A lot of people ask me about my office studio and what technologies I use.

Frankly, it’s all pretty simple, and you can buy just about everything from Amazon or B&H Video.

Below is a list of my gear, why and how I use it.

And FYI, as an Amazon Associate I earn from any qualifying purchases.

Video Bits

Cameras. For great video results I use two LUMIX DSLR cameras which have HDMI outputs, auto focus, and video settings. To avoid running out of power, I replace the camera batteries with power plugs.

Green screen. At one time, I thought that the green screen would be an occasional thing, but I use it 100% of the time since my office has no space for a real setting with book cases, furniture, plants, and lights.

Audio Bits

Microphone. Main microphone is a Rode NTG4 shotgun mic that limits sound pick up from the other side of the mic.

Mobile lapel microphone. When I need a battery-powered lapel mic, I use a Saramonic, which has two transmitters and one receiver (which lets me interview someone on the road.

Studio lapel microphone. In the studio, I use a Movo mic which has an XLR plug and is compatible with the shotgun mic. Keeps things simple.

Mic kill switch. It’s really handy to have a silent mic kill switch that physically mutes your mic. That way you’re not searching for the unmute on your conference software (they’re all different, located in various places, move around on you).

Mic controller. I plug the mics into a FocusRite Scarlett Solo 3 Gen, which handles the 3-pin XLR mic jack. The 3 Gen is no longer available, but the 4 Gen should do the job.


Studio Lights. The lights in front are two Nanlight 68B panel lights. These have two adjustments — brightness and color temperature.

Green screen lights. Behind me lighting up the green screen  are two Neewer soft box 700 watt lights on tripod mounts. These have brightness adjustments only.

Tablets. I use two iPads constantly. One is hooked up to the Mac Studio as a Sidecar display and is the monitor for the Teleprompter. The second is used as another camera feed.

External monitor. A second monitor is necessary to keep tabs on all the camera feeds, and also serves as a second desktop for the Mac.

Camera switcher. To be able to switch between cameras mechanically, you need a camera switcher. I use a Blackmagic ATEM Mini Pro. It supports four cameras — the two DSLR cameras, the Mac, and one iPad.

Programmable control surface.  A Stream Deck provides one-button access to do things like switch cameras, change backgrounds, start and stop recording, play music, launch programs. Huge time saver, serves almost like a virtual assistant.

Putting It All Together
  • The two cameras, the MAC and the iPad are connected to the ATEM as camera inputs.
  • The RODE mic and lapel mic are connected to the Rolls mic switch
  • The Rolls mic switch connects to the Scarlett Solo as a mic input
  • The Scarlett Solo connects to a USB-A port on the Mac
  • The headphone jack on the MAC used for headphones and earphones
  • The external monitor is connected to the ATEM.
  • The MAC also connects to the ATEM via USB (so there are two connections for the MAC — took me a while to figure this out — one Ethernet, one USB-C
  • The iPads play multiple roles. When using the Teleprompter to read text, one iPad sends the text via Bluetooth to the other. When using Zoom, the iPad in the teleprompter serves as a desktop screen extension.