February 11, 2021 4 min read
You’re new to vlogging, a complete novice in all things camera equipment. Or, maybe you're a veteran content creator with tried and trusted gear that’s starting to show its age. Regardless of where you are on the spectrum, we all end up in the same places: scouring the internet or local camera shops for equipment that fits into our price range and setup.
Luckily you don’t have to look far and wide for vlogging equipment these days. But to make things even easier—like, really easy—here’s a collection of some of our go-to pieces that we carry with us across all of our vlogging adventures, whether you're working solely from a smartphone or want to livestream from a PC or Mac.
When it comes to recording consistency, it’s hard to find a microphone as robust as the UM700 USB desktop mic. It’s effortless plug-and-play design makes it easy to set up, and the on-body polar pattern and gain controls put you in the driver seat. But don’t be fooled by it’s sleek and simple exterior, there’s a lot going on under the hood. A large diaphragm and three audio capsules work in unison to create an omnidirectional sound that captures your voice with all its depth.
It’s no slouch when it comes to audio processing, either. The 48kHz/16-bit sound resolution and 20Hz—20kHz frequency response helps to create a natural-sounding tone with minimal distortion and latency. Add in essentials like a 3.5mm audio in and a micro-USB input and you’ve got yourself a go-to everyday companion.
Do you ever listen back on your audio recordings and wonder why certain words seem to make an unpleasant popping sound? Well the answer is plosives—a consonant sound that’s made when air is stopped at the lips, teeth, or palate, and then suddenly released. Though it’s a perfectly normal part of our everyday speech, it doesn’t bode well for your recorded audio.
The answer: a pop filter. Designed to attach directly to your existing microphone, pop filters sit between your mouth and the mic to ensure all that harsh air is blocked. Think of it like a screen for you window, except instead of keeping out pesky bugs, your blocking unwanted sounds. With double-layer nylon mesh and an flexible gooseneck, our PF-6 is one of the easiest ways to get closer to that studio-quality sound.
So you already have a good desktop microphone that you vlog with daily, but you really want to get out to review that new piece of gear you just bought. You can’t just take your heavy microphone and computer out with you. You need to travel light and keep only what you can carry.
Well if you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket then you’ve got an option for capturing great audio. The PM10 lines directly into your smartphone's 3.5mm audio input and uses the in-device recording app so you don’t have to download any additional software. The omnidirectional lavalier microphone can be clipped to your lapel or shirt collar to help it capture every word.
It’s easy enough to hold your phone while taking a photo, but when you’re live-streaming your hike or adventure through a new town, having a good grip on your phone becomes that much more important. Sure, your trip through Amsterdam in the fall might look beautiful to you, but your viewers on the other end can’t tell whether you’re walking down the street or wading through a canal.
Putting a little distance between your hand and phone can help stabilize your videos regardless of the environment. Our PR-1 has a universal design that fits smartphones measuring 2.2- to 3.6-inches wide—plenty of room for your iPhone 12 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. Additional features include an easy-to-grip handle for comfort, an adjustable wrist strap for added security, and a built in level to help you remember your ups and downs.
Maybe you’ve got a great idea for a new content channel but have absolutely no idea where to start. We’ve all been there, no one knows it all when they’re just getting off the ground. Rather than piecemeal your system together and potentially end up with components that might not be compatible with one another, opt for our smartphone video kit.
The V1 comes with the works, all you have to do is supply the smartphone. Our VXR10 shotgun microphone is one of the most versatile recording mics available—it covers everything from interviews to live streaming. The PR-1 smartphone rig gives you that extra grip to need to keep your videos stable, while the LED-30 light keeps your scenes well lit at any time of day. You’ll even get a cold-shoe extension mount so you can add future accessories to your rig with ease.
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