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- So if you're looking for a setup to capture lectures,

live events, presentations, or even church sermons,

there's a huge range of gear that you could choose from.

Here at Think Media we've put together

a great two-angle camera setup,

for our personal live events and workshops,

and we wanna share that setup with you,

in this video, let's go.

You gotta just press record.

Here on think media we post various kinds of content,

whether that be talking head YouTube videos like this,

vlog style tutorials, livestreams,

and even event recordings.

Other than our online audience,

we have a yearly live event called Grow With Video Live,

We also do masterminds about quarterly, in person,

and then as well as workshops, and things of that nature,

and so we were looking for a two-camera setup,

that can capture these teachings,

so we can post it on YouTube, in high quality.

So after doing all the research, and buying the stuff,

and actually using it, and putting it to work,

we wanna break down what we have

for our live production capture setup,

and everything I mention in this video

will be listed in the description below,

so make sure you check that out,

and so let's start with the cameras.

For the camera we went with the Sony a6400,

and the reason why we chose this camera in particular,

number one, I would say is the size,

this is just a super small setup.

You know, just right together,

is almost the size of like, a DSLR,

and so we wanted something that packed up really light,

but also was pretty powerful, and so other than the size,

we also chose it because it shoots with no record limit,

so you literally could shoot

as long as your card will allow you,

as well as if it overheats or not, but I'll break down,

I'll talk about that in just a second.

We also love the fact that this has incredible autofocus,

and so you can actually set this to autofocus,

real-time tracking, and it can lock in on a person's face,

for a duration of an entire hour talk,

and you know, we've tested it,

and we use it at our live event this year,

Grow With Video Live, as well as a couple master minds,

and a workshop we did,

and they showed out really really well.

However, there is a notable mention for another camera

that came out after the Sony a6400,

and that is the Sony a6600,

you know, Sony did fix a lot of gripes,

and complains that people had about the 6400,

and so, you know,

if you wanna check out the specs to that camera,

it is a little bit more expensive than the 6400,

about three to $400, but definitely worth checking out,

we'll put a link to that camera in the description below.

Moving on to the accessories for the camera,

we bought cages for these cameras,

and a few reasons why we bought cages.

The first reason is to relocate the hot shoe mount,

and also to have more options, based off of where we,

you know, put the tripod plate, and things of that nature.

You know what's so cool about investing in a cage like this,

is it also will distribute the heat,

and so, you know where the camera could potentially

overheat when shooting in 4K,

having something like this could help it a lot,

because it helps distribute the heat,

across the entire body of the camera,

not condensing the heat just to one concentrated spot,

causing the camera to overheat.

We also use 128 gigabyte SD card,

and you definitely wanna get something that's faster

than about a hundred megabytes per second,

and you know, more and more as time goes on,

SD cards are becoming way more affordable,

and you can actually get bigger sizes of SD cards,

and so definitely invest in an SD card,

especially if you're doing long content,

and like I said this camera doesn't have a record limit,

so it can record for however long your SD card is,

and so, you just keep that in mind

when you're investing in an SD card.

Another accessory we invested in,

was a continuous battery power adapter.

These are awesome because, you know,

these little Sony batteries are very famous

for not holding a long charge,

so instead of stocking up on a ton of these batteries,

and potentially having the scare

of the camera dying mid-recording,

we definitely definitely look into buying

this power adapter.

You can also save some money by going third-party

on something like this, and we don't recommend that though,

here at Think Media, we would say when it comes to battery,

you definitely wanna go OEM,

but if you do wanna save bucks, and maybe take the risk,

go ahead and check out the third party,

to save some dollars.

The next thing we got to go on the camera

was this Feelworld touchscreen 4K monitor, it's the F6 Plus,

this was a monitor that was actually sent

to us by Feelworld, and we did enjoy having this,

especially for the tight angle that we use,

and so this just made sure, you know, ensured that,

you know, whoever was speaking was in focus, crystal clear,

and then obviously the size difference of the LCD screen

on this camera, and this, is a huge difference.

And so this is where the cage came in clutch,

to be able to mount the monitor on the cage,

and you know, keep it away from the camera, and also,

again I think that helps with a little bit a overheating,

but more than anything,

if we wanted to mount this at anywhere around the camera,

we could because of the cage, and so,

this monitor has a lot of great features,

and some dimension are definitely like peaking,

false-color, you can import your LUTs,

if you're shooting flat colored profiles,

to see how it'll grade,

and then it also has the ability to like, pinch zoom,

which is great to make sure that what you're shooting

is in crystal sharp focus, this monitor comes in at $230,

it's a great deal, however like I said,

Feelworld did send this to us,

and we would actually vouch for it,

it is a great monitor.

We do love that you can also power it up with a DC power,

or with battery,

but Feelworld does offer a lot of great monitors,

for whatever price range you're in, and so, you know,

if you're just looking for something that,

get a bigger screen on,

or maybe you shoot with a Sony

that doesn't have a flip-screen,

or whatever camera you have doesn't have a flip-screen,

investing in a monitor is a great idea,

especially if you're filming yourself.

Now just to note, we only use one monitor,

we don't put a monitor on the camera

that's just shooting wide,

we use that angle to just cut back to,

that wide-angle isn't usually manned,

so we just hit record on that camera,

and then the monitor goes on the tight camera,

which has a different lens from the wide-angle,

and so I'll get into the lenses, but real quick,

I wanted to ask you what camera are you using?

Let me know in the comments section below.

Now let's get into the lenses.

The first lens we use is the holy grail

70 to 200 G Master 2.8 lens.

Now this lens is a beast, and a beast in price,

but also a beast in performance.

So this is the lens that we use for the tight angle,

which will be on the camera that has the monitor,

and, you know, this lens is just so versatile,

and its ability to stay at 2.8 is really good,

and that combined with the autofocus,

you know, abilities of the 6400,

you actually get to shoot it in 2.8 aperture,

and trust that it is in focus.

The face detection is awesome on that camera.

But, we love this lens,

this is definitely a holy grail of a lens.

The price of this lens is like $2,600 brand-new,

but you can definitely get it used for around $1,800,

I think we got it used on Amazon, with some warranty,

but this lens is a beast.

And for the second lens we use,

for that medium or wide shot,

is the 24 to 70 G Master lens,

that too is a pretty expensive lens,

coming in at $2,200.

But you can also get it used for around $1,700.

We're actually using the 24 to 70 on the camera right now,

and just to let you know that there are huge alternatives,

when it comes to the lenses you can use to capture,

you know, Tamron makes great alternatives,

2.8 lenses that are great alternatives, as well as,

maybe instead of getting the 2.8 version of a lens,

get the F4 version of the lens,

you can probably save a thousand dollars

on each lens if you go that route,

but we actually list out a bunch of different lens choices,

and based off of what you're shooting,

in our Think Media gear guide,

so you can check out the gear guide at thinkgearguide.com.

Again we, just break down at any budget you're in,

based off of what you're trying to go for,

so make sure you check out the gear guide

in the description below.

Next up is our tripod,

and that is a fluid head video tripod.

Now when you say fluid head, what does that actually mean?

That means that this ability to go left and right,

is very very smooth,

and you have the ability to kinda adjust it,

based off of the weight of the camera that's on top here.

You know, when it comes to tripods,

and fluid head tripod specifically,

going cheap is gonna bite you in the ying-yang.

Especially fluid head tripods,

if you cheap out, it's gonna show that you cheaped out,

why because, a lot of times when you're paying for tripods.

you're paying for the longevity of the tripod,

and so investing in, up front,

you'll be able to use the tripod for forever I think.

This Manfrotto tripod that Sean has,

I think he's had for literally 10 plus years,

but I know he bought it for around a thousand bucks.

Tripods, you can definitely check out,

like OfferUp, and Craigslist,

for people who maybe are like leaving

the industry or something,

and maybe score on a video head tripod,

but definitely look into a nice quality one, rated high,

you know, aluminum possibly, fluid head video tripod,

and then usually the second tripod is a very compact,

you know, like I said, that wide-angle does not move,

and so that camera doesn't need

to be on a fluid head tripod,

just needs to be on a tripod

that can go at the same height level,

and you know, maybe tilt axis, and stuff like that.

Now when it comes to audio,

I didn't wanna go too deep into it,

because a lot of the times there could be a sound board

for where you're filming,

and you can just get the audio from that.

Or maybe potentially use a portable zoom recorder,

like a Zoom H4N or a Zoom H6,

and capture the audio off the board.

However, it isn't a bad idea to wirelessly lav your subject.

We love using the Sennheiser AVX lavalier mic,

and this is an awesome mic.

Omar, where you getting all this stuff from underneath the,

bro, I got elves underneath the table bro.

- You sit on a throne of lies.

- We can swear by this mic,

we've been using this for almost two years now,

probably in like 70% of Think Media videos,

this mic is being used.

It's awesome for many reasons,

I would say the first reason

is its ability to just be rechargeable batteries,

like you're never gonna really run out of batteries

if you start the day with a full charge of batteries.

Also it's a digital lab set, so it doesn't use frequency,

so you're not gonna clash, with like cell phones in a room,

or even other mics,

because this is just gonna speak directly to the receiver

that's on the camera.

And then lastly, probably the distance this could go.

So maybe you don't wanna tap into a soundboard,

and get in the way of somebody else's job,

so investing in a good quality, wireless, digital, lav mic,

would be super super helpful.

So there you have it,

that is the Think Media event gear list,

that's what we use to capture our live events,

you know two-angle set up,

and we like we repurpose a lot of our things

that we do, in person, but maybe you're in a church,

and you're looking for a great camera

to capture the weekend message,

well I would vouch for these Sony APC cameras

that came out in 2019, the 6400, or the 6600,

and also investing in a lens.

Maybe the camera gets outdated,

but the lens will always be relevant to use,

and hey, if you got value in this video,

why don't you smash the like button for me,

and if you wanna check out another video

about all the setups we have here at Think Media,

whether that be YouTube setups, or vlog setups,

tap the screen, and I hope to see you in the video, peace.

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