Equipment to Use to Record Videos Using Your iPhone or iPad

ipad-training-ad-bluenoregister-highres-peggy-duncan02I’ve been recording and editing how-to videos for years. I’ll use either my iPhone, iPad, or a Logitech Webcam.

Here is a suggested list of what you could use to get started. These links are either Amazon or to a post right here on my blog, and I use everything listed.

iRig mic is made for iPhone/iPad and plugs into headphone jack
This microphone is designed specifically for the iPhone and iPad. I’ve been very satisfied with the quality.

Order the windscreen that you’ll see with it. This helps to reduce wind interference when you say words beginning with “p”, for example.

Logo Mic Flag. In the photo above, you’ll notice the mic flag around my iRig. Don’t miss the opportunity to promote your brand while all eyes are on you. I created my own labels using Avery labels. I might at some point get this done professionally.

Bluetooth Headset. I use this headset so I can hear while the microphone is plugged into the headphone jack.

Microphone arm. You’ll need something to hold the mic. I’m currently using this space- saving mount so I no longer need a floor tripod.

Desktop Tripod for the iPhone or iPad. You’ll also need a tripod mount to hold the iPhone.

If you ever decide to use the iPad, you could do that too, but you’ll need a unit to slip the iPad into so it’ll attach to this mount. I have the iPad 4 and use this tripod mount.

Movo Lavalier Microphone. Depending on your video setup, you might also need a lavalier mic that will clip to your clothing. I purchased this one, but have only used it a couple of times during a speech.

Bluetooth wireless remote. This Bluetooth wireless remote will start and stop the video app without your having to tap your device. You’ll have to use Bluetooth as opposed to a selfie wire that plugs into the headphone jack (because the microphone will be there).

If you have a multimedia remote for doing PowerPoint presentations, check to see if it has multimedia capability. I have this Satechi remote, and can also use it to operate the camera/video function on my iPad and iPhone remotely.

Logitech Webcam. If you choose to use a Webcam instead of an iPhone, iPad, etc., you’re going to look better a high resolution Webcam as opposed to the one installed on your computer. I have this Webcam from Logitech.

Green Screen and Studio Lights. Are you considering taking things up a notch with Chroma Key (changing the video background with high resolution images or video), you’ll need more equipment: a green (or other color) screen and the right lighting. If the lighting is not right, the Chroma Key won’t work. There are tons of YouTube videos on how to Chroma Key, and I won’t get into that here, but here are links to my purchases.

Full lighting kit with screens. Lots of choices so shop around.

Portable green/blue screen for smaller space that I’m in now. It’s green on one side, blue on the other. I also have a clip stand for this to hold it up.

As with everything you do, having the right equipment will make the job easier. Look your best and you’ll do your best.

PEACE.

 

How to Set Up a Teleprompter for Videos Using Equipment You Already Have (with video)

Most of my videos are screen recordings that show tips and tricks in software. But recently, I’ve started getting in front of the camera. I’ve wanted to use a teleprompter, but didn’t have an iPad and didn’t want to spend any money buying a traditional one. Here’s what I came up with.

First, I wrote my script. The key to writing a script for the teleprompter is to write exactly the way you talk. Then practice, practice, practice until you don’t sound like you’re reading.

Second, I composed the text in Notepad, saved it, and pasted it on http://www.CuePrompter.com when I’m ready. This is a free online teleprompter service.

Third, I put my laptop behind my camera, just above it. This way, I can see the scrolling text on my laptop, and it looks as if I’m looking right into the camera’s eye.

Finally, I had to figure out a way to control the laptop when it’s not in front of me (e.g., to start the cueprompter, start and stop the video recorder for my webcam, etc.). My Logitech Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad is the perfect solution.

So I’m all set, and here’s the video on this setup. 

 

Are you using a teleprompter? If so, what’s your setup?

PEACE.

 

Loving My New Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 (with video)

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, 1080p Widescreen Video Calling and Recording (960-000764)I’m not the chick with 200 pairs of shoes. I’d much rather spend money on tech gadgets and gizmos for my business. My latest toy is this Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920. The video on this Web camera is far superior to my internal Webcam, and is even better than my iPhone. It also has a built-in microphone that sounds pretty good (I’ll use a separate mic though. Here’s my Samson C03U when I want the absolute best sound quality).

I was surprised at how small this Webcam is (about 4×1 inches). I can use the built-in mechanism to clamp it to my laptop, a monitor, or a tripod. I can capture videos or photos. One thing that surprised me was that the .MP4 format was audio only when I inserted it into Sony Vegas for editing. I ended up having to convert the video to H.264 format first. (I use software called Movavi Video Converter for that. There are other products on the market, but this turned out to be the best one for maintaining the level of quality I want).

The first part of this video was recorded with my iPhone with its built-in microphone. The second part was recorded with the Webcam. Be sure to click the Quality Wheel to see the video in HD.

I’m so totally obsessed with doing videos. See some more of my how-to videos on my YouTube channel. I’m also creating new videos for a membership Website for solopreneurs that features full tutorials to help you manage and market your business.

What are you using to create videos?

PEACE.