mds at desk

What you see in the image above is roughly 6-focused years of accumulated gear and knowledge about video and audio production. This is all currently being used to produce online courses for Shift Nudge.

My audio/visual journey began back in 2014 when I decided to produce my first online video course. I started with some better audio and used my webcam. Then in 2017, I decided to up my video game with a proper camera.

Since then I've experimented with custom built audio booths, full studio rooms, and lots of other little various things here and there—always researching and experimenting. It can be quite time-consuming and expensive after a while, so hopefully this may inform you a little more if you're in the market too.


Lighting

Lighting is probably the most important part of getting good video. If you don't have budget for lights, sit beside a window.

Background

Backgrounds can be distracting and I like black, so I went for a simple backdrop.

Video

I haven't tried that many cameras, but I really love my Sony a6400. It's small, shoots 4k, and the flip out screen is perfect for framing when doing tutorials and such.

Audio

I've experimented with 4-5 mics. Definitely like my current Røde setup, but if you're on a cheaper budget this mic is really solid quality for the price.

Software

If you were going to go with only one piece of software for tutorials, I'd go with Screenflow. It's super versatile and allows simple edits. I use Final Cut to have more control over my 4k face cam video and editing workflow, but this is definitely not needed to get started. My first tutorials were webcam and screenflow only.

  • Screenflow for screen recording and light editing
  • Final Cut for final video editing
  • Loom is great for quick unedited videos

Misc

Because I would want to know too.


These are mostly all affiliate links by the way, because why not? Also if you have any other questions, hit me up on Twitter.