How I Built My Home Video Studio!!!

Robert Strong
7 min readApr 17, 2020


I hope you enjoyed my talk! Here are links to the items I mentioned. At the bottom of the page is my PowerPoint presentation. Now go and produce amazing content!

You do not need all the gear below, you can do a fantastic job creating content with your smartphones alone. To save money, do the best you can to buy used from Nextdoor, Facebook Marketplace, Ebay, Craigslist, etc (just be safe). If you are going to buy from Amazon, please use my affiliate links below, for approximately every $500 all of you spend, I get a $10 gift card to spend on more video gear, HOORAY! Thank you for supporting me, I hope my talks and the very comprehensive list below helps. (UPDATE on June 15, 2020: Amazon rejected my affiliate account and they have no staff for me to challenge their rejection. So, I have received $0 nor will I receive any money in the future. But, these links still work and get you to the products I recommend.) (UPDATE #2 on June 15, 2020: Here is a great video comparing webcams:

  1. CAMERA HD: Sony Alpha a5100 HD 1080p Mirrorless Digital Camera Black + 16–50mm Lens Kit + Lexar 32GB Memory Card + DSLR Photo Bag + Extra Battery + Wide Angle Lens + 2X Telephoto Lens + Flash + Remote + Tripod (lots of extra gear for the same price as just the camera and lens)
  2. CAMERA HD: Sony Alpha a6000 24.3MP Wi-Fi Mirrorless Digital Camera + 16–50mm Lens Kit (Black) + 64GB SD Card + DSLR Photo Bag + Extra Battery + Wide Angle Lens + 2X Telephoto Lens + Flash Bundle (lots of extra gear for the same price as just the camera and lens)
  3. CAMERA 4K: Sony ILCE-6400 a6400 Mirrorless APS-C Interchangeable-Lens Camera Bundle with 64GB Memory Card, Photo and Video Professional Editing Suite, Camera Bag and Replacement Camera Battery
  4. AC POWER SUPPLY: Kastar Pro AC Power Supply Adapter AC-PW20 and DC Coupler Kit Replacement for Sony Alpha NEX-5 NEX-5A NEX-5C NEX-5CA NEX-5CD NEX-5H NEX-5K NEX-3 NEX-3A NEX-3C NEX-3CA NEX-3CD NEX-3D NEX-3K Cameras
  5. LENS: Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens for NEX Series Cameras
  6. LENS: Sony SEL-20F28 E-Mount 20mm F2.8 Prime Fixed Lens
  7. HDMI CAPTURE DEVICE: Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen2 — USB 3.0 HD Video Capture Dongle Model 32060 (Replaces XI100DUSB HDMI)
  8. HDMI CAPTURE DEVICE: Elgato Cam Link 4K — Broadcast live, record via DSLR, camcorder, or action cam, 1080p60 or 4K at 30 fps, compact HDMI capture device, USB 3.0
  9. HDMI CAPTURE DEVICE: Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder — Thunderbolt
  10. HDMI CAPTURE DEVICE: Magewell USB Capture HDMI Plus
  11. KEY LIGHT: Elgato Key Light, professional studio LED panel with 2800 lumens, color adjustable, app-enabled, for Mac/Windows/iPhone/Android, metal desk mount
  12. RGB LIGHTING: Neewer 660 RGB Led Light with APP Control, 660 SMD LEDs CRI95/3200K-5600K/Brightness 0–100%/0–360 Adjustable Colors/9 Applicable Scenes with LCD Screen/U Bracket/Barndoor, Metal Shell for Photography
  13. MORE LIGHTING: Neewer Professional Photography 3-Pack 480 LED Video Light — Dimmable Bi-Color LED Panel with U Bracket (3200–5600K, CRI 96+) for Photo Studio Portrait, Product, YouTube Video Shooting
  14. LIGHTING WITH STANDS: Neewer 3 Packs Bi-color 660 LED Video Light with Stand and Softbox Kit: (3)3200–5600K CRI96+ Dimmable Light with U Bracket and Barndoor(3)Light Stand (3)Softbox for Studio Photography Video Shooting
  15. RING LIGHT: Neewer Ring Light Kit:18"/48cm Outer 55W 5500K Dimmable LED Ring Light, Light Stand, Carrying Bag for Camera,Smartphone,YouTube,Self-Portrait Shooting, Black, Model:10088612
  16. BACKDROP/LIGHT BOX: Lastolite LL LB8867 6 x 7 Feet Hilite Background
  17. TRIPOD: Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit with Hybrid Head, Black (MKCOMPACTACN-BK)
  18. MINI TRIPOD: HITSLAM Mini Tripod, Tabletop Phone Tripod for iPhone/Samsung/Huawei Cellphone, Camera and GoPro with Bluetooth Remote Control, Phone Mount and GoPro Adapter
  19. CAMERA ARM WITH CLAMP: Pangshi 11inch Adjustable Articulating Friction Magic Arm & Large Super Clamp Compatible with DSLR Camera Rig, LED Lights, Flash Light, LCD Monitor
  20. BOOM STAND: Pyle Foldable Tripod Microphone Stand — Universal Mic Mount and Height Adjustable from 37.5'’ to 65.0'’ Inch High w/ Extending Telescoping Boom Arm Up to 28.0'’ — Knob Tension Lock Mechanism PMKS3
  21. ADJUSTABLE TABLE: 46 in. W x 24 in. D Adjustable Height Workbench Table in Black
  22. ADJUSTABLE TABLE: Single Column Crank Adjustable Stand Up Desk (40", White Frame/Black Top)
  23. TELEPROMPTER SMALL: The Padcaster Parrot Teleprompter Kit, Portable Teleprompter for Smartphone
  24. TELEPROMPTER LARGE: Glide Gear TMP100 Adjustable iPad/ Tablet/ Smartphone Teleprompter Beam Splitter 70/30 Glass w/ Carry Case No Plastic All Metal / No Assembly Required
  25. Step-Up Ring: Fotodiox Metal Step Up Ring Filter Adapter, Anodized Black Aluminum 40.5mm-52mm, 40.5–52 mm
  26. SHOTGUN MIC: Rode VideoMic GO Light Weight On-Camera Microphone
  27. MIC CABLE: Rode SC1 TRRS Extension Cable For SmartLav+ Microphone, 20 Feet
  28. LAV MIC: Dual Lavalier Microphones, MAONO AU200 Hands Free Clip-on Lapel Mic with Omnidirectional Condenser for Camera,DSLR, Android, Smartphone, Tablet, Pad, PC, Laptop, Computer (236in/20ft)
  29. USB MIC: Blue Yeti X Professional Condenser USB Microphone with High-Res Metering, LED Lighting & Blue VO!CE Effects for Gaming, Streaming & Podcasting On PC & Mac
  30. USB MIC: Blue Yeti Nano Premium USB Mic for Recording and Streaming — Shadow Grey
  31. USB MIC: Blue Yeticaster Professional Broadcast Bundle with Yeti USB Microphone, Radius III Shockmount, and Compass Boom Arm — BLACKOUT
  32. POP FILTER & WINDSCREEN: YOTTO Microphone Pop Filter For Blue Yeti and Any Other Microphone,Dual Layered Wind Pop Screen With 360°Gooseneck & Mic Cover Foam Windscreen for Blue Yeti,Yeti Pro Condenser Microphone,2 in 1 Pack
  33. COMPUTER SPEAKERS: Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers — for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC input)
  34. HEADPHONES: Sony MDRZX110NC Noise Cancelling Headphones, Black, medium
  35. SILENT KEYBOARD & MOUSE: Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo, RATEL 2.4GHz Ultra-Thin Full Sized Wireless Keyboard and Silent Click Wireless Mouse with USB Receiver for Computer, Desktop, PC, Notebook, Laptop (Grey) (Black)
  36. COMPUTER MONITOR: ViewSonic VA2759-SMH 27 Inch IPS 1080p Frameless LED Monitor with HDMI and VGA Inputs
  37. POWER STATION: Power Strip Tower JACKYLED Surge Protector Electric Charging Station 3000W 13A 10 Outlets 4 USB Ports with 16AWG 6.5ft Heavy Duty Extension Cord Universal for Home Office
  38. CABLE BOX: Cable Management Box Organizer Set, Pack of 2 with Configuration Kit, Updated Anti-Skid Design, Large and Medium Black Boxes with Cable Ties, Clips and Sleeve. Covers and Hides Cords/Wires/Power Strip
  39. EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE: SanDisk 1TB Extreme Portable External SSD — Up to 550MB/s — USB-C, USB 3.1 — SDSSDE60–1T00-G25
  40. MEMORY SD CARD: SanDisk 64GB Extreme SDXC UHS-I Card — C10, U3, V30, 4K UHD, SD Card — SDSDXV6–064G-GNCIN
  41. POWER STRIP: DEWENWILS 6-Outlet Power Strip Surge Protector with 10 Foot Long Extension Cord, Low Profile Flat Plug, 15 Amp Circuit Breaker, 500 Joules, Wall Mount, UL Listed, Black
  42. DONGLE: KOOTION USB 3.0 Hub, Ultra Slim 3-Port USB 3.0 Data Hub with SD/TF Card Reader Ports and LED Indicator, Black
  43. CABLE: UGREEN Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable Adapter 4K 60Hz Ethernet Audio Return Compatible for GoPro Hero 7 Black Hero 5 4 6, Raspberry Pi 4, Sony A6000 A6300 Camera, Nikon B500, Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro, Yoga 710 3FT
  44. CABLE: 15cm 6in Short Slim USB 3.0 A to Micro B Cable M/M — Mobile Charge Sync USB 3.0 Micro B Cable for Smartphones and Tablets (USB3AUB15CMS)
  45. CABLE/DONGLE/GEAR STORAGE: Misslo Hanging Closet Dual-Sided Organizers, 42 Pockets, 38.5 by 17.75-Inch
  46. MICROFIBER CLEANING CLOTH: MR.SIGA Microfiber Cleaning Cloth,Pack of 12,Size:12.6" x 12.6"

Here is my PowerPoint presentation, I will post video soon. Enjoy!

Video Conferencing
Pretending to do a Standing Sales Call
Use Your TV for Pitches and PowerPoint Presentations
Performances and Production of Marketing Videos
Behind the Scenes
(Living Room) Studio

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Robert Strong

Virtual Magician, Live Interactive Virtual Events, Making Virtual Events Fun & Engaging, Producer of Virtual Conferences, Meetings, Game Shows & Team Building