What Equipment do You Need to Start a YouTube Channel?
YouTube has become a household name and most of the internet’s entertainment video content gets uploaded on this site. The growth of this amazing video sharing platform has been phenomenal over the past one and a half-decades, and, cashing on the soaring trend, many started their own YouTube channels where they upload content specific to a particular topic.
Today, YouTube channels encompass an array of information. Many YouTube content creators, also known as “YouTubers” have become very popular.
If you too are feeling ambitious and have an idea that you want to share through a YouTube channel, you should definitely go for it! Although it’s not so easy to gain traction on an already saturated platform, it’s definitely not impossible. Just like Justin McClure built his Youtube channel, start from scratch by relentlessly creating high-quality content.
You are going to need some tools and equipment if you are going to create your own YouTube channel. So, let’s take a look at what you need and why you need it.
Camera: The most basic equipment required for making a video. However, this generic-sounding name is not just limited to that DSLR or high-resolution smartphone. There is a great variety when it comes to video production cameras, ranging from an ordinary smartphone to a GoPro to a professional filming camera that needs some hands-on training before use. It actually depends on the nature of your YouTube channel. Many people use their smartphones to record simple videos such as fashion and makeup tutorials or weekend adventure trip vlogs. On the other hand, short films and technical videos require professional cameras ranging in a vast array of functionalities and resolutions, while adventurers use action cameras like GoPros.
Computer: It doesn’t matter if it’s a desktop or a laptop. You are going to need a computer to edit your videos (a point that we will discuss later). However, you should ensure that you are not using a computer with low-graphics resolution or an out-of-date operating system. As of 2019, it should be Windows 7 and beyond. Make sure your motherboard is not redundant and that your monitor works well too. If you are using a laptop older than 6-7 years, it’s time to get a new one.
Tripod: For any generic content creation, a tripod is required as basic equipment to hold and balance a camera. If you are not going into difficult or specialized niches like adventure or short films, a tripod always comes handy and is a must. You can find tripods of all sizes online. You can also buy tripods that are custom made for iPhones and Android phones. If you are purchasing a professional camera, you will get a tripod along with the camera.
Editing Software: After making a video, you need to weed out the unnecessary parts that are not considered YouTube-worthy material. Also, you might want to add some graphics or audio into your video such as your introductory music, logo, etc. All these tasks are accomplished through the use of software such as Adobe Premiere Pro and Windows Movie Maker.
Reflectors: If your home or studio is located in a place where the lighting is poor or there is excessive light in the background, you are going to need a reflector. As the name suggests, it reflects natural light on your background, thus giving you better visibility.
Camera Casing: This always helps when you are making risky videos such as adventure or trekking videos. Typically, action cameras come with camera casings to protect them from physical damage. If you are feeling adventurous, by all means, buy a separate casing if your action camera does not provide one.
Drone: This has become an all-time favorite among YouTubers. Initially, it was only used by those who were making adventure or travel-related content. However, the trend has picked up so fast that even those outside of those niches are now using drones. It is advisable that you should not use a drone unless you really need to. Using it unnecessarily and too often defeats the purpose of their use.
Selfie Stick: Again, this one is mostly used by those who are creating travel-related content for their channel. However, if your channel contains a segment where you are traveling and you want to show a wider view of you and your background to the viewers, a selfie stick would be ideal.