Here’s a little peek behind the curtain of how we’re still making video content during the work-from-home recommendations, and maybe this will give you some ideas for creating your own content video content for YouTube and other platforms too.
Camera and Lens
Trisha’s small home office now has lights, cameras, multiple PCs and more so that she can both livestream and shoot pre-recorded content efficiently and professionally. She use a Canon 60D with a plug-in power supply on s tripod. The camera has a flip around viewfinder to allow her to line up the shots by herself while being on camera. The is the Canon EF-S 18-55mm zoom lens which allows for both talking on-camera shots and b-roll.
The Parrot smartphone teleprompter by Padcaster attaches to the front of the lens so she does not need memorize the entire script. She write the scripts a few days before filming, gets some suggestions and approval from the Kingston team and then transfer the final script to the Parrot app and slides the phone right into this prompter. ProTip: turn on Do Not Disturb before filming and use a Bluetooth controller to stop and start the prompter as needed.
For lighting she uses a softbox lighting kit with 3 lights on stands that can be move around the room. There are two of them in front at my 10 and 2 o’clock, and one for backlighting for a basic 3-light setup. RGB flood lights for ambiance which are kept just out of frame. When both are in use she can set them to the same or complimentary color temperatures to give the background a more gradient look. Collectibles are moved out of the shot to make the scene look balanced and a Jessica Rabbit figure is used for focusing the shot.
For voice recording a BOYA lavalier mic plugged directly into my camera and an external audio recorder/mic, the Zoom H5 mic is used as a backup recorder just in case the camera’s audio track didn’t record for some reason.
Once SD cards are plugged in to the camera and Zoom mic we are ready to roll. After the shoot the SD cards with my audio and video files are plugging into the Workflow Station, a card reader hub that allows Trisha to dump footage from multiple SD cards at once and at USB 3.2 speeds. Once all the footage is transferred to the computer, it is uploaded to the editors.
If you’d like to see a future video on editing and post-production tips, let us know! Are you about to do some home video production now? Tell us about it!