Gear List

Gear List
Photo by Jeremy Yap / Unsplash

I have been slowly upgrading the gear I use to make my videos on my YouTube channel. Here's the gear list in case you are curious!

Studio Setup

For a computer, my daily driver is an Apple Mac Studio.

I was using this Satechi hub, but I can't recommend it as a) it seemed to fight with other USB devices and also was comparatively slow. Instead, I now have a Samsung PCIe 4TB SSD in this ACASIS case to expand the storage so I have plenty of room for editing, and I'm getting much better transfer speeds to the SSD (roughly double what I was seeing with the Satechi hub).

I'm using this Amazon soundbar - it tucks underneath this Sony monitor nicely and sounds very, very good for a computer speaker. The sound bar is connected via HMDI/CEC/eARC to a Samsung M8 32" monitor. Because everything is still a mess, I have to use DisplayBuddy to control the soundbar volume from my Mac Studio. I originally tried using BlueTooth to connect to the soundbar, but it really didn't quite work right. At some point I might look for a different option, but at least it's working now.

I was very skeptical of the Stream Deck at first. In practice I have found it extremely useful. I can tap a button and set the lights to daylight spectrum and brightness. Tap another button and it sets the lights for recording (color, temp, and power) as well as setting the audio devices up correctly. I do find it kind of sad that I can't just assign these scripts to run without the special keyboard, but oh well. If you don't want to spring for the big one but want the software/hardware stuff as a combo check out the Stream Deck Mini.

Outdoor Setup

I originally was going to take the Sony ZV-E10 out to shoot outside. Now that I'm shooting at least one video a week in my studio, I decided to go ahead and get an Sony a6700 to take outside. Among many other reasons, the a6700 is water resistant, which is kind of big deal living in the Seattle metro area.