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Newbie Needs Sanity Check on Beginner Gear
Old 22nd February 2019
Newbie Needs Sanity Check on Beginner Gear

I have a fairly hard budget of $2,000 to start doing videos.

I am a musician with a very nice audio studio for music production. I want to start learning how to make my own videos to promote my music. Nothing too elaborate, just a starter approach. I want to do close-ups, some time effects like slo-mo and fast motion. I want to do some cool camera movement and get as good results as I can get with decent entry level gear and learning. If video is anything like audio, the gear is 10% of the end product and the techniques used are 90%, so I'm more interested in learning technique than collecting the coolest gear available.

Proposed stuff via B and H photo:

Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm and 55-250mm Lenses Kit
Lighting: Dracast LED500 S-Series Daylight 3-Light Kit with V-Mount Battery Plates and Soft Case
Tripod: Magnus VT-4000 Tripod System with Fluid Head
Stabilizer: YELANGU Handheld DSLR Camera Stabilizer
Software: Girlfriend's 4 year old version of Final Cut Pro
Accessories: Batteries, SD Cards

I already have a MacBook Pro with i7 quad core processor, 16G RAM and a 1TB HD.

This gives me a little wiggle room, budget wise. Am I missing anything important? Are these components relatively comparable in their semi-pro to entry level range?

I may try greenscreen later on, but thought I need to learn more about lighting first. I may get a Rode shotgun mic, but most of my audio will be pre-recorded and lip synced.

Thanks in Advance for your input.
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