The Best Gear & Software for Video Podcasting in 2022

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0:00 — Best Gear and Software for Podcasts!
1:23 — Best Mic for a podcast
2:48 — Podcast Sound treatment
3:41 — Best Camera for a Video Podcast
5:15 — Best Podcast Platform
6:26 — Lighting Setup for a Podcast
8:37 — Podcast Studio Design

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In this video, Omar goes over the best podcasting equipment in 2022! He covers the Podcast setup, what video podcasting equipment and other Podcast gear. The gear covered in this video is great podcast equipment for beginners!

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— If you’re looking to start
a video podcast this year,

or maybe one who upgrade some of the gear

you’re currently using
on your video podcast,

I’m excited to be breaking
down what we use here

at the Think Media Podcast.

From the cameras, the lightings,

the audio, and even software,

so that you can conduct online interviews

for your interview show.

So with that being said,

I don’t know what you’re waiting for.

Let’s get into it right now.

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Hey, what’s up?

It’s Omar El-Takrori with Think Media,

and this channel’s all about

helping you build your
influence with online video.

And we do videos like this

where we break down gear setups,

YouTube studio setups,
and things like that.

So if you’re interested in
that, be sure to subscribe.

Also shout out to Riverside
for sponsor this video.

One of the leading podcasts

and recording platforms
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I do want preface before
we get into the gear

that we invest in high quality equipment

specifically for this podcast.

You know, some of the
gear we’re actually using

we’ve been using for almost two years,

which is something to note

that when you’re investing into gear,

if you buy the right thing,
you won’t have to buy it again.

And real reason,

is because of how influential
a podcast could be.

All the way from dropping
those videos on YouTube,

to all the platforms that you
can consume a podcast audibly,

but also on Instagram and TikTok.

When we post micro clips from the podcast

we wanna make sure we’re
able to retain the quality

of the podcast no matter
what we do with it.

And so with that being said,

let’s jump into audio setup of this thing,

which is the Shure SM7B.

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Hands down, this is the
industry standard podcast mic.

You know, that’s been
around for almost 20 years

but the difference is how it sounds.

Right now, you’re listening
to the lavalier mic

that I have on my jacket,

but let’s switch to the SM7B right now.

So as you can hear,

it sounds like your legit
podcast, radio show voice,

and this is because it’s
a dynamic microphone.

But this mic isn’t cheap,
it’s about a $400 mic

but you can’t just use it all by itself.

Obviously, you see the stand,

you can get a boom arm which is cool,

but we like to use a stand.

And then we actually are
running one XLR cable

because we are using what
is called a FetHead preamp

which plugs right into our XLR input,

which is actually really
nice and clean and minimal.

We used to use the cloud
lifter, which required two XLRs.

And it got a little bit much

and we just wanna keep
things simple, clean,

and only have what we need, right?

So this is the SM7B.

I’m super proud to say
that we’ve customized

the back plate to this.

Got used to a cricket machine,

a spray paint in the back
plate that came with this

and then added our «Think» logo.

Maybe I’ll make like a video tutorial,

or a YouTube short on how you can do that.

But this is definitely
the mic for podcasting.

There’s obviously tons you can go with

and we’ve done reviews on
tons of mics like this,

but we wanted the best of the best.

So the Shure SM7B is how
we capture the audio.

Now, when it comes to audio

the mics you use are a part of it,

but the sound treatment
is a whole another flow.

Now, we have this upstairs lobby

outfitted with the sound
panels that you can buy

off of a website that will be link down

in the description below,

and you can get different
colors and things like that.

But this loft that we used
to create our content with,

is literally a box with hardwood floors.

And so it gets really echoey.

But we wanted to make sure we invested

into the sound treatment of
this room as much as possible.

And so, you could see in the footage

that we’ve outfitted this whole loft

to include the stairwell,

because there’s some bouncing of audio.

Kyle Anderson ,and the
team just knew what to do,

and so we just went with the flow.

Another thing that you can
add to your setup is carpet.

Anything that can absorb
the audio bouncing

will help with your
audio, but keep in mind,

it’s not just the mics, it’s
also the room treatment.

And so a carpeted room,
or a sound treated room

is something you want to
take into consideration,

when conducting a legit video podcast.

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Alright, so when it comes to the camera,

we always encourage people
if you’re doing a podcast,

turn a camera on.

Whether it be your smartphone,

or an actual camera like this.

And the camera we use is a Sony FX3.

This is about a 36 or so
hundred dollars camera.

And it’s like an entry
level cinema camera,

meaning it doesn’t really
have any record limits.

It shoots great 4k video,

and it won’t overheat
or anything like that.

So, it’s very reliable in that sense.

Another reason why we love this camera,

is it literally comes with XLR inputs.

You know, we used to use a Zoom recorder,

but what we love about this is it bakes

in a very high quality audio
file into the video itself.

And what does that mean?

It just simply means that the
video file has the audio file

from the Shure SM7Bs.

And then you can also
monitor and tweak this,

with the analog dials,
which is super nice.

As far as the lens we use,

we use the Tamron 35-150 millimeter lens.

This is a super versatile
zoom lens for any camera

and know whether we have one
person on, or two people on,

just allows you to get the shot

without having to do too much movement.

So when we just need one camera,

this is the camera we’re using.

When we need a secondary angle

we use a Sony a7S III.

And we’re looking to get a third body

to add in for three angles.

However, as of late

we’ve been shooting very
solo-driven podcasts.

So, two angles is, is plenty.

But those are the cameras we use.

We love ’em, they’re
great with auto-focus,

they’re great with reliability,
and they look super crispy.

Now, maybe you’re watching this

and now your wheels are
spinning because you’re like,

«I mean, I can kind of do that Omar,

«but what if I wanted to like
interview somebody online?»

That’s why I wanna talk

Riverside is an incredible software

because you can kind of take a like this

or even a setup you have at your desk

with a camera and a microphone,

hook it up to your computer or laptop

and conduct online interviews.

You know conducting online interviews

is not only convenient,

but it’s also the future.

You know, you’re seeing a
lot of podcasts nowadays

being in interview format,

but with the people not in the same room.

Especially where we are as a
world and things like that.

And so what’s cool about Riverside

if you choose to do it this way,

is that they record
high quality interviews.

You’ll be able to record audio
and video separate tracks

for all participants in your interview.

And I think it’s cool
because of the ease of use.

Simply send your link to your interviewee

and then conduct your interview,

and you got yourself a show.

If you’re new to editing video,

they have this feature
called «Clips by Riverside,»

and you actually take those files

and you actually cut out a
segment from your interview,

and then format it the way you’d like to,

export it and then upload it

to your social media
platforms, or on YouTube,

to actually get your
podcast more out there.

Which is super sweet.

If your video podcast might
be an interview type of show,

I wanna encourage you
to check out Riverside

by checking out the link down
in the description below.

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Now, as far as lighting goes,
we really wanna make sure

that we have a dynamic
looking podcast setup,

but the let’s start with the key lights.

The first light that
we use is the GVM 300D.

This is the main light
that is used to light

the faces of Sean and Heather.

And what’s cool about this
light is it is super powerful

but what’s also cool is
it has a Bowens mount

which is a universal light mount,

that allows you to put
something like this on it.

Which is our lantern soft box.

And so, it’s not as directional,

it’s actually more wide of a light

and it creates a nice soft light.

And it fills up for two
people, which is super cool.

And then we actually fill in

some of those shadows on their faces,

by bouncing another
light onto the ceiling.

And it just fills those shadows

’cause we don’t want such a
dramatic look, an intense look.

You know, this is a very
lighthearted podcast.

We’re trying to teach you YouTube tips.

By the way, if you haven’t subscribe

to the Think Media Podcast,

why don’t you go do so right now?

We’ll post links down in
the description below.

But those are the key lights,

that’s what we are using
the light their faces.

And then the back you’ll
see a lot of accent lighting

like you could see
behind me even right now.

We use a warm lighting in the back

just to create a more
inviting and welcoming vibe.

And one new addition that
I’m super excited about

is the fake window that you right here.

This is actually a effect
that can be achieved

with a Cob light and a Snout.

The combination of the two allows you

to create a cool effect.

And if you want a fake window,

or if you want some other shape

you can switch it out with
the gobos that are included,

or you can actually customize some.

We’ve actually created some custom ones

that are on their way to the
studio, which I’m pumped about.

But all that to say, just a cool dynamic

that we’ve added into a
lot of our studio setups

here at Think Media.

But in regards to accent lighting,

we just throw some lamps,

kind of splash some lights here and there.

And then the last type
of lighting I would say

is the hairlight we use.

We just use a panel light,
put it on a warm setting

like all the other accent lights.

And we splash that on our talent,

to create a hairlight which separates them

from the background,
creating a more dynamic look

and what you would call motivated lighting

which is a technique they use
in a lot of Hollywood setups.

Now to briefly talk about design

because this is totally a vibe,

I would first start off by saying

that this wall behind me, is a fake wall.

And we actually made a video
on how we achieved this.

What’s behind this wall
is actually a staircase,

and we’re able to swap
out any color we want.

And we use this wall for
thumbnails and things like that.

But more than anything,

having the contrast of the
black meeting the white

really creates a cool dynamic.

People don’t actually know

that we’re shooting all
this content in a home loft.

And I just think a cool creative
way that a lot of people

could consider making
in their studio setups.

And then we have some shelves in IKEA.

I think something to
take into consideration

is how we have gotten
the same type of shelves.

So we have the FJÄLLBO.

I think it’s something
like that are called,

who knows IKEA names.

And then we like the smaller version.

But these are used to
create leading lines.

So like, if Kyle’s like
straight on me right now,

you could see

how like this is kind of leading
itself and pointing to me.

But when you’re shooting at an angle,

having leading lines is just a cool way

to create a tension
focused on your subjects.

And then as far as we decorated,

obviously, we got some
books, we got some cameras,

we got some plaques, you
know what I’m saying?

And then we got a very cheap way

of making your logo big.

We just got our logo
printed and then create…

You know, stacking these for
some layers and some dimension.

But, I think more than anything

what’s the takeaway here Omar?

Have an inclusive look,

nothing is life-filled here.

You know, the plants give it life,

but then books are like,
«Okay, they read books.»

We got some tech, ’cause
we’re a tech channel,

but you don’t have to go crazy on this.

I think a lot of people go
too hard on their shelving.

Less is more when it
comes to shelf design,

and I am still growing in this arena.

So that covers this year’s
Think Media Podcast setup.

I hope you got value in this video.

And if you did, hit that like button,

and let me know down in the comments below

any questions you may have,

or what you think of our setup here.

And if you wanna try
Riverside today for free,

be sure to check out the link
down in the description below.

I’m super excited to be able to produce

alongside with Kyle and the team.

An incredible podcast that’s getting reach

as we help people on YouTube.

And with that being said,

if you’re looking to get
serious on YouTube this year,

subscribe to the podcast,

you can subscribe on our YouTube channel

or subscribe wherever
you listen to podcasts.

And you can also check out another video

from us here at Think Media
that’ll go a little bit deeper

in regards to starting
a podcast this year.

Thanks so much for locking in,

hope to see you in a future video.


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