Home Virtual Studio Demo + Equipment List
Updated: Sep 1
(Note: see below for my entire virtual studio equipment list!)
There are 3 types of people ... (1) people who make things happen, (2) people who watch things happen and (3) people who wonder, what the "h@$% just happened?!"
If I'm on my sailboat, I like to watch things happen.
But in my speaking business, it's imperative that I make things happen. Understand the difference?
Sailing is my hobby. Speaking is not. (However, I've even made sailing into a business venture with hosting our boat as an overnight stay on Airbnb and sailing charters!)
My goals and objectives are completely different whether I'm on the water sailing or working on my speaking business.
GOOD NEWS!! Speakers are in a moment right now to make things happen, especially as it relates to presenting virtually.
Speakers are in a moment right now where it is so easy to differentiate. To stand out. To take advantage of opportunity.
Because unfortunately, most speakers are not differentiating, not standing out, and not taking advantage of opportunity.
I have watched dozens of professional speakers present virtually yet still not having any type of professional studio. It shocks me. It disappoints me too. Many are even talking about how important it is to be proactive for change - yet they haven't changed a bit in how they are delivering their message.
To be blunt, if you're serious about building and/or growing a successful speaking business, you're going to have to embrace the virtual reality that your delivery matters. Of course content matters too, and even more so, but if people are watching you virtually as a professional speaker, you need to represent professionalism. Yes?
USB video camera of a speaker sitting down in front of a bookshelf or white wall with earphones is NOT professional. Or at least it won't generate future speaking business for them.
An entire presentation of a speaker screen sharing with a tiny video file of them in the top right corner is NOT professional. Or at least it won't generate future speaking business for them.
Friends, let me help. With a small investment you can appear professional before you even speak. You can set yourself apart and stand out to get the speaking engagement with a home virtual studio.
And any investment you make should immediately pay for itself - mine did x 3 already!
Just after this video was published, I received several virtual speaking inquiries. Each one paid for my investment because people saw value in the engagement and connection I was providing to my virtual audience.
Friends, don't let virtual intimidate you. It's simply a learning curve you can push through.
It took me the entire month of March and April to even figure out what to do. It took May and June to do it because I made all sorts of mistakes. There were days I felt constantly frustrated, overwhelmed and under water.
I pushed through. My wife helped me. My mastermind group helped me. My own speaker coach and mentor helped me.
I had no clue how to set up a virtual studio when I first started. All I knew was I needed to do it in order to keep my speaking business afloat ... then I worked backwards to figure it out.
Stan Phelps and I recently demo'd our virtual studios to provide a special behind-the-scenes tour. As simple as our studios might look in front of the cameras, both of us have invested hours upon hours to research, identify, order, return, order, return, hit head against the wall, order, set up, hit head again, set up again, and make all sorts of mistakes ... I mean adjustments!
In this video, we're also taking you behind-the-cameras to show what you can't see.
In addition, I'm itemizing everything I purchased and providing links so you know exactly the equipment I have.
Click here or the image below to visit my Facebook page and watch our "Facebook LIVE" episode!
KEVIN'S EQUIPMENT LIST BELOW
* note: equipment is an investment that should last you for the nest 2-3+ years. Make sure you purchase the items I recommend because they are most affordable and best quality for the price. Otherwise, 6 months from now, you'll be purchasing items again. Don't go cheap! Last thing you want is the technology not working 1/2-way through your speech! Also, equipment is a tax deductible business expense.
* Sony A6400 digital camera (I have 2 of these)
(one of the only digital cameras that records continuously. All other cameras shut down after 20-30 minutes because they were designed to be digital PHOTO cameras and are not designed to record video continuously. Yes they can record video, but you'll be limited to 20-30 minutes at most. GET THE SONY! It's the best at the MOST AFFORDABLE price!)
* GoPro HERO7 Black
(only get black - not Silver! I bought Silver but took it back because it doesn't HDMI out correctly.)
SWITCHER (this allows for the multi-camera angle view!)
* Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini Switcher (what Stan is using)
(I have the Pro version which allows you to record and multi-view)
https://amzn.to/2ZjA86Y (ATEM Mini)
* Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini PRO Switcher (what I'm using)
(this allows me to record AND it has multi-view out ... worth the extra $300!!)
* Sennheiser MKE 600 Shotgun Microphone
(folks, I recorded 2 audiobooks with this microphone and use it for all my speeches. You will need a top quality SHOTGUN microphone so it only pics up your voice. In the video you didn't hear my baby crying in the room next door because of this Sennheiser microphone. It's beyond worth the investment. Don't go cheap on your microphone - it'll show.)
* Softbox Lighting Kit
* Ceiling mount for lights
(can hold up a softbox light from the ceiling -- creates extra room for you. Otherwise your lighting stands will get knocked over at some point and might crash into your monitor, camera or you during a presentation. Hook your lights up from the ceiling and you have no worries!)
* LED Strip Lights
(If you like my blue glow behind the television, get these! They change to any color you want!)
* Ring Light with Tripod Stand
(this was on my ceiling for background lighting)
* Dell Inspiron 15.6" HD Business Laptop
(this is how I control my slides from a separate computer -- best deal and what I recommend)
* 2020 HP Touch-Screen Flagship Laptop
(currently $600 OFF!! I did not get this deal.)
* iBUYPOWER Gaming PC Computer Desktop
(UNBELIEVABLE!!) ... A GAMING COMPUTER IS WHAT YOU NEED because it has a separate graphics card that won't interfere with your processor speed. Other computers will get slowed down. This specific computer has Windows 10 built in and several extra inputs that you will need. )
* Tripod Mount Adapter for the GoPro
(You'll need one of these to mount your GoPro to your stand)
* AC Power Supply Adapter for Sony A6400
(get 2 -- otherwise your camera battery will die after 45 minutes. This constantly powers your camera!)
* SanDisk 128GB Memory Card with Adapter
(get 3-4 of these)
* Ethernet Cable 150 FT
(I run this out to my backyard and downstairs at times and get 500+ MBPS!)
(Do NOT run on WiFi during a presentation. You need to be hard-wired and this long Ethernet cord allows you to plug into your modem from any distance within 150 feet for high speed internet connection!)
* Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable Adapter 4K
(you'll need 1 for each camera - get 4)
* HDMI Splitter for Dual Monitors
(get 2 of these)
* Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad
(This allows me to control the computer several feet away.)
* RCA Digital Alarm Clock w/ LED Display
(Ensures I know my speech time and will end on time! Bright and shiny.)
* Blue Light Bulbs
(One way how I get my blue glow in the background)
* USB Type-C to HDMI Adapter
(you'll need 2 of these)
* Apple Lightning to Digital AV Adapter
(Allows you to use your iPhone as a camera)
* USB Type-C to USB Type-C 2.0 Short Charger Cable
(get 2 of these)
* Mini-HDMI Male to HDMI Female Adapter
(if you don't get the SONY camera, you'll likely need a few of these)
* Docking Station
(this is a goldmine product! With my switcher, this is how I record.)
* Mobile TV Display Stand
(how my television is mounted -- moveable and height adjustable!)
* Microphone Stand Shelf
(where my plant was in the video)
* Laptop Tray Holder for Stand Mount
(I'd recommend one of these just in case)
(you'll need 4 of these! They hold up your cameras)
* 32" Monitor
(awesome awesome!! I have 3 of these; one for my computer, one for my multi-camera angle out view, and another for my camera focusing.)
* Television 43'
(see my video ... this specific television has the specs for presentations. Others do NOT and will give you glare no matter the setting preferences. BUY THIS ONE!)
* Power Strip
(you'll need 4 of these to plug in everything!)
* Rustic Floating Wall Shelves
* Retro Wood Textured Paneling
* Fake plants
Artificial Flower Calla Lily Faux Potted Plant
* Mini Fake Succulent Cactus Aloe Potted Plant Arrangements
* I'm a HUGE fan of UNTUCKit shirts ... they are designed to be worn "untucked!"
To Your Speaking Success,