OL 023: Video Equipment Tips, Tricks & Hacks To Help You Create Professional Videos – Howtoshtab – how to, lifehacks, tips and tricks

Inside episode 23 of Outsourcing Live, I go to detail about the video equipment I use to create professional videos from video cameras to memory cards. Itís really jam packed with the good stuff inside this podcast. And also, inside the quick tip, Iíll share with you an excellent WordPress theme that is perfect to use with Google. Itís time to roll it. VO: Welcome to Outsourcing Live podcast where you will learn to build a virtual team to run your business. And now, your host, Tyrone Shum.

Hi everyone and welcome to the next podcast here. In todayís podcast, Iím going to be sharing with you the video equipment and tools that you need to create professional videos. And in the last few weeks, Iíve been really, really exploring and putting together a lot of videos which I talk about how to outsource. And the key components Iíve noticed lately just on the questions that youíve been asking as listeners and viewers which I really, really thank you for, have been pretty much been put together on the website and a lot of people have been wanting to know exactly the whole package like what kind of equipment, what kind of tools that you need. And Iíve been going through pretty much in little bits and pieces bite-size chunks where you can just look at one little piece which is like 2-3 minutes video and that gives you the tools and equipment that you need. But what I want to do in this particular podcast here today is to outline everything that youíll need in terms of video equipment and tools and to put it all together and Iíll make sure that Iíll put all the links anyway inside the actual post of the Outsourcing Live so that way you can jump over and get access to those because I will talk about quite a number of equipment or tools that you can use to create really professional videos.

All right, letís jump straight into it. I want to talk firstly what essential things youíll need to be able to have your videos uploaded onto the internet because when youíre starting to outsource videos, the key component is to make sure that you do have a good computer, a solid computer that can handle these videos and upload it. And usually people go for either a PC or Mac. I donít really anyone out there who is Linux or any of those really hardcore type of computers or operating systems but most more than likely, most people use either Windows or the Mac environment. And as long as youíve got a relatively new PC within the last 2 or 3 years, itís sufficient enough or a Mac. Personally, Iím using the Macbook Pro which is a laptop and itís a very powerful computer which allows me to be able to download and upload videos quite easily via the computer to the internet. And the way Iíve got it setup is Iíve got only just this one Macbook Pro which allows me to plug it into like a 22-inch flatscreen monitor which is a Samsung flatscreen monitor and that allows me for dual screen. So that way while Iím doing some other work on my main screen, my other screen is uploading up to the internet and thatís pretty easy to setup anyway.

And the other reason why Iíve been using a laptop which I decided over again is a desktop which I did before many, many years back, I havenít actually have desktop for probably about 5 or 6 years now is because of its mobility. Iím able to go anywhere I want with a laptop, unplug it, go straight off to setup other things, plug in video straightaway and be up and running to do whatever I need to do. So thatís the really amazing thing about having a laptop. And if youíre considering getting a new computer thatíll probably be a suggestion rather than getting a desktop computer. All right so thatís the first thing, computers are very essential and thatís just basically a minimum requirement that you need. The second thing is a fast internet connection. Thatís definitely a plus that you do need because the fact is, is that once youíve got the videos that you need to upload to your video editor, youíve got to get them sent over somewhere or another.

You can either send it via hardrives and get them over there to them but that will take a while. Whereas if youíve got a strong and fast internet connection, you can pretty much upload these videos quite quickly and get them to edit it remotely. So thatís a very, very important thing and depending on which country youíre in whether the States, Europe or any other countries, hopefully you can get a good connection with a good upload speed. Iím in Australia Iíve got a reasonable good download speed and okay upload speed. Not the fastest but sufficient enough. All right so those are the two key requirements that you do need in order to make this work. The next thing I want to talk about is the video equipment, the actual physical video equipment setup like including video cameras, microphones, light boxes, tripods, etc. And Iíll go through that actually step by step right now to provide you what you really do need.

And these are the things that Iíve just bought over a period of time. You can get them all at once, but obviously depending on what your budget is, you can obviously buy these things a little bit over a period of time. And for me, I have gradually changed over the equipment over time. It doesnít necessarily mean that you need to just buy everything all in one go but you do need some of these basic essentials which Iím going to outline. So the biggest, biggest most important thing is the video camera. Thatís something that you definitely need in order to make videos work. Because otherwise, if you donít have a video camera, itís going to be very hard for you to be able to create any videos. And yes you could probably get away with using computer and using basic Powerpoint presentations and also using your webcam but thatís something that is a little bit different to the kind of videos Iím talking about. Iím talking about building a relationship, face to face on camera with people and to actually show and demonstrate what youíre currently doing.

And thatís a little bit more personable and building up rapport is a lot easier. If you want to do the slideshow presentation, itís great. You can put a picture of yourself there and people can see that but it doesnít — if you sit in front of camera and actually show yourself like I do on Outsourcing Live. And I know that thereís been times, a lot of questions where people have asked me about having the fear of sitting in front of the camera and sharing your knowledge and talking about it. I totally understand, that is something that is not the easiest for a lot of people and that just takes practice. And I actually do have a particular video which I talk about that one on Outsourcing Live. So if you do want to find out how to overcome the fear of being in front of the camera, just hop over to Outsourcing Live on this episode which is episode 23 and youíll be able to find the link down below to that particular video. So Iíll make sure Iíll put it down there. All right so getting back to it, video camera is very, very important and let me share with you the two video cameras that I highly recommend to use.

When I first initially started and I first created my videos for Outsourcing Live and also down on my on blog at Tyroneshum.com, I started with a Kodak Zi8 camera which is a very, very popular camera. Most people usually star off with that one when theyíre looking to create high definition videos. And the main reason why I recommend this one over a lot of other cameras like the Flip Mino and also the other — thereís a lot of like Sony, small cameras and handycams and so forth is because the Kodak Zi8 is one, very light. It has a microphone external plug which allows you to plug in an external mic to create that better quality sound, and also too it records in high definition. And in addition to that, I want to just add is that it allows you to be able to add your own memory card. So you can pretty much put any memory card in there to be able to store as much space as you want or have as much space as you want. And thatís really important because when you are recording numerous videos, you donít want to be running half space halfway through and having to plug in a different card or wait for you to download all those videos. And I found that very, very useful because I could record about 15 or 20 videos all within the week and have them still stored on that same card.

And Iíll go into a little bit more detail what memory cards I recommend because Iíll talk about that a little bit later on inside this podcast. So thatís very, very good. With a Kodak Zi8, it has a flexible option of basically putting in your own memory card, it records in high definition format and also too, it allows you to plug in an external mic. And thatís pretty much the main reasons and the benefits of why I also recommend the Kodak Zi8. Now, the other things that you probably donít know about the Kodak Zi8 perhaps if you havenít used it is it allows you to be able to use a separate remote to allow you to click from a distance and start recording. Thatís really good thing. And the second thing that is good about this is it allows you to plug in an external power source to be able to continue to run the camera just in case you ran out of battery.

Even though it has a rechargeable battery, you can plug in external power source to be able to run it and it allows you to be able to just record seminars, and stuff like that for hours on it as long as you got a power source to plug into directly. So, thatís pretty much the basic camera that I recommend if youíre starting out. I use that for probably a good — probably 12 months before I decided to upgrade to the next camera. And that depends on your budget. Like I picked up the Kodak Zi8 from eBay for around about $100-250. So thereís plenty of them out there but if you want to get a brand new, you can purchase it from Amazon, Iíll put a link — make sure that Iíll put a link down there so you know where to get it. So thatís the Kodak Zi8. Now, over the last few months I have increased my videos and also improved my quality of images and video output, Iíve decided to upgraded to another camera.

Iím getting myself tongue-twisted again but Canon is the brand of this camera that I went and purchased. And this was made by a recommendation of my good friend Gideon Shalwick, from GideonShalwick.com. He actually uses one of the Canons as well, the more a little bit expensive model but this model that I went and purchased is the really good model for this particular thing. And the reason Iím going to recommend this particular camera is because itís got a lot of great functionalities and great for video bloggers like ourselves who do a lot of video recording. The Canon that Iím recommending is the Canon T3i Rebel, the Canon T3i Rebel. Itís the camera that Iím using right now and thatís the model that you can purchase if youíre in the States. Now if youíre in Australia or any other countries, the Canon that they distribute in Australia for example is called the Canon 600D. And I donít know why they call it different names in different countries but maybe itís just different localities that have different functions for it.

But the equivalent of it is the Canon 600D in Australia. Now if you want to get the other version which is I think the Japanese version and if youíre from Japan thatís great because I know there a lot of the listeners come from all over the world. Itís the Kiss X3 I think it is. So you can check that all out. But what Iíll do is Iíll make sure Iíll put a link directly to all those so that way you donít get mixed up. So thatís the Canon, thatís the Canon T3i Rebel. And thatís currently the camera that Iím currently using to record the videos that youíre currently using to record all the videos that you see on my blog. And man, a lot of viewers got a lot of comments saying how good quality it looks, looks so professional and it just really stands out from the rest of the crowd.

And if you do want to get that kind of look and especially if youíre running a business and needing to coach people and train people via video then definitely consider purchasing that. Now, I was going to talk about the benefits of this. And the reason why Iíve upgraded to this particular camera is well for the first thing, I love it because it has a flip. A flip screen that you can open up and watch yourself. With the Kodak Zi8, unfortunately unless you have a mirror thatís reflective from the back of the camera, you canít actually see yourself and you donít know where to position yourself so the Canon T3i has that little flip screen which allows you to turn it around and face towards you so that way when you sit in front of the camera, youíll know exactly where youíre sitting and how your positioning is and you donít have to adjust it and spend more time getting the right positioning.

So thatís one of the biggest advantages I found as well. Second thing is, is that it does record in high definition quality. Actually it records in even higher than that. It records in True HD which is 1920 or something like that, itís really, really high quality. But in my opinion, I only record in high definition which is already good enough anyway. I donít want to be too good in front of the camera because otherwise youíll start to see my wrinkles and my facials and everything. So thatís something that Iíve been looking at but thatís not the real reason. The real reason is because the high definition is sufficient enough for Youtube and thatís most people watch it in and itís enough. Once you get passed that, the video sizes get even larger and it becomes really, really a challenge to be able to get them overseas to your video editor or outsource it over to people who are locally. All right, so thatís the second thing.

Third thing that I love about this Canon is because it has external mic just like any cameras that I recommend, make sure you go for external microphone plug jack thatís inside the camera. And the reason why is because the quality of the sound makes a huge difference. Even if youíve got a choppy video that doesnít look like all the best, not good lighting like poor lighting and not very good imagery, the quality of the sound can make the difference. And I really have heard and seen differences of between videos with good quality sound and really poor quality sound. And I actually created a particular video on the microphone to recommend to use with this which Iíll talk about shortly. But inside that particular video when you do hop into this video to have a look, I actually disconnected my microphone and started just recording it without the mic and you could definitely hear the biggest quality of difference is that it sounds like as though youíre in a big, big echo room and your voice just gets buffed out and you sound as like as though youíre talking in the big church, itís echoing back and forth. Since I plugged the mic back in, youíll definitely be able to hear the good quality sound and that goes for most things like podcasting and video and anything like that.

If you have good quality of sound, it can make your videos or your audio sound so much better and look so much more professional. So definitely make sure that you do consider that for any equipment if you do decided to buy the Canon T3i. All right, thatís the second thing. Now the third thing I just want to mention as well is what I love about it is its flexibility to be able to change the quality of the lens. Being an SLR camera, youíre able to plug in different lenses to match whatever scenery or match whatever environment you want to be. And what I mean by lens is how your quality of video comes out. You can get a normal lens which records you in high definition and you can have just a normal plain effect. But if you want to have a nice blurry effect with those TV shows or those TV places have your background blurred but the focus is on you, and you still get nice quality footage that comes out then youíll need to change the lens to be able to achieve that.

Other people might want to also change and try old fashion style effect or maybe a rustic type of look and you can do that with different lenses as well and different settings on your camera. So thatís really something thatís powerful because you can create videos that stand out and look completely different to what the market currently has. And being in SLR camera as well, itís not necessarily just for video recording. You can use it to take some amazing photos which Iíve been doing lately. So I have that dual flexibility and nowadays I donít even bother taking out a smaller camera or one of those handheld cameras. I just always take my SLR camera out. If I want to record a video or capture images, I do exactly everything on that camera and itís beautiful.

So thatís the camera there and Iíve gone in quite a lot of detail about that. But I just recommend check it out if youíve never got a video camera or you donít have a good video camera and youíre still tossing out which ones are good one, I highly recommend one of those two. And if youíre starting on a budget, the Kodak Zi8 is more than sufficient enough. And thatís how I started. So, thatís definitely something to check out and yeah, I canít really quite keep talking more about it because I want to share with you the other things that are very, very important as well but Iíll make sure Iíll put those links down on the bottom of this podcast post back on Outsourcinglive.com. All right so the next thing I want to share with you thatís very, very important is to make sure that you buy a lapel microphone to plug into your video camera. The lapel microphone is very, very powerful because you can easily clip it onto your shirt, you can put it down on a table, and you can capture all that really good quality sound.

Right now, Iím using a professional microphone as you probably maybe may or may not be aware, Iím not actually using a lapel mic or anything like that. But, by having this particular equipment can record your sound at really professional quality. It doesnít have to cost you much at all. Like I picked up my lapel microphone from the local Dick Smith store which is technology store here in Australia for around $30. So for 30bucks you can plug in a direct microphone into your video equipment. And if youíre going to produce these professional video qualities, you definitely need a lapel microphone. And I know that this particular brand that Iíve recommended in the past which is the Yoga spelled Y-O-G-A microphone, lapel microphone should be available at Dick Smith. Iím not 100% sure if itís still available at the time of this recording but if thatís not available and youíre not living in Australia, you can purchase from Amazon. You can purchase the Audio Technica which is the lapel microphone there and thatís just pretty much the same, just a different brand name.

And Iíll make sure Iíll put a link down below. I donít know the exact model but Iíll make sure Iíll have exact link to that model for you. But I highly recommend a lapel microphone and most of those come with a switch on and off so you can switch it on to record and itíll pick up a very, very good quality sound. And the reason why itís got a switch is because it runs off a little like a watch battery in there and that watch battery actually enhances the quality or actually enhances your voice so that it picks up at a very, very good quality. So thatís really the lapel microphone. You can really getaway actually if you wanted to plug in like a condenser mic, a normal condenser mic into your laptop to record what Iím doing with the Rode Podcaster and have the camera facing you while recording. It can probably go do that way but itís a little bit more extra work and by doing that, I think youíll probably need to spend more time trying to edit it like in post production than getting it recorded at the same time.

And thatís the reason why Iíve switched over to the Kodak Zi8 because I previously was also using the Flip Mino and unfortunately that didnít have external mic so I had to actually purchase a separate mp3 player which Iíll plug into lapel mic and then I recorded the video at the same time. And then at the end I had to sync it together. Anyway you donít want to do that but I just thought Iíd share that with you on how Iíve been doing it in the past with regards to that. So definitely try to get a lapel microphone, theyíre not that expensive to plug in. I know that few people have asked me about getting wireless mics as well. Yes, you definitely can do it but itís a little bit more expensive and if you can afford it and the budgetís within your reach, go ahead and get a really nice wireless mic. And it all make a difference because then you can take it outdoors and you can setup anywhere else. I know for a fact though youíll be looking at spending between $250 to about $300 for a good wireless mic and up. You know, for a basic one itís about that so depending on what your budget is.

Okay so Iíve covered the really two key components of video cameras and lapel microphones. Those things are very, very important in order to be able get your professional equipment or professional videos created with that kind of equipment. And if thatís all you had, thatís sufficient enough. And you can use natural lighting to be able to create good videos and also use the right places to be able to get into those videos so taht way people can see what youíre doing. Now, what I also do recommend if youíre indoors most of the time and creating videos in front of say a wall or your computer then I would definitely recommend to try and get yourself a light box and thatís something that Iím recommending as part of your toolkit because it is something that will definitely help you with creating some really good quality videos because the last thing you want to do is sit in front of camera and look dark as anything and people canít see you but can hear you really good.

So a simple light box, a white light box which runs off these fluorescent lights, these energy-efficient fluorescent lights. Some of them come actually with 5 or 6 of them and theyíre not actually surprisingly that hot. I used to use those hardware halogen lights which was really hot. And I used this warm yellow light and after about 5 minutes or so Iíll be standing sweating. But these light boxes are actually very good. Theyíre white, theyíre fluorescent, theyíre energy-efficient and they donít produce much heat but they do give you very, very good quality lighting. So you definitely need to consider getting something like that in a white light box which Iíll definitely put the link to it for you. Itís just a very simple box that just sits there with many fluorescent lights in there and theyíll have just like a white little cover and reflects out all the lighting and will light up your face in wherever you are. And really, itís not that hard to setup.

All you have to do is pretty much put it just behind the camera or next to the camera and have that light shining on your face and your body so it lights up your face. So that when you are recording, youíll be able to see — whoever — or see yourself clearly in front of the camera. And youíll notice the biggest difference once you do that because previously when I started trying to record without lighting, it made a huge difference to the quality of viewing. People canít actually see me clearly and by putting a new lighting on, people can actually see what Iím doing and expressing to them. So thatís what something that you need to do. Now if you canít afford to get a white light box, when I first started I didnít want to go spend that money so I just basically did a DIY self-light globe that I purchased from Ikea for around about 40bucks or so like thereís light stands and thatís sufficient enough. Like the light box would probably set you back between $15-200 which is pretty good if for a good light box. But if you canít afford it then for a basic budget just a light box — oh sorry a light lamp that you can purchase from Ikea and you can just put in one of those fluorescent lights.

For me, Iíve actually been using a 50watt fluorescent light which is a white one and thatís equivalent to about 200watts so itís pretty bright as it is and Iíve actually got a video of showing you how I set that up and use that basic version so you can check that out on Outsourcing Live as well. So thatís a light box. Very crucial, important but if you donít want to use it and you want to do natural lighting, just make sure you go outside and capture the lighting from there. All right, so thatís the third component that you do need as video equipment. The next component is a tripod. Now, both of these cameras, both the Kodak Zi8 and the Canon T3i can possibly sit down on it. Actually in particular, the Kodak Zi8, it doesnít have a very good base to be able to sit on so even if you try to stand it up, it wouldnít stand up very well properly. So you definitely need to invest into getting a tripod for the Kodak Zi8. Yes with the Canon T3i, you can probably get away with it and sit it on top of say a table and youíll be able to capture pretty much your video and also you quite well.

But that makes it very challenging because youíd have to make sure that your table or your placement of where you put the camera is in the right position to be able to capture you correctly so having a tripod will give you that flexibility to move it literally anywhere you want it go and anywhere you want to sit to do it. So tripods are definitely important. And tripods are not expensive like I purchase my tripod, a solid aluminum standing one which is probably level 2 and that one there stands up my full height which Iím about 1.8 meters and that cost me only about I think only $50 on eBay or less than actually if I remember and including shipping as well so itís really, really inexpensive to purchase and those tripods all come with like those clips which you can unclip and clip in your video cameras very easily. And by having that, itíll make life a lot easier because if you need to download immediately on your computer, you can easily unclip it straight from that tripod and plug it straight into your computer.

And very, very easy to do. And just make sure that when you do get a tripod, it allows for the flexibility to move it up and down. So Iíll talk a little bit more actually — a little bit more about the movements of it. Just make sure it moves up and down, left and right and around in 360 degrees so that way you can have that full motion and adjustments. And also make sure that it does is solid. Because in the past, Iíll give you an example is I purchased a pretty light aluminum tripod in the past which I used it for trialing and Iíve actually had that one for almost 15 years and my wife says to me man, itís like that sturdy leg or something in a good way or third person. And weíve been able to take some really amazing photos with that tripod because when thereís no one around to be able to take photos for us or film us or anything like that, I setup my trusty tripod, set it on timer and weíll just stand the picture and capture it.

Because you canít always get someone whoís not around or someone thatís walking by to take photos for you. Anyway, getting this particular tripod was great for light traveling and great for using for small little things. But the fact is, is that it was too light where we situated ourselves on top of the hill at one stage and we had this massive wind blowing through and I thought yeah itíll probably survive but unfortunately with that massive wind, it blew away the tripod and my whole camera fell across to the side onto rocks and unfortunately broke. So little tip there, get something thatís a little bit stronger and heavier particularly if youíre going to be using expensive equipment like the Canon T3i and I wasnít too happy when my previous camera fell down. Luckily it wasnít too expensive of a camera but when that does happen itís really frustrating because youíve got to go and purchase another one. So get something thatís going to be solid particularly if youíre going to use at height — get a solid, heavier tripod which will be able to counter the weight and keep your camera still.

If youíre considering getting a tripod thatís for multipurpose use where you go and travel, where youíre going to put it up in different areas, well what I would do is make sure you carry a backpack with you at all times with some weight in it. Put some food, put some water and stuff like that and then tie that backpack onto the tripod which Iíve done on many occasions because I donít always carry with me the heavier tripod. Sometimes if Iím going trekking, Iíve been into the mountains and stuff like that, take some beautiful photos, and shooting and scenery, I just donít worry carry some of those itís too heavy. So if youíre going to be having water, backpack and water, you can easily tie that backpack onto the tripod if youíre using a lighter tripod Iím saying and let it sit there and that should be sufficient enough to keep grounded on the floor. So thatís a little tip there and little trick on how to maintain or have these tripods but if youíre using in the rooms or in locations that donít have any winds and donít move around, that solid tripod that you can get from anywhere is sufficient enough so definitely a tripod.

So the next thing I wanted to talk about is things that will make your life easier as well which is having a remote control. And both of these cameras that Iíve purchased in the past, the Kodak Zi8 and the Canon T3i both can purchase optional as an accessory a remote control. Like for the Kodak Zi8, I have a specified Kodak remote control camera which you can pick up for 20bucks or $25 or so. And that was amazing because I didnít have to jump up, click the button behind the camera and press record and sit back down. I could just sit down, press the record button anytime I was ready and start recording right away. And as much as that might not save you much that much time, it actually does save you a headache and also does save you that little extra fraction of time because at the end of the day, if you want to do rapid video recording then definitely get a remote control to do that. Now with the Canon T3i, you can purchase a dedicated Canon remote or specific Canon remote accessory but I found something on eBay which was just pretty much just a generic version and it works perfectly. And Iíll post that link directly down onto that podcast so that way you can see exactly what remote I use and that was — that only cost me like — I think itís like 6bucks or something like that so that was even cheaper than I expected.

And that really makes a huge difference because when youíre recording and youíre sitting down and youíre thinking okay I want to record first recording session for this, Iíll click record, get straight into it instead of having to hop up, change this, do that. And that makes a huge difference so definitely the remote control is important and I highly, highly recommend to get that as additional accessory as part of this pack here. The last thing I want to talk about is a stool or chair. This may not seem the most common sense or the most thing that people would recommend. But Iím recommending it because I use it so often. Yes I do stand up and I do talk in front of the camera when I do stand up but also too, I have a stool or specific chair that I sit down. And that makes a difference because when people see you sit down on a chair, youíre little bit more relaxed. Youíre talking and sharing as though youíre talking to someone else like a friend. And having a nice, comfortable stool particularly if youíre going to be sitting down for doing a 3 to 4-minute video recordings and youíre doing a lot of them then it really makes a difference. So go out there and purchase yourself a good quality stool.

And even if you get a good nice stainless stool and you actually record from a longer angle which means it captures your whole body and the stool, it actually looks pretty good so Iíd recommend if youíre going to do that then consider getting a good nice stool. Because when you do your recording, people will go oh you sit in your stool and it looks extensively pleasing on the eye. And it just makes slight little difference to make it look really professional. So definitely a stool or a chair. All right I think I pretty much covered everything thatís related to all the video equipment that you need. The next things I want to talk about the memory cards and any additional accessories that are really optional. Actually I should say that the memory card is definitely not optional, itís a compulsory thing and thatís the reason why Iíve saved it towards here because itís actually a big component.

And the reason why I want to talk about it in more detail right now with you is because the memory card which is an SD memory card comes in different versions. I didnít know this until I actually did some research. And with nowadays with a lot of high definition video recordings, they do require a faster processing speed within the chip of the memory card. Yes, itís a memory chip which I didnít realize until I started asking around going to stores and finding out. Because when I first started, I went and bought the cheapest memory card with the biggest capacity possible and I didnít realize that when I plugged it in, it didnít keep recording the videos or capturing my videos at the speed itís supposed to be particularly when itís recording at 300MB per minute. I know itís pretty big isnít it? And thatís how we get these high definition quality videos. So what you want to make sure is that when you purchase your memory card particularly for either the Kodak Zi8 or the Canon T3i, that itís a high-speed memory card.

Just ask for it in the stores because the high speed can be determined by different levels and the levels keep changing. Like I think the last one I purchased was a level 10 or something like that and it keeps going up in different levels which means that it keeps going up in high speed recording. So make sure that you do find it out before you do purchase an SD memory card. Now the size that I recommend is at least a minimum of a 32GB. I purchased originally a 4GB SD card and that was sufficient enough just to record one video but you donít want to be recording like one video, change it, download, record another one and keep doing that. That just spends — you just waste too much time doing it. So itís best to go and spend a little bit of money to get yourself a good quality 32GB SD memory card for these video cameras. Like something like that, I think itíll set you back around $60-70 not much but it really comes back down to how much you can afford and so forth as well. So I thought I just let you know how important that is and just make sure as I said to get a high-speed memory card. All right as I said thatís pretty much covered all the video equipment and I want to go through and give you some extra accessories that you can have to make your video equipment or your whole video setup even just a little bit more professional and you can really, really see the difference slightly but at the end of the day in the long term of things, it just makes your life so much easier as well because once youíve got there, you never have to really purchase them again.

Just as I said, 12 months Iíve had the Kodak Zi8 and Iíve been recording the same — using the same camera for a very long time, havenít even upgraded equipment unless I wanted to. And my choice of upgrading to the Canon T3i was an option that I wanted to do and from now I donít think Iíll be looking to even upgrade to the next camera version unless that breaks. So touch wood, yeah. All right, letís have a look at some of the accessories. And Iím going to speficy basically starting with the Canon T3i Rebel. If you have the Kodak Zi8, this will definitely not apply to you. But if youíve got an SLR camera like the Canon T3i Rebel that I recommend, Iím going to talk specifically about the lens because this particular question has been asked many, many times. And yes Owen, if youíre listening to this podcast Iím going to answer this for you just to be specific and also for the other listeners and the people who have asked me this question I just want to answer it here so that way you know exactly what to do.

All right, I wish I actually knew about this when I first started because I had no idea. I didnít realize in order to create a special blurry background effect or create that nice little effect in the background where you still see whatís there but not exactly all that clear which has something to do with the aperture which is another term to describe how deep your video is. I think Iím getting it a bit technical but simplistically, you know how also videos — you sit there and you go wow, theyíve got that person so sharp and so clear, and itís focused on them and the background is sort of blurred out. Hopefully youíll understand what I mean. If not, hop onto my blog and you can see a lot of my videos, actually all the recent ones, youíve got that kind of effect all set up so you can check that out there. Anyway, to set that kind of thing up, you really do need to purchase a lens. And Iíve purchased the fixed lens to be able to do that. And the fixed lens that can achieve this is a Canon 50mm F1.

8. Thatís the exact one that Iíve got. Now Iíll give you just the little bit more specs why Iím recommending a fixed lens. Now for all the people who donít know about this or the technical side of things, Iíll explain it to you. The fixed lens is something that is just — lens that doesnít allow you for zoom in and zoom out, it just only allows for one angle and thatís it. And you do have to move your camera to get the right angle. But itís really good because the fact is, is that you donít have any distortion and you wonít have any things that move around. So with a fixed lens like this, the Canon 50mm which is sufficient enough for most people, allows to do that. Now, F1.8 is the aperture setting so you need to make sure that you do look out for that because the most standard lenses that you purchase with the Canons are usually with an F3.5 to F5.8 I think it is if I remember correctly but those apertures are not sufficient enough to be able to get you that nice blurry effect.

Yes you could probably do it but you wonít notice as much. So the lower that number go, so if you go down to 1.8 to 1.4 to 1.2 the more blur you get into background. And thatís simplistic terms if youíre going to talk about technicals, itís all about the aperture and I wonít go into that in this podcast because Iím not a details person for video cameras and that kind of equipment. But essentially, the reason why I purchased the F1.8 over say F1.4 and F1.2 is because of the price. Iíll give you an example. The F1.8, I picked up for around about 100bucks. I actually picked it up about 100bucks there and I was looking around thinking oh, a friend of me showed me what the 1.8 looks like and I thought thatís really nice.

Only very, very slight quality of difference but the price jumps dramatically. Like youíd be looking at about 300bucks to be able to purchase the F1.4. If you do have that budget, thatís great but you wonít notice all that much slight difference in terms of video quality or even picture quality. So if Iím to just start out Iíd recommend just getting an F1.8, thatís more than sufficient enough. If you look over to F1.2 which is even higher, youíll be spending almost a grand. So just buy that small little adjustment in the quality of the aperture or the aperture size can make really your deep pockets, your pocket really go deeper. So you need to just consider where your budget is. But for me, the F1.8 is sufficient to create these beautiful videos that I see online and people have commented and asked me about that all the time. So thatís why I thought Iíd share that and let you know. So let me recap that one.

If you do have a Canon T3i Rebel camera, you need to purchase a fixed lens called — or it could be actually any other lens. Itís a Canon that I purchased, the Canon 50mm F1.8 and that allows you to be able to create a nice blurry effect in the background while youíre recording your videos and that works beautifully as well for any type of pictures you want to take and so forth. And once youíve got that, itís pretty easy. Just plug in and snap away. So itís like a plug and play. All right so thatís the additional extras or accessories that I recommend for the Canon camera. Now for the people who are using the Kodak Zi8, as I mentioned itís probably not relevant to you. So I wanted to move onto the next thing which is to recommend getting yourself a green screen or a black screen.

Either one of those is sufficient. And if youíre the type of person who want to change the backgrounds and create something thatís going allow for pop ups and changes and so forth then get a green screen. Green screens are really good for that and in your software youíll be able to adjust that and remove the backgrounds. A lot of people whoíve asked me about that in the past have set that all up as well. And I used to use a lot of green screens to record but I found that it took me a lot of time for me to be able to edit and so forth and I donít want to give my video editor all that extra work when itís not necessary. So what I do right now, as you probably have noticed is I usually sit in front of a background either in my room, in my office I should say or out in the setting in the backyard or something like that and thatís a lot more natural, itís a lot more friendly, itís warmer and you get a nice effect.

Now, you do also see me in front of white screens as well and you might be thinking oh, did you use a green screen or did you really use a white screen? Well I didnít use a green screen even though Iíve got a green screen at home, I donít use it at all now because itís just for me to edit and stuff as I mentioned takes too long. So what I do is I create a white screen. And the white screen is basically the wall. In actual fact, all our walls are actually cream color. And you might be wondering how the heck did you get it from cream to white? Now, the key component is actually using good lighting, itís not about the color of your wall. Itís great that you can have a wall thatís close to white. And thatís what I have, I have a cream color which is very, very close to white. What I do is I shine very, very strong white light onto those walls to create that white background effect. And with the camera nowadays, with a simple adjustment in the Canon, you can actually make the walls look whiter and make you look brighter as well. So itís a combination of having a white wall and also a combination of having a good quality video camera which allows you to make those adjustments.

So thatís how I do it with the white screen and pretty much once Iíve done that, Iíll send it over to my video editor and heíll just do whatever he needs to do and heíll add those flying pop ups and all those special effects and all that kind of stuff. Thatís why it makes it look so cool. All right, now I recommended also a black screen. If youíre for a little bit different look then black screen is also pretty cool as well. And the reason why Iím recommending a black screen is because when youíre sitting in front of a blank screen and youíve got your lighting on your face, sometimes you get a shadow on the back of you. But with a black screen, you canít see the shadows at all and it just focuses the face all on you. And that makes it very, very easy for you to be able to set up your video equipment, set up your lighting equipment and you wonít have to waste a lot of time moving things around. So you can literally do this.

Sit in front of a black screen, turn the light on your face and all that shadow will get blended out in the black background. Whereas if you try it differently onto say for example a white screen, thereís a great chance that youíll see your shadow behind you and youíll need to make some adjustments to lighting to remove that shadow. So yeah, thatís a little quick tip for you in order for you to use a black screen. And yeah how do you get this? Well little tip that I got from actually Gideon, Iíve actually asked a lot of questions in the past and this was many, many months ago now I remember but I asked him how do you setup your green screen, how do you setup all this kind of stuff. And he said he didnít actually spend much money. He just went to the local — what was it. Iím just trying to remember itís a sewing store that weíve got here like — I canít remember what it is, itís kind of dropped my mind. But basically he went to a local store where you could just buy some of the green material like threading — not threading but cloth material. And that cloth material cost like 10bucks or something like that for whole 3meters. So thatís what I did.

I went to one of our local stores where you can just buy all those green cloth material, black cloth material and basically used that and just poured it up on the wall and just dropped down and it worked perfectly. So thatís what you could do. Otherwise, if you do want to spend a little bit of money to get a proper green screen, you can purchase it from video equipment supplies and usually the green screens do actually come with the white light box or the light boxes if youíre going to purchase that so make sure you get them bundled in when you get to purchase it because it will save you a little bit of money as well. All right, Iíve been talking quite a bit so I just thought Iíll have a sip of water.

Now, before we do jump over to other things, I want to talk a little bit about software. Thereís one last thing I want to recommend as well. A part of accessory that you could have. I personally donít have it at all. I used to, but I donít use it anymore because Iíve just got — Iíve had a lot of practice I donít need this anymore. But you can get yourself a teleprompter. A teleprompter is where you have a little device in front of you and it literally prints out all the words that you need to read and you just read it like as though youíre reading text. And thatís really powerful when youíre looking to do something thatís going to be professional and you donít want to be having amms, and ohhs and those kind of things that go in there and also too, it helps if you donít want to lose your form of structure.

But after a while, if youíve already become confident and youíve become good at talking in front of camera and you know exactly what you want to talk about then well, you donít need to use a teleprompter and thatís how I found. I personally did use a teleprompter, not a professional one, just a simple one that I set up using my Macbook Pro. Actually what I did was I had a software which was downloaded from the iStore, iPhone Store yeah and that was installed onto my laptop. And whenever it basically went for play, I had my remote and I just watch the text fly up and so forth. For me it was a little bit distracting and it was a little bit uneasy for me because I kept losing track of what I was going to say. So after reading that teleprompter I just decided Iím just going to be normal and natural and just talk in front of the camera. So you can use that if youíre going to be doing some kind of sales presentation or youíre really uncomfortable in front of the camera and thatís great for that.

So thatís why I recommend if youíre starting out, maybe a teleprompter would help you. Otherwise, just put some notes like what I do. Youíll probably notice a lot of times I pull out my trusty notebook and I even show you and I say Iíve written some points and Iíll share this with you and I just go through those points and just talk about it from my experience. And thatís why Iíve been doing exactly right now in this podcast. I actually have a one-page list of all the components that I wanted to share with you and start talk a little bit more about it. So if youíre comfortable to do that then teleprompter might not be for you. So thatís something that I just want to recommend for people who are just starting out or who want to do something thatís a little bit more professional and needs to have those exact words without having to remember them. All right so Iíve gone through most of the key components and Iíve talked about the essentials and the requirements that you need. So from computers, to video equipment, to lapel mics, tripods, etc.

And Iíve also talked about some additional optional extras which is basically like a fixed lens for your camera, the green screen and also the teleprompter. I want to also share with you specifically some of the tools e.g. software that you do need in order to be able to upload all these things and convert them into the right format but I think Iím going to leave it for another podcast because Iíve gone almost — for 40 minutes here and the thing is that this particular topic or this particular software is quite in detail. Thereís quite a lot of things that I want to share with you. So I thought letís maybe perhaps wrap it up here to share with you on all these things and if you do want to actually find out specifically all the tools that Iíve talked about today on this podcast, you can definitely visit on episode 23 and I have all the specific links to all those tools and hopefully from there you can pretty much get yourself up and running. Overall, I got to say I didnít spend more than probably 300-400bucks in total when I first started on this video equipment like the Kodak Zi8, the lapel mic, the simple tripods and all that kind of stuff.

But once you get a little bit more experienced and you want to upgrade your equipment, yeah youíll probably be spending between $1,500-2,000 or so. So there is that big price jump but thatís just because the video camera itself is a little bit more expensive. But essentially if you have all the other components that I talked about, except for the video camera, youíll probably wouldnít spend more than $100-150 for all that extra equipment and you get yourself up and running pretty quickly too. So itís a very inexpensive exercise with all the video equipment and tools to be able to get yourself up on videos. And I hope that this has helped everyone whoís listening to this as well because this has been one of the major, major questions that Iíve been seeing a lot from listeners like yourself and also from viewers from the blog and I thought this will be a great opportunity to be able to share all the specific tools that I personally use and I know a lot of people have used for any of the professional videos that they create. And I just thought — I want to add one last thing as well.

If youíre doing this just for your video blog or youíre just doing this just for creating sales presentations, you might also want to consider doing this for businesses as well because local businesses are really lacking in this kind of stuff and you can really get out there with this kind of equipment and make some money on it to be honest. I mean Iím already doing it right now with local businesses that I work with and that will be something that you can consider doing as well. So I thought thatís a little tip that you could do with all these equipment because if itís just used for yourself itís great but you can also make some money from this as well, too. Itís time for the Outsourcing Live quick tip. Recently, Iíve been deciding to upgrade my Outsourcing Live WordPress blog. And the reason behind that is because one, I just want to make sure it loads faster and secondly, I wanted to make sure itís search engine optimized or SEOíd properly. Even though in the last week when weíve had the page rank update, I have a page rank of 2 to jumping up to page rank 4 which was amazing for me.

And weíve only had this blog or this website only for about 6 months. Itís jumped dramatically in a short period of time. I still know that thereís still a lot of improvements that could be done and hearing around the community, speaking to a lot of my friends and hear what they had to say, they always keep recommending me to try out the Thesis Theme which is a thesis WordPress theme located at Outsourcinglive.com/thesis spelled T-H-E-S-I-S. Yeah, something like that. T-H-E-S-I-S sorry. And you can actually go and see that directly on that particular link that Iíve just provided for you. Donít worry itís down the show notes so if you didnít get that, just go to the website and click on that to go there. Anyway, the reason why I wanted to share this with you is because firstly Iím going to be implementing this.

Right now my programmer or my developer is developing a new thesis theme designed just for Outsourcing Live and hopefully in the next couple of weeks we should be going live so youíll be able to see the changes and so forth. And really the reason why Iím changing to a new theme is one, to load up much faster so therefore at the moment I think weíre loading about 6 or 7 seconds for the website. I want to get it even faster than that. Two, I wanted to put more conversion type of tools on the site e.g. things like subscribe bars, I want to be able to put more of them on there and have the flexibility to be able to change it wherever I want as well. And thatís what I think the thesis theme allows you to do is that in the back itís very, very customized.

And it allows you to move things around, change columns, insert columns. You donít need a programmer to do that. But if you are looking to get something thatís very, very customized like I am then definitely youíll need a programmer. But for basic people, Iím recommending this for you because this is a very clean, simple and very minimalistic theme. And youíll see that on even their website, when you have a look itís very nice, itís simply laid out. And it focuses very much on the text of the blog that youíre writing on and also the website. So I recommend definitely checking this out today and itís got a huge, huge advantage for SEO which is search engine optimization. And what that means, in your hands if you have this installed on your website, you can figure it out quickly, it means that youíll be found on Google search engines much, much better and much faster and ranking much higher.

So really thatís one of the main reasons why Iím switching over and also for its customization and ease of use. And long term wise, itís a very, very well-supported community. If you hop into the Thesis Community, youíll get plenty here of responses and people whoíll be able to support you and help you. Now apparently theyíre going to be upgrading or releasing version 2 very, very soon. And when that happens as well, this paid theme, I should mention itís a paid theme, itís going to go up in price. Currently itís — on the website currently for a Personal option itís $87 and on a Developers option, itís $164. Now from what I gather, I think itís going to go up to around about $300 so probably might double in the next few months or so or couple of months. So I recommend before it does increase in prize and you do really want to use this theme which is in my opinion one of the cheapest themes, premium themes around, definitely get it before it does increase in price. And you can definitely check it out at Outsourcinglive.

com/thesis. T-H-E-S-I-S. All right, thatís pretty much for this one. Hopefully if you enjoy this one let me know and leave a comment down on the blog post as well. Now, if you like more resources like this one, you can find them inside Mass Outsource Mastermind along with video tutorials and step by step instructions showing exactly how I use them. To get a 30-day no risk trial membership to Mass Outsource Mastermind, simply visit FreeVideoSet.com. Until next time, I wish you success in your quest for outsourcing..

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