What Kind of Equipment Do I Need for Training Videos?

Creating training videos will require some equipment, but you may be surprised by how little you need. The exact equipment you need will depend on the type of video you plan on recording and the preferences of your learners. 

Types of Training Videos & Equipment You Need

As mentioned, the equipment you need depends on the type of training video. Types of videos are classified into two main categories, each with subcategories. The following summarizes them. 

Type #1: Show and Tell Videos

These explicitly walk learners through specific processes. You tell them by showing them.

Screen Capture

You go through the process on your computer, tablet, or other device and use screen capture software to record key steps of the process. Loom is our go-to software for screen capturing as it offers a free plan and the paid plan is very inexpensive. 

Equipment You Need For Show and Tell With Screen Capture

  • The device you will show the process on (computer, phone, tablet, etc.)
  • Screen capture software such as Loom. 
  • Audio equipment (see below)
  • Editing software 

Camera Capture

You record a subject matter expert going through the process. 

Equipment You Need For Show and Tell with Camera Capture

  • A camera (at least 4K) or your smartphone 
  • Audio equipment (see below)
  • Editing software 


The process is illustrated using animation. This is not recommended because it costs a lot and is time-consuming. If you were to spend time and money on animation, it’s better to do show and tell. 

Type #2. Practical Theory

With these videos, you explain how to do something without actually doing it. 

PowerPoint Recording

You outline the process in a PowerPoint presentation and use screen capture software to present each slide.

Equipment You Need For Practical Theory With PowerPoint Recording

  • PowerPoint slides, Keynote for Mac, or Google Slides
  • A device where PowerPoint is shown
  • Screen capture software
  • Audio equipment (see below)
  • Editing equipment 
  • Green Screen (optional)


You use a Lightboard to write or draw out the steps. We use Revolution Lightboard and highly recommend it. 

Equipment You Need For Practical Theory With Lightboard 

Keep in mind that Lightboards are expensive, but you may be able to borrow one from your local library. 


Important Notes on Cameras

We suggest that you use cameras that can take 4K video. A few cameras we recommend are Panasonic GH5s 4K Camera and Black Magic Camera. We use Canon EF 24-70mm lens and Metabones Speed Booster XL to make Canon EF-Mount lenses compatible with GH5s. 

Using a 4K camera gives you the most editing versatility, including the ability to zoom in. Remember that you don’t have to buy a camera because your smartphone will likely be good enough for your training videos. 

Important Notes on Audio Equipment

You should not rely on your video device’s built-in microphone because this usually results in poor audio quality. Buy a microphone that doesn’t have to be expensive. 

You can get a good mic for just $15 such as this PoP voice Professional Lavalier Lapel Microphone, or you can get a higher-end mic such as the Seinhezzer lapel mic or H6 Audio Recorder. Do a cost-benefit analysis to decide which mic will meet your needs. 


No matter the type of eLearning video you create, you will need a camera or screen capture program, audio equipment, and editing software. To determine what type of video to make and what exact equipment you need, take time to know your learners’ preferences. 

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