Our Video Equipment Recommendations
When a client expresses interest in doing their own videos, we consider that a huge step forward. Over the years we've encouraged and guided countless clients to shoot their own video rather than incur the cost of sending out a crew. We find these clients are most successful when they've shown genuine interest -- like you! While we wish there was a silver bullet for helping all clients pick the right equipment, a lot of these decisions come down to the individual and where you're at with your video skill and level of commitment.
The's really one key thing we've learned while helping our clients succeed at shooting their own video - Keep it simple! The more equipment that's added to the equation, the harder it gets. On this page you'll find our approach and recommended gear when helping a client develop their video skills.
Smartphones are best for beginner shooters (ideally an iPhone). People are somewhat familiar with using them, they shoot great footage, and the microphone on a smartphone is often far better quality than the average on-board mic on a camcorder. Getting good audio is usually the biggest challenge for beginner shooters. We recommend a tripod with a smartphone mount, setup in front of a window (with the subject facing the window), sit close to the camera (almost as close as a selfie), and look at the lens not the screen. After you get a good take, you can email it to us straight from your phone and we can clean it up for you.
When it comes to shots of action (like surgery for example) it takes good equipment and a lot more experience to make something look and sound professional. We only recommend video hobbyists at a more advanced level take on moving shots.
A tripod is super important, but it doesn't have to be anything special. We recommend this simple tripod setup from Amazon.
LED Ring Light w/ Smartphone Tripod
A ring light can greatly improve the quality of your videos. This particular model includes a smartphone tripod.
Smartphone Lavalier Microphone
A lavalier microphone allows for better sound and subject placement during a video shoot. This is a very affordable option.
This is a person who has moved up to somewhat of a hobbyist. It could be a person with photography experience that's starting to play with video or someone who has been shooting at the beginner level for a while, is turning out good videos, and is ready for the next step. At this stage we recommend you upgrade to a DSLR camera.
The learning curve can be steep because of all the different settings and adjustments that are introduced when using a DSLR. The auto settings are pretty solid, but not always optimal and the more a person knows about their camera, the better the results. We're happy to help configure yours!
At this level it's good to start using a microphone for better sound and some basic lighting. As we mention before, every new piece of equipment that's introduced makes the shoot more complicated and increases the chance of error. This is why we prefer someone has some experience creating video and basic equipment troubleshooting skills before they start using more advanced equipment.
Canon T6 DSLR Camera Bundle
Cameras run from about $500 to $5000 but the lower end DSLRs work great for intermediate videographers. We recommend this bundle on Amazon.
Audio Mixer for DSLR
A good audio setup requires a smaller mixer. We recommend this audio mixer for lower-end DSLRs and find that it gets the job done really well with the Canon T6 DSLR.
Smartphone Lavalier Microphone
A lavalier microphone allows for better sound and subject placement during a video shoot. This is a great option for the DSLR. Works great with the Canon DSLR and Audio Mixer.
LED Camera Light (Small)
LED Camera Light (Large, Needs Stand)
Advanced Video Hobbyists
Advanced video hobbyists usually have a background in the industry and understand equipment and workflow. A client with advanced video skills would be very rare, and probably wouldn't need much guidance from us. However, we still collaborate with our clients as they advance in their video skills to nail down the look and feel of their content so it's optimal for their business.
We truly believe that educating our clients is a key differentiating factor for us in the medical industry, and something that sets up greatly apart from any other video options available to you.
If you've reached the point where you need advanced video collaboration, then please reach out to us. We would love to collaborate with you on your next video shoot!
Need a Videographer?
Hey, we completely understand! Taking video, although something we truly believe everyone can do, may not be for you. You're busy running your practice and doing a million other things you'd rather be doing than shoot your own video.
That's why we're here to help! We have our very own video team ready to pack up and head out to your location. We provide half-day and full-day quotes and can provide all of the equipment to get the job done. Not comfortable on camera? Don't worry! Our team can coach you to look and sound great -- and there's always a teleprompter!