If you’re wondering what I use to record my videos, below is some information on those tools that I find extremely valuable. I upgrade equipment when I find something better, but this is what I use as of 1/19/2021.
Here are a few items that I personally use for recording and when I use them.
|When used||Item or Product||Notes|
|When recording pre-existing video content,|
recording on-screen computer interactions (browsing), on-screen computer demonstrations, etc.
|OBS Studio||OBS Studio is Free software and may be found here. This software may also be used for live-streaming, which is something I don’t typically do.|
|Any Raspberry Pi, HDMI input, Retro Computer (Composite) or VGA inputs from some original video source.||HDML-Cloner Box Pro||I’ve found this tool to be very helpful for my productions. It may not be ideal for everyone. There are limitations. It’s primarily for 1080p recording, so if 4k+ video is your focus this is not for you.|
Otherwise, you can find the product here.
|Used for most all videos, recording close-up or further away from an object/product. See cell phone tripod mount below.||Suspension Boom Scissor Arm Tripod Stand||Getting the right shot for recording close-up is tricky without the right equipment. This is a scissor suspension boom that I use and works very well for my needs.|
|Used for most close-up live-shots of items being reviewed.||Cell Phone Tripod Mount||Often times I find that the camera on my cellphone is better than most of my stand-alone cameras. When I use the phone, I use this mount with the suspension boom (above).|
|Used anytime I’m recording game-play, or any video coming from a modern or retro device. Also used frequently when capturing video from portable handhelds to see the results before moving to the video editing process.||Portable Monitor – Lepow Upgraded 15.6 Inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD||I don’t have a lot of desk space for recording videos, I’ve used several portable monitors to be able to see the video source I’m recording. This is the monitor I currently use.|
|Recently purchased, ordered this to be able to capture video from a TRS-80 and ColecoVision/Adam system when combined with the HDML Cloner Box Pro (above).||Analog NTSC UHF VHF CATV Tuner RF Demodulator with RCA A/V Output||This unit works well, I’ve used it to capture video from a TRS-80 CoCo Model 2, ColecoVision and Atari 2600. The unit takes up far less space than my previous solution, a VCR. While not exactly cheap, it works.|
|A good buddy informed me that in a few instances the lighting could be just a bit brighter. It was for that reason I decided to add another light to my recording studio and this is it.||LED Desk Lamp with Clamp, Flexible Gooseneck||If you wind up getting one of these, be sure to pair the remote to the lamp (see instructions). It’s great and gets VERY bright, perfect for recording on a desk. Infact, I may buy a seconds just because it works so well.|