Cool Equipment Links

To make shopping for your DIY Video Marketing forays easier we put together a few Amazon Affiliate Bundles to take the guesswork out of what to order and in what quantities. A few bundles even offer a mini-discount. And, for full disclosure, we will be getting a small percentage from any purchases you make via these bundles. For a more in-depth explanation, check out our blog entry about accessorizing your smartphone.

There are only 2 things you need to get started: 

  1. Mini-Tripod with a phone grip (watch out for size of your phone for fit)
  2. Clip-on Microphone with an extension cord to get you further away from the phone (watch out if you have iPhone 7 – you’ll need an adaptor for the mic)
  • Plus size smart phone – mini tripod:

  • Regular size smart phone – mini tripod:

  • Clip-on microphone for mini-audio 3.5mm jack (regular jack):

  • Splitter if you have a iPhone 7:

  • Extension cord for 3.5 mm jack microphone:


Here a few other suggestions:

  • Phone Grip and Tripod (NOTE: phone grips come in different sizes – if you have an oversize smart phone this grip might be too tight)
  • Clip-on Microphone: The iPhone microphones are actually quite good, the problem is the distance between the person talking and the phone recording. A wired lav mic (aka clip-on microphone) will remedy that. Good mics are very expensive, and wireless mics are even more expensive. This Rodes mic is a good middle-of-the-road solution
  • All-in-One Light Kit with three lights and we added extension cords as you’ll inevitably need those. Bulbs are for daylight
  • White backdrop: This is a bundle is put together to make sure you have everything you need. For some reason the backdrop (white sheet) and frame are sold separately, as are the clamps you need to affix the sheet to the frame. Here they are all purchased together. I have been saving sheets from bedding sets in solid green, gray and blue shades
  • Portable Teleprompter: We’ve tested a few and this is the least expensive option. Be aware: the glass is very small, but with a bit of ‘fiddling’ it works just fine. NOTE: we assume you have the tripod already for your camera. If you don’t: you need a tripod (see above)

B&H Alternative: I love my Benro Aero Travel Tripod (Link to B&H). It’s very sturdy, light, and packs up very compact. One of the legs can come off and can serve as a mono-pod. I also love the level, and if I’m shooting tall people – it reaches up there to stay at eye-level with my clients.

Phone Grip & Tripod

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag (Read Reviews)
LimoStudio 2PC Monopod Tripod Mount Clip Cell Phone Holder for iPhone 6 5S 5C 5 4S 4 Samsung Galaxy S4 S3 , AGG1462 (Read Reviews)
Price Last Updated: 12:48pm, 25th May 2016 More Info
Buy together for: $29.48

Microphone Bundle

Stony-Edge Microphone/Headset/Headphone Audio Extension Cable for iPhone or Smartphones, 3.5mm TRRS Male to Female, 13 Feet (Read Reviews)
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones (Read Reviews)
Price Last Updated: 1:20pm, 3rd November 2016 More Info
Was $101.95
Buy together now for $90.95
You Save $11.00 (11%)

All-in-One Light Kit with Accessories – 3 Lights

Neewer 600W 5500K Photo Studio Day Light Umbrella Continuous Lighting Kit (Read Reviews)
GE 12-Feet Indoor Extension Cord with Tamper Guard, White, 51954 (Read Reviews)
Price Last Updated: 12:55pm, 3rd November 2016 More Info
Buy together now for $62.91

White Backdrop with Accessories

LimoStudio Photo Video Studio 10Ft Adjustable Muslin Background Backdrop Support System Stand, AGG1112 (Read Reviews)
Neewer 6x9 feet/1.8x2.8 meters Photo Studio 100 Percent Pure Muslin Collapsible Backdrop Background for Photography, Video and Television (Background Only) - White (Read Reviews)
Valor - 4.5in-Studio Backdrop Clamp-A Clamp-Muslin Clamp-6 Pack (Read Reviews)
Price Last Updated: 5:35pm, 13th May 2016 More Info
Buy together for: $56.63

Teleprompter w/ Remote

iPad iPad2 iPad3 iPad4 iPad Mini Teleprompter R810-10 with Beam Splitter Glass (Read Reviews)
Parrot PT-Remote Teleprompter Remote for Smartphones and Tablets with Bluetooth Wireless (Read Reviews)
Price Last Updated: 12:49pm, 3rd November 2016 More Info
Was $197.95
Buy together now for $164.95
You Save $33.00 (17%)