Over the past few weeks, I've been asked about how I make my YouTube videos for CamCrunch. I've decided to put together a short series about what goes into making my videos for YouTube to help those of you that are thinking of starting.
In this first episode, Im going to be going other DSLR camera and lens that I use for making my videos.
The camera that I personally use for my YouTube videos is the Canon EOS Rebel T3i/600D. I chose this particular camera because of it's price/performance ration when it comes to making YouTube videos.
When it coms down to it, There are a couple of features that are a must for me.
Flip-out LCD Screen
The first important feature for me is the flip out screen. For framing and focusing purposes, being able to see yourself while filming is a must in my book.
I'm lazy when it comes to audio. I hate having to sync my audio with my video in post production, even though it's can yield slightly better results, and so a mic input is really important for me.
Other Features to Consider
One camera that I'd consider if I was starting over is the Canon EOS 70D. The 70D has dual-pixel sutofocus technology, allowing it to have camcorder-like autofocus in video. For a one-person production, this can be a valuable tool.
I do all of my videos on my own and like having all of my equipment close to me at all times so that I can make any changes that I want on the fly. Because I work this way, a wide/ultra wide-angle lens is very important to me. The lens that I use is the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens. On an APS-c sized sensor DSLR like that Canon Rebel that I use, this lens equates to about a 22mm field of view.
The Rokinon 14mm is a manual focus lens. This makes it hard to use for hand held photography, but it's perfect for video. I chose the Rokinon 14mm because it also works on my full frame Canon 6D. If I was only using APS-c DSLRs or if I was filming with a 70D, I'd go for the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8. It's a tad more expensive, but more versatile with its zoom range and autofocus for stills.
If you're not a fan of the wide angle view, the 18-55mm is actually a very good place to start. If you want a lens that's a tad better in low-light, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 is a great upgrade.
A Summary of Equipment
Other Recommended Equipment
So that's the equipment I use and recommend. Stay tuned for the next video where I talk about the audio equipment that I use.
Leave a comment and let me know what you use for your YouTube videos!