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 our YouTube channel in 2014. Since then, we have published 300+ videos that have gotten more than 16 million views. The types of videos we create include Travel VLOGs and How Tos.

Video Equipment for YouTube

You can find a complete list of all the gear we use below. In the video we cover:

  • Video equipment for YouTube
  • Making YouTube videos using a phone
  • 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 style of videos we create, the best camera for making videos is a smartphone.

Samsung NX30 Mirrorless Digital Camera. We use this camera primarily for taking photos.

GoPro Hero Action Camera. We use this camera for driving and action shots.

Sony FDRAX33 4K HD Video Camcorder.

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

Zoom F1 audio recorder with Lavalier Microphone.

Zoom iQ7 Stereo Microphone for iOS.

Rode VideoMic Pro Compact Shotgun Microphone. We can attach this mic to our Sony video camcorder.

Video Equipment Accessories

Pelican Protector Case. If you’re going to make YouTube videos with a phone, have a good case.

Lightweight Tripod. We use this for shots where we need to mount one of our cameras.

Universal Phone Mount. We use this mount on the tripod when we shot with our phone.

SanDisk microSDHC memory cards. We use these in the Samsung NX30, GoPro Hero, Sony FDRAX33 and Zoom F1.

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. We started with iMovie, a free editing software that came on our MacBook Pros.

Seagate 4T Portable Hard Drive.

Sony MDR7506 Headphone. We use closed-back headphones for editing and to check audio levels.

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

Tip: Start making videos with the video equipment you already have. 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.