So you’re ready to join the ranks of famous YouTubers such as PewDiePie, Shane Dawson, and Liza Koshy? Or maybe you’re just looking to share a few vlogs of your life with friends and family?

YouTube is one of the most popular video-sharing sites, where you can find music videos, movie trailers, vlogs, gaming reviews, viral cat videos, and more! Individuals everywhere are jumping on the video-sharing trend and uploading videos that matter to them. If you do it correctly, YouTube can be a great way to meet new people, get free stuff, and earn an income.

However, if you want to stand out from the crowd, you’ll need some ideas and equipment to make your videos the best that they can be. You can’t jump onto YouTube and expect your videos to become a viral hit.

Below are some of the most basic items you’ll need if you want your videos to take off.

A Channel

If you want to be on YouTube, you’ll obviously need a channel. You may have already created one. But if you want your channel to be the best that it can be, you’ll need to plan your brand and video content in advance.

The best way to gain views and earn followers is by having engaging content with a common theme. Channels that are just a hodgepodge of videos will confuse viewers. The most successful channels stick with one type of content style. Some of the most popular channel ideas include vlogging, product reviews, video game streaming, and beauty tutorials.  

Camera

This is another given. The type of camera you’ll need depends on the content you’re hoping to capture. At the very least, you’ll want a camera that is capable of filming in high-definition (at least 1080p). If you’re just starting out, a quality webcam or camcorder will do. You don’t necessarily need the most expensive camera to make a great video. Here are some of the camera options you can consider.

Camcorder

These are some of the most budget-friendly cameras for beginners. They also have the added bonus of being lightweight and portable. You can shoot at home or on the go. Most camcorders film in HD and record in an MP4 format, which makes uploading videos easy.

Webcam

If you’re planning on recording in front of your computer, a quality webcam is a great investment. Most webcams shoot in HD and connect directly to your computer. Webcams are also a great option if you’re planning on streaming directly to YouTube.

Action Camera

Action cameras, such as the GoPro, are some of the most durable HD cameras if you’re interested in capturing your own perspective of your travels or sports adventures. These cameras are compact and are known for capturing high-quality footage every time.

Mirrorless Camera

These cameras shoot like a DSLR but are more lightweight. These cameras are some of the most popular cameras for shooting footage, especially if you’re vlogging.

DSLR

DSLR cameras are another popular option among YouTubers that want to produce high-quality videos. They tend to be the most pricey of all the options listed here, but are worth it if you’re serious about videography.

Microphone

Most people assume that if they have a great camera, their audio quality will also be great. This isn’t always the case. Built-in microphones do not always pick up the right sounds. For example, if you’re filming outside, you might pick up the sound of the wind rather than someone talking.

If you want quality sound on your videos, you’ll want to invest in a microphone.

Most YouTubers shooting with professional cameras invest in a quality shotgun microphone. Shotgun microphones are great because you can point them directly at your sound source. This helps prevent you from picking up on ambient sounds.

Other microphone options include USB microphones, condenser microphones, and lapel microphones.

Video Editing Software

While YouTube has free editing software, having your own software provides you more freedom to edit your videos the way you want to. For example, you can add music to improve your video.

iMovie can be a great option if you’re a beginner, but most popular YouTubers are using software that provides a more in-depth editing option. Final Cut Pro X is a popular option because it is still intuitive but has powerful editing features.

Other equipment that can help your channel

Depending on your channel, you may have to invest in additional equipment. For example, if you’re planning on filming inside, you’ll need to invest in quality lighting. Or if you’re planning on gaming, you’ll need to invest in a gaming system and games.

Having a channel theme and the equipment to support your channel will help get your channel off to a great start.

 

Published by Mohaned Gadnne