Tools Adam Uses
I get the occasional question regarding the gear I use. “What camera do you use?” “What microphone to you use?” “How do you capture your computer screen?”
So, I compiled pretty much all of the tools I regularly use on the Guy in a Cube channel. I also list some tools I use overall so you can see them in one spot!
DISCLAIMER: Some of the links below are affiliate links, some are not, but all of them are tools i personally use fairly regularly.
Does gear matter?
If you have had the itch to do your own videos but haven’t started because you don’t have a good camera, don’t wait for that! I started without a camera just doing screen captures. Then I added a web cam. Casey Neistat made a great video talking about this. The story and value are what matter the most! I highly recommend you watch his video.
Guy in a Cube Gear
This is the gear that Adam use for the standard Guy in a Cube videos.
Camera: Panasonic GH5 – I love this camera! It has a flip-out LCD so you can see yourself and is one of the best cameras you can use for YouTube videos. I can access it wirelessly through my iPhone and I shoot natively in 4k! The camera/lens combo I got, at the time I bought it, was considered possibly one of the best combos to get. Check out this video.
Lens Adapter: Metabones T Speed Booster Ultra 0.71x – The camera is Micro 4/3. It also has a cropped sensor. This adapter lets you mount full EF Canon lenses, gives you an extra f-stop and provides a full frame sensor look.
Camera Lens: Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for Canon – This is a great lens. It is a bit pricey but well worth it. The lens probably does more for the video than the camera does. This is my main video lens that is used for the majority of videos you see on Guy in a Cube. The camera/lens combo I got, at the time I bought it, was considered possibly one of the best combos to get. Check out this video.
Memory Card: Transcend 128 GB High Speed 10 UHS-3 – I’m shooting 4k UHD resolution on the GH5. You want to make sure you’re using a car that can write the video files to the disk as fast as the camera is shooting it. Otherwise, if the card can’t keep up with the camera, your camera will constantly stop recording at the most inopportune times. This card keeps up with my GH5. I haven’t had any issues. Also, it has the capacity to record a little over 2 hours at that resolution. Also, I can load two of these into the GH5 for different recording options.
Mic: Sennheiser ew 100 ENG G3 Wireless Microphone – One of the best wireless microphone systems out there! The audio is clean and I don’t have to do any audio correction in post. I used to use this microphone exclusively for my videos, but I’ve since moved to the Rode VideoMic on a boom pole. Still a great mic that I use sometimes when I travel.
Tripod: Joby GorillaPod – I use this tripod when I film in my cube. It also is great for vlogging. The legs are bendable and can wrap around anything.
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TQC-14 Tripod with BH-30 LR Ballhead – This is a carbon fiber tripod that fits in my backpack. It is very light for what it is. Great for on the go video shooting. This was also my go-to upright tripod before I got the Manfrotto tripod.
Tripod: Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminum Tripod with 502HD Fluid Head – This is a heavier tripod and has more height on it as well. Good for if I am standing up. Not nearly as light as the Really Right Stuff tripod but it mainly stays in my home office. The tripod head is very smooth.
Microphone Boom Pole: Auray MS-5230T Tripod Microphone Stand – This holds the microphone well. I don’t need any sandbags or counterweight to hold it in place. If I got a heavier microphone, I would probably need that, though.
Boom Microphone: Rode VideoMic & Micro Boompole Kit – This is a better microphone than the VideoMic Pro. It also came with the extension cable. I needed to pick up an MA100 screw adapter to fit it on the Auray pole. This helps to avoid the lavalier wireless microphone. The Sennheiser wireless mic is great, but it is less hassle to use the boom mic and avoid wireless signal bashing.
Key Light: Aputure Light Storm COB 120D 135W 6000K Daylight Balanced LED – This is a daylight LED and a really powerful light. It is also one that is popular with YouTubers. I have it set to only 30% output.
Key Light Stand: Manfrotto Alu Ranker Air-Cushioned Light Stand – This is a very sturdy light stand. Possibly overkill for the 120D, but I wanted to be sure.
Key Light Diffusion: Aputure Light Dome Mini – Helps to make the light softer and not so harsh. This is more personal preference.
Rim/Back Light: Aputure Light Storm LS-mini20c Bi-Color LED Light – Part of a 3 point lighting setup. This helps to separate the subject from the background. When I first set this light up, it didn’t look like it was doing anything. After I recorded, I could see the difference. This light can also be daylight or tungsten.
Rim/Back Light Stand: Impact Air-Cushioned Light Stand – the mini20c is very lightweight. It doesn’t need a heavy light stand to hold it up.
Background lighting: Aputure H198 Amaran CRI 95+ On Camera Daylight Temperature Light – I have two of these and probably going to get two more. These are small LED lights that could fit on my camera if I needed them to. I use them, in conjunction with some gels, to light the background a blue color. The only downside to these is they are battery only. There is probably a converter I can use to plug them in, but for now, I just use the batteries. These lay on some boxes. I’m not using any light stands for these.
Light Gels: Rosco Cinegel Sampler Filter Kit, 12″ x 12″ Sheets – I use the Blue 80 sheet over the Aputure H198 light. I just lay the gel on top of the light. Nothing fancy. I had to buy two of these to have two of the Blue 80 sheets.
Drone: DJI Mavic Pro – Very limited use for Guy in a Cube videos, but it is a tool I have in my utility belt. This is a great drone to fly also.
Vlog lens: Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8 Lens for Canon EF – This is a wide angle lens that works with the Metabones adapter. One downside is I can’t manual focus when the lens is in the autofocus setting. I can do that with my Sigma lens. Overall, a great lens for doing vlogging with the GH5.
Mic: Rode VideoMic Pro – This is a camera mounted microphone that does a great job of picking up audio and weeding out background noise. For vlogging, you don’t want to be wired up with the wireless mic, so this is a great option that keeps it on the camera and avoids additional equipment.
Camera: GoPro HERO4 Black – I use this for supplement footage. It is a great camera for action or other types of video. I don’t use this for main footage as I don’t like the look of it for straight on video like what I use for Guy in a Cube video. I have mounted it on my car though 🙂
Camera: Canon G7x Mark ii – This is one of the most popular cameras to vlog with. My wife and I just picked one of these up. Also, Patrick is using this for recording main videos on his end.
Desktop Computer: Check out my 2016 build. I had to get away from the laptop for editing and rendering. Rendering on the Desktop rig is soooo much better!
Laptop: HP Zbook 15 G4 – I’ve been using HP laptops for a while and this machine is a beast! I’ve got it with 64GB of RAM and two solid state drives. This is still my main work machine, but I’ve stopped using it for video editing and rendering. It may still get used when traveling, but I have a better box for that at home. See my 2016 build.
Editing Software: Adobe Creative Cloud – I edit everything with the Adobe Creative Cloud suite. This is a cloud monthly subscription. The videos are mainly edited in Premiere Pro. I also create some elements within After Effects. The thumbnails are created in Photoshop. Premiere Pro has a bit of a learning curve to it if you’re coming from something like iMovie, Windows Movie Maker or Camtasia, but learning it is definitely worth it. Your videos will be more professional and you’ll edit your videos much faster than before. When I first started with Premiere Pro I went through the Premiere Pro Essentials Training on Lynda.com, which takes about 8 hours to complete, but will save you much more time in trying to figure it all out yourself. If you want to edit with something that’s more basic and cheaper, I recommend using Adobe Premiere Elements or Camtasia.
Backpack: GORUCK GR2 40L – I got this backpack specifically for the large size, and the ability to hold my laptop. Most camera bags are limited. This has two massive pockets. I can even put my travel tripod inside of it. The laptop pouch is also bomb proof! Because I totally need that 😉