Videography refers to the electronic capture of
moving images on electronic media, such as digital
cameras, videotapes and streaming media.
Videography skills are in demand in many industries.
Whether you capture videos of special events,
documentaries or for any other creative purposes, you
need the right videography equipment to film and edit
your videos. Choosing the right equipment can help
you create videos that show off your creative and
3. VIDEOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT
• The right videography equipment can make a
difference when it comes to the quality of your
• You might also find it easier to complete projects
when you have the right equipment.
• Some pieces of videography equipment, like your
camera and audio cables, are necessary to shoot
• Other pieces, like a tripod or external microphone are
used to improve the professionalism of your videos.
4. VIDEOGRAPHY EQUIPMENTS
• Video camera
• Camera lighting
• Audio cables
• Memory cards
• Hard drive
• Camera bag
• Mount rig
• Live streaming monitors
• Video editing software
5. VIDEO CAMERA
A video camera is the basis of your videography equipment. It will
likely set the tone for the type of equipment you pair with it. You might
choose a DSLR or mirrorless camera, or even use your smartphone.
When choosing the right video camera, consider things like:
• Budget: Video cameras come in all different budgets. Consider how
much you want to spend on your camera before shopping.
• Type of video shooting: Consider the type of video shooting you
plan to do, with options like static or stealth. You also want to
consider options like high definition or 4K.
• Where you publish your videos: How, and where, you plan to
publish your videos can help you choose the right camera. You
might choose a webcam, action camera or camcorder.
A tripod is a piece of equipment that keeps your camera sturdy when
filming. It is useful when shooting static videos. It also allows you to
pan across multiple angles with a smoother transition. When choosing
the right tripod, consider things like:
• Durability: If your videography projects take you away from home,
you want to choose a tripod that is durable.
• Flexibility: You also want to consider how flexible a tripod is. A fluid
head tripod allows you to move your camera as needed. You might
even choose a slider if you prefer to run and shoot.
• Fit: You want a tripod that is made to fit your video camera. Even if
you're shooting with your iPhone, there are tripods designed for
• Height: Most tripods can be extended for additional height but do
have a limit. Make sure you choose a tripod that is the right height
for your subjects.
7. CAMERA LIGHTING
A camera light can help you highlight your focus subject
or fill in dark spots. Lights are also a useful accessory
when filming interviews or documentaries. A light
reflector can be useful in improving the quality of your
videos. If you plan on shooting most of your videos in a
single location, then you might choose a videography
studio lighting kit.
Even if your camera comes with a built-in microphone, a stand-alone
one can give you a higher quality of video audio. Having a microphone
ensures you capture all necessary sounds when filming. Here are a few
• Boom pole: A boom pole allows you to capture audio from multiple
subjects. It is ideal for larger groups or crowds.
• Wireless microphone: A wireless microphone improves audio from
your subjects. It a good option if you don't have someone to hold a
• Portable digital: A portable digital audio recorder is an external
microphone that you can also use to capture additional sounds.
• Shotgun microphone: A shotgun microphone allows you to
pinpoint specific audio cues. You can attach it to a boom pole or
hold it manually.
• Handheld microphone: Handheld microphones are good for run-
and-shoot types of videos. They give you more control over
movement when you're filming.
9. AUDIO CABLES
Audio cables connect your microphone to the camera. They can
give you a higher quality of sound. A few audio cables you might
• HDMI: HDMI cables fit most DSLR or high-definition
• USB: USB cables are important for connecting your camera to
your computer for editing purposes.
• XLR: You might need an XLR cable if you want a balanced audio
• MIDI: You might need MIDI cables if you're transferring musical
instruments to your videos.
A good pair of headphones can help you when editing sounds and
compiling clips of your video. Here are a few things to consider:
• Comfort: You spend a lot of time editing and headphones with
sufficient cushioning can be important to the process.
• Type of operation: Determine the type of operation you use
when creating videos. Considering if you use your headphones
primarily for editing, or you also need them for mixing can help
you choose the right ones.
• Fit: Fit can be a matter of preference but headphones are
available in different styles including open-back, closed-back
• Isolation: The level of foam on a pair of headphones is not only
about comfort. It can also influence the isolation of sounds
which can make a difference when it comes to editing videos.
Camera lenses allow you to adjust your camera based on what you
are filming. They come as either a prime lens, which is a lens with a
fixed focal length, or a zoom lens, which has a variable focal
distance. Here are a few types of lenses to consider:
• Wide-angle: lenses have a small focal length that allows you to
take in more of your subject.
• ND filter: A natural density filter controls the level of light in
• Macro lens: Macro lenses are good for capturing closeups of
• Versatile kits: If you're new to videography or building your
equipment for the first time, you might choose a versatile kit.
Adding a few batteries to your videography equipment
can help you prepare for long film days. Always bring at
least four extra batteries with you. If you're shooting all
day or over the course of the weekend, you may need
even more than that. Rechargeable batteries are always a
good idea because you can charge the batteries when
they're not in use.
13. MEMORY CARDS
It is also good to prepare with extra memory cards. Make
sure they are the right fit and type for your camera and
that they are empty. Compact flash memory cards are
the best option because they are small and can hold a
lot of video footage. You also want to consider how
much storage they offer. Memory cards come in all
different sizes including16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
14. HARD DRIVE
An external hard drive is useful if you plan to capture a
lot of footage. You can use it to transfer your videos
from your camera and continue shooting. When you're
done shooting for the day, you can easily transfer the
footage from the portable hard drive to your desktop
computer for editing.
15. CAMERA BAG
You need a good camera bag to transport your
videography equipment between jobs. It can be helpful
to stock up on your videography equipment first so you
know how much storage you need. You want a camera
bag that is sturdy, weather-resistant and protective.
16. MOUNT RIG
A mount rig can help you capture smoother videos, especially in
situations when a tripod may not be realistic. Other mount rigs you
might consider include:
• The dolly: A dolly comes with a track that gives you more
fluidity with filming.
• Jibs and cranes: Jibs and cranes allow you to film at elevated
heights, sweeping through different radiuses.
• Shoulder rigs: Shoulder rigs give you more freedom to move
around while mounting the camera to your shoulder.
• Dynamic stabilizers: Dynamic stabilizers give you free
movement without the choppiness that can come with handheld
17. LIVE STREAMING MONITORS
Live streaming monitors allow you to watch your videos
while filming and editing them. There are a lot of live
streaming monitors available in the market. You want to
consider things like size, brand and price. Larger
streaming monitors are not always better, especially if
you film and edit on the go.
18. VIDEO EDITING SOFTWARE
Once you finish capturing your videos, you need a good
video editing software program. You also need a good
computer to store your data and videos. There are a lot
of options available and the best one for you will
depend on your type of editing. Here are a few things to
consider when choosing a video editing software:
• Price: Video editing software programs come at all
different price points. Consider your budget ahead of
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• Available features: Consider what features are most
important to you. Video editing software allows you to
cut and combine videos, add text, include music or add
• Editing knowledge: It can also be helpful to consider
your editing knowledge. Some programs are better
suited for beginners whereas others are designed for
videographers with previous knowledge.
• Customer support: It is also a good idea to consider a
video software program that has a built-in support