My Audio/Video Gear
Oh hi, it's 2021 and a lot of us have been working from home for over a year now.
I think it's time to level up our audio and video on our web conference calls, don't you?
One of the most important aspects of a really great conference call experience is having a great audio input and out put.
Below you'll find the equipment I use, not only for all of my Zoom meetings, but also for my podcast, "Liftoff by Bottle Rocket".
This is a dynamic mic that needs a FetHead (listed below) for most audio-interfaces in order to boost the gain and not have annoying room noise. I can't recommend this mic highly enough.
The FetHead is a pre-amp that is needed if you opt to get the Behringer (listed below) where it is needed, over the Rodecaster Pro (listed below) where it is not needed.
Behringer U-Phoria Audio Interface
This is a great audio-interface for those just starting out. It's a much less expensive option than the Rodecaster Pro (listed below) and definitely gets the job done!
I love this freaking machine. Yes it is an expensive interface, but it also serves as a mixer and has multiple inputs and outputs. I would recommend going with the Behringer (listed above) unless you really plan on diving into some serious game.
Rode Swivel Boom Arm
The PodMic has some weight to it, so I would definitely recommend a hefty boom arm like this one from RODE. I've tried dozens... and I mean dozens of boom arms from Amazon, but you definitely get what you pay for. It's 100% worth it. I actually have 2!
Mic Desk Stand
This desk stand is a great option for on the go, or if you just don't want to drop the cash for the RODE boom arm. It's also a great option. I have 2 of these as well. Hey, don't judge. Ya boy needed options!
I've gone through a ton of headphones, and for the price, these wired studio headphones are near impossible to beat, if you ask me.
I'm telling you now, you can never have too many XLR cables. And with a great price like these from Amazon Basics, it won't hurt the wallet either.
Let's face it. View conference image quality is terrible. I believe it's well worth the investment in a DSLR camera to plug in and really enhance the video quality. You are now sounding great, you need to also look great. :)
Clap Ring Light
This little clap on ring light has been a total win. I clamp it right to my monitor and boom. Makes for a great key light.
LED Strip Lighting
These LED light strips are so freaking easy to peal and stick to install. It took everything in me not to put them literally everywhere in my house. They make for an easy background accent light. And the best part is you can change the color to match your "brand" with the remote.
Canon EOS m50
After doing tons of research, I landed on the Canon EOS m50. And I'm glad I did. The flip out screen, the small profile, the price compared to others... it's a real winner and totally worth the investment.
Canon Power Adapter - Dummy Battery
Life. Saver. This dummy battery is a power adapter that allows your to run the camera all day without having to interrupt your meetings to change the battery out.
Micro USB Cable
Because the Canon EOS m50 doesn't provide a "clean HDMI" - the easiest way to get up and running as a webcam is to plug it into your computer using a Micro USB.
Don't forget to download Canon's free EOS Web Cam software as well.
Canon 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
The kit lens is great, but, if you want more of a portrait look....
I love this "nifty 50" from Canon. You get that nice blurred background with ease. And with auto-focus, you don't have to worry about coming out of focus at any point in time.
Commite EF-EOS lens Mount Adapter
If you want to use the lens (listed above) or any of the original Canon lenses, you'll need an adapter to mount said lenses. This is the cheapest I have found, and works brilliantly.
Great for mounting the camera right above my monitor, so I don't have to use a bulky tripod and can get my desk closer to the wall.
Sigma 16 mm f/1.4
When I can't have the 50mm lens on, and need my desk closer to the wall, I use this bad boy. (The 50mm above needs to be a good 4 feet from the desk).
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