Module 09: How to Shoot a Self Submission

Segment 05: DSLR Set Up (Part 2)

Depending on whether or not you'll be using a Mac or PC, here is a list of software and equipment to help you get started with a DSLR set up.


Final Cut Pro X

Level up and get Final Cut Pro X to enhance your video edits.

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Logic Pro

A complete professional recording studio right on your Mac, Logic Pro X gives you everything you need to go from first inspiration to final master.

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Premiere Pro

For a monthly fee you can have access to all the Adobe creative products, including the professional editing program, Premiere.

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Adobe Audition

Use Adobe Audition to record your audio tracks directly in your computer.

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Canon Rebel T6i Bundle

Canon Rebel T6i camera is a great entry camera into the world DSLR's.  You can do a lot more than shoot self submission videos too!

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Velbon Videomate 638/F 3-Sec Heavy Duty Geared Tripod & Carrying Case

When using a DSLR, the camera is small enough that you won't need a large tripod.

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Neewer Photography 160 LED Studio Lighting Kit

The Neewer CN-160 helps to ensure perfect settings for your photography or video subject.

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On Stage MS7201B Round Base Microphone Stand, Black

Use this mic stand to hold your shotgun mic and focus card as your stand in.

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On Stage MY200 Universal Microphone Clip

Spring-loaded clip. 5/8 inch 27 female threaded insert in plastic base.

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Audio-Technica ATR-3350IS Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone for Smartphones with Accessory Bundle

This high-quality condenser is ideal for video. It includes an adapter for instant compatibility with newer smartphones (Android, iPhone, more).

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Rode NTG-2

The RØDE NTG2 is a lightweight condenser shotgun microphone, designed for professional applications within the film, video, television and production industries.

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Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

In case you want to record your audio separately, I recommend picking up one of these portable digital recorders.

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Behringer 302USB

If you want to take your shotgun mic and input it into this USB mixer, you can record audio straight into your computer.

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Clamps for Backdrop and Focus Card

You'll need these handy clamps to secure any backdrop and focus card when you're shooting by yourself.

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Gray Muslin Backdrop

In case you don't have a gray wall, you can always pick up a gray muslin backdrop.

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Focus Card

Download this focus card and print it out onto card stock.  Clamp the focus card onto the mic stand for your stand in.

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How do you edit your DSLR footage?

Now that you've shot your self submission using your DSLR camera and audio directly into your computer, it's time to put it all together.

See you in Segment 06:  Editing and Uploading Your DSLR Footage