Brian asks, “What are you currently carrying/using on the road for video?”
Great question. For the most part, I’m doing two primary functions with video on the road - documentation of stuff and capturing my talks. For the former, all you really need is a smartphone with a decent camera. For the latter, here’s what I’m working with today.
2 camera shoot setup:
- Smartphone on Ultrapod II with the Square Jellyfish head
- DJI Osmo Pocket on Skyreat tripod
- Two Anker power packs & cables
- Portable audio recorder on the board or from Kimafun headworn mic
I’ll be setting up two camera shoots where the smartphone is at the back of the room to capture the big picture and the DJI is near the stage with motion track on. Both cameras’ mics are hot to capture house noise.
See an example of this setup with a one-camera shoot at my most recent keynote address.
Why go to this crazy amount of effort? For capturing high-quality video that can be used as speaking reels, social posts, etc.
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In today's episode Brian asked what are you currently carrying are using on the road for video gear? Great question i'm doing i'm doing two things with video on the road one is documentation of stuff you know taking pictures and sharing stuff on social as it as it's appropriate at events and things and then capturing when I speak now for the former all you really need a smartphone for that right you don't need as long as it's got a good camera you don't really need a whole lot more for the basics there for the ladder for capturing your speaking doing. I've got a different setup today than I did even just a couple months ago. So this is as of you know, end the first quarter 2019 will change over time. I'm doing what's called a two camera shoot where I have a camera in the back of the room to capture the big picture.
Know Me and the audience and then a camera up front that is recording and tracking me more close up. Now I haven't done this in production. I've done some tests I was my last talk I did was still one camera shoot. But the reason for this is that you want to be able to capture really high quality video that you can cut and splice for speaking for social posts for YouTube, etc. For lead generation and the better that your video looks and sounds. Obviously the more can do work for you. The more can
create a positive first impression for anybody who doesn't know who you are. So what's the gear setup I've got the smartphone here on a ultra pod too. And I like the the the Apple iPhone x. I like the fact that it has the two x optical zoom which is handy because if the room is really far back you want you want to try and make it a little bit crop to deliver with the stage.
The Ultra pod two is a nice tripod for one reason it's got this strap and it folds up either you can fold it up for you can, you can have it as a full table top tripod I've like ideally on this one to be able to fold it up and actually strap it to a pole in the back of the room because a lot of conferences particular bigger ones have like there's a lighting polar a sound pole or something where you can strap this to it and get a an elevated
point of view. So that's one rig. The second rig is the DJ Oslo pocket which is this tiny little camera here it's a gimbal camera which means that it mechanically you can track an object in range so this gets parked on a very small tripod you have to buy separately the sky read tripod it can see the this tracks you which is kind of cool. So this gets plugged into a tripod as well. I like this the sky right because you can either use as a handheld or you can fold up the legs and it becomes a tabletop as well.
And the head can be removed and put on something else. Like if you have a gorilla pod or whatever, you can unscrew this and put this head on something else. So those are the two cameras. Both microphones are hot on the cameras, meaning that they are recording audio in the room. This is not to capture you speaking it's going to sound terrible. No matter what. No matter what kind of room you're in, unless you're literally going padded room. Nobody else
the reason for that is these devices and your smartphone to adjust are not meant to capture the high quality auto that you want. So what you want for that is you want a third device and this is I use a portable audio recorder. You can use any one there's a whole good Jillian to have these. This one's a task cam one. If I had to do it all over again, I would probably get one of the zoom once it has an XLR input as opposed to just the headphone jack input. So that's more compatible with more soundboard because you want to be able to ideally, jack this into the soundboard that powers the room that's coming off of your lapel
Mike, when you're speaking on stage, that way, you get crystal clear, high quality, high fidelity audio from the soundboard. If you don't have that, or if the room isn't set up, or the AV technicians not as as good as it could be, I use the team of fun head one mic. And what I'll do is I'll take this, there's one in here, there's another end that's wireless, this other end go straight to the top of the task. Em,
and I will either put this on the podium or I may even just keep this in my pocket and record the audio from my voice speaking straight into that. And then what happens afterwards is you pull the audio sources you pull the audio sources from you pull the audio and video from both cameras and from your digital recorder into an editor. I use camp Asia because while having it's it's easy enough to it's a nonlinear editor that I particularly like because it's easy and fast.
A lot of people
will use things like premier or Final Cut. And those are great tools if you already know what you're doing with them. I don't and I have not invested the time to learn that yet.
One of the things going to be real important for both the DJI and for the smartphone is you want to power pack. You want a big, big ass power pack. Yeah. Ideally two of them. So I have like 10 of these things laying around. Now
one thing I like to do is, you know those little smartphone loops that they sell their or they give away conference I want to hear from remember who this is from now to put the logo on it,
but I strap it to the backup power packs, so that on this tripod
takes a little finagling but you can take the strap feeds this through the back of your power pack, and then strap the rest of your pole. And that way, there's a power source that you can plug your phone into. And that way I'll never run out of power.
This by the way, also handy you can run your belt through this and have this as a worn on your belt if you're walking around for the day, and you don't want to have like a super heavy power pack just like rattling around in your pocket, you look stupid, but you never run out of power. So one of these for your iPhone and one of these for the DJI. And that way neither device runs out of power because the iPhone the iPhone can run about 90 minutes of video easily this guy runs about 17 minutes of video before he runs out of power so having having a power pack externally means that there's never a problem which is important because if you're getting set up to speak what will typically happen is you'll have 15 or 20 minutes sometimes 30 if it's a really well run conference between sessions so you'll set up cameras you'll set up everything you don't want to run around the last minute Hey record on everything's we want to do is as soon as the cameras in place you get up plug it into external power hit record, make sure you got plenty of storage hit record and then you can trim it and later in editing. But you want to make sure that you you never
a situation where you forget to turn on the camera or you run out of time and you will have the ability to turn on the camera. So you want to have all the stuff set up and recording well in advance the audio recorder This is probably the first thing you plug in because that can go straight on the boy. There's never an issue of a storage capacity because you're recording an mp3
and high bit rate mp3 and then this you live like this record like five hours and it will never run out of battery as long as you keep the batteries fresh.
So that's the gear right now and it seems like a lot but all this fits literally within one of these little travel cases. And just go straight in your backpack and do not check it. Do not check it when you check your luggage. It goes through rapid temperature changes and electronics plus shock like you know, impact shock plus temperature changes bad so this goes straight in your backpack or your handbag or your carry on and you have a it's not professional it's not
Not a professional rig in the sense of like someone who has a red camera or a big D SLR you know and all the the appropriate gear but this is for most speakers good enough to make you look professional particularly when you do the edits later on and that's where all the magic really happens in the post production that's probably a separate video but that's the gear for today as an early 2019 the links for all this gear if you want to get any of it of course in the company post in the show notes they are Amazon links Full disclosure FTC disclosure their affiliate links I get a
small commission if you happen to buy anything
but great question Brian and I would I would recommend I haven't really liking this DJ camera the image quality is fantastic on it so if you're going to have one camera to shoot with us this one but we've worked out a smartphone and you just get started out a little cameras smartphones cameras good enough you can you can do pretty well that for a really long time until you're speaking fees or whatever go up enough to be able to afford some of the
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