Must-have equipment for your science video.
Film a wow-worthy science video with these tools and tips.
Educational science videos can be a real blast to film — not to mention an excellent teaching tool. Make sure you’re prepared with the right equipment.
Equipment for science videos.
The equipment you’ll need will depend on the type of science video you’re filming. For example, if you’re demonstrating chemistry experiments, you’ll want lab equipment like beakers, test tubes, and goggles. If you’re focused on biology, you might want a microscope and petri dishes. Or if you’re focused on environmental science, perhaps you want to take your filming outside. Think through what your lesson needs, and be sure to have the right science equipment on hand.
Once you have your science equipment, you’ll definitely want this camera equipment:
- Video camera. Your camera is the main character, and the type of camera you choose depends on your budget and production quality. Smartphones can shoot great, low-budget video. A DSLR is a good middle-of-the-road option. No matter what you choose, make sure you’re capturing good audio.
- Microphones. External microphones are essential if you want to be heard clearly. There are several different types, from boom poles to shotgun microphones to wireless mics. Assess what’s in your budget and what will fit your needs.
- Tripod. A tripod can hold your camera and allow you to steadily film yourself from multiple angles. This is super helpful for low-budget science videos.
- Good lighting. You need to make sure your audience can see your experiment. Try using a light reflector to create a well-lit scene.
Explore editing options for your science video.
And perhaps the most important piece of equipment for your science video isn’t equipment at all — it’s your editing software. Explore what you can do in Adobe Premiere Pro to tell your best science story, and scope out more video tips to elevate your work.