I thought it was about time that I let my readers take a peek behind the curtain of the meggsngrits’ YouTube filming setup. I started with some simple basics to just get started with YouTube and streaming and have slowly added to it as time has gone by. I still have plans for more upgrades down the line, but I wanted to share some options for those of you who have been wanting to create your own setup for YouTube or Twitch. While I have yet to stream on Twitch in an official capacity, these have been tried and true for all of my recording needs. If you are looking for a budget-friendly filming setup, this is the setup for you! Quick Disclaimer: Due to the pandemic, many prices have fluctuated in the time I have purchased these products. If they do not fit within your budget now, you can always save them to a wish list for later. You work hard for your money; don’t spend it on something you can wait for.
From humble beginnings of using my old Samsung Galaxy S6 phone and a “husband-approved” pre-built gaming PC (with free monitors and a free keyboard from a friend), to a still-humble-but-a-bit-nicer custom PC setup, I bring you the current studio filming equipment for the meggsngrits YouTube channel! Below you will find options for some of the basic of basics for getting started creating your very own YouTube videos along with a little blurb of a review by myself. Feel free to ask questions on these in the comments down below, and I will do my very best to answer them!
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My Filming Equipment
This flexible and portable tripod is really a must for anyone that takes their filming or phone photography on-the-go. I have used this trusty little tripod since the very beginning of my channel, and it has come in handy so many times. It’s easy to bend to any shape I need (such as fitting it to sit on top of my mannequin Billie for photos and videos like my LookBooks as well as stacking it on books to film my Sailor Moon unbagging video), and it’s lightweight enough to take on family trips or other destinations when vlogging. It has fit every phone I’ve had since I bought it quite a few years ago which includes the Samsung Galaxy S6, OnePlus 6, and the iPhone 11 Pro. It even comes with a remote so that you can control your phone from far away, which is perfect if you’re on your own creating content. It also fits other digital cameras, webcams, etc. but my review is based on using it with my phone. The biggest drawback I found is that it does not have an expandable height, which means you may have to get creative for taller shots. Despite its disadvantage, I highly recommend this as a beginner tripod. Get it here!
This ring light became my tried and true after the travel phone tripod. It’s very budget-friendly and fits in small spaces like in a small bedroom (AKA my self-made Library which you have seen in several of my previous videos) and on top of desks like in my Choosing My BTS Bias video. It has 3 light settings as well as 11 levels of brightness. Unlike my travel tripod, this Ring Light Tripod expands in height up to 51″ tall. It’s drawback for me was that it’s USB powered. This would be great if I only ever used it at my desk, but it was primarily used for my vlog-style sit down videos. I used a phone charging block for it which was fine for the most part, but still a negative in my book. And now that I have a larger and better ring light (see below) I realized that the ring light itself is quite small and puts off a limited amount of light because it’s area is limited. Not a big deal and it’s so cheap that you can use it while you save up for something bigger and better! Get it here!
My wonderful husband surprised me with this gorgeous ring light at Christmas. It is the nicest part of my setup in terms of accessories. It has its very own app that you can control via your PC or phone. The light settings go from warm to cold white with endless options in between. The brightness is just as customizable. You can even save settings for different videos if you like! It was super easy to install on my desk, saving me so much space from setting up my other tripod like before, and I was able to mount my webcam easily with the ability to still move the camera about independently from the ring light. It can also be integrated with the Elgato Stream Deck (which is on my wish list). Currently, the only drawback I can even consider is that I can’t move it from one room to another for different kinds of videos as easily as my other ring light tripod. It’s also more on the expensive side if you are just getting started. Still, it is really the best part of my setup and worth the $$$. Get it here!
My gaming webcam cost more than I had really wanted to spend (about $80-$90), but it was the best bang for my buck at the time, and this webcam still makes a lot of budget alternative lists for streaming set ups like mine. The HD video is definitely decent, but I wasn’t getting the most out of it until I found out about Nvidia Broadcast (more on that in the Software section of this post). I can’t complain about the quality at all, and I don’t plan on upgrading any time soon. If I do upgrade, it’d be to a DSLR camera and not another webcam. This webcam does the job efficiently, and it’s so easy to use. Get it here!
My mic was another item that I underestimated when budgeting out my setup. I read article after article and finally settled on the Blue Snowball USB Microphone. It was about $80 at the time as well if I recall correctly. It’s definitely cheaper in price now and still a good budget microphone for any setup. I also found a way to filter out some of the noise using Nvidia Broadcast and the tools in Premiere Pro, but the sound quality isn’t anywhere near where I wish it was. I do plan on upgrading to a better microphone that clamps onto my desk and has a pop filter in the near future, but my Snowball is doing the job just fine for now. Get it here!
I have had 2 different gaming headsets since I began doing YouTube. I upgraded from my Corsair VOID RGB headset to the HyperX Cloud Alpha S PC Gaming Headset. I still have my Corsair Headset, but I use it primarily at work as it’s cordless. They are super comfy and I still love them. The HyperX Cloud Alpha S PC Gaming Headset though is very much my favorite of the two and the one I use for gaming and editing all the time. The mic is very good for a headset, and the headset is so, so comfortable. Usually I have an issue with the headband on most headsets, but this one fits snugly and comfortably. The mic is removable which is a plus for me as I prefer to remove it and use my Blue Snowball for audio when filming. The main drawback is that it is wired via USB. I enjoy the freedom of a wireless mic, but it is nice to know that I don’t ever have to worry about connection issues or charging my headset before playing a game. Get it here!
If you regularly watch my videos, you know how bad of a time I have had with the SteelSeries Stratus Duo Wireless Gaming Controller. My lovely husband was kind enough to upgrade me to this lovely PS5 controller! It works smoothly with Haunting Ground, and I honestly can’t wait to put it to the test with more games. Unfortunately, this Friday’s video was recorded with the old controller (I actually paused the game to ask my husband if he would please, please, please, PLEASE get me a replacement PC controller because I could not take it anymore). There are definitely more budget friendly options out there than this PS5 controller, though I would not recommend my old controller to anyone. For now, I do recommend the PS5 controller if it is within your budget. Get it here!
My Custom PC Setup
- Fractal Design Meshify S2- Mid Tower Computer Case
- Asus VA24EHE 23.8” Monitor
- Logitech G903 LIGHTSPEED Wireless Gaming Mouse
- GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER Graphics Card [out of stock]
- Corsair CX750M 750 W 80 plus bronze power supply
- MSI MPG X570 Gaming edge Wi-Fi AMD Motherboard
- Ryzen 5 3600 CPU
- Samsung 970 Evo Plus 500GB SSD
- 1TB Western Digital Blue HDD
- Corsair Air Series LED 120mm fans (White)
My Software & Editing Tools
As a 3D modeler and graphic designer, I would be lost without the Adobe CC suite. I use Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro for everything blog and YouTube related. On the flip side, I use the Adobe CC suite for personal and portfolio work as well. There’s plenty of free tools out there that are similar the Adobe products that I have used like Canva, GIMP, etc. If you can get by with free tools, I think that’s totally fine for a budget setup, especially since the Adobe CC Suite comes with a monthly subscription rather than a one-time price. Adobe has their reasons for doing this like updates and more, so depending on how much you use the tools could mean whether or not the subscription is worth it for you. Get it here!
Stream Labs OBS is a live streaming software and is what I primarily use for all of my YouTube videos and when I stream. It also is free and open source! Stream Labs OBS has honestly been a really good experience for me so far as I switched from XSplit Broadcaster. It’s far more customizable and user-friendly. I still have a lot to learn when it comes to using it to the best of its abilities, but you can’t beat free with an open source program like this. I highly recommend it for any setup! Get it here!
We’re finally at the app that makes my voice and video the best it can be with my budget setup. Nvidia Broadcast is completely free to use. It has noise removal which I take advantage of each time I record, a virtual background option (removal and replacement) + a blurred background option (a personal favorite), auto frame (movement tracker), and more. It even works hand in hand with Stream Labs OBS. I have used it during zoom meetings as well and got compliments on my audio and video! The main drawback is that you need to have NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 or better to use the app. Get it here!
I use Audacity for all of my voice over videos like my Sims 4 Speed Builds or when I am speaking over video clips of fashion videos. It’s super easy to use for recording voice clips, and you can edit and manipulate audio in the software. I have even used Audacity to remove noise from voice recordings before as well. For a free audio recording tool that’s open source, it’s fantastic. Get it here!
Because copyright take downs are really tough on channels and streams, I have invested in a monthly subscription to Epidemic Sound. All of my current videos use copyright free songs from Epidemic Sound. You can find literally anything and everything on Epidemic Sound, and trust me when I say that all of the music I have used so far are grade A bops. I plan on putting a playlist together for Twitch when I start streaming as well. I pay about $15 per month for Epidemic Sound, but you can get free months by asking viewers and other creators to use your referral link. I leave my referral link down in the bottom of all of my YouTube videos like this: https://www.epidemicsound.com/referra…
Other Nice-To-Have Items
Below is a small list of things that I have also used for my setup like the bookcases and artwork frames behind me in my videos as well as some other helpful tools like blackout curtains that I have used over the years. All are budget friendly and are completely optional for your setup.
I hope you enjoyed getting a peek at my setup! Please let me know if you have any questions in the comments below!