Best Budget Vlogging Setup for 2018

What is the Best Budget Vlogging Setup for YouTube in 2018? I guess before we answer this question we need to talk about what is necessary in a good vlogging camera:

  • Reliable brand
  • Good battery life
  • Auto focus
  • Flip out screen
  • HD quality video 1080p (1920×1080) at 30/60 FPS (Frames Per Second)
  • Wide Angle Lens
  • External Mic Plug
  • Price

Okay, now that we have all the necessary features listed out…Let’s talk about a great setup for a nice budget vlogging setup for 2018.  I personally like DSLR or Mirrorless cameras, as they allow you to vary the type of lens you are going to use, and the style and quality of your video. For most vlogging you want a nice wide angle lens, so you aren’t right up in the viewers face, and you give your viewers a nice view of what’s happening around you. For B-Roll, (extra video like close ups of items/places you are showing off), you could use another style lens that gives a nice crispy look, with the main item in focus and the backgrounds blurred out. (Perhaps the nifty fifty 50mm)


Canon EOS Rebel SL2 – A great Canon body with full 1080p HD and up to 60fps. It’s lightweight and features a flip-out screen and a microphone plug for an external mic. The best part about this camera is that it uses Canon’s dual pixel auto focus technology, which is the best in the business for DLSR’s and Mirrorless cameras.


Canon EF-S 10-18mm F4.5/5.6 IS STM – This is the YouTubers go-to wide angle vlogging lens! Another best bang-for-buck option with built in image stabilization (IS). I also recommend grabbing a cheap UV lens filter to protect your lens from scratches.


Rode VideoMicro – Great audio trumps great video! Great sound and doesn’t require batteries. The VideoMicro also features a shock mount and a wind screen to reduce that awful wind noise you often hear on videos. This mic is the best bang for the buck and it’s built well!


JOBY GorillaPod SLR Zoom – Used by many YouTubers and video creators, and probably made famous by Casey Neistat.  This flexible tripod is the Swiss Army knife of the any vloggers setup. It adds that extra distance and stability you need to make your video look smooth. Plus it can be wrapped around just about anything to get that difficult shot or awesome looking time-lapse video.

That’s it! The best budget DSLR setup for vloggers in 2018. Of course there are many many camera options out there, but I wanted a setup that would produce the best video quality for the best price, and….will set you up to grow if you decide to keep going with video production in the future.



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iMovie for iPhone and iPad Tutorial – Picture in a Picture Video Overlay

iMovie for iPhone / iPad / iPod Touch Tutorial for Beginners – Picture in Picture Video Overlay

In this iMovie Tutorial for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch (iOS basically) we show you how to do a picture-in-picture style video overlay. It’s not to difficult to do, but you can really pimp out your videos this way. The most important thing to remember is to have the video scrubber (the line) in the position where you want to video overlay to appear. After that you can tap and drag to shorten it up. Also don’t be afraid to split the picture-in-picture overlay clip. You can have it appear in different areas of the video.

Have Fun!!

How to do Slow Motion and Fast Motion with iMovie

How to do Slow Motion, Fast Motion, and Reversing Video with iMovie

This iMovie tutorial is jam packed full of cool things you can do with Apple’s iMovie. I cover how to do slow motion video, fast motion video, and reversing your video. With your imagination and some creativity, you can do some pretty cool edits!


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Easy Animations with iMovie

Easy Animations & Key Framing With iMovie

I totally forgot that iMovie had basic key frame animations, but once I remembered, I knew I had to do a simple animation tutorial. I also knew that I wanted to use the bullet from Super Mario games in the video, lol.

In this video I show you how to easily animate videos or images using iMovie, that comes free with new Apple Macintosh computers.


How To Record Your iPhone Screen

Record Your iPhone Screen

The best thing about being in the Apple ecosystem is the way things connect to each other and the way Apple gives you these little features that you just can’t get elsewhere. In this tutorial I show you how to connect your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to your Mac and then record your iOS devices screen. The application you use to do the recording is the QuickTime player, which comes free with all new Macintosh computers. Once you get the video captures you will name it and save it, then import into either iMovie or Final Cut Pro X. Then the rest is up to you (^_^)

There are only a couple of things to know:
1. Older 30 Pin connected iOS devices (iPhones/iPads/iPod Touch’s) don’t seem to work. (at least I tried mine and they didn’t work)
2. Capture quality is dependent on your screen. If you don’t have a Retina screen on your Mac it wont capture all those awesome pixels.


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GarageBand Tutorial – How to Podcast Using Apple GarageBand

This video tutorial shows you have to record, edit, and export (share) a Podcast using Apple’s GarageBand software. GarageBand comes free with new Mac computers.  GarageBand is a very powerful and creative program, but it takes a bit to get used to.  Once you get the hang of it, you will be editing your podcast like a pro!!

  1. Setting up your Mic input source.
  2. Adding multiple tracks to your podcast recording.
  3. Recording your Podcast.
  4. Editing audio
  5. Adding an intro
  6. Adding an outro
  7. Exporting your Podcast to an MP3 file.

Thanks for watching!


iMovie For Beginners Tutorial 2015

In this Tutorial I cover just about all you need to learn how to edit video on the Mac using Apple’s iMovie. iMovie comes with all new Mac’s and, in my opinion, it’s the best editing software for beginners to intermediate users. After you master iMovie and you start to run up against the limitations, you can upgrade to Final Cut Pro X, but and I mean but…..You can do just about all you need with iMovie and a couple of crafty hacks.

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