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Many have asked me what my setup is like for producing Pluralsight/Udemy/Youtube videos/courses. Here, I share with you all the tools I use for my video production. Feel free to share this page for someone getting started.
TOOLS FOR YOUTUBE/UDEMY/VIDEO COURSE PRODUCTION
Simply put, Focusrite Scarlett, an audio interface converts analog signal (sound) to digital signal that your computer can process
It also does the reverse. Convert digital signal from your computer to analog so you can hear the sound by plugging in the microphone
Now, you might ask, that sounds pretty much like the sound card in my computer. Why do I need one?Well, the sound cards in your computer are of low quality. They are not meant for professional sound recording and do not handle interference well.
In addition to that, audio interface also acts as a preamp. This is needed as the output from dynamic microphones are so low, that it needs to be amplified before it is sent to the computer.
There is literally no competition to Focusrite Scarlett in the market.
If you go for RE320 or any other heavier mics like Shure SM7B, be sure to get a high-grade boom arm
You cannot put a $300 mic on a $15 boom arm and expect it to hold at all times
I highly recommend Rode PSA1 Boom Arm. Note that Boom arm has to support both the RE320 mic and the shock mount (which is heavier itself)
Initially I was worried if RE320 would be too strong for the PSA1. And when I hooked them up, to my surprise, it worked like a gem and there were hardly any vibrations affecting the mic
Boom arm has 2 options:
- to drill a hole onto your table (permanent solution)
- Or to just clamp to the table (temporary solution)
When you speak, you cause vibrations in air which gets captured as sound.
But for certain kinds of sound, namely the Plosives (the ‘p’ and the ‘b’ sound), there is a sudden burst of air on to your microphone’s diaphragm.
This sudden burst of air sounds very unpleasant. To stop this, you need a pop filter
A pop filter filters the popping sounds by spreading out the air across different directions.
You can practically go for any cheapest double-meshed pop filter. The brand does not matter.
Monitoring your audio as you record is very important to improve your productivity.
When you monitor, you can easily detect the problems in your audio like:
- Does the audio has too much echo?
- Are the audio levels too low or too high?
If you use Windows, hands down, there is no alternative, (or probably there is), to screen recording software Camtasia to edit your audio/video files.
It is feature-rich and comes with a 30-day trial. So you can test this out before you buy. There is a Mac version as well, but it is not as popular as the Windows version.
Note that, you need to have significant system resources, in case you decide to try Camtasia, as it can significantly slow down your system
I recommend having a Laptop/PC with minimum 8 GB RAM
Also, their product Snagit is gem of a software
RECEIVING INTERNATIONAL PAYMENTS
PayPal takes more than 4% of the cut. Payoneer, around 2%. PingPong takes about only 1%.
It makes so much sense to use PingPong to receive International payments from US/from other countries where you do not hold a bank account.
With PingPong, you can create accounts in USD, JPY, EUR, GBP, CAD denominations, so you can literally receive money from anywhere around the world.
I use PingPong to receive money from Amazon affiliates & ShareASale. It will work with many more networks (eg. Impact) that doesn’t require the Virtual Bank’s country to match with your country of residence.
So, it will not work with Google AdSense.
What do you think? Did I leave out any of the important tools regarding YouTube/Udemy/Pluralsight/SkillShare Course Production? Let me know in the comments section below
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