At just under $2,000 it’s a bit above many first-time vloggers’ price range.
However, if you’ve already got some traction, experience, and followers under your belt, you should consider upgrading to a high-quality camera like the Sony a7R II to ensure that you continue to produce ultra-high-quality content for your viewers.
This camera has the world’s first back-illuminated CMOS image sensor which increases the camera’s ability to collect light, expands the circuitry scale, and minimizes the noise to increase focus on the image details.
The image sensor works inline with the Bionz X processor to output image data 3.5 times faster than the Mark I a7R camera.
The 399-point autofocus system is nothing short of incredible either. It’s perfect for fast-paced vlogging and can record high-speed videos with razor-sharp clarity.
Although the average LP vlogger may not need all of these extra features, outdoor vloggers or those who are constantly filming on-the-go will definitely appreciate it.
Sennheiser has long been one of the most respected names in the music industry when it comes to overall audio quality, but the one con that has always seemed to be an issue among their fans has been the fact that a lot of their headphones just don’t look very nice.
This headset is incredibly comfortable and offer an open ear design where the headband curves around behind the ear and over the head.
This design relieves pressure from the ears and sides of the head while still providing a snug fit.
The velour earpads also contribute to an incredibly comfortable fit. They softly cup your ear and ensure that you won’t feel any residual soreness even after hours of wearing them.
Aside from the incredible comfort and attractive style, however, they also have perfectly balanced sound. This is due to Sennheiser’s E.A.R technology.
It stands for Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement and utilizes the dynamic transistors along with the rounded cup design around the ears to produce high-fidelity, balanced sound which is perfect for live monitoring situations.
The Rode NT1 is one of the most popular condenser micsamong vloggers, amateur musicians, and podcasters alike.
It’s a well-rounded, balanced, and sturdily built little unit that’s perfect for almost any application. One of the reasons it provides such balanced sound is its double-Lyre suspension system that minimizes vibrational distortion.
This works in congruence with the durable all-metal pop filter to reduce pops that come from sharp consonant sounds such as T’s and P’s.
The Rode NT1 is also an incredibly quiet microphone. It has very little operational noise which is excellent for vlogging and podcasting applications where you’re not going to have a lot of background noise to begin with.
It has a cardioid polar pattern which absorbs sound from the side and works best when it’s hung about 8 to 12 inches away from your mouth.
It has a wonderful mid-range response which is perfect for vocal commentary. The high-end frequencies are smoothly leveled out, and the bass response is rich, silky, and non-dominating.
All of these work together to produce a very even and balanced sound.
Of course, a condenser mic isn’t much good on its own. You’ll need to have an arm to properly support it and position it at the right angle and distance from your face.
The Rode PSA1 arm is designed to work with just about every Rode condenser mic (including the previously mentioned Rode NT1), as well as with several other popular microphone brands.
The thing that makes this arm better than a lot of others is its feedback. It moves very smooth, and you won’t have to spend a lot of time trying to get it in the right position.
You can fine-tune everything from the height to the angle, and once the arm is in place, you won’t have to worry about it falling out of place.
Another feature that makes the Rode PSA1 extension arm a great addition to your condenser mic is the fact that it helps to further isolate sound and reduce outside noise interference that often comes from loud environments, vocal vibrations, and other gear.
The built-in shock mount ensures that vibrations don’t travel through the arm and into the microphone itself which can cause distortion or popping in the playback.
If you’re going to be doing a little bit of Let’s Play style vlogging, then you’re going to need a means of recording your screen and playing it back to your viewers. Various pieces of software can perform these, and many of them can cost hundreds of dollars.
However, Markiplier is keeping things simple with this particular item.
OBS streaming and recording is an open source project that is entirely free for all users and operates seamlessly on Mac, Windows, and Linux. It features a wide array of available settings that allow you to do fine tune your recording and come up with a well-balanced audio recording.
OBS also gives users the ability to record and stream through an unlimited number of scenes which provides you with plenty of creative control over how you want to stream back your video and allows you to skip the boring scenes that aren’t commentary worth
When you’re as big of a YouTube star as Markiplier is, you can’t afford to produce subpar or average-quality videos. You’re going to need every production to appear as streamlined and professional as possible.
Adobe Premiere Pro is loaded with features that allow you to scroll through your clips and still shots frame-by-frame and add all of the editing effects that you could ever need precisely where they need to be.
From pre-set color gradients to a fully customizable palette, you can control the mood and temperature of every scene.
There’s even an option that allows you to add closed captioning to any video of your choice.
His YouTube channel has over 9 billion views and boasts over 21 million fans and subscribers.
The majority of his videos are shot from home and simply feature his irreverent gaming commentary (complete with plenty of yelling and unfiltered profanity) during his gameplay of some of today’s most popular video games.
He wasn’t initially very popular with the YouTube admins when he first started in 2012. After years of persistence, however, he built a steady following and even appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live in 2014.
Since then he’s stayed in the headlines of gaming news with his charity work, hosting the South x Southwest Gaming Awards, and more.
Over the years, he’s experienced both personal loss and success but has kept his head high through it all. His current awards include “Celebrity of the Year” by the Make-A-Wish Foundation for his charity work and the Golden Joystick Award for “Best Streamer/Broadcaster of the Year.”
There you have it!
If you’ve never heard of Markiplier and you’re a gamer or somebody who just appreciates rough humor from a friendly character, then check out his channel. You won’t be disappointed.
While some of these items such as his mirrorless camera for vlogging are definitely on the more expensive side, his OBS screen recording is entirely free to use.
At the end of the day, you’re going to have a wide variety of personal preferences and needs that affect your choice of gear.