What equipment do I need to shoot a music video? – Dop Course

We recommend the following equipment:

HD cameras (including GoPro for self-shot), which are designed for video capture (not photography)

Safeties (e.g. a helmet or windscreen, with wind or rain protection)

A tripod and a suitable mount (not necessary)

A microphone

Camera case or bag (not necessary)

A computer (but no more than 1 GB of ram)

What camera software do I need to shoot a music video?, the answer is actually, the same as for a standard video: Adobe Premiere (free for Mac OS X 10.7 and higher), after that are the same as you’d need for a typical video and audio shot in a digital format, for example AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-4 and MKV (MPEG-2 or H264 codec version 8 is preferred). However, a full, professional edition of the software is required.

There is no one-size-fits-all video software that allows for all kinds of editing (for example the “Fujifilm X-Pro2” was designed for editing), but a very good one is not essential. The most common ones (not included in the above recommendations) are:

Adobe After Effects

Avid Media Composer

After Effects Pro

Adobe Flash Player

Apple Cinema 4D

Canon 5D MKII

Canon 7D MK II

Creative Cloud


DivX (Windows only; it is possible to use Windows Media Player instead)

Dribbble (for sharing)

Dvidalia (free for Mac OS X; you might want to upgrade if you plan to share on other platforms)


Export to Vimeo

EZPro (for editing)



G-ZIP Studio Pro


NeroSound (Windows only; might work with other operating systems)



Replay (Windows only; could also work with other software)

Rip (Windows only; might work with other software)


Soundcloud for Mac OS X

Soundslope (Android only) for Windows only

You can download a free version of these tools from Adobe (see below). If you have any questions, feel free to post

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