Video Production Gear Setup Tour: Sony A6400 Camera, RØDECaster Pro, and BOSE S1 Pro Kit for Events

Video Production Gear Setup Tour: Sony A6400 Camera, RØDECaster Pro, and BOSE S1 Pro Kit for Events

February 28, 2020 59 By Kailee Schamberger


– If you want to throw your own small to medium-sized events or if
you’re already doing audio, video and lighting in a church setting or any setting at all,
then you’re going to love this video because I’m going
to be sharing some tips from our process here, at Think Media on how
we throw our masterminds or our YouTube workshops. And some of the gear and tools that we use to make a really cool world class setup, that sounds great, looks great,
how we capture everything. And so, join me for five tips on audio, video and lighting, right now. You gotta just press record. Hey, what’s up, Sean Cannell here at our Think Media
Mastermind in Las Vegas, which is an event that
we do every few months for business leaders and people that want to master modern marketing
and growing their influence on YouTube and social media. But what we’ve been doing is we’ve wanted to actually build our own
small to mid-size event setup. So we don’t always have to rent AVL. We’re interested in picking out gear. And so in this video, I’m going to be going through
the gear that we chose and why to create kind of the
atmosphere and the vibe for, not just giving those that are at the event a great experience, but also capturing it so that
we can put it in kind of, online courses or membership areas. And so let’s dive right
into it with tip number one and that’s, audio. So to keep it off with
audio comes our PA system or the speakers that we wanted to use for doing a small event. Now, We wanted the flexibility. To be able to take speakers with us to pretty much any room or
any venue here in Las Vegas. We even wanted to be able to go to like, an open-air or a park
to be able to have audio and PA stands for public address, right? So you want that amplification. And so what we ended up choosing was the Bose S1 Pro speakers. These things are amazing. You can get away with
just using one of them, but we all timidly got two and the cool thing about these speakers is they actually have a built-in mixer and so are set up right now, is a little more sophisticated, but these speakers allow you, and our first mastermind, to just say, even plug like a Sennheiser
AVX microphone right into the rear of the speaker, adjust the gain on there and
they also have the ability to be battery-powered. Like we said, you can take it to a park or some place where
maybe you can’t plug in and have that amplification
that you need for a great audio. I love these speakers
because you have I think, three inputs including one
of those being Bluetooth or an auxiliary input. Then there’s that line out
and so we ultimately invested in two, so we could
connect them together here, in a room, for an event
of about 20 people. But with the amplification
on these speakers, I’d say you could probably
run an event of a hundred or more, depending on the room acoustics and the Bose S1 Pro
comes in at around $599 for one of them, here in the U.S. But we actually pick them
up with the backpacks that they can come with, that are custom and they fit
the speakers, so that again, if you wanted to just throw
it on and roll into a park or roll into any kind of venue or hotel or small workshop space,
they’re really easy to travel. You can put any cabling that you need in the pockets around that and then again, if you want the batteries,
you can get extra batteries and a lot of cool things. So after we grabbed those, we grabbed a couple of speaker stands. We were good to go for our amplification. So next up for audio is our microphones. Now, the first event, we used the Sennheiser AVX microphones, which work on a wireless band. We plug those guys into the back of the Bose S1 Pros directly and tried to keep it super lean and mean. However, we’re at a
hotel here in Las Vegas and we experienced a lot
of cutting out with them and that’s one of the things
you may run into at events, is other signals. Does the Wi-Fi gonna work and even with lower quality like
analog or radiofrequency mics, you could run into issues. So coming up to this next event, we made the investment in some Shure mics, which are the QLXD system with some SM58 wireless microphones and they were a big investment. These are around $1,300 each. But they’ll really allow us to do events, pretty much anywhere on
the west coast, right? And at some point, your investment in wireless microphones
is not about the quality of the microphone, it’s about the quality of the technology and these
allow you to come into the room, scan for frequencies to
make sure you’re going to be on something that
is without interference and we are super impressed
with them so far. Did a lot of research and so by the way, if you want to check out any
of the gear were mentioning, we’ll do a full list in
the description below. So I will admit, we
moved a little bit away from the original super simple setup that I intended and wanted
to just actually step into kind of, a pro prosumer arena. So we invested in an SLR Snake. Thing cost around $150
from Seismic on Amazon. So far so good and we
run that from you know, the stage area, up to
this Rode mixer here. Now, we actually already
had the RodeCaster that we’ve been using for the “Think Marketing” podcast lately. And that’s kind of what
this thing is intended for, but it actually is a killer kind of, mini event mixer and the reason being is, we’ve got the four channels
and so for us we used to handheld so people can do Q and A and we could speak up on stage. Plus, we also send the laptop
audio back to the mixer here, so that we can do video tutorials, take people through trainings or even run music from up there as well. And because we do have more channels, we have flexibility with the mixer. Or rather with the snake, if we ever want to upgrade in the future. The really cool thing
about using the RodeCaster is actually the fact that it records. For our first event,
we just used a Zoom H4N to capture the audio
and that’s actually one of the main reasons that were using mics. You know, in a room this size, we could probably get away
without amplification. However, this is a couple day event, so it allows us to save our voices, by using amplification and just kind of, evening it out in the room and
make it a great experience. But really what we wanted is the ability to capture all the content,
so that we can you know, save that on video, save that on audio and use that for other purposes. And so, we captured that on a
Zoom H4N in the first event, but the RodeCaster is super awesome. Just put in a micro SD
card and then you’re able to get a combined file as
well as a tract out file and have all the audio from
whatever sources we send to it in a very simple
and streamlined package. We’re even excited about the idea of making our event a
little bit more dynamic with the sample pads
that are included here. And so, a super cool mixer that, you don’t just have to use for podcasting, you could use it for different things in your business and brand. So that covers audio, but
now let’s jump into video for shooting small to mid-sized events. And we really were
intentional about this setup. You know, we have our
conference every September here in Las Vegas and it’s called
“Grow With Video Live” and that was back when we wanted to pick up a couple a6400 Sony cameras, mainly because they’re great cameras, but they don’t have a record limit, right? So you get kind of that mirrorless vibe, interchangeable lenses vibe, without jumping into some
kind of a cinema camera or you know, maybe a lesser
camcorder in some ways and you’re able to create
a pretty dynamic set up. And what we actually use for this camera is the continuous power plug. So these plug right into the battery port and then we’re able to have full 4K. No issues with overheating. And so, we’ve shot events at 4K 30. Sometimes if we want to
save file size we can do of course 1080P and we’ve got
a Tamron lens on one of them. The 28 to 75 2.8, which we
have a little bit closer for the event and we did make
the big investment though, into the 70 to 200 G Master. And so this one is an over $2,000 lens, but to have that incredibly
crispy 2.8 aperture, so you can get depth
of field and have just that beautiful shot. That’s a very, you know, great investment and we knew we were going
to be doing multiple events with this setup. Additionally, we’ve
got a Feelworld monitor on here this one of the 4K ones, you know, Feelworld makes some great budget monitors that go from anywhere from like, $100 to around $300 and they can offer you a
lot of cinematic features. If you’re looking for
those types of things, but it’s just like, is nice, so that when someone’s sitting in a stool and doing like, follow focus
of a speaker on a stage, they’re able to do that. For a small event like this, we kind of have more lockdown
and just reposition shots, but at our bigger event when people are moving around the stage, I also wanted to invest in a
really good fluid head tripod. And so, this is an FSB 8, which is a Sachtler head. And so, this head I think,
is like, $1600, two grand. I grabbed one off eBay
for right around a grand. It was banged up, but these
things like last forever. You have multiple tightness
adjustment points, so you can have very smooth
following of a speaker. One of the biggest pet peeves
that I see is shaky footage from cameras at events. When it’s shaking, it’s
either not balanced or they don’t have a very good tripod or it’s not weighted right. And so, those kind of details matter. And then on our other
tripod, it’s just kind of a simple Manfrotto fluid head and then it’s Manfrotto
sticks on both sides and so. And then, as far as
capturing goes, for video, we just capture right to the
SD cards and you of course, could plug in audio from a source. If you wanted to run a
cable from your board or even go directly into the
camera somehow with like, some Rode wireless go microphones
or something wireless. And we sometimes would
even do redundant audio by plugging in one of the audio ports, but for us, we’re capturing all that audio on the RoadCaster to the SD card and then we’re just going
to sync that up in editing. And that could seem like a hassle, but Omar on the Think Media
team, actually has a video about how to quickly
edit together multi-angle and audio in Adobe Premiere Pro and he does that for video podcasting, where we describe both SD
cards, the micro SD card, throw it in a project and get
that edit done super quick, so that you can actually get your content to its final destination
as fast as possible. So I highly recommend
you check that video out. I’ll link it up on the YouTube card and put it in the
description below as well. So, tip number three is lighting
and lighting is a big deal. What we’re using here is a
couple Fovitec Studio Pro. Kind of, light panels that you would use for like a home setup, but we’re using it kind of for an event. But actually, I did a video about these. I’ll link to that as well. And this kit runs around $300 and because it has the barn doors, we kind of just put it
over here against the wall, you know, leaning a little bit,
but hey, praying for safety. And we’re able to kind of direct the light with the barn doors. I’d say this, you know, one of the biggest mistakes
I notice events make, especially if they’re small events and they’re even doing workshops, is they do no lighting at all. They do just the lights from above and there’s nasty shadows
under people’s eyes and cameras don’t have
enough light to look good. So this isn’t even really overly lit, it’s just enough to not
only enhance the receptivity and the ability for the people here to experience the content,
but it’s also for the video. We want the people that are
watching it in post to see that, you know, really quality end product. I mean, I was at an event recently, that the workshops actually
had like the lights off and no light at all. And I even heard people complaining about the live stream and so lighting is definitely something to
be be intentional about. And then additionally, we also wanted to add a little ambiance with some color and some RGB lighting. Now, this was kind of
a last-minute decision on the way out of the garage today. And this last Cyber Monday, I grabbed a three lighting
kit from GVM, from B&H Photo. They’re just these
really cool light panels that have a full RGB Spectrum on them. This side of the room is a
little bit further from the wall, so we’re just splashing
some blue up this side, behind the pipe and drape and then on the other side were splashing
the blue up there as well. I will say, that the one
thing that we invested in from the venue is we have
them setup the pipe and drape, which gives us that nice clean background. And it also allows us
to hide all the chaos and all the wires as opposed
to having to find out a way to keep those clean in
some other situation. Which brings us to tip number four and that is the presentation itself. That means, the actual teaching. Do you have slides? Do you got a deck to share? And we like to have that. When we do teachings and
workshops and masterminds, not only do we often teach off
of a keynote or power point, but we also like to do screen share, so you can actually dive into analytics. You know, at our mastermind, we dive into people’s businesses. We lift up the hood behind
their YouTube channel, their websites and we break them down. And so for an event like this at a, kind of a small to mid-size event, we invested in a 65 inch TV and then we just grabbed
a stand off of Amazon. And, TV came from Costco. Stand was around like
80 bucks or something. There’s about 600 dollars
for both of those things. And then with HDMI into
the dongle of my MacBook, we’re able to put up the content up there. I just extend the desktop. Make sure to change your desktop wallpaper to something that you know, ties into the brand of the event. That’s The tip I think
for kind of continuity. And then, another big thing
is I got a Logitech remote, you know, I could stand it be
stuck to the podium itself, but whenever I travel, ’cause even a lot of events I speak at are often times under prepared, I’ll also travel with this, so I can move around this stage
while advancing my slides. And so, we’re able to do that here, so we can interact with
the guests that come and so you’ve got the remote. And then we also send
audio from the laptop here that goes into our snake,
that we talked about earlier, to the back of the room
and so that were able to have that our first event. You know, this laptop’s got Bluetooth and the Bose S1 have Bluetooth as well. So you actually, with
the Bose S1 Pros alone, you could probably do
a lean and mean setup and you probably wouldn’t be
in a situation where there be any issues like we had with Wi-Fi. We’re in Vegas, there’s like,
all kinds of stuff happening. If you were just kind of a
rural, smaller event space, you’d probably have no problems. And then, the other
thing that we love to do is teach off a whiteboard and
this is no joke whiteboard. This is KING flip. That’s the king of you
know, big presentations. And you know, a tip here, is you got to have the right markers. These are some Sharpie Magnums. Come on, you know what
we’re talking about. And then, you want to at
least go with the king-size and so we definitely use this to break down other
training and then just kind of think about the setups. So we’re able to go from
slide deck from screen share, you know sharing content on Wi-Fi to breaking down training
and really just trying to create a clean aesthetic, so that the teaching has no distraction and people can experience
the maximum impact, when they come to our events. So we’re going to get to tip
number 5 in just a second, but if you’ve been getting
value out of this video, can you hit the like button. And I wanna pass the question off to you. What kind of events or audio, video and lighting
production have you done, are you involved in? And do you have any tips? Let me know in the comment section below and remember some of the best tips and feedback coming from you,
the Think Media community. So definitely connect with
everybody in the comment section. So that brings us to tip number 5 and that is pay attention to the details. I think the difference
between a great event or an event that people complain about or just don’t have the
greatest experience at is the details. I mean, it’s things like, you know, is there Wi-Fi available? And I don’t even mean Wi-Fi
for the guests necessarily. I mean is your Wi-Fi even working? Is it fast enough? Like, does the content actually play? Like, can you even play the videos? I’ve been in video conferences where they couldn’t play the videos. I mean, details really really matter. You know, the venue, I think
selecting the venue of course, budget matters, but we
looked around the city and different hotels had
different aesthetics. You know, for us we kind
of just wanted a modern, minimalist, clean vibe and
so, we did the research and we love the room here
at the Sahara that we found and you know, our event,
Grow With Video Live, which if you actually want to attend. It’s actually in a different, you know, room that just a few rooms over from here, happens every year and
you can check that out at growthvideolive.com. But you know, think about
the details and the vibe of the room. Does it feel to empty? You know, in this case
because it’s a smaller event, we pulled the pipe and drape forward and we also don’t have
any extra chairs out. You know, I’ll be in rooms
where there’s 200 people at the event and you have 400 chairs down. It kills the energy, bro. Like, you have to actually
control the energy in the room and think about
the vibe and the aesthetics. Details. Cleaning up your cables. I mean, you maybe you’ve
heard it said that, how you do anything is
how you do everything. So once we’ve set everything up, we want to clean the tables up. We want to think about just excellence in those small things and just think about what people are seeing because I feel like those
things really honor your guests and they just speak to excellence that can also permeate the
culture of your whole company. You know, I think less is more. I definitely think that there’s
not a ton happening here. Splash a little color
on the walls, you know, simple backdrop, but then
we just want it to be all about the impact of the content. And so, sometimes maybe
removing things or not trying to overdo it with bells and whistles, if they actually become a distraction and not something that adds to the impact. I think checklists, you
know, if you’re going to be setting up an event
yourself and not hiring out AVL, you know, make sure that
you got a checklist. Even when it’s just you,
like, did you bring the cable? Did you bring the plate for the tripod? Do you have the right,
you know, connector? All those little details and making sure that you check those boxes
when you’re setting up and tearing down, that’s super important. You know, another things, we
have a clock and you know, to keep time. We just do it on an iPad with
a little app called Flick and it’s on a little stand that we use and the cool thing about
that is it keeps us on time. You know, I’ve been to events that actually don’t even give their speaker a proper confidence monitor and it makes it really tough,
not just for the speaker to stay on time, it makes
it tough for the whole event to actually stay dialed and then things start getting behind. And so, it’s one of those things that, even when it’s just us and
this event is pretty chill, I mean, it’s highly interactive, we want to constantly be aware of how much time we have left. Whether Heather Torres is training or whether we’re just doing interaction, so we can keep things on time. That honors your schedule,
it honors the guests and you can always break the rules, but if you have no idea of
where you are in terms of time, then that’s how you can
potentially really get lost even within the content itself. And then I think the
other thing is branding. You know, for us it’s pretty simple. We have signs that we use
a couple different ways. They just pop up signs with
our Think Media branding or our event hashtag Grow With Video. And those are some
subtle things, you know, throw up your brand on the screen with your desktop wallpaper,
where the first slide of your presentation. So you’re always thinking
about the brand your building and the details around,
what you want people to experience and feel
when they come in the room. You know, this was all about
audio, video and lighting, but we could definitely
get into in a future video, you know, things from
the experience in gifts and all that kind of stuff
and you know, by the way, if you ever want to be a
part of one of our events, you can actually check us
out at growthvideolive.com or thinkmediamastermind.com. And of course, we’ll summarize
everything in this video, in the description below. And we’d love to serve you and help you build your influence faster with online video and really
help you build your business. You know, in this event
that we’re about to do, we go into some of the advanced stuff. Some of the behind the scenes of what we’ve done over the
years here at Think Media to scale to multiple seven
figures and scale our team. And there’s so many different
stages when it comes to this building your business
and your influence online. And so anyways, I hope you got value out of this training in this video. Let me know your feedback in
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I’ll see you in the next one. Peace. (upbeat tech music)