In yesterday’s video I laid out the important questions to ask yourself while developing the idea that you’d like to share in a sketchnoted video.
Today let’s talk setup.
Here are three different equipment combinations that you can use to shoot your video:
Setup #1: Keep It Simple
In this first setup all you need is a stack of books and something with a bit of weight that can sit on top of that stack. Wedge your phone under the top book, then slide your note card or sketchbook underneath when recording:
Setup #2: Makeshift & Mobile
A second setup option involves the use of the JOBY GripTight Gorillapod – a small flexible tripod that will grip your phone. The adaptability of that tripod will make it useful in a variety of settings. I attached that tripod to a tree to record this video, and balanced it on top of a to-go coffee cup to record this one, both shot while away at a weekend conference.
Setup #3: Precision & Stability
For a more precise and stable setup, get a larger tripod such as the Sunpak 2001 UT. With a tripod like that you’ll have the ability to rotate along three different axes and get your phone pointed in just the right direction:
In Part 3 of this series we’ll tackle the recording process itself. Stay tuned.
Want To Dig Deeper?
If you’re new to the idea of sketchnoting and excited to develop more visual thinking tools, I think you’d enjoy our foundational course An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.
If you’d like to make sketchnoted videos like the one you saw here, we’ve got a course for that too! Check out How To Make Sketchnote Videos.
And if you’re an educator interested in bringing visual note-taking into your classroom, check out Sketchnoting In The Classroom.