iKan's Essential Gear List to be a YouTube Star

Great tips from the folks at iKan on setting up your YouTube recording studio. If you want more tips on gear for streaming, check out our DIY Guide here.

5 Pieces of Video Equipment YouTube Stars Need

From iKan be a youtube starDid you know that the first YouTube video was uploaded by YouTube Co-founder Jawed Karim, documenting his trip to the zoo? His video, ‘Me at the Zoo’, was only 18 seconds long. Fast forward now to the present day and you have videos that are 15 minutes or longer once you’ve verified your account. We’ve come a long way since the early days of YouTube. Now, there’s a whole community of YouTube stars and even conferences such as VidCon that celebrate online video. People are getting discovered on YouTube and getting placed into stardom. One famous YouTube star, PewDiePie, expressed his thoughts on becoming the most subscribed channel:
“When I started my YouTube channel in 2010, I never imagined that one day it would be the most subscribed channel in the world and that I would be a part of such a great community.” – PewDiePie
So you’re probably thinking that it would be pretty cool to become a YouTube star….but, how do you do that? Besides creating great content and having some luck, you’re going to need video equipment. What video equipment would a YouTube star need? Read on… [See #1 and #2 here]

3. Lighting

Lighting is important especially if you’re filming things indoors. If you’re just filming yourself at your desk or something similar to that, all you’ll need are small LED lights such as the iLED-MA or the iLED120 daylight flood LED light. If you want a higher quality light that is brighter, you could get the iLED312-v2. Beauty lights such as the Piatto lights are great for YouTubers that give tutorials on makeup. If you have a limited budget, then the PL60 or the PL90 would work well. Keep in mind that lighting is more important when you’re just staying still and filming in one spot indoors. Once you’ve built up a following, you can look into getting a lighting kit...[continue reading]

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