What equipment do I need to shoot a music video? – Video Shooting Techniques Pdf

This is one question that many aspiring video-makers will ask. However, if your video is about music, chances are you already have all the equipment you need to get the shots you need. In fact, I’ve had plenty of clients who have spent their whole careers shooting music videos but never got their music video made because they didn’t have some of the equipment needed to edit the music video.

In the example of Rilo Kiley’s YouTube video, below, I’ve included all the footage needed on the video and I’ve included three different lighting setups I used for the video.

If you are just starting out, you can shoot video using one gear and editing software for one thing. But then when you start shooting or producing your music videos, you’ll want to take more and more gear. You don’t have to, but you sure do want to find stuff that works.

The more equipment you have, the more the quality of your music video will improve. Here’s some tips I’ve found helpful for finding all the gear you need.

What to Buy and What to Avoid

I’ve been in the music video production business for over 18 years, so I’ve seen more than my share of gear. But there are some common things I see people forget and some of those gear is actually cheap at a hardware store store.

Here are a few of the gear I’ve bought and/or avoided:


This is a cheap audio monitor/satellite receiver that you can get for $25 and it comes with a decent mic and XLR cable for $5. It’s got a lot of great features built in, but I’ve never really had a need for it and I’ve always thrown it out after about three years. There are much better options for this in a lot of areas, but it’s definitely not a bad idea to look closely at your local hardware stores as you will find other audio speakers of lower price points.
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VGA Monitor

This is a good TV monitor for only $25. But look closely at that price, you won’t find anything that compares to $25 in sound quality for nearly the same quality. They also come with some pretty cheap video cables and cables that come with them. I recommend looking for a cheaper option in a large electronics retailer near you.


Another inexpensive TV monitor that will help you see the screen when editing video on screen for music videos. It’s

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