These are the best products & services that I use and recommend for creating high quality videos.

I'm an affiliate for some of these resources so I do earn a small commission if you use the links, but it's no extra cost to you.

Take a look at all the different categories and find the right tools for your videos!

Cameras & Lenses

Panasonic G7 w/ Kit Lens: One of the best cameras for YouTube beginners because of the ultra HD quality, ease-of-use, and relatively low price.

 

Sony RX100 IV: This is one of the best vlogging cameras for YouTube and one of the best overall. (See my RX100 review)

 

Panasonic GH4: This is my best friend and my main camera for YouTube. For videos it's one of the best cameras available.

 

Logitech C920 HD Pro Webcam: A #1 best selling HD webcam and very budget friendly. Great for quick videos and live web streams.

 

Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 Lens: High-quality and versatile lens for the GH4. Good to have for shooting any type of video.

 

Panasonic 25mm f/1.4 Lens: Fantastic prime lens for the G7 and GH4. Works great when trying to get that blurred background look.

 

Voigtlander 17.5mm f/0.95 Lens: If you get a MFT camera (like the G7 or GH4) and you want the best manual lens for it, then this is what you want.

 

Honorable Mentions: Your smartphone or an iPod can be used to record HD videos. They work great when you're on the go or if you're a beginner who doesn't have another camera to use.


Video Gear & Lighting

Magnus VT-4000 Tripod: Want a great tripod with a fluid head at an extremely low price? Get this. I use it as my main tripod for my videos, and I love it. (See my VT-4000 review)

 

LimoStudio Triple Lighting Kit: Good lighting in your video is essential if you want the best quality. This is a #1 Best Seller and is great for beginners.

 

Benro Video Monopod: Super underrated piece of video gear. This Benro monopod has a fluid head and is a great deal. A videographer's secret weapon.

 

Joby GP3 GorillaPod: Fantastic little tripod. Flexible and versatile. Comes in handy for tabletop setups and can support the weight of a DSLR camera.

 

Square Jellyfish Smartphone Tripod Mount: This awesome tool allows you to mount nearly any smartphone (and iPod) to a tripod or monopod.

 

Glide Gear Slider: A cheap camera slider that does a good job. Can be used as a tabletop slider or mounted on a tripod. Gets smooth pan and zoom shots.

 

Opteka SteadyVid SV-HD Stabilizer: Decent steadicam that helps stabilize your camera when recording. I used it for some cool shots during my 2014 vacation.

 

Neewer 5-in-1 Light Reflector: For such a low price this is a must-have. It can produce some great lighting for your videos.

 

Neewer CN-160 LED Light: Extremely valuable LED light. Small, cheap, and gives off some powerful light. Can be mounted to the top of your camera.

 

Ravelli Tripod Dolly: An affordable tripod dolly that allows you to make your tripod more mobile to achieve some cool moving shots.

 

AmazonBasics DSLR Backpack: Super convenient backpack that I use to carry my cameras, lenses, batteries, chargers, SD cards, microphones, LED light, and Gorillapod.

 

Green Screen: A basic green screen is necessary when you want custom backgrounds in your videos. Very nice to have in a beginner's studio.

 

Transcend 64 GB SD Card: When you're recording HD videos (especially 4K videos) you'll need a super fast and reliable memory card with enough storage space. This is what I use.


Audio Gear

Audio-Technica ATR2100 Microphone: One of the best USB microphones you can buy. It's my main mic for voiceovers, and it even has an XLR connection if you ever upgrade to a mixer. (See my ATR2100 review)

 

Blue Snowball USB Microphone: This was my first microphone I ever bought for YouTube. It's a high-quality and affordable entry-level USB microphone. (See my Snowball review)

 

Zoom H1 Portable Digital Recorder: One of the best & most popular entry-level digital audio recorders. Can be used as a microphone to record audio or paired with a clip mic. (See my Zoom H1 review)

 

Rode VideoMic Pro: The most popular shotgun microphone for DSLR cameras. Audio is 1/2 of your videos. To get great sound quality you'll want to have an external microphone like this one.

 

Giant Squid Lav Mic: High-quality wired lavalier microphone that goes great with my Zoom H1.

 

Sony ECMCS3 Clip Mic: Extremely affordable lav mic and a budget alternative to the Giant Squid.


Video Editing Tools

Apple Mac Mini: My main video editing beast of a machine that I couldn't live without. I have the late 2012 model with a 1TB Fusion drive, Core i7 CPU, and 16GB of RAM.

 

Asus 23" Full HD LED Monitor: One of the most popular full HD LED monitors. I love having the screen real estate and the 1080p resolution when editing my videos.

 

Audio-Technica ATH-M50 Headphones: Best-selling professional studio headphones. I use these to get my audio levels just right when editing my videos.

 

Logitech Wireless Performance Mouse: The most popular mouse amongst successful YouTubers and a #1 best seller. No wires and great for editing videos. Works on PC & Mac.

 

WD 1TB External USB Hard Drive: To keep all your video files you'll need an external hard drive. This one has 1 terabyte (1,000 GB) of storage so you can save all your original footage and project files. It's the one I use.

 

Adjustable Height Desk: A pricey desk, but it was well worth it. When I'm editing a video for hours I don't want to be sitting. That's bad for my posture, yo.

 

Final Cut Pro X (Mac): An advanced video editor for Macs. If you want to be a pro, this is what you'll want to use. This is my go-to video editing application for most of my videos.

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ScreenFlow (Mac): An awesome video editor for Macs. It's extremely easy to use and has the ability to record your computer screen. I use this for all my screencasts.

 

Camtasia (PC/Mac): This is my backup to ScreenFlow. It's a great video editing program that has the ability to record your computer screen.

 

Adobe Premiere Pro (PC/Mac): The advanced video editor for Windows. If you want to make professional videos, this is what you want. I have this for when I need to edit on a PC.

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Web Apps & Services

iPage: Having a website to supplement your YouTube channel has so many advantages. Once you're ready to set up your own website, use iPage. They're cheap and reliable. Excellent web host for beginners. Click the pic to see the full guide:

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Aweber: Once you have your website set up, you'll want to build an email list. Aweber is one of the most popular email subscription services. I use it here at Channel Empire.

aweber

Long Tail Pro: Premium keyword research tool that I use for almost all my videos. It's my go-to software when I want to rank my YouTube videos #1 in search results.

long-tail-pro

 

Evernote: Free web/computer/mobile app that allows you to store notes in the cloud. I use it to save all my video ideas, outlines, most-used links, etc. It's a must-have.

Evernote

Google Drive: Free cloud storage app included with every Google account. I use it to store miscellaneous data that I use for my videos. I couldn't imagine life without it.

Google-Drive

Pic Monkey: Online photo editor that is extremely easy to use and packed with features. If you want to create eye-catching thumbnails for your videos, this is a fantastic tool. Watch my tutorial video.

picmonkey

Canva: An amazing online graphics tool. It lets you easily create professional looking graphics for social media. I use this as an alternative to PicMonkey sometimes. It works great if you want to create custom YouTube thumbnails and even YouTube channel headers.

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Buffer: My favorite free social media tool for posting to multiple social network sites at the same time. This comes in handy when you're sharing your YouTube videos and even allows you to schedule posts.

buffer

Hoot Suite: Another free social media tool that is similar to Buffer, but it also has an interface that lets you see feeds from multiple social network sites.

hootsuite

 

Audio Jungle: One of the premium royalty-free music resources for YouTube videos. Very affordable for the quality and amount of audio tracks it offers.

audiojungle

Video Hive: Royalty-free video files from $1. Stock footage and motion graphics that make your videos stand out. Get with it.

videohive

Goo.gl & Bit.ly: Both of these are free link shortening services that I use for my YouTube video descriptions. It's important to shorten long links in your description because it looks better, takes up less space, and provides helpful statistics for testing and tracking.

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  • RichardJordan

    Thanks Andy. As a total newbie, I find your posts invaluable. Now, if only I can get started making some money so I can upgrade my current gear?

    • Hey Richard, thanks for the kind words! Don’t worry, it took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get all of the YouTube gear I have right now so just know it is possible. Just be patient and dedicated.

  • sharmami@gmail.com

    Andy do you have any recommendations for a keyboard?

    • I just use a wireless Apple keyboard on my Mac when editing. It’s nothing special, but it does what I need it to do. I haven’t considered upgrading just yet.

  • Amit Sharma

    Would it be possible for you to do a quick video on editing and bringing an intro into your video? You rock!

    • I’m going to try to do a video on editing very soon. Thanks for suggesting!

  • sameer

    Hey Andy, I recently brought a Rx100 Nark 4 for filming youtube videos as per your suggestion. However, being new to the whole experience I was having difficulty with the audio setup. The mark 4 neither has a hot shoot or an audio jack. Please advise me on how to deal with this issue, should I go for portable recorders if so, how do I use it?

  • Ankit Meena

    Which one will be right choice canon 5D mark 2 or Nikon d750……

  • Emil Lazzaroni

    Hi Andy. I started off a youtube channel and you are helping me so much ! I just have two questions before buying all the gear
    1) the Neewer CN-160 LED Light can be used also by itself or to be switched on you need to use it on a camera ?
    2) There are any microphones that can be sync with the smartphone ? I have a xperia 3 that does 4k videos so i would like start off with this. But as i’m mostly doing instructional video where i talk about fitness and stuff, i need to register my voice with the same device that i’m recording.
    I thought about register the video, and record the voice at the same time with two different devices, but is gonna be hard match the voice with my lips after cause there will be not the same timing …

    Let me know if you can thank you ! I wait your answer to buy the gear !

  • Joe Fairless

    Great stuff, Andy. Found you on YouTube and came to your site. Just bought a couple things via your affiliate links. Thanks for the help

    • Thanks for the support Joe! Glad you joined the CE squad. I’ll be seeing you around.

  • LaToya Da’Nay Smith

    Love the Resources Andy!!! <3 <3 <3
    I need to start a Youtube channel for my business, but it just seems like so much to take in at one time. Lol… I'm working on conquering it, and in the meantime I'll be following u here with CE! Keep up the great work! 😉

  • Kate Schultz

    Thank you so much, great info here !

  • Rich

    Hi Andy!
    I went ahead and bought the Lumix G7 from B&H the price has recently dropped and with the $100 gift card, it brought it to within $50 of the G6 so it was a no brainer! I also got the Magnus VT 4000 and dolly, very nice equipment and at the right price too! My question concerns the Limo lighting kit that you’ve recommended. Quite a few reviews state that it’s not bright enough and some recommend upgrading to brighter bulbs. What are your thoughts on this? I was thinking that for a bit more money this StudioPRO 1000w two light set might be better
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00FG5FJ5K?colid=1MK1IFENBXB0D&coliid=I1SU1ZPIBTWZFE&ref_=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl
    Again, please share your thoughts. Many thanks, Rich

    • Hi Rich, my lighting kit has been great so far and even though they aren’t the brightest or most professional quality, they get the job done at an affordable price. All my lighting for my videos has either came from the sun or the triple light kit. Here’s a video where I used them as lighting: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnjgoCWTACw. If you get them and find that they don’t put out enough light for you, look into getting something like this to use: http://amzn.com/B00HZV2938?tag=cempire-20

  • Stevie

    Andy,

    I am so glad I stumbled here. I am on a super tight budget and I want to do some cooking videos. The Logitech Webcam will be okay for that? I also will invest in the tripod. Do you have any recommendations for a starter pack from start to finish to just make it doable on the tightest of budgets? I need to hit the lottery LOL. Any help would be great. You have awesome recommendations but a frugal pack of recommendations to have decent videos would be so appreciated!!!!!!

    • Stevie, thanks for the comment. The Logitech webcam is great and can be used to record just about any type of video. However, keep in mind that a webcam does require it to be connected to a computer or laptop when recording. Also it doesn’t have the best mic so try to get an external or USB mic if you can. The tightest of budgets starter pack would be to use what you have. Maybe use an iPod or smartphone if you already own one along with a cheap tripod like this one: http://amzn.to/1T5Yutu

      • Stevie

        Andy,

        Thanks that is great advice!

  • adepu ajay

    So these are your personal youtube gear ?
    Its amazing

  • GI Jojo

    found you when looking for what mics to use that are within my budget. helped me out on that going with a blue snowball xD hoping one day to make videos that even a few people watch and get a smile or laugh from.

  • David Han

    When should a person purchase a mixer besides professional music? Does it allow me to increase the volume of my voiceovers? I struggle with maintaining even volume when I speak on the mic.

    Also, I want to know what is the most efficient way of removing the breathe noises. I looked this up but I get many different answers.

    • A pop filter should help reduce breathing noises. You can increase your mic’s volume without a mixer by just using your video editing software. But it’s best if you set your mic input levels before recording so you can avoid having to boost the levels in post.

  • Tamsin

    So glad I found you – I already knew about a lot of the stuff you mentioned above (And for me, I had my website before YouTube) but the other tips and stuff I didn’t know. Signed up to your newsletter and really looking forward to learning new things!

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