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 9/14/2022.
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Here are a few items that I personally use for recording and when I use them.
|Item or Product
|All voice overs on all videos. Picked up a few spares, just incase I can’t find them in the future.
|USB Surround Sound PC Headsets
|I’ve used this set for years, the audio quality is much better than others I’ve tried that are x3 the price.
|When recording pre-existing video content,
recording on-screen computer interactions (browsing), on-screen computer demonstrations, etc.
|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.