NEW YouTube Studio Tour (My Filming Studio Setup!)

We recently moved into a NEW YouTube studio and we’re super pumped to share it with you!

This is our complete studio setup including the filming equipment we use at Primal Video to create all of our YouTube videos and other video content. We’ll share our YouTube lighting setup, camera gear, sound equipment and more.

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If you’re building out a YouTube home studio, this tour will offer some great home studio setup ideas. Even if you’re just starting out, you’ll see some awesome YouTube equipment that will suit beginners as well.

In this tour, you’ll get a behind the scenes look into the new Primal Video headquarters and find out exactly what Justin’s YouTube filming setup looks like.  

Here’s exactly what we’ll cover:

Feel free to jump to the section you’re most interested in!

Primal Video Office Tour

Let’s do a quick run through of the office area where the Primal Video team works.

We’ve got standing desks with curved monitors by the windows.

There’s a communal work bench where we can take a break from working at desks or have lunch. Everyone has laptops so they have the ability to move around and mix it up.

Primal Video office area
The Primal Video office space

There’s a designated call room so the team can work or take a call in private. This area is still a work in progress. We want to add some other equipment and audio treatment to take out the echo.

We have a small kitchen which houses one of the most important pieces of equipment in the office – the coffee machine.

Primal Video call room
The call room has a desk & monitor for private calls

The first piece of artwork we hung was a disassembled iPhone 2G created by Xreart. All the pieces are neatly laid out inside the frame.

Justin especially loves this because as a kid he used to pull all sorts of things apart to see how they worked. The only problem was he didn’t know how to put them back together!

Disassembled iPhone 3G artwork
We love this artwork by Xreart

We’ve also got our YouTube plaques for 100,000 and 1 million subscribers hung on the wall.

There’s a small couch for relaxing with our resident Subscribe Button cushion. Which reminds us – if you haven’t already, make sure to subscribe to the Primal Video YouTube channel.

Now let’s take a look at Justin’s YouTube studio setup.

A couch and YouTube plaques in the Primal Video office
Can you spot the Subscribe cushion?

YouTube Studio Rundown

This is where the magic happens! We’ll give a quick overview of the YouTube studio and props before diving into the more technical stuff.

Justin Brown's YouTube filming studio
An overview of the Primal Video filming space

We’ve spent a lot of time planning out this space to make it the best filming setup it can be. But it’s still a work in progress and is by no means perfect yet.

We have an Elgato Green Screen that we can pop up at any time. We use this mostly for recording those mini Justin’s you might have seen walking around the bottom of our YouTube videos.

Justin standing next to the Elgato Greenscreen
We can quickly pop up the Elgato Greenscreen when needed

There’s a bookshelf with a bunch of random gear that’s really just to add some color into the background of our YouTube videos.

Now we really want to stress that the background for YouTube videos is not important. It’s the content that matters most. So focus on that first and worry about the background when you have the time and means.

A bookshelf with various filming gear
This bookshelf is here to add some color & make the background interesting

There’s a plant and a light in the corner – both of these are just props to make the background of our YouTube videos look more interesting.

Lastly, this wall is one of Justin’s favorite things about the studio. It’s not just paint, it’s a rendered concrete wall so it has that raw concrete look. It looks awesome with the ceiling lights we had installed – more on that soon!

A rendered concrete wall in the filming studio
This wall has a layer of concrete on it to give this effect

YouTube Filming Setup Overview

The best thing about this studio setup is that it’s all ready to go at any time. All Justin needs to do is press a couple of buttons and he’s ready to record.

This is important because Justin found setting up the gear was a big procrastination point for him. It became an effort to make videos.

So for him, the perfect YouTube studio location is a room where everything doesn’t need to be packed down.

Now let’s get into the gear.

Justin's entire filming setup
This filming gear is permanently setup & ready to go

Camera Setup

For filming YouTube videos, this is Justin’s camera setup:

The Panasonic GH5 is by no means the latest or greatest camera but it’s high quality and works really well.

This whole setup is super easy to use – Justin can adjust it from the computer on his desk to make sure everything is adjusted and focused as necessary. He doesn’t need to touch the camera at all, everything can be done directly from the computer with a couple of button presses.

Below the camera setup is a confidence monitor so Justin can see what the camera is recording.

Panasonic GH5 camera
Justin uses the Panasonic GH5 for filming

Teleprompter Setup

In front of the camera is a teleprompter for if Justin needs to read word for word off a script. This one is the Yogogo Teleprompter – it’s a cheap one, great bang for buck and works really well.

It holds the Liliput Screen which is a 4K screen. Check out the Liliput Screen on Amazon.

But we also recommend smaller teleprompters that clip onto the front of your camera lens if you’re after a less bulky or more portable setup.

Or if you’re after a larger teleprompter like the Yogogo, we’d recommend the DesView T3 Teleprompter.

A teleprompter attached to the Panasonic GH5
A teleprompter is awesome if you want to read a script

This whole setup of the camera, teleprompter and confidence monitor is actually on a light stand instead of a monitor.

This is because none of this gear needs to be moved or touched so it doesn’t require the stability of a tripod. This way Justin’s able to adjust it to the perfect height and leave it as is but it takes up hardly any space.  

Justin in front of the recording setup
Using a light stand instead of a tripod is a great way to safe space

Microphone & Audio Setup

The main microphone Justin uses is the Rode NTG.

This is an awesome mic and because it’s directly connected to the camera, no extra audio mixes are needed. We always optimize for simplicity!

The Rode NTG microphone
Justin uses the Rode NTG microphone for his primary audio

The mic is also connected to a Mac Mini M1 so Justin can use it for his audio in webinars, live streams or video calls. It can easily be spun around so he can use it in front of the camera and at his desk.

As a backup, he also always uses a Rode Wireless Go II which is a lavalier mic taped under his shirt. This is great if anything goes wrong with the primary audio.

The Rode Wireless Go II
Justin uses the Rode Wireless Go II as backup audio

Computer Setup

As we mentioned earlier, Justin uses a Mac Mini M1. It’s the base model but it’s more than enough for what he needs.

Mac Mini M1 on Justin's desk
The Mac Mini M1 is the base model but it works great

Screens/Monitors Setup

Alongside the Mac Mini M1, Justin has two screens on his desk. The first one is the Samsung 34 inch Ultra Wide curved screen. This screen is amazing! Once you start using a curved screen, you won’t be able to go back.

Samsung 34" Ultra Wide Curved screen on Justin's desk
A big curved screen is awesome to work on!

The second screen is a Samsung 4K screen. This is perfect for doing screen recordings, running webinars, sharing slides, anything like that.

Both screens are on articulating arms so they can be easily spun and moved around.

Samsung 4K screen on Justin's desk
The Samsung 4K screen is super handy as well

Lighting Setup

There are nine ceiling lights throughout the YouTube studio. All of these are Philips Hue Smart Lights.

These lights can be controlled individually in the app which allows Justin to really dial in the look and feel of his lighting. Depending on how he changes the color, temperature and brightness, it can look like an entirely different video!

Justin adjusting Philips Hue Smart Lights on his phone
These lights can be completely customized using your phone

Plus as we mentioned earlier, these lights create an awesome effect on the concrete wall.

Not only can they be controlled in the app, but also using an Elgato Stream Deck. You can check it out on Amazon here.

Using the Stream Deck, Justin has created different presets depending on what look he’s going for. He can change everything up literally with the press of a button!

Justin standing in front of the Falcon Eyes light
The dome on the Falcon Eyes light creates soft lighting

The primary light that Justin uses is a Falcon Eyes light. It’s not cheap, but it does work really well!

This light is super powerful so it only needs to be on a low power to make a big difference. The dome throws a soft light that nicely lights Justin up when he’s filming YouTube videos.

The other light source he uses is the natural light coming in from the window.

Raleno light panel in the studio
This light panel is used as a backup

As a back up for when it’s overcast or dark, Justin has a Raleno Light Panel. As far as we’re concerned this light is the best bang for buck LED light that you can buy. It’s just on a basic light stand so it’s at a good height.

The only other light he has is just a regular lamp on a stand. It also has a Philips Hue Smart Light so the color temperature can be adjusted.

This lamp is really just used to throw a yellow/orange light onto the bookshelf. It casts a nice shadow across the wall which adds some more depth into the shot.

A lamp shining on Justin's bookshelf
The lamp creates this awesome shadow on the concrete wall

Sound Proofing

There’s a few things we’ve done for sound treatment to remove any echo and noises that come from outside.

  • Carpet: We used special carpet that’s much thicker than regular carpet to take out some of the echo
  • Plasterboard/Drywall: We used special acoustic materials to dampen the sound and make the audio generally sound better inside the room
  • Double Windows: We had a second window installed to help take out some of the traffic and outside noises
  • Curtains: These haven’t arrived yet but they will be big thick curtains that reach the whole way across the window to cut back the feedback that’s coming off the walls
  • Door: The door is soundproof and the edges have been sealed to block out noises coming from the office
Justin pointing to the double windows
The air between the two windows is great for sound proofing

Top Down Shots

Justin usually keeps the desk pretty clear so it’s always ready for any top down shots. There’s a microphone boom arm attached to the desk which he can put his phone in, adjust the position so it’s over the desk and then just hit record.

Then all he needs to do is AirDrop the video over to his computer.

This is great for when he wants to show any products in a review or tutorial.

A microphone boom arm attached to Justin's desk
The microphone boom arm is great for overhead shots

Webcam Setup

The webcam attached to one of the monitors is the Insta360 Link. It’s the coolest piece of tech right now as far as we’re concerned!

It has a tiny gimbal and some crazy AI features. It’s such high quality that Justin is using it to film a lot of content, including for our Primal Video Accelerator program.

Insta360 webcam attached to Justin's monitor
This webcam is seriously awesome

So that’s our complete YouTube studio tour! Hopefully you got some ideas for your own home studio setup or YouTube studio setup

Remember you don’t need to worry about buying expensive gear to create high quality videos.

Keep it simple and focus on small ways you can improve your videos along the way.

Now check out our complete YouTube Video Creation Process including everything from idea right through to release.

Wide angle shot of the filming studio
This is what our YouTube filming studio looks like so far!

Recommended Gear & Resources

Check out an up-to-date list of all the gear, software & tools we use and recommend right now at Primal Video on our resources page here!

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