Basic Equipment Needed for LinkedIn Video

As we scroll through the LinkedIn feed, there’s a lot of noise vying for our attention. With so much content to choose from, how can we stand out from the crowd?

My answer is of course…. video.

Keep reading to learn about the basic equipment needed for LinkedIn video.

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In todayʼs fast-paced world, video is popular for many reasons:

  • Internet users want to process information fast
  • Video is easy to consume because it consists of a series of pictures and words
  • Video attracts our attention

Not too long ago, the ability to harness the power of video was completely out of reach for most of us. You needed to have a team of professionals and a whole bunch of fancy equipment to produce a video. But that’s no longer true.

Today I’m sharing the basic equipment I recommend for getting started with LinkedIn video.

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Cameras

If you think you need to buy a fancy video camera, youʼre dead wrong. You can easily make video using your smart phone and/or your computer.

The camera on your cell phone has incredibly high resolution. With just a simple little tripod, to hold it steady, you can press the record button and make a video anywhere at any time. Easy Peasy.

cell phones

Your cell phone has a built-in camera, which allows you to take and save videos directly to your phone. Your only limitation may be how much memory your phone has, so always make sure you check your available space before you begin to make your recordings.

It’s also a good idea to put your phone on “Do Not Disturb” mode. That way, you wonʼt get a phone call in the middle of filming. I always forget to do that!

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Your computer can also serve as a video recording device. If you have a laptop computer, you have a built-in camera for making videos. If you have a desktop computer, you might need to purchase an external webcam. Today, webcams are relatively cheap and no special skills are needed to set them up.

logitech webcam

If you need a webcam, I highly recommend the Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920 or C922. To set up the webcam, you simply clip it to the top of your computer monitor and plug the cord into your computerʼs USB port. Easy Peasy.

NOTE: If you have a little bit more money in your budget, you might want to get the Logitech Brio 4K Webcam. That’s what I use for live streaming on LinkedIn.

Microphones

One thing that is really important for making videos, is that you need to have good audio. When you use the built-in microphone with your phone or computer, it can often produce poor quality sound. The audio can sound muffled, tinny, or just not loud enough. Which is why it pays to use an external microphone.

You do not have to spend a lot of money on a microphone. If you’re using your cell phone, you can simply use the in-line microphone that came with your phone. Yes, earbuds really are good enough.

If you are using a computer, the cheapest option is to purchase a combination headphone microphone headset. I recommend purchasing the kind that attaches to your computer via USB. Itʼs easy to connect. Just plug it in and youʼre good to go.

If you are like me, you might not be a fan of wearing headphones. If that’s the case, I recommend the stand-up USB microphones made by Blue. I am currently using the Blue Yeti, which I just love. Other Blue mics to check out include the Nano (a mini version of the Yeti) and Snowball.

blue brand microphones

Another microphone I’ve used in the past, that I thought was pretty decent, was a Samson Q2U microphone.

And last, but not least, you might want to invest in a lapel microphone (that s the kind you wear clipped to your shirt) that plugs into your phone or tablet. I have been using the Rode SmartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for years and love it.

When you’re shopping for a lapel mic, you’ll want to make sure you choose one with a LONG cord, or purchase an extension. The microphone you choose is going to be dependent upon the device you use.

As a word of caution, if you own an iPhone you will probably have to buy a dongle from Apple to allow you to plug the microphone into your phoneʼs lightning jack.

lavalier microphone and dongle
Lights

This can sometimes be the biggest rabbit hole you can fall down with regards to video equipment. While itʼs important to have good lighting for your videos, itʼs so easy to get carried away.

Some folks go all out and purchase an expensive lighting kit that consists of fancy-dancy box lights and a green screen to use as a backdrop. Thatʼs really not necessary for when you are just starting out.

In the beginning, you can keep it simple by recording your videos in a well-lit room. The more light you have the better. Or, you could do your filming outside and harness the natural light of a sunny day.

If you have a little bit of money think about getting a ring light that attaches to a tripod. One nice thing about using a ring light is that it provides soft lighting, which is very flattering to the complexion.

ring lights

There are a ton of different ring lights to choose from. I use a Sensyne 10 inch Ring Light that was very reasonably priced. As a bonus, it even came with it’s own adjustable tripod and phone holder.

Tripods

If you are using a cell phone you’re going to need a tripod to keep the camera steady. Holding the camera in your hand can make your video come out too shaky.

There are lots of choices out there. But again, you donʼt need to spend a lot of money. Just a small desktop tripod is good enough to start with.

If worse comes to worse, you can create a DIY tripod. Simply prop up your phone using a stack of books or anything else you have handy. My favorite go-to is a jar of jam and elastic band.

do it yourself tripod

If you are using your laptop computer or computer with a webcam, you won’t even need a tripod. However, you will want to ensure that your computer’s built-in camera is at eye level. I have found that just raising up my computer with a box or a few books, gives me the height I need. Just make sure your head isnʼt chopped off.

cellphone tripod with bendable legs

Important: When you purchase a tripod, keep an eye out for whether you also need to purchase some sort of adapter that allows you to connect your smart phone to the tripod. Some tripods you purchase automatically include this adapter, but many don’t. You also want to make sure your adapter allows for both landscape and portrait mode filming.

Selfie Stick

When you are traveling, nothing beats a good old selfie stick for allowing you to take great videos. For just a few dollars, you have an easy peasy method to take videos that get a whole group in the frame and/or you up against an awesome backdrop.

Selfie sticks are made to be portable, which makes them ideal for travel. Plus, many of them even have a built-in remote that allows you to set up your shot and then click a button to begin recording.

selfie stick with remote shutter

One word of caution, since a Selfie Stick is designed to take your video at a distance, it’s imperative you use a microphone to capture your sound. Especially if you are outside. So before you purchase a selfie stick, make sure the length of your microphone cord is compatible. It is precisely for this reason that many people choose to purchase an extender cable with their lapel mics.

What About LinkedIn Live Video Equipment?

I thought you’d never ask. If you’re wondering what equipment I use for going Live on LinkedIn each week, check out the video I made a while ago sharing my my live stream tech.

Click play to watch the video clip below (06:01 min):

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MEET THE AUTHOR:
Hi, I’m Gillian Whitney, a LinkedIn Live Stream Strategist & Coach making live video easy peasy. Working with B2B professionals from around the world, to leverage LinkedIn Live to be discovered, noticed, and recognized on LinkedIn®