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What's in My YouTube Filmmaking & Live Streaming Bag?

What’s in My YouTube Filmmaking & Live Streaming Bag?

A lot of people ask me what equipment I use to create my videos on YouTube videos and live streams. I’m a very minimal person. I try not to own much equipment, or possessions in general. The more stuff I have, the more I have to lug around, it’s a pain.

I still use my first GoPro camera as my primary camera, and it’s what I’ve filmed 99% of my content on – just the camera, no external microphone or anything else. In the beginning, I was even borrowing my friend’s computer to edit. I literally only had a GoPro.

I tell you this because the equipment you use does not matter. I made videos with millions of views with just an idea, my GoPro, and a borrowed computer!

The story you’re telling is what matters the most! I’ve seen travel vloggers make stunningly beautiful vlogs… but there was no personality or story in the video, so they only had a few hundred views. A story is everything, not equipment.

Recently, I’ve begun to buy more equipment to increase the quality of my live streams and social media posts. But still, the GoPro is my go-to camera for most of my work.

YouTube Video Equipment

YouTube Live Stream Equipment

Social Media Equipment

India Surival Guide's YouTube Channel Went Viral. Photo by Surian Soosay (https://flic.kr/p/r2MLev).

India Surival Guide’s YouTube Channel Went Viral!

The last two weeks have been crazy and surreal. My videos were already doing great on YouTube, but then “bass-” posted my Foreigner Surprising Indians with Hindi video on the /r/videos subreddit and the madness began!

That Reddit post started a chain reaction, and I ended up going viral, hitting the top of /r/videos with 24.5k upvotes, a spot on the Reddit India homepage, and gaining over 300,000 views that night.

It was an exciting night for me. I sat there watching the Reddit upvotes climb from 10k to 16k before it was 2 am and I had to crash.

There's that nice spike in views on YouTube!

There’s that nice spike in viral views on YouTube!

After it went viral most of the Indian media picked it up with everybody praising the video which showed me simply surprising Indians with my Hindi.

That video aimed to show everyone how warmly Indians react to a foreigner speaking their language. I wanted to show people that language breaks down barriers and connects people and how learning just a few phrases can enhance a travellers trip to India.

YouTube comment.

Since then, that video has gone onto hit over 1 million views, and in total my channel is well over 1.5 million views and counting.

So, YouTube is going to be my primary platform now. I have tons of amazing content to coming so please subscribe to see how I live in incredible India. I’m on social networks too, please follow there also:


India Survival Guide February 2018 Media Roundup

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