2020 Core Travel Video Gear Kit
I know it is challenging to assemble a functional and professional gear kit that performs, meets your budget, and your specific needs. Let me reduce some confusion for you as I share my Core Gear I use to create professional client videos, create content for my courses & Youtube channel, and stock footage. This gear kit is powerful and travel friendly.
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Manfrotto Medium Backpack for DSLR Camera & Personal Gear
The Manfrotto Medium Backpack meets all my needs for protecting my most essential gear. I need a backpack that can carry a 15 inch laptop with padding, external hard drive, a lens compartment with padding, a camera compartment with padding, side pockets for drinks, somewhere to carry a small tripod, and additional tings. This is my main backpack for going out for the day whether I need to pack my laptop, camera, a lens, a drone, and tripod. I've even used it to travel internationally. It's light weight, waterproof, not too flashy, and functional. Get it here.
The DJI Osmo is a small but powerful way to get stabilized 4K footage with a built-in camera. Great for vloggers and stock footage videographers. Get it here.
DJI Ronin S Gimbal Essential Kit
Filming with the gimbal from a moving red truck in chiang mai with the Panasonic GH5 & Canon 24-105 Lens.
The DJI Ronin S Gimbals will help add production value for large to medium SLR & mirrorless camera setup through stabilization and robotic arm technology. You can create motion lapses, film from moving cars, and create dolly like movements in a fairly agile setup. It's great for stock footage giving me the ability to film smooth 4K footage with my GH5 or shoot events for clients. Get it here.
If you have a lighter payload meaning a camera body and lens that is below 2kg you may want to consider the Ronin SC, which is bit better value and lighter to travel with. Get it here
Viltrox Canon to Micro 4/3’s lens adaptor
This lens adaptor is a better value competitor to metabones allowing you to use your favorite Canon lenses on your Panasonic GH5 or Micro 4/3's camera. I like to use my Canon 24-105 L lens with my GH5 to create 4K footage on canon glass! Get it here
The Benro Slim Video Tripod is a compact travel friendly tripod that is strong enough to carry my Pansonic GH5 with my 24-105 lens payload, yet light enough to fit on my backpack. It is good for shoots that are more static like talking head videos. Get it here.
If you need a larger tripod that can support more weight like in the picture above with smooth pan and tilt then I recommend Manfrotto tripods. They are made in Italy and have good quality and repair centers around the world should your gear ever get damaged. Get it here.
Sigma 30mm F1.4 for Micro 4/3
The Sigma 30mm F1.4 lens is a great low light performer and offers pleasing blurry bokeh on micro 4/3 camera's like the GH5. Because it's a crop sensor camera you're getting closer to 60mm equivalent. It provides nice blurry bokeh whether it's for photos or video. In fact the photo below was done with this setup. It also excels at night where the GH5 is known for not being a great performer because of the small sensor. Get the Sigma 30mm F1.4 here
This drone is small enough to fit in your backpack, yet powerful enough to shoot 4k UHD (3840 * 2160) videos with about 16 min flight time on a 3 axis gimbal. It has the modern tech like front and back collision sensors & return to home that you expect from the Mavic series. You need this in your backpack to help clients get facility shots and rare 4k drone stock footage. Get it Here
H5 Zoom Recorder
The H5 zoom is a high quality powerful versatile audio recorder that can grow with your business. You can record directly into it. It gives you a lot of power allowing you record directly into it or you can plug multiple audio sources into it. It offers 2 XLR inputs and a stereo pin connection allowing you to connect various external mics wireless or wired lav mic setups. It allows you to select high quality wav files or compressed mp3 audio to an SD card and control the recording levels for 2 separate channels. Get it Here
These are travel friendly wireless headphones with a wire to connect to your camera. They are foldable and the audio is good quality. Best of all they have a built-in mic with active noise cancellation. Get it here
The Rode SC6- Mobile Interview kit consists of this dongle connector that has 2 lav mic inputs and a head phone jack for monitoring. It is made for apple devices and is used with the RODE reports app. If you kit doesn't include the lav mics you will need to purchase them separately below. This setup allows you to record broadcast quality audio in Wav or MP3 format to your apple device, which you need to synch with your video footage later. This is also ideal with 2 person interviews or podcasts. Get it here.
Rode Omnidirectional Lav Mic for Iphone
If you get the full mobile interview kit it includes 2 broadcast quality omnidirectional lav microphones. If not you need to buy them separately. They plug into the connector above and allows you to record directly into your apple device without the use of an audio recorder. Get them here.
The Panasonic GH5 is a powerful mirrorless 4K camera workhorse that can be used for professional video and great photos. The in body stabilization frees you up from a tripod to shoot handheld. The articulating screen and electronic view finder makes self shooting and shooting in bright conditons easy. Dual card slots, video features like peaking and mic and head phone slots makes this one of the best video hybrids still in 2020. It comes with a versatile Leica 12-60 F2.8-4 lens. Get it here.
After using the Huawei Matebook Pro x for more than a year I can say it helps me do my job as a Video Producer & Editors. I can easily edit 4K Video footage on Adobe Premiere. With 16GB of Ram, Dedicated Graphics, and and 8th generation Core i7 CPU, 500GB SSD you have a power, yet sleek slim looking laptop. With the dongle you have 2 USB 3 connections, USB-C, and HDMI connections to connect to a larger monitor or TV and your external hard drives. A good power valuable laptop compared to Macbook Pro. Get it here.
nd my Huawei laptop. I love the feel of it, and it doesn't tire out my hand and fingers. You'll need a driver to use the magic mouse with your windows laptop.
Northface Camo Borealis Backpack
The Northface back is stylish and functional. It offers two spacious compartments with the main one larger enough for a 15 inch laptop and a whole lot more accessories. There is good padding on the back and 2 spacious side pockets for bottled drinks or umbrellas. There are also many small compartments with zipper including the front pocket to store wires and change. There is some water repellent protection in the material to protect your gear. Get it here.
I'm a South African Canadian Travel Videographer. After I graduated with SFU in Vancouver I went on to have a successful IT career working 13 years as an IT manager. I went onto pursue my MBA at SFU and found Entrepreneurial inspiration to start my own business and travel and film Asia in 2011 during the DSLR video revolution.By the time I had completed my MBA in 2011 I had found my passion travel, business, and Video full-time. In 2013 I relocated to Taiwan on a working holiday visa and traveled deep into Asia filming Travel Video Content in countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, and more. I now practice slow travel where I base myself between Canada & Asia.
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Disclaimer: I've used all of the gear on this page and can happily recommend it. The links to purchase are Amazon affiliate links, which doesn't cost you anything extra but helps me out a bit.