to keep it simple, a nice ring light works too.
- You may want to consider a slider to make shots look cinematic by adding smooth and steady movement. Make sure it fits whatever camera you want to use with it. You can also buy motorized kits for iPhones and DSLR cameras that come with what you need.
- 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!
- A GoPro is also a great addition to any kit. GoPros allow you to get shots you may not otherwise be able to get – they’re great for action, car and underwater shots. Download the app too.
- Make sure you have a micro memory card reader too if using something like a GoPro.
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.
- Always check additional recommended equipment when purchasing new equipment so you don’t miss tools you may need. When shopping online, sites will often have a section showcasing recommended items you may need in addition.
- 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!