Below is a list of equipment and software I use to shoot and edit stock video with, as well as a list of things I am looking to further my shooting abilities. Please feel free to use the comment section below to ask any question you have about anything you see here. I can only give you my personal opinion and experience though, there are people out there who are much more professional than I am who may utilize this or other equipment differently. But if you see something here you are interested in knowing more about, please feel free to ask. I'd love to have that conversation.
Gear I Shoot With
If you follow my blog you have probably read about my love affair with the Canon Rebel Series camera. The more you learn about me, the more you will see that I practice a more inconspicuous shooting style. Having a camera that can shoot video at this quality but looking just slightly more professional than a point-and-shoot has worked out great. I have paired with that 2 wonderful and fast (a more open f-stop) lenses to make my ability to shoot in low light that much better. This sometimes eliminates my need for a lighting kit. As you get to know me, you will see that one of my many goals will always be to keep my kit and gear highly portable. That also brings me to Zoom H4n which I use when I do sit down interviews. The ND filters come in handy when I drag the shutter for time lapse shoots, the Class 10 SD cards work well for both Video as well as rapid-burst photography. The Case Logic bag has also been great to keep everything together, and I have room for more (check out the gear I'm looking at getting towards the bottom of the page)
Gear I Edit With
Portability, again, is my goal. I use the Business Class Latitude E6410 with dedicated Nvidia NVS graphics as well as a slightly custom setup for editing. I use the Samsung 830 series drive as a primary OS and boot drive. I have the Wintec Filemate ExpressCard SSD in my expresscard slot as a scratch disk for temporary and media cache files for the OS and Adobe. I then have taken the CD drive out of the computer and replaced it with the 2nd Hard Drive Caddy with the Momentus XT Hybrid as my media drive. I use the Lite-On USB External drive to read/write any discs/DVDs I have. I am very happy with this set-up so far, and it has given me desktop power in portable form.
Software I Edit With
One of the best purchases I have ever made, is an investment in Adobe's Creative Suite. I will be a lifetime user. As far as portability goes, having the power of Premiere, After Effects, Photoshop etc. Optimized on a 64-bit OS as well as accelerated thanks to the Mercury Engine paired with my Nvidia dedicated card, it gives me a great advantage. I use Photomatix Pro for all of my HDR timelapse videos, and really with their option to batch process HDR images, it takes me virtually no time to create HDR time lapse videos. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! I hope to put together a tutorial on my own personal process, but you can find many How-To's online if you google "Photomatix Pro"
Gear/Software I Hope To Invest In
I will admit straight out of the gate the two things I'd love to update are the 2 things that I have been praising. The Canon T2i I use is due for an update. My hope is that when the next camera comes along (T4i?) there will be an upgrade to the frame rate so I can shoot and offer full HD clips at 60p. (Wishful thinking right?) I have skipped an upgrade generation with the Dell E6410 laptop as well. Even though the E6420 offers a Quad-Core Processor, them not including native USB 3.0 held me back from upgrading. I also hope that when Dell comes out with their next Latitude laptop (E6430?) it will have SATA III support as well as an m-SATA slot so I can use it as a scratch disk.
The rest of the equipment below is pretty standard in building a package. Upgrading the lenses is a priority, but whether or not I have the ability to is another story. I would love to upgrade from the 50mm USM lens I have to the 50mm L series, to give myself that little extra boost in quality. I have yet to get a longer focal length lens, and the Canon EF 70-300mm DO is interesting because it packs a longer focal length into a much smaller body. The battery grip and AC power will aide in time lapse shooting, and with the AC adapter, I hope to have really long time lapse sequences (Changing Seasons, Rotting Fruit, Moldy Bread anyone?). The Rosco LitePad is such a cool cool cool thing to see. I went to a demo where these were displayed and these look fun! My main purpose for having one (or a few) would be to punch up objects in a "Macro" setting. While these lights can run off of battery power, using them for a 3-point interview setup would be challenging. The Lilliput Monitor is one of the best reviewed-cost efficient monitors on the market. This is something I have really been lacking, and hope to invest in one very soon ... for focus sake.