How to Set up an HD Video Studio for Less Than $400

Video equipment to shoot web videos for small businessSo by giving you content ideas, how to shoot web videos, and how to search engine optimize and distribute your videos we have taken most of the roadblocks out of the way. The one thing we have not covered is the perceived high cost of shooting video. You may be surprised that video equipment has gotten much more affordable than it has been in the past.

Below is a list of everything you will need to shoot professional web videos complete with cost.


Kodak Zi8 HD Pocket Video Camera $170

An excellent camera at a great price.


  • It shoots at both 1080 and 720 HD.
  • External Microphone Input
  • Expandable SD/SDHC card slot (up to 32 GB) – for up to 10 hours of footage.


Audio-Technica ATR-3350 Lavalier Omnidirectional Condenser Microphone – $25


Deluxe 57″ Camera Tripod with Carrying Case For The Kodak Zi8 Video Camera – $15

Lighting Kit

Fancierstudio 2400 Watt Lighting Kit Video Lighting Kit – $160

Total Price: $370

Extras – not necessary but recommended

ePhoto 10×12 GREEN 10×12 Foot Chroma Key Green Screen – $39

Neewer 110CM 43″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflector – $17

In all honestly the equipment listed above is not the best stuff on the market. It is however the best video equipment for the price.  This equipment will allow you to shoot HD video that will look great on the web. The camera even comes with software to basic editing of the videos. If you want to get into advanced editing you will need to pony up for professional software like Adobe After Effects and/or Premier and learn how to use it as it is meant for professionals.  If you are a Mac user IMovie can allow you to do some incredible stuff. You can always send your videos to the heroes and let us apply our magic to it with advanced effects and editing. We can also edit the sound in the video. Now that we have eliminated all the excuses – Go shoot some amazing web videos for your business!


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