The Video Gift Guide for the Last-Minute Shopper

Shopping for your favorite video producer at the last minute? No worries! We’ve got just the list for you.

December 10, 2018

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Chris Lavigne


Nothing makes us happier than sharing the joy of video gear with others. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of gifts (at different price points) to help you find just the right thing for the video enthusiast in your life. Oh! Before we jump right in: these items aren’t ads, and these aren’t affiliate links; we just genuinely like this gear and want to pass the info along.

SD Card Case and Protector: $9

Trust us when we say that you should never put SD cards in your pocket; that’s a lint-covered video disaster waiting to happen. So, if you know someone who’s guilty of being a little less-than-organized, then this is the perfect gift for them. This inexpensive case keeps SD cards organized, clean, and damage-free. Plus, it’s waterproof to protect from spills and wet weather.

Store unused SD cards face up — and full cards face down. This will help you know which cards are empty and which ones you should offload and back up on your computer.

Black Gaff Tape: $16

Ah, a trusty roll of gaff tape. It has hundreds, if not thousands of uses (seriously), and no video studio is complete without it. Without leaving a sticky residue, it’s often used for taping down cords so others don’t trip on them while you’re shooting.

Collapsible Light Reflector Bounce Card: $20

Whether you’re shooting indoors, or outdoors, this light reflector is easy to store and has a ton of uses, from bouncing, diffusing, or blocking, light. This five-in-one reflector has five different sides, which gives you these options:

  1. White side: Reflects the sun and acts as a bounce card
  2. Black side: Blocks the light to cast a shadow, provide negative fill, or protect the lens from a flare
  3. Gold side: Reflects warm light
  4. No cover: Softens light
  5. Silver side: Reflects a lot of light
Get Inspired
See this light reflector in action in this video chock-full of tips for shooting outside.

Smartphone Tripod Adapter: $30

This tripod adapter helps you make the most out of your smartphone camera. With a 360° rotating ball joint, the MeFoto Sidekick 360 lets you adjust your phone’s position to shoot vertical (portrait), horizontal (landscape), or at any angle in between. You can also adjust the level of your phone to make sure the horizon is perfectly flat. So, if your video-loving friend has shared some shaky footage on social media lately, this adapter could be a real game-changer.

SD Card: $42

A video enthusiast can never have too many SD cards — and this one is called “extreme” for a good reason. Not only is it shockproof, x-ray proof, temperature proof, and waterproof, it’s even fast enough to record 4K on a Canon 5D Mark IV, or a Canon C200. Now, that’s an SD card that gets the job done!

Adjustable Laptop Stand: $43

Scripts can be tough to memorize. To make life easier, turn a laptop into a teleprompter with this adjustable stand. Raised edges make it extra secure, and it collapses and folds flat for easy storage. You’ll be surprised how many ways you can put an adjustable stand like this to use in your video studio.

Get Inspired
Learn how to use your laptop like a teleprompting like a pro in this post.

Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 Lens: $125

The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 should be the first fixed lens anyone interested in video should purchase. At $125, this lens is an incredible value. Although it’s small and lightweight, it captures a sharp image with a silent motor for autofocusing. Nicknamed “the nifty fifty,” it offers a nice, shallow depth of field, and even works great in low light conditions. We like this lens so much that we made a whole list of reasons why we think others should love it, too.

Blue Yeti USB Microphone: $130

If you want to get good, clean audio for your next webinar, Soapbox video, or even your podcast episode, then you’ll want to check out the Blue Yeti USB mic. This one is especially versatile because you can adjust the pickup pattern to record your room, or just yourself. Just plug it into your computer and enjoy a serious audio upgrade from your built-in microphone on your laptop or EarPods.

Zoom H5 Audio Recorder: $250

At $250, this Zoom H5 audio recorder is a DSLR video shooter’s best friend. It can record audio from multiple XLR microphones and is compatible with a number of different mic capsules that attach right to the top. We really think this is an extremely versatile tool in anyone’s video toolbox.

Tenba Rolling Tripod Stand Case: $280

When you start investing in your gear, it’s smart to also invest in cases to keep it safe. This rolling tripod and light stand case is easy to transport, can protect gear during times of travel, and it makes you look even more professional on a shoot. An added plus? It doubles as a storage container to keep your video studio free of rogue light stands.

See this case in action in our new series, One, Ten, One Hundred!

AJA U-TAP HDMI to USB Converter: $300

For the livestreamer, webinar producer, or live video caller in your life, this HDMI converter can turn a DSLR camera into a webcam. Plug in any source with HDMI output and the AJA U-TAP will show up on your computer just like a webcam. When pairing better image quality with webcam capabilities, a camera feed can be shared with anyone, anywhere.

BONUS: DJI Mavic 2 Zoom Drone: $1,200

We think the Mavic 2 Zoom is the best drone DJI has ever made for the money. It’s incredibly easy to fly, folds up to become extremely portable, and has lots of sensors to prevent unnecessary crashes. DJI’s app also makes it easy to track subjects and has some built-in cinematic modes to get Hollywood-quality footage. But the best feature, hands-down, is the zoom lens. Traditionally, drones only offer a super wide angle, so close-ups are hard to capture. But with the zoom lens, a whole new world of shot possibilities will open up.

Get Inspired
Learn how you can use a drone to shoot your next business video.

Any gifts you’d like to see on the list? Let us know in the comments section below!

Chris Lavigne


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