My Reel Chums Podcast gear

You might not know this but I run a movie podcast called Reel Chums. I’d love it if you could check it out, but this post and video is me sharing the podcast equipment we use to make it happen. It’s not the only way to make a podcast. It’s just how we do it. Whether you’re just starting your podcasting journey or looking to up your game, you might find

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The Importance of a Quality Microphone

Let’s kick things off with the heart of any podcast setup – the microphone. I use the Shure MV7 microphone, and it’s been a fantastic choice. While the legendary Shure SM7B microphone is a favorite among many podcasters, the MV7 gets you more than half way there. It comes in both XLR and USB versions, catering to different needs. If you’re on a budget, don’t worry; I’ve got some great microphone recommendations for under $100 in a downloadable podcast quick start guide.

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Recording Made Easy

When it comes to recording, I rely on the Zoom PodTrack P4. It’s a portable recorder that packs essential features for podcasting. I won’t claim it’s my absolute favorite, but it’s an excellent choice if you value portability. I’ll be doing a review on this soon.

Embracing Video Podcasting

Running a video podcast, “Real Chums,” has been an exciting journey for me. Video podcasts are gaining serious traction, thanks to tools like Riverside and Descript. These platforms make video podcast creation accessible and offer the added bonus of creating short-form vertical video content for social media – a real game-changer.

Camera, Lighting, and More

Given my background owning a production company, I use my professional camera equipment, which is the Lumix S5 ii and s5 iix paired with the 24-70mm and 50mm lenses. For lighting, I currently use the Amaran 300c. Tripods are essential for shoots like this, and I’ve had great experiences with my SmallRig video tripods.

Editing Software for the Perfect Finish

Editing is where the magic happens. For video podcasting, I use DaVinci Resolve or Final Cut, while for audio-only podcasts, Logic or DaVinci Resolve Fairlight are my top choices. Adobe Audition is another fantastic tool, although it does require a subscription.

Harnessing AI Tools

In the age of automation, AI tools like Opus Clips are worth exploring. They can automatically create short video clips from longer content, saving you time. Remember that manual editing provides more control over your final product.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned podcaster, I hope my recommendations help you make informed choices for your podcasting journey. Remember, quality audio is key, so invest in a good microphone, and gradually expand your podcasting toolkit as you grow. Happy podcasting!

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