In this post we share our video equipment for YouTube and walk-through how we make videos.

To give you some background information, we launched We’re the Russos YouTube channel in 2014. Since then, we have published 300+ videos that have received over 24 million views.

Keep reading to watch a video that covers the topic in more detail followed by a complete list of all the gear we use for making videos.

Video Equipment for YouTube

This video will cover the following topics:

  • Video equipment for YouTube
  • Making YouTube videos using an iPhone
  • Coming up with ideas for a video
  • Video editing software
  • Royalty free music for YouTube
  • Tips on getting started

Cameras for Making YouTube Videos

iPhone 8 Plus. For the “run and gun” style of YouTube videos we create, the cameras on the iPhone capture the shots we need. A smartphone is lightweight, easy to carry and access plus it doesn’t draw much attention.

Samsung NX30. This mirrorless digital camera is good for taking still photos.

GoPro Hero. For driving shots and action shots, the GoPro action camera is a great option. Plus it’s lightweight, shockproof, waterproof and it can be mounted to just about anything.

Sony FDRAX33. This 4K HD video camcorder records high quality footage and works well with external microphones.

We used to have a Canon 80D and a DJI Mavic Pro, but we found the gear didn’t work with our style and the way we make our videos.

Audio Gear for YouTube Videos

More important than camera gear is audio gear when it comes to making videos. This fact was reiterated in the YouTube Space course we took.

Zoom F1. This audio recorder comes with the option for a lavalier microphone, which is the setup we have. In the video above, you can hear the difference between this and the microphone on the iPhone.

Zoom iQ7. This stereo microphone for iOS works great with the iPhone. We also put the phone on airplane mode to eliminate any unwanted feedback.

Rode VideoMic Pro. This compact shotgun microphone will provide better sound than the built-in microphone on a video camera such as the Sony video camcorder or Samsung mirrorless camera we have..

Video Equipment Accessories

Pelican Protector Case. If you’re going to make YouTube videos with an iPhone, have a quality protection case to prevent damage from accidental drops.

Lightweight Tripod. A good tripod is essential for those shots were you need to mount a camera. The tripod is great for capturing those time lapses you see in our videos.

Universal Phone Mount. This mount is essential for securing the iPhone to the tripod.

SanDisk microSDHC. You’ll likely need more than one good memory card for all the video gear you have. The Samsung, GoPro, Sony FDRAX33 and Zoom F1 all require memory cards.

Video Editing Gear

MacBook Pro. I have a 2014 MacBook Pro Retina 15″ 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 16 GB memory. Kait has a refurbished 2015 MacBook Pro Retina 13″ with 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 processor and 8 GB memory.

Final Cut Pro X. This is the software we use to edit all our YouTube videos. Before we upgraded to Final Cut Pro X we used iMovie, a free editing software installed on MacBook Pro laptops.

Seagate 4T Portable Hard Drive. To manage all the footage, we use portable hard drives to easily store and access the content for editing.

Sony MDR7506 Headphone. A good pair of closed-back headphones are recommended for video editing and to check audio levels.

The Apple Magic Mouse works well, but I’m looking to upgrade to a Wacom tablet.

Tips On Making Videos for YouTube

Start making videos with the video equipment you already have. Our most popular YouTube video was filmed with an old GoPro action camera.

Figure out your style before going out to buy the gear you need to support the type of videos you want to make. Most people have a smart phone with a decent camera which makes it an economical way to start making videos.

Thanks for reading and have fun making your next video!