Equipment

Quick Reference Table:

Equipment Resolution Uses
 iPhone 5c 1080p, 720p General filming
GoPro HERO4 Session 1440p, 1080p, 720p, 480p High risk/action sport filming
Tripod N/A Stationary filming
Scorpion Mount N/A General handheld filming (though I use it primarily for skateboard follow filming)

A Closer Look at Equipment:

iPhone

Phone with fisheye lens on a handheld camera mount.

Phone with fisheye lens on a handheld camera mount.

Since money is tight while I’m in school my primary filming device is my iPhone 5c (shown here on a scorpion-style handheld mount). My phone is my current videography workhorse and I use it in any filming application where there’s low risk of damage. With my phone I can film in 1080p30fps or 720p60fps.

 

GoPro

GoPro mounted on a tripod.

GoPro mounted on a tripod.

My secondary camera is a GoPro HERO4 Session (shown here on a tripod). The GoPro is my go to camera in instances where it would be risky to use a more fragile camera. My primary use for this camera is follow car filming for longboard videos and helmet-mounted filming for longboarding and mountain biking. My GoPro can film in 1440p30fps, 1080p30/60fps, 720p100fps, and 480p120fps. This camera is nice because it has built in wide and superwide angle options and lots of options for tweaking settings. The only thing that keeps me from using this camera as my primary is the fact that I need to pair my phone with it via bluetooth to have a screen.

Software

While this isn’t equipment in the same sense as cameras or tripods, the editing software I use is still crucial to the way I make video. I started off editing with iMovie, though I did eventually switch over to Adobe Premiere Elements. I opted for this software over Adobe Premiere Pro because it was a one-time purchase rather than a subscription. Premiere Elements does everything that I need to do currently so I have no interest in upgrading until I reach the limitations of what I can do with the software. Additionally I sometimes use GoPro’s Splice and Apple’s iMovie apps on my phone when I’m doing short Instagram clips, but it is not as regularly used as Premiere Elements.

Screenshot of the Adobe Premiere Elements software used for editing.

Screenshot of the Adobe Premiere Elements software used for editing.