Have you been wanting to create high-quality video content for your audience? Are you interested in exactly what equipment is required for this? In fact, professional, expensive equipment is not necessary to shoot effective videos for social networks. Today we will tell you how to construct your own home video studio setup while keeping within your budget.
1. Select the Appropriate Camera
A home studio video camera for filming can be very pricey, and this is the main obstacle for small companies and startups. Luckily, there are many cost-effective options available.
Smartphones of the latest generation have amazing cameras and they can be used to create high quality video content in any home video studio. Here are some tips specifically for shooting videos with your phone:
- Watch the camera while recording.
- Hold the phone in a horizontal position.
- Set the camera just above eye level.
- Qualitative videos take up a lot of space, so they will need to be periodically transferred to a computer.
- Alternatively, you can use a tablet or even a webcam, if they support video recording resolution of 1920×1080.
For a small budget, the Logitech C920 Webcam (worth about $80) is perfect. It shoots HD videos, connects to the computer via a USB cable and is easily fixed without a tripod. The Logitech Camera Settings mobile app allows you to quickly adjust the shooting settings.
Its main drawback is that the camera must always be connected to a computer for uploading and editing, so it will not work on the go.
2. Use a Tripod
After choosing the camera, you should select the appropriate tripod to stabilize the image.
If you do not have the budget to buy a tripod, you can use a stack of books or even a shelf for this. Also, almost every modern video editing tool has a video stabilizing function in case you are not using a tripod.
Joby GorillaPods is excellent, flexible tripod designed for a small budget. There are many options starting from $10 and above. The more expensive the model, the more weight it withstands.
Another affordable tripod is KCOOL Octopus Style Portable and Adjustable Tripod Stand Holder ($12) with a universal mount.
If you need a professional tripod, choose a InnerTeck monopod with a carrying bag for $45. On the Internet, there are also many other options costing less than $50.
3. Provide Optimum Light for a Home Video Studio
Bad lightning can make any video look unprofessional and even unpleasant to watch. So, home video studio lightning setup is extremely important.
The sun! Natural lightning is the best option. Shoot in well-lit places, do not be afraid to use table lamps as additional light. However, remember that if your lamp is not fluorescent, then it can add an unpleasant yellow tint to the video.
If you’re limited in funds, choose LimoStudio Photography White Photo Umbrella Light Lightning Kit ($29).
The create perfect lightning, use Diva Ring Light Nove 18” Original Photo/Video Fluorescent ($199) and 6’ Light Stand ($39).
4. Use a High-Quality Mic
Usually, the more expensive the mic, the higher the sound recording quality.
If you shoot video on a smartphone, try to stand close to the mic and shoot only in quiet rooms without any background noise.
For a small budget, Rode smartLav + Lavalier Microphone for smartphones at $79 is an excellent option. This mic is especially useful if you shoot on the street.
5. Set Up a Professional Background
A pleasant background can set the tone for the entire video. It can seem friendly, professional or amateur. It is important to make the right choice.
A free background is what you have available. You can shoot using the background of a desktop, a bookcase or a wall.
Finding a good background is not easy, especially if you work from home. But you can buy a set of backgrounds, like Slow Dolphin Fabric Video Studio Backdrop Kit ($58).
If you have the allocated funds, you can print a corporate banner with the logo and name of your company. Its price depends on the size and quality (from $100 to $300).
6. Use Video Editing Software
Many programs offer different price categories that allow you to edit videos created in the home video studio.
- iMovie is available on Mac only. This software is easy to use and perfect for beginners.
- Windows Movie Maker is a simple tool for PCs on Windows.
HitFilm is the best combination of price, quality and excellent functionality. The program is easy to use and it is available in different price categories.
- Camtasia ($199) is a simple tool available for Windows and Mac
- Apple Final Cut Pro ($299) is an updated version of the product for Mac users, powerful and understandable
- Adobe Premier Pro ($19 per month) is a reasonable price program available for Mac, Windows, and even smartphones. Great for those who create a lot of videos or who have a home video editing studio
7. Do not Forget the Photo Editor
You will also need programs to create thumbnails on your YouTube channel. For example, in Canva, there are sizes and templates available to create graphics.
Considering the above home video studio equipment list, let’s count how much it would cost to build a home video studio with a small and large budget.
- A small budget: from $178+$4.5 monthly to $315+$4.5 monthly
- A large budget: $950+$39 monthly
Now you know how to build a home video studio. Of course, these calculations are very approximate. It all depends on the equipment and software you have chosen, and you can also consider the option of buying used equipment. In any case, as you can see, it’s possible to shoot quality content in your own home studio for video absolutely for free and for quite reasonable money.
Do not forget that Valoso can help you with all the stages of creating your own video studio. We have expert videographers and editors who are always happy to help your business. In addition, Valoso offers video marketing and video event based articles regularly to keep you up-to-date on all the latest trends and strategies. Join us today!