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Equipment

Microphone – USB

I use this Fifine USB microphone when I produce a Facebook or YouTube live event and for screencasting for vlogs.

It plugs right into the computer and is ready to go, with its own volume control. Has a sturdy base to stand on your desk or other flat surface. Good sound quality at a great price.

Microphone – Lavalier

This Youmic clip on mini lav mic plugs right into my iPhone for recording vlogs. It's pretty small and unobtrusive. Make sure you test out the volume, if you're accustomed to yelling out to your phones built-in mic!

I needed an extension cord to reach from the camera to my seat. This is a compatible one that comes in 1, 3, 6, 10, 15, 20, and 25 foot lengths! If your phone uses lightning cable, you'll need your included adapter to connect them as well.

Light Kit with Green White Black Screens

I have a daughter who's a full-time film actress. She needed a quick setup for video auditions, so a spare bedroom became the “studio” using this LimoStudio light and screen kit.

Last summer it also became my vlogging setup as well. Lights, screens, stand, carrying case all included at an affordable price.

Tripod – Portable

We use the UBeesize tripod enough that we own three! It's super inexpensive and versatile! It will stand on a flat or somewhat angled surface, the legs can be wrapped around things, the legs together make a short selfie stick. Comes with:

  • Tripod
  • Universal Clip
  • Wireless remote shutter
  • Manual

Tripod – Full Size

For in home or on set use, the AmazonBasics tripod has been a workhorse. We've had it for years. Extends from 25 inches to 60 inches, the head allows for tilt and swivel, and it has two bubble levels.

If you use this with a smartphone, you'll need an adapter. This Vastar universal adapter can shoot in horizontal or vertical and screws right into the top of the tripod.

Software

Live Streaming

The thought of live streaming was terrifying to me. Jumping out of my comfort zone was easier because I chose Ecamm Live. It's easy and intuitive enough that I didn't (very often) fumble around while live with viewers.

It works on Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch, and a few other platforms. You can download a 7-day free trial to try it on for size.

Music & Graphics

Royalty Free Music Licensing

A few months into my YouTube journey, I upped my background music game and subscribed to Artlist. The price is reasonable and the selection outstanding!

For your subscription fee you get unlimited downloads. All selections also come in mp3 and high quality wav format. You can also download your licensing certificate if you need proof.

Use my link and you'll get two months free as well!

Analysis & Statistics

YouTube Optimization

One of the easiest tools to start with is TubeBuddy. There's a free version and three tiers of professional versions with added functionality. The Pro version works well for me right now.

YouTube Keyword Research

For search volumne, CPC, and competition data, Keywords Everywhere is an incredibly useful and free option!