2019 Recommended Video Production Gear for Virtual Sets

With so many options for video production gear, it can be difficult to determine what items to purchase within your budget. Because of this, we have created the following recommended gear page to give you some ideas of what hardware / software combinations work well together at various prices / budgets for use with virtual sets in a video production.

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Cameras

Cameras play a vital role in your production since they are the lens through which your audience will see your final video. There are a wide variety of cameras to choose from, so it can be a daunting task to determine which is the best for your production. Below, you will find our recommendations for well built cameras in 3 categories of quality and performance.

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Cameras

Panasonic AG-CX350



JVGYHM170UA

OR Lumix GH5



Canon T7i



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Camera Tripods

Camera Tripods are another important element in any video production. If you are mostly using stationary shots, you can get away with a less expensive tripod. If you are using your tripod for pan or tilt shots, you will want to invest in a decent tripod that will allow you to smoothly start and stop your camera movement. Check out our recommendations below:

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Camera Tripods

Manfrotto Pro Video Tripod Mid Level Spreader with 504HD Pro Fluid Video Head 75 + MB MBAG100PN Padded Case and 2 Free Ivation Video Quick Release Plates



Manfrotto MT190XPRO4



Ravelli AVTP Professional 75mm Video Camera Tripod with Fluid Drag Head



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Lights & Lighting Kits

If you are filming on a green screen, there is nothing more important than lighting. You will want to purchase the best light kit your budget will allow. Also, you will want to position the lights so that your subject is fully lit and your chroma backdrop is as evenly lit as possible. This will make it easier when you go to key out your subject in your video editor to place your talent in a virtual set.

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Light Kits

ikan IB508-v2 Bi-Color LED 3-Light Studio Kit

Dracast LED1000 Kala Bi-Color LED 3-Light Kit

Westcott uLite LED 2-Light Collapsible Softbox Kit



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Audio / Microphones

One thing that can be a dead giveaway for a low quality production is poor audio. You will want to use a good quality microphone which will allow your presenter to be clearly heard. Here are a few we've used that we recommend:

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Audio / Microphones

Sennheiser EW 112P G3-A omni-directional EW system



Shure VP83F LensHopper



Blue Snowball iCE USB Condenser Microphone



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Green Screen Backdrops and Screens

If you are working with a virtual set, you are going to need a green screen to shoot on. These come in a variety of styles, but ideally, you want the most smooth, consistent background you can achieve with your lighting and space. We have even had good results working with a portable green screen outdoors since you can easily achieve a consistent light across the backdrop. Here are a few that we have seen and tested that will work for most video productions:

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Green Screen Backdrops

Lastolite Panoramic Background



Digital Juice ChromaPop Studio



Impact Collapsible Background



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Teleprompters

Teleprompters allow your talent to feel more at ease when delivering extended dialogue and information. Rather than needing to memorize lines or talk from memory, the presenter can simply read the words on the screen. This can increase the speed of the production process and give the presenter a confidence boost. Most teleprompters are hooked up to either a computer or an ipad which allows a script to be loaded and controlled via remote or automatically.

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Teleprompters

T2-15 Teleprompter



Ikan PT-ELITE-U-RC Elite Universal Tablet Teleprompter Kit with Elite Remote



iPad Mini Teleprompter R810-10



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Video Editing Software

This is where it all comes together! The video editor allows you to piece together footage and combine your talent with virtual sets. From over 12 years of experience, we highly recommend Adobe software for it's ease of use, capability, price and compatibility.

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Software

Adobe Creative
Cloud



Adobe Premiere Pro CC



Adobe Premiere Elements



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Live Production Software

 

Running a live production can be stressful, exciting and labor intensive...but it can also be rewarding, dynamic and interesting to your audience since you can relay information in real time on your program

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Software

Live Stream Studio



vMix



Sling Studio

OBS - 

[FREE!]

 


 

Video Editing Computers

At VirtualSetLab, we run both Mac and Windows based computers. However, we highly recommend Macs because of their reliability, build quality and longevity. They may cost a bit more to start with, but they are generally a solid platform from which to edit, create and share video production.

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Computers

Apple Mac Pro 



Apple iMac 27-Inch Retina 5K



Macbook Pro



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Computer Monitors

An often overlooked piece of hardware is the computer monitor. If you can afford it, we recommend having at least 2 monitor on any workstation. This will give the editor more room to work and will speed up the efficiency of the editor. Below are a few we have used and recommend:

Recommended Gear

PROFESSIONAL

ADVANCED

BEGINNER

Computer Monitors

Dell Ultra HD 5K Monitor



Dell Ultra HD 4K Monitor P2415Q



LG 34" Class UltraWide IPS Gaming Monitor 34UM57-P



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