Best Audio and Camera Gear for Video Podcasting

Best Audio and Camera Gear for Video Podcasting

– Before you purchase
any podcast equipment, you really wanna think about the investment you’re making. When it comes to podcast equipment, you can actually buy stuff upfront and never have to
upgrade it in the future. So in this video, I’ll be sharing one of the
best setups you can have to start your podcast. (upbeat techno music) [Omar] Hey what’s up? It’s Omar Eltakori with Think Media helping you with the best tips and tools for building your influence
with online video. And on this channel we
do YouTube strategy tips and tech gear reviews just like this one. So if you’re new here
consider subscribing. One of my clients that I have every month is called Sassy Lashes. They have a YouTube channel where they talk about all things lashes, and beauty and stuff like that. And we’ve been able to take their channel from thirty subscribers
to about twelve thousand subscribers in just six months. And its completely revamped their brand. And so when the owner asked me that he wanted to start a podcast, I kinda did some research on finding like, what is a good investment
that they can make that we probably wouldn’t
have to make ever again? But today I wanted to show you a setup that we’ve just bought from the get go and has literally been
the best setup ever. So the microphones we went with were the Shure SM7B Mics. These microphones are
literally grade A quality. I would say if it came to like an ultimate mike for podcasting, this would actually be the mike. Omar that’s like overkill. So the funny thing about audio is you actually, like with anything in life, you get what you pay for. But when I think about camera equipment, I know a ton of people that get in over their head when they buy camera equipment because of the dynamic of what shooting photos
and videos might entail. But when it comes to audio, if you want the sound that literally the professionals or even your favorite podcast. The likelihood of them using
this mic is pretty high. Now this mic does come in at around three hundred ninety nine dollars. Which could be pricey. But like I said, What if I told you you
never had to buy a mic as long as life went on? I think that would be a wise investment. So for four hundred bucks
and buying this mic, you literally right then and there have the ability to produce podcasts at the quality levels of
all the professionals, as you can hear from my
podcast audio right now. And so, just definitely
something to think about when you want to invest into an awesome, potentially the best mic on the market. If that’s in your budget range, you would never have to upgrade your microphone ever. The next thing you want to consider when buying your podcast
setup is your stand. And you know, a lot of people get arms for their podcast and things like that. But we wanted to keep it very minimal. We set this up and we
tear it down every time we do a shoot day. And so this is a Samson desk Mic Stand, and we wanted to specifically get this one because its kind of short in height. Because we podcast on this table, and so if you think about
using a desk or a table, you want a short mic stand. We were gonna go with another one that was a little more high-tech and it had some foam around it. It just sat a little high from where a normal person would sit or their torso. And so we like this Samson one. It’s about fifteen bucks. But make sure you check out the kit link in the description about everything I’m
talking about in this video. So the next thing you
want to consider buying is two XLR Chords per mic you buy. And so I say that because you don’t want to go straight from this condenser mic into the Zoom recorder. In between you want a Cloudlifter. When I was doing research on what podcast equipment to buy, and looking at other
podcasts that I really like, and I like how they sound. This is almost a
necessity when it comes to having the best audio
quality podcast possible, if you go with the short mic. Not all mics will you need a Cloudlifter, but atleast for this one
you are gonna want it. It’s a hundred and fifty dollars, and so obviously this can start getting expensive really quick. But again, we, from the get go wanted the best. And so, we went in with the investment to have all this equipment available, and we’ll never have
to upgrade ever again. So yeah you could see how from the mic we have a three foot XLR cable. It goes into the Cloudlifter, and then from the
Cloudlifter into the Zoom. So that leads us into the recorder and we use the Zoom H6 recorder. And you know what I love about this is how it just sits straight on. And you know the interface. How the dials are analog, ability to change your levels on the go. And anytime I just see it peaking, I can slowly turn it down or whatever. And we also bought this one in particular because of the ability to kind of grow. So if we have a third or a
fourth person on this show, you can easily just plug in another mic. Which is awesome. Another thing that’s a power tip. Like these guys eat battery like crazy, and so working off batteries when you’re shooting a
podcast is kind of scary. You don’t want anything
to come in between, you know a potential episode, when you’re like twenty minutes in and you’re like dang it the battery died, where were we at again? So it’s really important that you get a long enough micro USB cable. These are like one of the older ones and just have like continuous power. Another thing why I like this is we can just have continuous power and not even waste batteries. Secondly, we have a headphone splitter so that we can monitor the
audio, whoever is on the show. But you can also get a headphone splitter that has maybe five or six of them. So you can, as the person maybe running
the podcast and not on it. But all that to say, it really gets you in
the zone when you can hear yourself conduct your podcast. So that leads me into
the headphones we used to monitor the audio. That is the Sanheiser HD280PROs. These headphones are a
hundred dollars on amazon. And the reason I went
with these ones for them are simply cause the comfort. They’re very comfortable and
they’re also very reliable. Sanheisers are a very well known brand. I would say though, you can go as simple as you know, your iPhone headphones. You don’t really need
high quality headphones, but I think, you know, if you are gonna be doing
longer podcast episodes, you want something comfortable. Also something that is like we wanted, we filmed this podcast so we wanted something
also sleek and consistent across the board. That’s why we didn’t just
dig up the headphones that are in the garage or anything. So look into potentially getting
a decent pair of headphones if you don’t have one already. Then the very last thing I would say is you definitely want an SD
card for the zoom recorder to record your actual podcasts. And you know these audio files, even though they’re raw .wav forms, you don’t need a huge card. You know we have a thirty two gigabyte and it goes a really long way. And typically I just
format the card when we do new batch shoot days and stuff like that. But really to get this
professional quality audio, which I also used for the
video when I sync up the audio. For a one mic solution you are looking at about
a thousand dollars. And then if you wanted
to add a second mic, its maybe closer to fourteen, fifteen hundred bucks. I think that’s just
something to keep in mind when creating a podcast. I think you know, you have the person’s
ear for quite some time. You know if you’re doing fifteen
to even one hour podcasts, if it’s bad quality
people will shut it off. You also can think about the scenarios in which people listen to podcasts. In their car, you know very
sound controlled environment. Or even off their phone. You know if people
listening to their podcasts in speaker form, if you can level up your
quality on your end, then the experience on
the listener’s standpoint is actually going to be leveled up. And you’ll probably just
stand out a little bit more when it comes to whatever
you’re talking about and the niche you’re involved in. So quickly I just wanted to
add what we used to film it. I don’t think this has
to extensive at all. Simply saying we used
two different LED lights, I used this little bag as a diffuser. But they’re just two lights
that are hitting the subject, the other one is over there. The camera we used to
capture the entire podcast is the Sony A73. This is one of our work course
cameras here at Thinkmedia. We use it for almost every video we film. And the lens we usually use
for almost every video we film, including the podcast I
shoot for this client, is the 24-70 G master 2.8 lens. An incredible setup. I think if you plan on your podcast being less than thirty minutes, this crushes 4K thirty
frames for the whole thing. Then I also punch in and
we output a 1080 file, so I essentially get three angles with this one angle that we shoot. And so something to keep in mind, you don’t have to. I used to shoot this podcast
with three different angles, actually like one to the side
and one to the other side, and I just found it’s
just a simple workflow. And they’d always look at this lens, so I thought it was better to just crop in rather then like pick
it up from over here. And they’re no longer looking and you lose that engagement on YouTube. As far as looking down into
the lens and your audience feeling like they’re
actually talking to you, I guess you could say. – [Podcast Speakers both]
We are here to encourage you (laughs) – [Woman] During your lash
journey and to show you guys a raw version of how silly my husband is. (laughs) – [Both] Of what things are really like. (laughter) – [Husband] In today’s episode
we are gonna talk about the pros and cons of working for yourself, or working for someone else. – [Wife] Yeah. – [Omar] If you plan on doing
like longer form podcast, you might wanna consider
getting like a camcorder, or a Sony A6400 that has no record limit. So just something to think about. But that’s kind of the setup we use to be able to shoot 4K projects and then break it down into 1080 to produce essentially three angles. So there you have it, that is the ultimate podcast setup, and also what we used to film it. And so I really encourage you to, if you are gonna start podcasts, try to get a camera so so you can film it. Because you can literally reach two people with the same message. And I think it is a little more powerful. Also check out the other
videos in this series, where I show you how I edit
the podcast for the audio. And also how I quickly
edit the podcast for video. Make sure you check out those videos, and question for you is, have you started a podcast yet? And if so, what is your podcast on? Let us know in the comment section below and we hope to see you in the next video. Peace. (upbeat techno music).

96 thoughts on “Best Audio and Camera Gear for Video Podcasting

  1. I improved my videography sound because of Sean's videos. Thanks to Think Media for the advise. My channel is growing slowly with 18k views in two months.

  2. That's really awesome tips. I loved it
    Now I make Photoshop tutorials. But in future I will start my channel into podcast and much more. I will really need this kind of equipment in the future. That's for the tips Think media
    BTW, I make Photoshop tutorials. Everyone can check out. I hope you will like my tutorials

  3. I am just starting with you tube. Though my channel is struggling Think media videos motivate me and always shows me the right equipment that I should be using. I like the mobile youtube studio video very much. 👍

  4. Definitely thinking about starting a podcast in the future so you guys always post valuable and timely videos. Its incredible

  5. I have zero money, i call people on discord and record their audio through obs and record mine separately on audacity. I even ask other people on the podcast to record their audio for back up. Than edit it and use after effects to visualise the audio. Modern problems require modern solutions.

  6. Very useful work. It is a very useful video for beginners and those who want to improve themselves. Thanks for sharing with us this nice video. Greetings… 🙂

  7. Is there a video on how to make money from podcast if you are a small youtuber and how can you be successful in that area?

  8. Great tips but you can do it far cheaper. With the camera and all that gear, you are up for $5k+. There are audio processing programs you can run on a laptop while you are taking live video that save you heaps. They are far more powerful than stand alone processors. They filter and enhance the sound from even a cheap lapel mike. A camera like the Panasonic G7 can give you 90% of the quality of the Sony for $500 and you also do not need to go to 4K. 1080-30 is perfectly fine and requires 25% of the storage and processing power. Don't forget that most podcast viewers watch them on their PC, laptop of on the smart phone. 4K is totally unnecessary. If you want to, start spending more when you have 500k subscribers. Alwaya make sure your investmentsin gear are funded by your Youtube revenue. You are not running a TV studio here.

  9. Great video! I personally prefer the RE20 mic for podcasts and voiceovers, however, the SM7b is still awesome and to does look a little cooler than the RE20, but I do think the RE20 picks up some of the deeper sounds a bit better and gives more of that classic radio tone.
    I think lots of people now go for the SM7b because it’s a little cheaper, looks slicker for video, and also Joe Rogan and a few other popular podcasters use it.
    Anyways, it’s still a great mic, and your video was very informative!

  10. The mics are top notch but like many say a bit over priced. I would have swapped the mic amps and zoom recorder and bought a rode podcaster board. It does 4 mic channel recording, individual level, ability to pull in audio from phone or PC for guest not on site. It also has up to 4 headphone Jack's for lag free listening.

  11. Hey think media thank you for these amazing tips and strategies to grow fast a channel .Finally I decided to jump out of my comfort zone and take action to reach success.I've even created a channel to track my progress and share my story .I've uploaded my first video ,and I am working on my secon .Please go and check it out qnd subscribe ,because I need your support .Thank you

  12. Frankly I'm amazed at the number of comments so far saying this is too expensive and that you can get similar results a lot cheaper. And they are not wrong. But sometimes you pay for convenience, for reliability, for aesthetic appeal. This is obviously a premium-level setup. Is this the best setup possible for this price? Most likely not. Is there a "perfect" setup? Unlikely. Can you get a "close enough" result cheaper? Definitely. Pick and choose what works for you and what you can afford. An entry-level smartphone is everything the vast majority of people need, yet $1000+ flagship phones still sell quite well. Your smartphone with an external mic and a pair of lights might be all you need to record a video podcast.

    All this being said, how do you deal with video length for longer sessions? "Normal" cameras, to my knowledge, have a time limit for recording videos, to avoid being classified as "video recording equipment" which gets taxed more.

  13. Sean, Love your channel, I watch all the time! New YouTuber, our channel is just launching this week! But I"m having video editing issues, maybe you can help????? I have just purchased the MSI gaming laptop, plenty of power, top line graphic card, 32 RAM, etc. I was having some rendering and performance issues prior, thought this new laptop would resolve those issues. Surprisingly, I'm still having problems. Not sure if it is rendering or what, but video appears to load, in editing software, both vid & audio, but the audio runs and the vid is frozen.??? Any ideas? I'm using Windows, and trying both Movavi & DaVinci – both having similar issues, so I presume that means its a computer, or hardware, not a software issue? Any thoughts or suggestions?


  14. Nice! We have a WAY cheaper option for our video podcast if anyone is starting out. Samson 2QU mics into a Zoom H5. Line out cable into the camera for audio backup. Sony a6400 for recording ourselves. Works and sounds great 👍

  15. Omar, did a great job on this vid. The info was amazing. But I do think this set up isn't practical costwise for more of a begginer. Also what is the purpose of the Cloudlifter? And is it really necessary when using it with a different mic than that in the vid?

  16. Are you gonna do another video on editing audio? cause you didnt even mention how you edit your audios, softwares you use/ settings etc. Left out the main part dude

  17. You guys should review the RODE Podmic. For 1/4 the price it picks up way less plosions and pops and sounds just as good as the SMB7.

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    Good info, I appreciate all the knowledge Think Media offers. I recently started podcasting and am now researching Video cameras on a budget to start a youtube channel. I would love to see what your recomendations are for this. Do you have a video addressing some affordable cameras that will do the job? Looking forward to hearing your opinion.

  19. the shure sm7b a dynamic mic and not a condenser and you definitely don't need a cloud lifter… A different preamp, maybe.

  20. Again another “how to start a podcast” by breaking the bank video. All of this stuff is great yes. But, totally unnecessary to start a good sounding podcast. Much cheaper and just as effective options to begin with. You can have all this high end equipment and have a garbage podcast.

    This guy quoting $1000 to 2000 for a one to two mic show is ridiculous. Even buying a rodcaster pro right now with four podmics from rose gets you at $1000 and you’ll be up in running quicker than this.

  21. #QOTD: I haven't started a podcast yet, but I'm trying to figure out what I want to talk about. I definitely want guests on so it's not just me talking for an hour. But my biggest fear with starting a podcast is being engaging for an hour or more straight. It's the same reason I don't do streaming consistently. I prefer the comparatively short videos so that my audience doesn't have to worry about a long watch time commitment upfront.

  22. The heck is a cloudlifter? What does it do? Why do I need one? Why wouldn't I need one? Really should have done better with that….

  23. Thanks for the video. I really enjoyed it for the most part but the iPhone clicking every time a lower 3rd pops up was driving me nuts. Personally, I think you are drawing too much attention to the title. Anyway, thanks for the content.

  24. Thanks for this. The problem that i have is that when I use two different camera angles, the colors are always different and don't match. Any suggestions?

  25. If your mic in your opinnion is 10 of 10, a Blue Yeti would be 8/10 or 9/10?

    Or are they completely different?

    And what setup would I use for record a podcast alone using my Blue Yeti?

    And what is the best for online courses? A Blue Yeti or a lavalier mic?

    Thanks in advance.

  26. Do you guys have any videos out there to just get started? We are just not to the point where we’d want to drop $1000 to get started with something we don’t know if it will be successful. I know you get what you pay for, but still.

  27. I just started a podcast called “Chasing Robbie Trails” (name still up in the air). I am known for chasing rabbit trails and they often times lead to amazing discoveries. I’m working with a cheap mic right now as budget is almost in the negative. I started it because I usually make excuses instead of just doing it. I can’t wait to upgrade my equipment. Literally everything I use needs upgraded. The sound quality of my podcast isn’t that great.

  28. Yo. I hate to be negative. But 3:17 – its a CORD not CHORD. A chord is a music reference… I hate to be that guy but… 😂😂

  29. I use ElectroVoice Re20 Studio Mic 🎙 is the Radio Station Microphone..paired with Cloudlifter CL1 and Yamaha MGX10’s a killer setup..loved it ❤️

  30. Great video! Will be upgrading my audio equipment soon to this Shure set up! My podcast is about working as a Projectionist and film in general 👍🏻🎞️

  31. Our youtube actually steamed from our podcast, we started the podcast on the topic of comics and such, then branched to YouTube not too long ago with action figure reviews, unboxing, and toy hunts.

  32. Only just started a podcast with the first episode being uploaded yesterday. It covers films, film gear and the filmmaking process.

    Also, thanks for the recommendations on gear for proper podcasting. I'm kinda stuck using a lapel mic at the moment.

  33. I have the H6 but the preamps dont feed enough gain without raising the noise floor. Buying cloudlifters, or anything similar, especially with multiple mics, is a good albeit expensive solution. It also adds more stuff to keep track of. My suggestion is to go with something like the zoom F4 ,the newer F6 or the mixpre sound devices such as the mixpre3, which have more than enough clean gain and you can do away with more bits and pieces to lose and keep your setup neat and tidy.

  34. I’m starting a podcast on trucks and tools. I’m going to do another one on racial politics. I’m going to use my iPhone 10xr to get started. I have the leverlor mike

  35. Great video. I love using the SM7B. Great sound. I have been running them into the RODECaster Pro for podcasting and audio recording.

  36. Great value. I don't think I have come across any channel who does an in-depth technical review which would help the people making decisions. (Other than those who buy and do product reviews just for the sake of it). Thank you!

  37. It was said earlier…but that tip to shoot in 4K then output to 1080 and cropping for "virtual" 3 angles literally set off the "light bulb"!!!

  38. I have a question, i have my own channel now, however i want to create new different type of content, so my question is:

    should i create new channel or just create a playlist on my current channel ?

  39. Lets help each other/ lets grow our channels by supporting each other




    I will do the same
    / Best of luck / we can do it together in 2019

    Guys we can grow only together god bless you all

  40. monitoring headphones: I strongly recommend using decent studio monitor headphones for monitoring your input and mixing. A proper monitor headphone will allow you to hear every little nuance of audio in a very flat manner, it's not suppose to "sound good" to you with extra bass or whatever, it's supposed to sound super flat so you can hear every detail so when you monitor and mix, you get extra clean audio and you can let others' pleasure-listening headphones hide some of the minor crimes leftover from the occasional mastering issue… Proper studio monitoring headphones really don't have to be expensive and my general recommendation is the excellent MDR-V6 studio eadphones from sony. you'll see these in almost every behind the scenes video you'll see on professional movie shoots and only cost about $70. – while headphones you already own are better than going without audio monitoring or worse, not taking the time to do post production on your audio at all, proper studio phones will almost certainly guarantee higher quality output because it makes it easier to get everything right. 80% of good video is having good audio.

  41. How do I get to the videos about editing videos that you mention in this video? Can seem to find the link or the video anywhere? Of course, I could be blind and just missing it too. Thanks

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