Vlogging is a type of content that’s highly popular nowadays. In a nutshell, a vlog is a video version of a traditional blog. But instead of writing about your featured topic, you talk about it in a short motion picture.
A lot of people have become interested in starting their own vlog. Not only is it fun to do, but it can also be quite a lucrative source of income. Although you don’t need formal training to become a vlogger, you do need to have reliable recording gear to create high-quality videos with engaging content.
You may be thinking that you need to invest in a high-end DSLR camera to produce professional-looking videos. If you can afford it, then go ahead and invest in one. A good compact model would be a Canon G7X Mark II or Sony RX100 III. If you don’t have the budget for a DSLR just yet, an iPhone, or any smartphone with a good camera, will do. Mobile phones are quite practical if you want to make YouTube videos online. All you have to do is record and upload.
A tripod or stabilizer is important if you want your video to be easy to watch. Wobbly and shaky footage will turn viewers off, no matter how interesting your topic is. There are the studio types that videographers and photographers often use and tabletop versions for videos you can do sitting down. If you are doing your vlogs outdoors, you can opt for the pocket or portable type.
If you are going to talk about your featured topic, your viewers should be able to hear you clearly. Invest in a good external microphone that picks up your voice really well and minimizes surrounding noise. There are certain microphones that are designed for indoor and some for outdoor use. Plan the venue of your shoots to make sure you get the right one.
When your videos are dim or dark, your viewers may just skip watching them. To make good quality videos, you need to have proper lighting. It’s highly recommended to shoot with natural light. But what if it’s not possible with your setup? What if you are recording at night? A piece of popular lighting equipment among vloggers is the ring light. It comes in a variety of sizes and the level of light can be adjusted to your liking.
5. Video editor
It’s rare to record a video so perfect you can immediately upload it on YouTube. More often than not, it would need a bit of tweaking to make it more interesting, to enhance the quality, and to make it suitable for upload. There are a lot of downloadable video editing software out there that offer advanced editing features with a paid plan. If you want something less costly without compromising your video editing options, opt for a free online video editor that you can access on your web browser.
Check to see if it offers the right features to help you edit and refine your video. It should be able to let you trim, merge, cut, add captions, adjust speed, upload directly to YouTube, and more. Also, check to see if your editing software will put a watermark on your video. Find something that doesn’t so it won’t block out any important detail in your video.
Starting a career in vlogging is fun and exciting. But it also involves careful planning, hard work, and a bit of investment of time, money, and energy. While investing in vlogging tools and equipment are more likely to help you create remarkable videos, there are alternatives that can help you achieve that with less or zero costs. No matter what’s in your starter kit, make videos with awesome topics, share valuable information with your audience, and have fun.