Video tools for AR vloggers

Real Estate Agent with Real Estate Places CA BRE #01802964

Now that our video blogging challenge is over - I am going through some of the comments - and I am finding a couple of things that seems to be themes. 

What type of equipment do I need? 

How do I make a video?

What should the video be about?

So here comes a little series, first up, lets talk gear. There are piles of video cameras out there, and as you know, I am a serious cheap skate (yes, I wear that badge with pride), so lets look at what camera's I suggest you look at if you need one. 

There are two types of camera I think you should consider, and we are keeping this under the $200 mark - no point in spending more at this point. 

The first one is a point and shoot - this is simple and useful for other needs as well - I carry mine pretty much at all times. 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is the new version of the Sony WX9 Full HD 1080/60i from last year (my trusty camera). I grabbed the skinnier WX50 for my wife, and you will see it in the video below.

The Kodak PlayTouch Video Camera is getting harder to come by, now that Kodak is trying hard to offload anything non-essential - and that is too bad as they make some kicking cameras - one feature especially is making this camera a top contender: the Mic jack - this allows you to use an outside mic source, such as a lavalier to record sound from a distance.

Finally - a small tripod is always great, the Joby GorillaPod Flexible Tripod is great for putting your camera up just about any place.  

Comments (6)

Gary Frimann, CRS, GRI
Eagle Ridge Realty / Signature Homes & Estates - Gilroy, CA
REALTOR and Broker

Thanks for the tips.  I am just starting to do some video for my blogs.  At least I keep telling myself I need to start vlogging.

Oct 01, 2012 11:58 PM
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Gary, if you already understand the power of blogging, the added benefit of video will blow your mind away.

Oct 02, 2012 12:02 AM
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Terkel - Great information here.  It's nice to know that you don't have to drop a wad of cash to film a good video.  In the contest, someone (can't remember who) mentioned the Swivl for hands free video where you could "walk and talk".  I can't seem to find this up here; have you used anything like that?  Or heard any feedback?

Oct 02, 2012 03:03 AM
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Sally, the Swivl is, well, um... great for something, but over here, is considered redundant. Here's why, if you want to record yourself - your webcam in your laptop is fine, of you want to record a presentation, there are tools that let you do it on your computer rather than recording what's on display (figure slightly higher quality)... if you love gadgets and must have... it's good for that, but I can think of a pile of other things to do money on before I'd get one of those... 

Oct 02, 2012 05:38 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Sorry, I missed this before Terkel. Good information to share. I got a little discouraged watching a webinar with WelcoYouTube Thursdaysmemat  yesterday - he basically told us that if we didn't have a DSLR, we shouldn't do our own videos. Thought that was say the least.

Oct 11, 2012 02:36 AM
Terkel Sørensen
Real Estate Places - Temecula, CA
Realtor, 951.805.0773 , Bank owned and Short Sales

Yes, i follow you Debb. The way i see it - lots of People have Leica cameras and take crummy pictures. A few people have crummy cameras and take mindblowing images. To me, "doing" is far more important than the equipment, and since this odds going online in 99% Of the cases anyway... What's the point?

Oct 11, 2012 11:40 PM