Creators’ top video gear to invest in for your first online course

Creators’ top video gear to invest in for your first online course
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Investing in the right gear and tools for that first online course is undoubtedly at the top of many creators’ minds. Although any entrepreneur will tell you there will always be a handful of expenses to account for in your budget, there are a few areas you can tighten the purse strings and a few you can go on and indulge. When it comes to investing in the best video equipment for teaching online, we’ve already explored some DIY workarounds for your home video set up and some budget-friendly video options, but we wanted to take it a step further.

In order to help you better understand where you should spend your money for video for your first online course, we tapped our very own teachable:hq creators to see what video gear they use (and recommend) for creating and filming your online course.

Teachable’s guide to the best equipment for teaching online:

Cameras and filming devices


Canon cameras came in as creator favorites for those who opt for DSLRs for filming and recording, with one high quality camera getting a special call out. (Need to know more about shopping for a camera? We’ve got that handled as well.)

Creator suggestion: Canon 80d DSLR, $899 and up


Of course, you don’t always need to invest in filming gear and the best equipment for teaching online right away. It’s important to keep in mind that sometimes filming on your camera can be just as effective and still offer fantastic video quality. For this reason, creators at every level noted simply relying on their smartphones for capturing head-on footage and B-roll for their online classroom.

Creator suggestions: iPhone 12, X, XS


For the most part, the same goes for computers or iPads. If you’re filming Zoom webinars or more simple recordings, you may be able to get by with equipment you already have as you work from home. With this, a built-in webcam can be just as efficient for your specific needs.

Creator suggestions: iMac and iPad

Creator tip: “I use my MacBook Air for Camera and use an external mic for recording. I also use a tripod and my iPhone X for recording course intro videos.”


Of course if you want an option beyond your phone or computer but aren’t quite ready for messing with a DSLR, a webcam may be your match. Similarly, creators we spoke to tend to favor Logitech to get the job done.

Creator suggestions:

Creator tip: “I bought a Logitech webcam and still use that for now when I teach courses that involve slide decks or demos; I’m usually seated at my computer, which is why the webcam has worked until now.”

Specialty equipment for teaching online

Looking for the best equipment for teaching online that takes you outside or off the beaten path? Don’t be afraid to think outside of the box when it comes to your equipment too. Get those wide-angle and aerial shots with some unconventional filming gear.

Creator suggestions:

Sound and mics

But great video is only as good as great audio when it comes to scoping out the best equipment for teaching online. Creators noted the importance of investing in the proper audio equipment to help make their course material, podcasts, and webinars stand out.

Creator suggestions:

Creator tip: “As a podcaster, I started with a Blue Yeti back in 2015. I used that mic for my slide deck/screen capture videos for years. Now I use a Samson Q2U (similar to the ATR2100) that I bought in 2019, which works better when traveling and blocks extraneous sounds that the Yeti picks up.”


Although most anyone who has appeared on camera (or taken a selfie) agrees that natural light is best, that’s not always possible to recreate. But a few good lights can off the next best solution.

Creator suggestions:


After lights, camera, and action, there’s editing. There’s no need to try to win Best Picture here, but budgeting for a few key programs will make it that much easier to create the look and feel you want for your course.

For course creation:

Video editing:

Screen recordings:

Extras for teaching online

The extras—the bits and bobs that make your kit complete. These can vary from creator to creator but the following are some of the more common suggestions we noticed our community turning to time and time again.

  • Tripod
  • Green screen
  • Earbuds
  • Echo dampening device aka a couple of pillows around the room and behind the mic

Whether you’re looking to spend $100 or $1,000 in equipment for your online course, the options abound when on the lookout for the best equipment for teaching online.

If you’re a Teachable creator already, be sure to drop into the community periodically to see more conversations like this. And if you’re not creating yet, what’s holding you back?

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