YouTube for Academics: Gear List

What follows is an overview of gear that either Tom or Chris have personally used in their video production process. No endorsements are made, and videographers should always be certain to research which batteries, cables, adapters, etc., are needed for their particular set-up. Furthermore, each of the sections below offer different options and price-ranges.

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Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Vlogging Camera Kit with EF-M 15-45mm Lens, Black [link]
Dummy Battery/Persistent Power for DLSR Camera (example only: purchase based on your camera’s make and model/this example is for the Canon M50) [link]

Microphones & Audio Equipment

Camera-mounted Shotgun mic (Rode) [link]
Wireless Lavalier Microphone (Comica BoomX-D2 2.4G Compact Wireless Lapel) [link]
Wireless Lavalier Mic, upgraded quality (Rode) [link]
Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone [link]
Rode PSA1 Swivel Mount Studio Microphone Boom Arm [link]
Audio Interface, advanced (PreSonus Studio 1824c) [link]
Audio Interface, basic (Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 3rd Gen) [link]
Mic Cables (XLR) [link]


Adobe Premiere Pro [link]
Adobe Audition [link]
Adobe AfterEffects [link]
ECamm Live


High-Quality, Low-Cost Light (Godox SL-60W) [link]
Light Stand set [link]
White Balance Card [link]
Portable Light (BOLING BL-P1 RGB LED Full Color Camera/Camcorder Light) [link]
Neewer Pro 100% Stainless Steel Heavy Duty C Stand with Boom Arm [link]
LED Set/Background/Accent/Hairlight Lighting [link]
Umbrella Light Diffuser [link]
Softbox Light Diffuser [link]

Essential Cords, Adaptors, Batteries, etc.

Memory Card (SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card) [link]
USB C to USB Adapter [link]
Camera Screws Kit [link]
Microphone Adapter for iPhone and Android Smartphones and Tablets (Movo MC3 3.5mm TRS to TRRS Adapter) [link]
Gaffer Tape [link]
Cable Ties (Bongo Ties) [link]
Clamps [link]
Rig Clamps [link]
USB-C Hub, example [link]
Micro USB cord [link]
Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable Adapter [link]

Advanced Equipment

The Last Mouse You’ll Ever Buy (Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse) [link]
SSD External Back-Up Drive [link]
Green Screen (Elgato) [link]
Elgato Cam Link 4K [link]
Livestreaming Hardware Switcher (Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Pro) [link]
Livestreaming Software Switcher (Elgato) [link]
Teleprompter (Padcaster Parrot Teleprompter Kit) [link]
Carrying Case (Nanuk 935 Waterproof Carry-On Hard Case) [link]

Sundry Essentials

Lint Brush [link]
Cord Organizer [link]
Extension Cord [link]
Label Maker [link]
Oil-Absorbing Face Tissues [link]
Nose-Hair Trimmer (yuck!) [link]
Clapper Slate for Production Management [link]
MagicFiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths [link]
AA Rechargeable Batteries [link]