• Brenda Meller

Hey Brenda, What Tech Do You Use?

Updated: Oct 7

About once a week, I'm asking about the tech I use for live streaming, videos, webinars, etc. Here's the list.

I'm going to be adding to this as I go. I'm a busy lady. :)


And in case you're wondering, no I'm not being paid to endorse any of these products. I am an independent marketing consultant. I'm also thrifty, and I believe in quality products but investing in them as my budget grows.



WEBCAM

I have an HD 1080p external webcam from Logitech. I purchased it from my son and it was like new. I have it mounted on a tripod so it's eye level for me.


I think it was originally under $100, but the price seems to have increased, perhaps due to increased demand due to COVID-19. It's now listed as $124.98 on Amazon.

https://www.amazon.com/Logitech-C920-Pro-Webcam-Black/dp/B00829D0GM






LIGHTING KIT

Lighting kit from Amazon: $59.99 https://www.amazon.com/HPUSN-Professional-Photography-Continuous-Reflectors/dp/B07NBP6D98/ref=sr_1_5?dchild=1&keywords=hpusn+light+box&qid=1602072260&sr=8-5

.. but if you follow the link, they show a lower price for a new model from the same manufacturer. Currently $48.28 as of 10/7/20. I like this lighting kit, but it takes up a lot of room in my home office. Plus, it's a white light and I wish I had an amber tone sometimes.



Here's a video of me testing the new lighting kit.


RING LIGHT + CLAMP FOR WEBCAM / PHONE

My last right light broke so I invested in a new one. This one has a clamp to hold the webcam or phone plus a ring light with multiple settings (white, amber, etc). The extension is a bit short, but it works for up close videos on my phone. I paid $19.99 in October 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DNCHRYS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


Here's a video of my son and me when I was testing out this new set:




SPLITTER

If you have a single plug and you're using a headset and lapel microphone (or headset that has two cords to plug in), you're going to need a splitter. Follow the instructions about using the black vs. red. I found myself feeling like I was in "The Matrix" deciding which one to use...

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IX17RZY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I bought this one for $17.98, thanks to the recommendation of Carrie Lezotte.





LAPEL MICROPHONE (aka "lapel mic")

I purchased this model off of Amazon. Not the cheapest, but not the most expensive, either. It comes in a little pouch, which is good for storage.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00EO4A7L0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


I paid $59.99 in 2019. It appears the price is a bit higher (supply & demand?) now. Today it's listed at $79.99 as of today.


Headset / Earphones

I used my iphone earbuds for a while. One day, my daughter was using them as I was getting ready to get on a call so I borrowed my husband's earphones. Then I purchased my own set. I like these because they don't fall out of my ear and they are black, so they don't show on camera like the iphone earbuds and cord. I paid $13.90 in 2020.

https://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-Rp-hs46e-k-Slim-Clip-Earphone/dp/B002GAXWF2/

Tripod for Webcam

I can't find the exact model for my tripod, but it's pretty close to this one. My tripod doesn't have the bluetooth remote, which is pretty cool. But it does have three legs. Also, it has both the screw-in attachment for webcams and the adjustable grip for iphones. My advice here is to get a tripod that extends to a maximum height that is slightly taller than you. I'm 5'4" and my husband is 6'2 (I think) so my tripod doesn't work for family photos where we are all standing. I need a better tripod that is a bit taller.

https://www.amazon.com/Extendable-Lightweight-Carrying-Universal-Bluetooth/dp/B07XDDNFRJ




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This blog was last updated Wednesday, October 7, 2020.

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