My Audio Visual Setup

Audio Visual Setup

Since setting the goal in 2019 to film more content for my YouTube channel, I’ve been getting a few questions on exactly what I’m using. A secondary component to that goal was to ensure I remain as relateable to the average person as I can so that too can do what I’m doing if they so choose. Continue reading to see what I’m doing from a content creation aspect.

Video Component

At the core of my filming is my iPhone 7. I’d like to get a newer iPhone to take advantage of the better lens, faster processor etc, but that will have to wait at the moment. For now this works and is producing some great video.

I attach the iPhone to my Bosch Tripod which I bought for my Bosch Laser Level but has seen more use filming than mounting the laser level. I actually attach a custom woodblock that has a slot in it to hold my iPhone and clamp that to the tripod with the Microjig Dovetail Clamps . Another dual purpose tool that just works well when clamping my phone to the tripod. I may look at upgrading this down the road and getting a proper connection to a tripod but for now this works just fine.

Bosch Tripod with Custom Woodblock iPhone Holder held by MicroJig Dovetail Clamp

Bosch Tripod with Custom Woodblock iPhone Holder held by MicroJig Dovetail Clamp

When I decided to film more, I wanted to ensure I had some additional control that is not offered natively with the iPhone camera app. I opted to purchase the FiLMiC Pro app to give me better control over focusing, contrast and being able to lock those in. That’s important as the iPhone cannot do that natively and filming by myself becomes a real challenge without those controls.

FilmicPro Interface on iOS

FilmicPro Interface on iOS

Audio Component

This is probably the most expensive part of my setup, the lavalier Mic to ensure good audio is captured. I wanted to get something that was the easiest to combine with the iPhone and as native as possible. I ended up picking up the Sennheiser ClipMic Digital which has served me well. It connects directly into the iPhone and really enhances the audio which is key when you want people to listen to your videos. I also use it when doing voice-overs on my video and so far it’s been a winner.

Sennheiser ClipMic Digital

Sennheiser ClipMic Digital

The last component is how I bring it all together and edit. I started out with iMovie however it was just to limited and in the vein of staying as relatable and mobile as possible, I upgraded to the LumaTouch - LumaFusion app which can be used on the iPhone or iPad (as well Android if you have that flavour). It’s super simple to use, a lot of great YouTube content on it and rivals with the big boys like Adobe Premier and best of all it’s mobile. Between my iPhone and iPad I can great some amazing edits, effects, and bring it all together to produce some great content which again is the goal for 2019.

LumaFusion interface on iPad

LumaFusion interface on iPad

Future Goals

Moment Wide 18mm Lens

Moment Wide 18mm Lens

Now I’m still early days with producing content but I’m really enjoying the addition to my woodworking process. I do want to get a better lens for the iPhone so that I can produce some wider shots which is not available via the iPhone or even the FiLMiC Pro app. That’s not a problem, because Moment Lenses has some lenses for that! The Moment Wide Lens for the iPhone will capture 2x more video footage and I’m looking forward to that upgrade… but first a new iPhone.

Lastly, continuing to grow skill wise when editing videos will go a long way to producing good content that people want to watch. That will come as I continue to edit videos and get better over time. I’m also looking forward to Workbench Con which is a conference for Makers and Content Creators down in Atlanta February 21-23. I’m planning on getting a few nuggets out of that so I can apply to my growing skill set.