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Essential Equipment for Video Production

Putting together a great video requires much more than amazing talent and brilliant ideas – it also requires the right equipment. No matter what type of video we are putting together, there are certain pieces of equipment that we make sure to always have on hand before a shoot. Here are our equipment essentials for creating a professional quality video.

Camera(s): This is the absolute most important thing for any video shoot. The type of cameras that we use vary widely, depending on what type of footage we are trying to capture, but we always make sure to bring a few different options, just in case. We often use both handheld and still cameras when making a video, just to have as many options as possible when later assembling the clip.

Lenses: To get the best shots for each scene, we may need to change the lenses on our cameras, so we always make sure to bring a full kit. This includes wide angle lenses, zoom lenses, polarizers, and much more. The more lens options we have, the easier it is to get great quality footage.

Tripod: Since we like to use at least one still camera on most of our shoots, we find tripods to be extremely important. Tripods hold the camera steady and keep it easy to maneuver, so the footage comes out very smooth. There are many different types of tripods out there, but we prefer to use highly durable versions with plenty of height options.

Lighting: The type of light that you use on a shoot can have a big effect on how the footage turns out. Having a video that is too dark or overexposed can really take away from its quality, which is why we like to bring professional lighting kits with us. When shooting indoors or in setups with difficult lighting, we use three point lighting kits. When shooting outdoors, we usually use smaller camera lights.

Microphones: In order to capture audio effectively, a good microphone is very important. We use a few different types of microphones while shooting. For group conversations or other settings where it might be more difficult to get clear audio, we like to use booms. However, for more intimate settings, a traditional microphone stand will work. We always make sure to invest in high quality microphones to capture detailed sound recordings.

Headphones: In order to make sure that we are capturing good sound quality, we use headphones to play back what we’ve recorded. We use noise canceling headphones to make sure that we hear everything that the camera picked up, so that we can go back and reshoot if necessary.

Extra Batteries and Memory Cards: Shoots can be very long, and one of the things that can really slow them down even more is running out of memory space or battery for any of our devices. That’s why we bring a whole kit full of backup batteries and memory cards to every shoot, just in case.