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How to Outfit Your Studio for Top-Notch Productions - Mark Smith, IoT Playbook Host

Added to IoTplaybook or last updated on: 03/23/2020


In this episode of IoT Playbook, I take you for a behind the scenes tour of my podcasting studio to look at the gear and software I use to produce the show. Many of you will be asked to host or participate in webinars, and eventually, you will want to be put on camera. Instead of using the default setup with a built-in microphone and laptop camera, you can upgrade your entire experience for a reasonable price.

Head over to to learn what I am using in my own studio, as well as some great alternatives for a tighter budget.

What You Will Learn:

  • The software and hardware IoT Playbook uses in its podcasting studio
  • The different lighting tools IoT Playbook uses
  • How IoT Playbook records high-quality video for promos and solo shoots
  • Different gear options depending on your budget
  • Why upgrading your studio will dramatically improve your production quality
  • How to use a green screen for webinars
  • How to record and edit screen shares

The IoT Playbook Podcasting Studio Set-Up (H1)

If you want to host webinars, create video content for your business, or even build a podcasting studio of your own, the latest episode of IoT Playbook has everything you need to know about the gear. Find out what types of software and equipment IoT Playbook uses in its studio so you can start producing high-quality content for a minimal cost.

Software (H2)

  • Zoom: Zoom is the lifeblood of my podcasting studio. It is a cloud-based, video conferencing software that I use for webinars, meetings, and interviews.
  • OBS: Open Broadcast Studio is a free tool that I use for editing promo videos where I don’t have a guest.
  • Camtasia: This tool by TechSmith is great for recording screen shares and it is a powerful editing suite as well.

“These equipment options will help you drastically increase your podcasting studio quality for whatever it is you’re trying to do.”

Podcasting Studio Hardware (H2)

  • Scissor Boom: The scissor boom is an adjustable microphone stand that is great for a desktop set-up
  • Green Screen: This enables you to change the background to any image you want.
  • Softbox Lights: Softboxes are standard in photography studios and they provide soft facial lighting.
  • LEDs: The LED lights on either side of me shine against the green screen to keep it evenly lit.
  • Tabletop Lighting Kit: Additional facial lighting that also eliminates reflections on eyeglass lenses.
  • Sony DSLR: Primary camera for promos, webinars, and interviews.
  • Audio Technica ATR 2100: Dynamic USB Microphone that eliminates unwanted ambient noise.

IoT Playbook Resources: (H2)