Starting a video podcast in Calgary can be an exciting venture, and while it’s possible to get very technical and spend a lot on high-end equipment, beginners can start with a relatively modest setup. Here’s a list of the most important items you’ll need to launch your Calgary podcast, focusing on both functionality and quality without breaking the bank:

Camera Quality:

Opt for at least a 1080p resolution camera to ensure your video has a professional look. DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, or even high-quality webcams can serve well. Functionality: Look for a camera with a clean HDMI output if you plan to live stream, and consider one that supports external microphones for better audio quality.

Microphone Types:

A condenser microphone is great for studio settings, while dynamic microphones might be preferable in noisier environments. Connectivity: USB microphones offer simplicity for beginners, but XLR microphones can provide superior sound quality if you’re willing to invest in an audio interface.

Audio Interface (For XLR Microphones) Purpose:

Converts microphone and instrument signals into a format your computer can use. Consideration: Ensure it has enough inputs for your microphones and any other audio sources you plan to use.

Headphones Use:

For monitoring your audio in real time to catch and correct any issues promptly. Type: Closed-back headphones are recommended to prevent the mic from picking up audio playback.

Lighting Basic Setup:

At least two softbox lights or LED panels to illuminate your face and background evenly. Good lighting can drastically improve video quality. Advanced: Consider adding a backlight or hair light to separate you from the background, adding depth to your shot.

Tripod or Camera Support Stability:

 Ensures your camera stays in the correct position and angle throughout recording. Options: A traditional tripod, a tabletop tripod for desk setups, or a clamp mount if space is limited.

Backdrop Variety:

A plain wall, a backdrop stand with solid-colored backdrops, or a bookshelf. The key is to keep it uncluttered. Branding: Custom backdrops can add a professional touch and reinforce brand identity.

Video Editing Software Options:

Free and paid options are available, like DaVinci Resolve (free) or Adobe Premiere Pro (subscription). Learning Curve: Choose software that matches your skill level but also allows room for growth.

Audio Editing Software Purpose:

To edit the podcast audio separately for improved sound quality. Recommendations: Audacity (free) or Adobe Audition (subscription) offer robust editing capabilities.


Streaming/Recording Software (If Live Streaming)

By incorporating these elements into your setup, you can kickstart your podcast journey with confidence and quality.

If you want to test your podcast idea and don’t want to spend money and time buying all this equipment, we have a podcast studio for rent and a team that can help you bring your podcast idea to reality. Check the whole service at this link: Calgary Podcast Studio for rent