Some major life events have given me the gift of reflecting on the important things in life. I have been contemplating what the future holds. The fact is that I don’t know; none of us truly do so let’s make the best of every moment. I do know that I am happiest when I am teaching and sharing. So that is exactly what I am going to focus on this year.
2. Are you a Hooplover? I am sure you are. Another giveaway is happening here on the Hooplovers.tv blog. I am giving away all of my 21 Day challenges, to one lucky winner. All of the details of that fun giveaway are in this blog post here.
Make sure you take the time to read some of the incredible comments hooper have been leaving already. I look forward to reading yours!
I always appreciate all of your feedback and ideas for the channel, thank you so much. I hope you find the tutorials helpful.
Sharing is caring. So if you have a blog or other platform you love to share your hooping adventures on it would be amazing if you share any of my tutorials that you have found helpful for you. The more we share, the more Hooplovers there are making this world a funkier place!
I have a dream for that channel. 100 000 Hooplovers subscribed. It is just a number, I know, but how cool would it be if there were 100 000 of us?!
I hope that the beginning of 2017 is treating you well and that you are giving yourself much needed reflection time to move into this year with focus, fun and flow.
Over the years I have learned that if I want to be of service, reach out and teach as many people as possible, then I need to provide the best quality so that I can be seen and heard without distraction. Our Hooplovers YouTube channel has received millions of views and we have learned a lot about what makes a fun, clear and popular video.
There is nothing worse for students or learners than watching poor quality video, listening to bad audio or struggling to hear in class. We have tested so many gadgets and helpful equipment over the years and I am going to share my best recommendations in this video and blog.
The best part is that all of this equipment will improve how you teach and share but does not have to cost a fortune.
In this blog I will list up all of the equipment that we use to provide high quality video and audio for students in our online courses, YouTube videos and live events. Firstly, I will list them by category including links to each piece of equipment. At the bottom you can find a summer of must have gadgets for teachers/creators on a budget.
– Microphones & Sound Equipment
– Lighting Solutions
– Tripods and Stands
– Other Essentials
– Get Started on a Budget
Microphones and Sound Equipment
Make sure you are heard clearly; there is no excuse for poor quality audio, distracting noises or low quality speakers. Your teachings are valuable, your words need to be projected professionally without distraction and your students deserve great sound. Here is a list of the gadgets we now use and love.
This little gadget is a life changer for any teacher or speaker. Wireless, light weight, handsfree and a great investment. I have tried many other head mics and this is by far the easiest, most versatile and most cost effective one. I want to buy more just in case they ever consider stopping production. My fav gadget ever.
This is the little plastic mount that you will need if you are using the wireless Samson AirLine for videos and need to mount it to your DSLR camera.
The link above is for a mount I found on Ebay but you can search for one in your own area. I always check product reviews and seller reviews before purchasing online and ask the seller questions if I am unsure.
We invested in a Sennheiser EW 112P G3-A omni-directional EW system many years ago. If you have the budget then this is the best but I personally would go for a less expensive and less complicated option in the beginning. Find a high quality lapel mic, with good reviews that will plug into your phone. Record your voice for videos through your SmartPhone using a voice recording app. This will give you better quality audio for your videos.
Another option for better sound quality through your SmartPhone, particularly if you are recording video is a Rode VideoMic Me Directional Microphone for Smart Phones. Affordable and heavy duty. It is what I use to improve the sound quality on my videos that I shoot for Facebook groups and Instagram if I want my voice to be a little more clear but I don’t need to set up too much, just plug in, hit record and then upload.
I have three of these sound systems and have had them for years. I invested in these because they are portable, have great sound quality and they were easy for myself and my teachers to use and carry around. I also love this company and their designs.
I love the UE Boom speakers. So portable, great sound and easy to use. A yoga teacher friend (who is also a musician so he knows his sound) was saying that he sets up two UE Booms in classes and in his house. One on each side of the room. The coolest thing is UE Boom now have an app for iOS and Android and you can set up your UE Booms to get surround sound. Such an affordable and effective sound solution. Apparently you can synch up to 50 UE Booms at one time (if you want to go extra!)
And they have a cute video ad
You can also get UE MEGABOOM as the name suggests they are MEGA!
I would put these UE Boom speakers in my most used and must have list. Absolutely.
And there are cool colours. And different shapes. I personally have not used the UE Roll but I would like to try them as I really like the design and size.
I did not show this table mic in the video about but I should have. It is the most cost effective and best quality way, in my opinion, to do voice over work on videos. Sturdy, stable, good quality, easy to use and allows you to sit at your desk comfortably and speak clearly into the mic for awesome, professional quality voice over videos on a budget.
A cost effective, simple and portable way to keep your class playlists with you. I also transfer podcasts, practice playlist and audio books onto my iPod shuffle because it is easy and light weight.
The downside is that there is no screen so you have to make sure that you are prepared and your playlists are in order if you are using one of these for your classes or workshops.
The iPod Nano is awesome if you need a screen and like to see what songs are on your playlist, but you still want something lightweight and easy to plug in anywhere. I carried one of these everywhere with me for years.
Of course there are other music players on the market, but I have never used any of them. I would highly recommend checking reviews and talking to friends who have used the equipment before spending your money. Or buying from sellers who offer refunds if you are not happy.
The cheapest, best source of light is the Sun but it is inconsistent and simply not around if you want to video at night, so here are the lights that we use and love.
These are the LED light panels that I show in the video Aputure Amaran AL-528W LED Light I bought two of them to shine a little extra light on things but they are best for small areas and direct light. They would not be my first choice for larger areas, great but not the absolute best as they are limited in the distance they can radiate.
Tripods and Stands
If you are investing in any kind of equipment, whether it be a SmartPhone, lighting or cameras, you want it to be safe so you will need some light weight but study tripods or stands.
The versatile tripod that I demonstrated in the video is the MeFOTO Aluminum Roadtrip Travel Tripod/Monopod Kit Highly recommend this one, we use it often and it works for a variety of angles. It is strong but I use it mostly for my light weight cameras or my iPhone.
You will need to make sure that you have the right mounts for your tripods depending on what gadget you are connecting to them.
We have tested many cameras over the years. I personally use my iPhone a lot for quick videos for Social Media but for YouTube videos and professional online course videos we use a range of cameras. I have included links below to the cameras we have invested in. In order of price, at the time this blog was written.
Canon EOS 70D Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm STM Lens When we started making YouTube videos we used this camera most commonly. It has a great autofocus (so you will not be blurry) and is still popular with online teachers and vloggers. The video above was shot with this camera.
If you are using high quality cameras you will need to grab a couple of memory cards. Make sure you get the ones that fit your gadgets.
Changing your camera lens. If you are shooting your videos in a small space but really want to capture the whole space you might consider buying a wide angle lens like Canon EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM Lens. Sticking with the kit lens that comes with your DSLR camera is great if you are on a budget but if you want to experiment and play with different captures then you might consider purchasing a range of lens.
We have also bought the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Zoom Lens for our Cannon DSLR because it is great for well lit indoor spaces and outdoor videoing. Has greater zoom so can experiment with various focal lengths allowing more variety in your video shoots.
Belkin 6-Foot MIXIT Coiled Aux Cable (Pink) I have a few of these. Valuable. Needed. Never assume every space, studio, festival has it’s own cables. Always come prepared, always ask what system they provide or take your own.
MacBook Air 13.3-Inch Laptop Is my lifeline. It is here that I prepare all of my notes, playlists, ideas, write blogs, reply to comments. Lightweight. There are others ont he market. This is my fav.
Charging station If you have several gadgets on the go I highly recommend buying yourself or making yourself a charging station with multiple USB ports for charging everything at once. You want to be effective with your time and there is nothing worse than running low on battery mid video shoot.
OK longest blog post ever, but to finish up here is a summary of what I personally would invest in if I was on a tight budget but I wanted to create some quality videos/workshops online or offline and wanted to get started soon.
Speaker & music player -Teaching indoors or outdoors, get yourself a portable speaker system. I would consider 2 x UE BOOM 2 Wireless Mobile Bluetooth Speaker (Waterproof and Shockproof) and get the app to set up the stereo sound. And then of course a heavy duty iPod to store your playlists and pump your tunes, along you could also use your laptop but I prefer to take really good care of my laptop and keep it in my living room or studio space.
Looking forward to seeing your videos. Leave your links and ideas below in the comments. If you do create some awesome videos please link me up so I can enjoy and share them with others.
Here are some other videos we have created using a variety of the gadgets I talked about in this blog.
Please note : It is important to decide what types of videos and tutorials you would like to create. All of these recommendations are based on equipment that we have been using for many years to share online courses on Hooplovers.tv and the Hooplovers YouTube Channel
This post contains Amazon affiliate links, which means I receive a tiny percentage like 4-8% if you make a purchase using any of the link but I appreciate everything and it helps keep this blog going! Please do your own research, decide what is best for you.
Another year, another epic adventure with hoopers in YouTube land. The most popular YouTube video of all time on my channel is still the very first video we shot. How to Hula Hoop for Beginners. With over 1 million views that is pretty sweet for a little hooping tut. It was also the tutorial that started our YouTube adventure back in 2013; since then we have been posting every week and have some fun plans coming up for 2017. Thank you a million times over for joining us!
For more than 3 years we have been sharing weekly hooping tutorials on YouTube. There are hundreds of different videos and so it can be easy to miss some of them, so this week I thought I would share some that you might have missed or forgotten.
It is hard to pick favourites but below I have linked you up to ten of our YouTube tutorials. Enjoy them all, turn them into your own style and share them if you love them.
This palm spin flow session follows on from the Palm Spin tutorial and features three variations of palm spin. I am using a 90cm 35″ polypro in this tutorial but you can use any hoop that you like. If you are looking for a polypro hoop to buy scroll to the bottom I will add some links there.
The is a beautifully symmetrical move that creates a powerful illusion and can be added into any style of hoop dance flow or choreography.
We have a whole playlist of LEGS! on YouTube right here but check out this funky move – the Kick Out Step Through. Meet this challenge with patience, playfulness and maybe some arnica. Yes knee hooping can bruise so take care!
Drills are a powerful way to improve your hoop skills and fitness. Amplify your coordination with these upper body breaks.
The Break & Fold was a popular hoop transition back when I released this hoop tutorial and it is still one that I use often today. If you haven’t played with this move for a while maybe it is time for a refresher.
Elbows! Always a fun contact point to mess around with. This is a cool behind the back pass. A great chest and shoulder opening move.
Lean On was such a popular song in the hoop community that it won a Hoopie so I had to do a choreographed hoop dance to this track. Watch the full version here and then follow the break downs.
The no hand smear is such a groovy and fulfilling move to wobble along to, it will unlock new movement in your hoop.
There are two basic things you need to hoop dance: a hoop that is the right size for you and hoop dance moves. (Learn how to hula hoop online with me) You can find hundreds of free tutorials on my YouTube channel here; but first let’s make sure you have the right size hoop. … Continue Reading