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Our Beginner Kit List

Updated: Oct 8, 2019

Have you ever wondered what kit you need to start shooting property video?

We get asked this question all the time and it couldn't be easier! For approximately £175 you can be fully kitted out with everything you need.

The first piece of kit you need is a camera. But luckily, as it's 2019, pretty much everyone has a powerful camera in their pocket capable of recording high-quality video. What we mean of course is your smartphone!

So what else do you need? Well, there's three key pieces of kit that you still need to purchase to be fully up and running. Before sharing our recommended kit list, our unofficial PVS lawyers want us to reiterate that we are not paid to advertise any of these products and we have no relationship with them. They're on our introductory kit list because we believe in them for beginners.

Without further delay, there's our recommended kit list:

Key Kit No. 1 - Tripod

The first thing you'll need to purchase is a tripod and a tripod mount phone holder. The tripod will help you to reduce camera movement, improve picture and video quality, and allow you to shoot videos without physically holding your phone.

We recommend the "Benro Slim CF tripod kit" which can be purchased on Amazon for £98.95 and the "Ailun Phone Holder" for £5.89.

Key Kit No. 2 - Microphone

Next up is a lapel microphone to record higher quality audio. Lapel mics are now inexpensive to buy, they're discreet and are great to cut out background noise. The reality is that smartphones have low quality microphones built in that also pick up significant amounts of unwanted ambient noise such as wind, traffic or crowds of people talking.

We recommend either the Gyvazla lavalier microphone for £9.50 or the Purple Panda Lavalier Lapel Microphone Kit for £25.99.

Key Kit No. 3 - Editing Software

Now that you're able to shoot fully stabilised video content with crystal clear audio, you need the capacity to edit you footage, add your logo and include any B-roll (in film, B-roll is supplemental or alternative footage intercut with the main shot).

If you're an Apple user, you're in luck! On iMacs and MacBooks, the video editing software iMovie is included for free! iMovie gives Mac users an easy way to get started using all kinds of devices and it's aimed at beginners.

For those that aren't an Apple user, we'd recommend Adobe Premiere Elements 2019, which can be purchased for £68.99 from Amazon. Premiere Elements has an incredibly easy interface and is a great place to start your video editing journey. We've also developed a nine-part Premiere Elements training series aimed at beginners, which you can watch in full on YouTube.

If you have any questions about any of the kit we've recommended or you want to find out more information about how Property Video Solutions can help your business please visit our website.

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