Recently, I announced that I’m making some significant changes to my online ministry. A major part of this shift is moving into a heavier emphasis of producing video content in order to equip people in the areas of church growth, creativity, leadership, and vision. In order to move more heavily into video, I’m building a video studio (it is not yet completed). I posted pictures of gear I bought for this, and people started asking for a gear list. It’d be beneficial for you to see what I’m doing in order to build this studio.
- Choose the right room.
I’m building the studio at the church I serve as pastor, Church of the Highlands. Choosing the right room is key because you want to be able to darken the room, but also have the option for natural light. I chose a room that has a huge window, but we built large wooden shutters that completely darken the room, if we decide to do that. It’s the best way we’ve found to control natural light.
2. Buy the right gear.
A huge shoutout goes to my friend, Daniel Irmler, of ProChurch.com and ChurchHacks.com. Daniel guided me through the entire process of what to buy. Here is the gear list (click on a bulleted item to see it on Amazon):
- Podium Pro MB1 Boom Microphone Arm Adjustable DJ Band Recording Mic Arm
- Audio-Technica ATR3350 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone
- AmazonBasics Tripod Boom Microphone Stand
- iMBAPrice 25-Feet Nickel Plated 3.5 mm Male/Female Stereo Audio Extension Cable
- Rode VMGO Video Mic GO Lightweight On-Camera Microphone Super-Cardiod
- PANASONIC LUMIX G85 4K Mirrorless Camera, with 12-60mm Power O.I.S. Lens, Dual I.S. 2.0, 16 Megapixels, 3 Inch Touch LCD, DMC-G85MK (USA BLACK)
- SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB SDXC Flash Memory Card with up to 95MB/s (SDSDXPA-064G-AFFP)
- Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod (Black)
- Manfrotto MTPIXI-B PIXI Mini Tripod, Black
- Emgreat® Aputure HR672KIT (HR672S + HR672W*2)672 Led Video Light Panel Studio Lighting Kit with 2.4G FSK Wireless Remote Control and Pergear Clean Kit
- Apple Thunderbolt Cable (2.0 m) – White
- Apple Thunderbolt Cable, 0.5-Meter (MD862LL/A)
- Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder – Thunderbolt
3. Buy good editing software and have a legitimate computer on which to edit.
My media team and I both use iMacs that have a large amount of power. Adobe Premiere Elements is my editing software of choice.
4. Build multiple sets.
If there is room to do this, build multiple sets. My team and I built one set with a brick background that is a more normal yet conservatively trendy look, and we’re in the process of building a second set with a lightboard. Watch the video below to see how to build one. My team and I are following this video’s advice word-for-word.
Although I’m FAR from an expert in this area, it fascinates me. If you have any additional thoughts, questions, or comments, let me know in the comment section below!