How to be a YouTuber: Must have YouTube Gear
So you want to be a YouTuber? You're going to need some gear first.
Everything from camera equipment and sound recording to software to edit and alter the clips you create. This page contains the best tools recommended from the Best YouTubers as to which different products you should buy.
You can click on whichever YouTuber you want to check out and it will take it to their recommendations on what to get. Ready to jump in? Click on the links to navigate to any category or YouTuber you want to.
Firstly though, I will make a list of must haves. This is a collection of what is widely considered best to be the software and tools for video creators. These have been used for a while, and are still broadly used so you can't go wrong buying anything in this section.
Best video editing software
Video editing is a crucial and often underrated part of what YouTubers do. Trimming, cropping, adding effects, adjusting and syncing audio and video are just few things which must be done to every video. And to do this, you're going to need a robust video editing software.
When it comes to professional video editing software, you can't go past Adobe Premiere Pro CC. Available on both PC and Mac, any budding YouTuber can get this on their computer and start editing videos right now. You can get the entire suite of Adobe Creative Cloud (CC) starting at $19.99 monthly, which is actually much cheaper than the plans they used to have.
Alternative video editing software
A constant competitor with Premiere Pro, Sony Vegas Pro is an alternative which has occupied market share for a while. With similar features and layout, you can't go wrong with Vegas Pro, but the advantages of Adobe does stand out. Buying the Creative Cloud suite gives you access to Photoshop too, which I mention as the best photo editing software later on down the track. With comparable prices between Vegas Pro and Adobe, right now buying Adobe Creative Cloud would be the best choice.
Best photo editing software
You might be wondering why YouTubers would be needing photo editing software. Well the reason is Thumbnails. Now as a starting YouTuber you might not be aware of the massive boost a good thumbnail gives to a video, but you larger channels are exactly aware of its power. This is why bigger channels don't mind investing in High end software for making these thumbnails, because the payoff it so large from it.
When it comes to Photo editing, you can't go past Adobe Photoshop CC. You've certainly heard about it, and rightfully so. The power of this application is immense and because of that many people have created Tutorials and courses which take you step by step on how to handle all the ins and outs of Photoshop.
The best part? Adobe now offers all of their programs in a bundle, meaning you'd have access to Photoshop, Premiere pro and 18 other pieces of software in their most popular plan. For around $60 per month, the costs are significantly lower than they used to be and the value it provides is unparalleled. I highly recommend investing in it.
Marques Brownlee - MKBHD
One of the faces of the Tech part of YouTube, MKBHD, luckily created a series titled YouTube gear. This way he highlighted the main tools he uses on a day to day basis for content creation.
MKBHD recommended the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. No suprise here as it still remains as a YouTube classic amongst the creators.
The Sennheiser Super-Cardioid Shotgun Tube Condenser Microphone is listed by Marques as his "Most frequently used mic for clean audio." It is a bit higher end, so the price reflects that.
Can't go wrong with all 5 star reviews.
A camera slider is one for the more advanced creators. They can shoot a vertically still shot but can rotate from side to side. For this he recommends the Shark Slider S1.
Personally, I would recommend this for channels which want to provide a really professional look to their videos. For any tech reviewers, science video creators or Corporates out there; this might be a must have to compete with the highest echelon of videos in those fields.
For Let's Players and gamers though, pass on this one. Facecam still shots still suffice and are broadly used.
One of the main features of MKBHD videos is the camera quality. His videos are always up to the highest video quality available, with some videos even having 4K.
For all his newest videos, he uses the Canon EOS C100 Cinema Camera. While this is one of the highest end models out there, the reviews are overwhelmingly positive.
To handle high end video editing software, a powerful or moderately powerful computer is needed. For MKBHD videos, the Apple Mac Pro 3.5GHz is the centerpiece for putting all the content together.
There's only 2 left in stock of this particular model, due to it being discontinued by Apple. However the 3.7GHz version is in stock and still in production.
Felix Kjellberg - Pewdiepie
Felix runs the most subscribed channel for any YouTube creator today. Here's a list of the gear he uses:
Reasonably priced and of high quality, the Blue Microphones Spark Condenser Microphone still remains as the go to mic of the most subscribed channel on YouTube. Maybe that speaks to its consistency and durability, and its definitely a mic that you should look into starting off.
Gaming Capture card #1
To record smooth gameplay without eating up the performance of your computer, you need to use an external capture card.
The Elgato Systems Game Capture HD 1080p Game Recorder is what was seen as the capture card in Felix's most recent gear video. Elgato is a trusted brand name, and has been a go to for gamers on YouTube for a while, so this is a can't go wrong deal.
Gaming Capture card #2
In an older video, Felix showed the Hauppauge - HD PVR 2 Gaming Edition HD Game Capture Device as his main capture card. Once again, you can't go wrong buying one of these, but Elgato is a more trusted player in this space.
This one is for any PC Gamers out there who want to produce Let's plays or commentaries. The Razer DeathStalker Expert Gaming Keyboard - Fully Programmable with 10 Key Rollover is what Felix uses for all of his gaming, and he's put out nearly 3000 Videos on his channel.
As a laptop, Pewdiepie uses the Razer Blade 14-Inch Full HD Gaming Laptop ( Intel Core i7-4720HQ 2.6 GHz Processor, 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR3L RAM, GTX 970M, Windows 10). In his video showing his gear he mentions that:
If you don't want to get a Mac and you want to play games, this is the slickest laptop ever, I think. It looks so good and it runs really well, so I don't know what else you would want.
Again, this might be a worthwhile investment for any video creator who is looking to have a windows laptop that is powerful at the same time.
The Dell XPS 13-9350 13.3-Inch High Performance Laptop was voted as the best small laptop of 2014, and it's predecessors have also received similar critical acclaim.
Anything in the Dell XPS series is bound to be good judging by its track record, and it would be the perfect companion for any YouTuber who doesn't want to use a desktop but wants to be able to edit videos at the same time (Like me). This is a powerful laptop suited for that person.
Tim Schmoyer - Video Creators
Using it in almost every video, the Canon 60D 18 MP Digital SLR Camera is the camera of choice for video creators. Here's a direct quote from Tim:
While this camera is a bit old now, I still love it because it is reliable, has a flip-out LCD screen so you can see yourself when vlogging, and is one of the best DSLRs for using Magic Lantern. Plus, it uses the same sensor as the more expensive cameras, so you still get the same image quality.
The most important part of the camera is the lens, and for that Tim uses the Tamron 17-50mm Lens for Canon DSLR Cameras. He mentions:
I love this lens because it’s cheaper than Canon’s official equivalent and it does an outstanding job for both photography and videography. It’s my go-to lens for pretty much everything.
A classic when it comes to video, the GoPro HERO4 Silver is as good as it gets. The ability to shoot in 4k and the vast amount of accessories available to pair with the GoPro makes it unique.
A background makes you stand out on video and gives it an instant professional feel. Tim uses the Savage Seamless Background Paper, 53 Inch wide x 12 yards, and you can't go wrong with it.
In terms of bang for your buck, this is almost as good as it can get. For less than $40, you can give an instant professional feel to every single one of your videos from now on. Don't miss out.
As a mic system, Tim uses the Sennheiser 100-ENG Wireless Microphone System. This is indeed a higher end mic, both in terms of quality and price. That being said, Tim does stress the importance of having a good mic setup:
Sound quality is more important than video quality because people will be forgiving of a shaky camera and poor lighting, but if the audio quality sounds bad, people will quickly abandon your video and deem it as unprofessional. So having a decent microphone for your videos is definitely important and this is one of the best. I’ve wasted my money on cheaper wireless mics before that introduce static and pops into the audio. You get what you pay for and this mic is great.
For all of Tim's recommendations, he has made an exhaustive list on his site which you can check out if you want to know more (Check references).