To be at industry standards it requires a decent investment. This can either be done right away if you have the budget for it, or as it is for most, a steady climb buying item after item over an extended period of time.

Of course you don’t need everything on this list to begin with, but having all of the tools below will ensure that you’re operating at the highest level.

Here are the 10 things every videographer needs to reach industry standard footage:


 

1080p/4K – 60fps Camera

This is minimum requirement. Without a camera that can at least do 1080p in 60fps those buttery shots just aren’t achievable. Having the ability to do this in 4k is a huge bonus and can really seperate you from the pack, especially if your camera can still use autofocus whilst in these modes.

 

DJI Ronin Gimbal

There are other stabilizers, but none of them give you that true glide motion like the DJI Ronin’s. These models can make an amateurs footage look like it’s Hollywood ready.

 

Tripod With Slider

A good strong tripod is step one, but having one with a slider just opens up so many more possibilities. Being able to slide in multiple directions, create effects such as slide and zoom, etc, will really bring your tripod shots up a level.

 

1080p/4K Drone

Getting a drone isn’t cheap. However the shots one can achieve with a quality drone are exceptional. There’s also no real way to fake it/compromise. With a drone you can get those epic shots, set the scene and provide perspective.

 

Continuous Lighting Kit

Continuous lighting is what you’ll need for filming. The last thing you want to do is rely on natural lighting. You simply never know when artifical light is more beneficial to the shot.

 

Monitor Attachment

Most camera screens aren’t the largest, they’re also not positioned so that you can effortlessly watch the action. By adding a larger monitor, you can watch the action with more clarity and comfort. This enables you to get a better representation of how the footage will look as a finished production.

 

Sound Equipment For Both Interviews & Standard Footage

Be prepared for all sound related senarios. Sometimes you’ll have to mic someone up for an interview, on other occasions you’ll be attaching a mic to a pole and grabbing sound from a nearby waterfall.

 

Huge SD Cards & Lots Of Them

When you’re operating at the highest level you can’t afford slip-ups. Running out of memory is a school-boy-error. You should have around 5-10 256gb memory cards depending on the average length of your shoots.

 

Additional Batteries

Another school-boy-error, especially if you’re operating at the highest level of the industry. Make sure you have a way of keeping footage continuous. Having a huge supply of batteries, a way to charge them and a quick way to change them is key to keeping things uninterrupted.

 

A Range Of Lenses

One lense just won’t cut it for every single situation/shot/project. You’re going to need a good range of lenses that cater to specific uses.

To be at industry standards it requires a decent investment. This can either be done right away if you have the budget for it, or as it is for most, a steady climb buying item after item over an extended period of time.

Of course you don't need everything on this list to begin with, but having all of the tools below will ensure that you're operating at the highest level.

Here are the 10 things every videographer needs to reach industry standard footage:


 

1080p/4K - 60fps Camera

This is minimum requirement. Without a camera that can at least do 1080p in 60fps those buttery shots just aren't achievable. Having the ability to do this in 4k is a huge bonus and can really seperate you from the pack, especially if your camera can still use autofocus whilst in these modes.

 

DJI Ronin Gimbal

There are other stabilizers, but none of them give you that true glide motion like the DJI Ronin's. These models can make an amateurs footage look like it's Hollywood ready.

 

Tripod With Slider

A good strong tripod is step one, but having one with a slider just opens up so many more possibilities. Being able to slide in multiple directions, create effects such as slide and zoom, etc, will really bring your tripod shots up a level.

 

1080p/4K Drone

Getting a drone isn't cheap. However the shots one can achieve with a quality drone are exceptional. There's also no real way to fake it/compromise. With a drone you can get those epic shots, set the scene and provide perspective.

 

Continuous Lighting Kit

Continuous lighting is what you'll need for filming. The last thing you want to do is rely on natural lighting. You simply never know when artifical light is more beneficial to the shot.

 

Monitor Attachment

Most camera screens aren't the largest, they're also not positioned so that you can effortlessly watch the action. By adding a larger monitor, you can watch the action with more clarity and comfort. This enables you to get a better representation of how the footage will look as a finished production.

 

Sound Equipment For Both Interviews & Standard Footage

Be prepared for all sound related senarios. Sometimes you'll have to mic someone up for an interview, on other occasions you'll be attaching a mic to a pole and grabbing sound from a nearby waterfall.

 

Huge SD Cards & Lots Of Them

When you're operating at the highest level you can't afford slip-ups. Running out of memory is a school-boy-error. You should have around 5-10 256gb memory cards depending on the average length of your shoots.

 

Additional Batteries

Another school-boy-error, especially if you're operating at the highest level of the industry. Make sure you have a way of keeping footage continuous. Having a huge supply of batteries, a way to charge them and a quick way to change them is key to keeping things uninterrupted.

 

A Range Of Lenses

One lense just won't cut it for every single situation/shot/project. You're going to need a good range of lenses that cater to specific uses.