Hi, It's Jessica Brace Your Video Message Amplifier. Today we are going to talk about
one of the questions that I get asked most often. Which is, Jess what is the best camera
to have to use for my YouTube and videos?
The best camera to have is the camera that you have with you. I have a whole studio full
of equipment with all kinds of cameras lighting and microphones and tons of stuff. When I
am out there at an event and a client asks me a question and I think wow that would be
a great video. You, know what. I want to capture that in the moment. YouTube and video is all
about the social. So when I have something that I want to say your videos are going to
be better if it is spur of the moment. What is your idea? What is your thought? Maybe
you are at event and someone gives you a fabulous testimonial. You want to have your camera
right there to take out and say Hey, would you repeat that for me on my camera so I can
share it with everyone else. Those are the opportunities you are missing by not having
a camera with you. The answer to the question is that the best camera to have is the one
you have with you. This right here is my iPhone and I love my iPhone. It is one of the best
cameras out there on the market. The iPhone five or the iPhone five S is fabulous for
taking HD video. They have made is super simple and easy. Guess what? It is a camera you can
always have with you. Just put it right in your pocket or purse and you are ready to
go. I love using my iPhone for everything. In fact, I use this way more than any of the
other cameras that I have. It is always with me! One of the things that I love about the
iPhone is that it comes tons of amazing video accessories that make things even more. Today
I am going to show you some of my favorite video accessories that I like to use when
I am on the go. One of them that I use is the Phocus. The Phocus is an adapter for your
iPhone and it's pretty neat in that your iPhone just simply slides right into it like that.
Now you have a pocket camera. Remember the old pocket cameras that we used to have. It
looks just like. I like the Phocus because it is easy to use. You can still access all
of your buttons on your phone. Some of the holders, I don't know why they designed it
that way, but you cannot get to your on off button and things like that. It's not very
practical. The Phocus did a great job with it. Also, on the Phocus it has a great lens.
This lens screws on and off. The particular kit that I have here is the two lens kit.
It’s a wide angle lens that adds four feet to your shot. If you are trying to capture
a great HD video. Those extra four feet make a huge difference in your video. This lens
also turns around and screws off and turns around on the other side and it's a macro
lens so if I want to take pictures of products close-up or a flower then this is the perfect
lens for that.
Just like a video camera..ahhhhhh! A bee just flew into my eye. I guess he doesn't
like my video? Is he on me?
The Phocus also comes with another lens which is a telephoto lens. That is the upgraded
kit. The two lenses is about $80. The three lens kit that includes the telephoto lens
is about $120. By the way, if you are taking notes furiously don't sweat it. I totally
got you covered on this. At the end of this video I am going to send you a link and show
you how you can get a copy of all of the equipment that I use that I am talking about in this
video with links directly to them so you can purchase them for your own videos. Don't worry
about taking notes. Just sit back relax and pay attention. I have got you on this one.
With the Phocus the other thing that is really cool is the mounts. It has a mount here which
is the mini-shoe mount and it also has adapter screws here and two more on the bottom so
you can do different things to it. Such as a mount to a tripod. Let's take a look at
one of my tripods that I bring in my travel kit. This is a flexi tripod which is really
cool. It does all kinds of crazy stuff. It bends in all different angles. If you are
outside you can wrap it around a tree branch. Shove it in a door. You want to flex it, bend
it, tilt it, whatever you want to do. It's a fabulous little gadget and guess what its
$8 on Amazon. It's a great little tool. All it does is it just screws right into the bottom
of your camera just like that. You can do whatever you need to do with it. It's a fantastic
little piece of equipment that you can take with you on the go.
One thing that's hugely important about your video is actually not your video. It's about
the audio. The reason I say that is that because, people will forgive if your video is a little
bit out of focus. A little bit out of alignment. A little bit with the visual part of it. However,
if people cannot hear you clearly and they are struggling to hear what you have to say
they are going to go somewhere else. They are going to leave. They are not going to
watch your video and all the work you put into it. You want to make sure you have the
best sound quality possible. The iPhone comes with a fantastic on board microphone. Don’t
get me wrong, it’s a great microphone. It's a microphone that is designed to capture everything
in every direction. It does a great job in a quiet isolated setting. However, if you
are the beach or a different area like it may not be the best microphone to use. We
want to make sure our audio for all of our videos is pristine. In order to do that I
have some tips for you on that. One of my favorite things, which is the Audio Technica
Wired Lavalier. You can see here that it's got a really long cord that I have all coiled
up. The reason for this is that you get 20 feet of cord with this microphone. It's a
fantastic little microphone and it does a great job. You will see that I am actually
wearing one right now. It's clipped onto my shirt. I have it going down and I have a little
battery pack that it tucked into my pocket. The Audio Technica Wired Lavlier is $20 on
Amazon. This little baby right here makes a huge difference in your audio. I have microphones
that I paid $800 for a wireless microphone set and this $20 microphone does an even better
job than an $800 microphone. I carry a couple of these with me everywhere because they are
so cheap. You never know when you are going to have a microphone fail. You want to make
sure you have at least two of these in your kit when you are travelling. I know I do just
in case. One thing about this though is that this microphone is setup for video cameras.
Your iPhone or your cell phone has a different type of audio jack. You want to plug this
directly into your headphone to convert it to audio. It does not quite work by plugging
it in directly. In fact, it does not work at all. You want to have an adapter. This
is one I bought a while ago. All you do is just simply plug this and then on the end
it has two pieces. One says speaker and one says mike. You want to plug the microphone
into the mic one. The speaker one is for is if you are filming someone else and you want
to listen and do a sound check on the audio quality you can put your headphones into the
speaker jack and make sure you are getting sound on your video. However, if you are filming
just yourself and you are doing a selfie then you don't want to have headphones on. It looks
funny when you are filming. That is up to you if you like to look like princess lea
with big huge ears and headphones. If that is what works for you go ahead I am game for
you. This is essential for making the microphone work with your cell phone. You do need this
adapter for that. This particular one was one I bought a while ago it was $30 on Amazon.
Thanks to China a new knock off brand has come out. I have tested it and it works really
well. It's the Startech brand. It's a little smaller than the other one. It's ok as it
makes your kit more compact and you don't have as much dangle going on with the cord.
The Startech is available on Amazon for $8. The only difference is that it is a little
bit smaller, which I think is a good thing. It doesn't have the fancy pink and green label
on it. I bet for the savings difference you can figure out how to make your own labels
on tabs. One more thing if you really want to upgrade to a different type of microphone
or maybe you don't want the wire. I recommend the Rode Shotgun microphone. It fits on the
camera with a shoe. This one right here is fantastic for interviews with a couple people,
you are at a conference or a trade show. It's concentrated sound. That is why it's called
a shotgun. To put it one you just simply slide it into your phone and tighten it up. and
there you have it. Now it's attached. As you can see here this is a pretty fancy looking
iPhone. You can get a ton of video done with this. You can mount this on a tripod and use
it as a studio. You can travel through a conference to an event. Whatever you are doing this is
particularly for traveling. I recently went on a cruise and I brought this kit with me.
People were stopping all over the place asking what is that? Where can I get that? How can
I buy that? That is one of my biggest questions. In fact a setup like this, I was just reading
an article on line not too long that CNN is now using this type of kit for their reporters.
The reporters are now going out and they are able to report things using technology just
like this. This is very awesome equipment to have and it's very low cost. The rode is
not $20. It is a little bit more invest. If you add a zero to it. The rode is about $200
on Amazon. It's a fantastic microphone for you to invest in. It allows you more flexibility
in your shots and videos. If you are on a tight budget the $20 microphone does just
The other thing I want to think about is battery power. When you are filming and doing longer
days you want to think about your battery on your phone. The iPhone is notorious for
running out of battery. I have done it myself. I have been out there and did lots of battery.
ooops you have 10% left and my iPhone just shut off and I still had a lot more to do.
I bought one of these. it was $10 and it is a charger. I charge it up before I go out.
It's a little unit like this. It costs me $10 and it rapid charges my iPhone. When I
start seeing my battery getting low, about 15-20% I plug this in and it zaps up my juice
and I am good to go for more video. The other battery charger that I have is the Media Bridge.
This is a case that my iPhone slides into. When I charge my iPhone at night it charges
this case which is a spare battery. It also charges my iPhone at the same. No extra effort.
What it does is it doubles my battery life. When my iPhone starts to get low I just press
the little button on the back to get low and it instantly starts powering my iPhone off
of the second battery. This way I know have triple the battery power without a lot of
One thing that I love. Ladies, maybe guys, you can get a fanny pack. For me, I fit all
this equipment that I just showed you into my little Mickey mouse purse and I take it
on the go. This is the full HD studio that fits in this little tiny bag. Now you have
no more excuses about I didn't have a camera or I didn't get my videos. I know this was
amazing information and I gave you a ton of stuff today. That is what I like to do as
I get so excited about video and all the possibilities of it. I really want you to get out there
and start sharing your important message with the world. That is my mission and my purpose.
I promise that bit eh end of 2014 that all the work I am doing will have inspired at
least 100,000 people to create a YouTube video. I hope that you do share with me on social
media. My website is JessicaBrace.com and you can share with me your videos and all
of your stuff. You can find me on Facebook and of course on YouTube.
One thing that I did promise you was that if you would like links to all of these products
and all of this information that I have done about YouTube and as well the iPhone and all
the equipment in today's video. All you have to do is go to my website: http://JessicaBrace.com/tips
and sign up. I will email you links to all this information and I even going to throw
in a couple bonus videos that you can only get if you subscribe on my website. Thank
you so much for coming out today and spending time with me. I will see you online.
Looks like just like a video camera. AWWW A bee just flew into my eye. I
guess he doesn't like my video. Is he on me.. Yeah.. Oh, get him off of me. Please!
I really don't want Mr. Bee to bite me today. Please. Ok, let's take him outside. CUT!
I guess when you get photo bombed by a bee, it just means that you should bee videoing..
hahahahaha anyway.. moving on!
Somebody is calling! Hold on just a minute! Hello? Hey! Hey, listen
I am the middle of a video shoot right now and I forgot to put my phone on airplane mode
while I was filming. Can I call you back? Awesome. I'll talk to you later. OOPS! Remember
when you are filming with your iPhone that you have to turn off incoming calls. The best
way to do that is to set your iPhone on airplane mode.