If you’re new to video production, you’re probably feeling a little overwhelmed and unsure of exactly what you need to get started. These five tools will help you get on your feet and get you started in video marketing in no time.
1. DSLR Video Camera
Having a video camera is essential. Consider getting a DSLR camera that doubles as a photography and video tool. If you don’t want to splurge, you can find some cameras for under $500, such as the Canon Rebel T5, pictured above, which is a great beginners camera!
2. SD Card
Make sure you have a large, fast, video compatible SD card. Sandisk is a great go-to brand, and we highly recommend their Extreme Pro 65GB 95MB/s card. It is a good idea to keep your SD cards in safe places due to their small nature and the ability for them to be lost easily.
3. CF Card
If you have an SD card, you should be good to go, but it wouldn’t hurt to keep a Compact Flash Card on you as well. If shooting with a higher-end camera, this will allow you some security by being able to record to both the CF and SD cards at the same time (incase one malfunctions), or if you’re short on memory space, you can fill one up, and run over to the next. We recommend the Sandisk Extreme Pro 32GB 130MB/s card.
An external mic is imperative for people who want to do their own video shoots.
It doesn’t have to be fancy, just anything other than your camera’s built in mic. The Zoom H4N is a staple product, relatively affordable, and industry level quality, or if you’re really trying to save money, opting for the Zoom H1 is a good choice too, and only $99.99 on Amazon right now!
5. External Hard Drive
You already have a ton of documents and other files stored on your computer, and adding high-quality video and audio files will only slow it down more, in turn slowing down your editing if you’re doing it from your personal computer. Invest in a large hard drive to keep those large files on. One of the best hard drives for getting started in video production is the LaCie Rugged. It features internal anti-shock rubber bumpers, and anti-shock rubber sleeve, and a protective aluminum shell, allowing it to be shock, dust, and water resistant for all-terrain use.
All these tools will get you up in running in no time, they are all you need to get started in making beautiful video content !