Hi! I’m Elyse from Synoply, you’re synopsis of everything to do with the video. In this video, I’m going to be sharing with you my tips for picking a tripod specifically for your YouTube studio. If you haven’t seen any of my previous videos, you may not know that I set up my own home YouTube studio. I actually did a whole vlog about it and then I did a separate video where I talked about how I set up the whole studio for under $500.
Now, in that video, one of the things I talked about is the total regret that I have over the tripod I purchased. The reason why is I had to just very quickly go in and buy a tripod because I have an event coming up and I didn’t have the time to do the research that I wanted to do. The reason why I had to go buy a new tripod is because I had lost this teeny little attachment that you put your camera onto and what I didn’t realize is that it’s not possible to buy replacements of these for all tripods. That’s my very first tip.
You want to make sure that you get a tripod that has a replaceable camera attachment because otherwise, it becomes an extremely expensive exercise if you lose this little attachment.
The second thing you want to consider is whether you want a tripod that’s really just suited for indoor studio setups or if you’re looking for something that’s more all terrain. The tripod I ended up purchasing was this Weifeng tripod from Incubus Digital Camera Warehouse for about $120. I don’t recommend it so don’t buy it.
Let me show you. Pretty much what you can do is you can decide if you want one leg expanded and one leg not as much expanded. You don’t have to. Ignore the length for now. I’m just talking about the distance between the centre pole and to the three legs. This may be useful in a situation where you’re out filming somewhere and you’ve got a terrain that isn’t perfectly flat. So you need your legs to be sort of like adjusted to accommodate for that. This tripod is good for outdoor use.
For indoor use, I would recommend something more basic. Whereas with this tripod, it has a set width from the centre pole that it can be so you can’t adjust it in any way. It just literally has to be set in that sort of manner but the thing is you can still adjust the legs. So if you’re in all sorts of terrain, you could have one leg shorter and one leg longer, but it doesn’t really sort of let you adjust this centre part. For a studio setting, I think this is perfect because you’re generally always going to be on a flat surface.
Now, with this tripod, you can see that the way you extend the legs is you actually twist and the length of the poles come out. The only thing I dislike about this is you can’t tell now that it hasn’t actually clamped into place. What you have to do is manually go adjust and check each one and so often when I’m in a rush, I don’t realize that I haven’t actually made them all stabilized and secure and so I’ll put my camera on top and all of a sudden one leg will start to tip because I hadn’t actually screwed it properly.
To expand the legs on this one, you literally just have two clamps and what I like about this is it’s really easy and obvious to see that your tripod has not been clamped shut. So you just very quickly clamp it shut and you know now that you’re secure when you put your camera on the top that one leg is not going to buckle. For two little buckles that you have here, you have to have four sort of screws on the other one so it was just a lot more work to like unscrew it all, screw it back together and then being uncertain about whether or not it’s actually secure.
With the Weifeng tripod, the legs can go in all sorts of different directions and (inaudible), the problem when you’re in a studio setting is actually getting your tripod level. The great thing is it does come with a spirit level at the top. The silly thing about that is your camera attachment actually goes on top of that so happens is you have to get your tripod level and then put the camera on top, but it actually has this adjustable sort of swivelling top on it and the problem is if you adjust that, there’s no way for you to get the camera back to level without taking the camera off checking the level and then putting the camera back on. I found that pretty frustrating especially because the legs, it is really difficult to tell whether or not they are in perfect alignment and so a lot of the time my tripod wasn’t actually straight.
With this tripod, you can see that there is a spirit but it’s on the side of where the camera attachment slides in. This is perfect because you can have your camera and you already on there and you can be checking whether or not your levels. Definitely, you want to find a tripod that has a spirit level which is visible while you have the camera attached.
The other thing that I love about this tripod is the panning handle. I actually think that’s really useful on a larger tripod because I think more often than not, you may want to sort of like set up a shot and do like a slow pan or just have a little bit more freedom and flexibility to move the camera without actually having to move the camera itself. I really liked this panning handle and I also liked this little attachment that just does a quick adjustment in getting the height higher or lower.
Back to the Weifeng one, it doesn’t have the panning handle. That’s a little bit frustrating and especially this ball thing that I’ve shown you at the top it’s just so loose that when you’re moving it just really, really moves the camera. I found it difficult to do like really slow, steady panning shots, up and down shots with this particular tripod.
There was one little thing on this that I did like and it’s this little knob which I don’t even know what it does to be honest. That’s the other thing a lot of the time I can actually work out—okay so that one makes it swivel this way in that way, but what’s actually really handy is that I hook a whiteboard onto these switches where I put my speaking notes, but I’ve got a separate video about that. It’s called my “$2 YouTube Hack” which is how I use my notes instead of using a teleprompter.
They are my tips on what you should look for if you’re trying to buy a tripod for a YouTube studio. I’m not going to recommend anyone in particular because, to be honest, I think as long as you find the criteria that I’ve already mentioned about having the spirit level on the outside, about having the tripod have the clamp leg. Don’t forget the replacement camera attachment because that’s the must. Otherwise, you’re going to have to buy a tripod every time you lose that. I will put a couple of links in the description below. Not sponsored in any way, but just some tripods that I found which I myself and considering changing too because I’m not 100% happy with the Weifeng tripod.
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