YouTube Thursdays - New Toys for Video Production!

Real Estate Broker/Owner with ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors

Youtube Thursdays - New Toys!


There was a time when you needed a video camera in order to shoot quality video. However, with today’s sophisticated smartphones, phone cameras continue to improve in leaps and bounds. Case in point, our friends, Ron and Alexandra Seigel recently shared an amazing Earth Day video shot entirely by producers using Apple’s iPhone XS. The results are extraordinary. 


Since many of us are out and about with smart phones, it seems wise to have the right tools handy to shoot quick and spontaneous videos - that look good. Once again, using the basic principles for good videos


  1. Good lighting.
  2. Good Audio. 
  3. Stabilization. 
  4. Interesting or Entertaining content. 


Admittedly we prefer our Canon 70D and our Rode shotgun mic for  our planned  video production, but not all great things that happen are planned. Therefore, we’ve added  a couple of new toys to  carry in our car. 


Zhiyun Smooth 4 Gimbal 

Rode Lavelier Mic 



The Magic of Gimbals



A gimbal stabilizer can really up your game. It will always be steadier than your hand, and will help eliminate shaky and blurry footage. Keeping your camera steady is the single most important reason for using a gimbal. We chose the Zhiyun  after doing some online research and talking to a friend who uses one. I


In our opinion, it’s always best to do your own due diligence and choose one that gets high reviews using a phone like yours, be it an iPhone or Android.  Some suggest the Zhiyun we have is not compatible with an android device. 


Things to consider - 


Cost: We paid $119.00 for our Zhiyun. 


Gimbals come in 2-5 axes, with the 3-axis being standard. The number of axes translate into how precise and smooth the stabilization will be. ( Ours is 3 axis) 


Most gimbals connect to your phone using Bluetooth…make sure you  get one with plenty of battery life. ( Ours is 12 hours)  

Do you want additional tripod legs? (Our Zhiyun comes with that option.) 


Don’t forget, for motorized gimbals, you’ll need an app for your smart phone. ( We use Filmic Pro ($14.99), not the Official app, called ZY Play). 



Good Sound -


We are fussy about audio, especially me (Debb), due to my  broadcasting background. Please, please invest in a simple microphone for your phone, the mic plugs into the dongle that now comes with iPhones. We're not familiar with androids, but they also must have an external mic input.

No doubt we could have purchased a more economical model, but once again, my fussiness for clean and clear sound led me to the Rode SmartLav +. 


  • Cost - $79
  • Comes with Lav-Clip for easy mounting the mic on your collar or lapel. 
  • Also has a pop filter (dampen p’s) and helps buffer wind. 


We’re going to be testing out the new gear in the coming days. We’ll share some of our observations and results with you next week.  We can't wait, it’s always fun to get new tech toys for video! 


Much like Anita Clark 's Facebook Fridays, we encourage you to subscribe to each other's YouTube Channels - and take a minute to "like" or leave a comment. You can also add your own YouTube Channel in the comments below, and ask for subscribers. Be sure to subscribe back though - it's quid pro quo! 

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ViewHomes™ grew out of our passion for nature, beautiful surroundings, and peaceful environments. Starting together in an urban environment, over the years we've gravitated towards areas with smaller populations and less density. We now enjoy our lifestyle in a rural environment, but with close proximity to metropolitan areas where we appreciate all the amenities of fine restaurants, shopping, and an easy drive to an international airport.
Living in ViewHomes™ is like having “elbowroom for the soul”.






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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

CONGRATULATIONS Debb and Bernie, on having this blog FEATURED in the Old Farts Club group!  

May 09, 2019 09:44 AM #13
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It is crazy how affordable and easy it has become to shoot quality video, I am running out of excuses to start doing more videos myself, haha.

May 09, 2019 10:51 AM #14
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Hi Sheri Sperry - MCNE® , I figured Rick would have this equipment. I haven't been out there as much as I want either.

This darn kitchen remodel has been an epic project. Cabinets arrived today and B and I just finished making sure they are all there and that there is no damage. :) 

May 09, 2019 11:34 AM #15
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Thank you Sharon Lee - thinking about your upcoming trip to our area. Hope all goes smoothly.

Hi Grant Schneider - I thought of you. Can you believe it's taken us this long to make it happen?  Tsk, Tsk. 

May 09, 2019 12:01 PM #16
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Debb and Bernie- thank you for doing this every week. I do agree that if an agent is doing a video, a short appearance by them is good but nothing more than that!!!

May 09, 2019 06:07 PM #17
Melissa Spittel
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Westminster, MD
"Achieving Results Together "

I have a gimbel, still trying to get good at using it. Have a mic, too. Yep, gotta learn how to use that, too!

May 09, 2019 06:39 PM #18
Kat Palmiotti
Grand Lux Realty, Monroe NY, 914-419-0270, - Monroe, NY
The House Kat

This is very interesting information - I haven't done much (anything) with video yet and I know I'm way behind the curve. I've bookmarked for re-reading/investigating.

May 10, 2019 02:52 AM #19
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debb, I have the Zhiyun Smooth 4 too and it was some of the best money I've ever spent. Really improved our videos and super user-friendly. Your mic recommendation came at the perfect time, I've been on the hunt for one. Will be taking your advice and purchasing the smartLav+. Thank you! 

May 10, 2019 06:01 AM #20
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Debb, i learn so much from you on videos, I have a long way to go yet with mine.  Snow yesterday morning in Denver, but 50 today and 70 tomorrow.


May 10, 2019 06:40 AM #21
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Debb,
Always love your educational tips!  Even though I've never done video, you're almost convincing me I could.  LOL  Keep 'em coming! 

May 10, 2019 07:46 AM #22
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Debb, Amanda told me about the Smooth 4, and bought one for my video endeavors.   Works very well.  Thanks for your tips.

May 10, 2019 09:49 AM #23
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Congratulations on your feature recognition. Thanks so much for sharing your experience and your advice.

May 10, 2019 12:33 PM #24
Rebecca Gaujot

Thanks for these tips. I am considering getting these two for my iPhone.

May 11, 2019 06:30 AM #25
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Best wishes to all of your readers for a very special weekend.

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May 11, 2019 07:51 AM #26
John Henry
John Henry Masterworks Design International, Inc. - Orlando, FL
Residential Architect, Luxury Custom Home Design

I am seeing that having the owner of a business talk directly to clients and interested parties about their abilities, background, updates, and general information is more engaging and transparent than just putting up images with a sound track or even voice over.  To keep costs low, the tech gear recommended is greatly appreciated.  Thanks, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 11, 2019 08:24 AM #27
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Wow, you have done it again Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD 

May 11, 2019 07:43 PM #28
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Fantastic Post, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD!  I am a real neophyte in this area but so want to learn. I will review this post and check your posts from the past.  Thank you so much for sharing.

May 11, 2019 09:03 PM #29
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD - Happy Mother's Day! I hope you have a wonderful day with your mom and sister too. 

Congratulations on a great FEATURE! I have an older iPhone and I am not successful in linking any videos I create. Someday, when I can get an update, I'll be reviewing all your posts and will have fun catching up to you and others.

May 12, 2019 09:01 AM #30
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

I hope you are enjoying a very special day. We have a very rainy Mother's Day in Maryland.

May 12, 2019 09:46 AM #31
Marie-Denise Kratsios
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Huntington, NY
Where ever you are, that's where I'll be!

I'm making it a mission to go back and read your past posts, Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD to learn more about video.  I've done a couple, but I'd like to do more.  When I have time later today, I'm going to start by reading  your YouTube Thursdays post from last week because it looks like a great primer.  

May 13, 2019 12:03 PM #32
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