10 Black Friday Tech Deals — Black Friday Shopping List

– So what are the best
deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for content creators? In this video I share 10 categories to be looking at coming up. (rhythmic music) Hey what’s up guys, Sean
here with THiNK Media TV, helping you go further faster in media, and on this channel we
do tech gear reviews, video gear reviews, as well
as tips and strategy videos just like this one. So if you’re new here,
consider subscribing. And hey, at any point during this video, check out show notes and links
in the description below. I’ll summarize this
episode as well as include anything that I forgot. Let’s jump into the video. So Black Friday and Cyber Monday are not just great days for saving money on getting gifts for others, but they’re a great time to invest in the gear and equipment for leveling up your content creation equipment. And you know that’s what
THiNK Media TV’s all about. I know that this community is passionate about making YouTube videos, about smartphone accessories and using livestreaming
like Facebook Live, and you know going further faster in media when it comes to photography and content creation in general. And so this is such a great time to be putting together a
strategy for the next year of what kind of gear
will take your content to the next level. And so these 10 categories are really the areas that I go through when thinking about what is
it that I want to upgrade, what is it that I would
like to be looking for for my own content. So category number one is cameras. And the question to ask is
what kind of photos and videos do you wanna be creating the next year. And so maybe you want to start vlogging, so you’re looking for a
point and shoot camera. Maybe it’s time to upgrade to a MRLS or a DSLR for taking your video
quality to the next level. You know I’m looking at the G7 X Mark II or the Sony RX100 line. Sometimes it’s not the newest model that really gets discounted, but maybe a few models back is really where you can find the savings. Maybe it’s an action camera, and you want to include
that kind of footage in your content. You know GoPro’s gonna have a couple sales and deals this year. But then also cameras like the YI and I actually have a video on that. It’s a great budget action camera. There’s an HD version. There’s also a 4K version. And so those are some of the areas as you’re putting together your strategy, do you want to level up your camera? Number two is lenses. And the question I like to ask here is what are some of the effects
that I want to be creating in my content. Sometimes a wide angle lens you know gives you a look like this. Maybe you want to do more
kind of B roll footage and more creative footage, so you’re looking for a longer lens like a 70 to 200. Lenses definitely have
great deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and actually in every
one of these categories, I’ll put links in the
description to videos I’ve made about lenses, about cameras, just so if you’re doing some researching thinking about you know
what do I really want, you can watch some past THiNK Media videos to kinda put together your shopping list. For the third category is microphones. Do you want to level up your audio? And you know looking out
for shotgun microphones, sometimes companies like Rode, they usually don’t do specials, but on Cyber Monday and Black Friday and Amazon.com, you can find deals on the Rode video mic. And one that I think is definitely good to keep an eye on is the
Blue Snowball microphone, and that’s normally a $50 microphone, but it’s a very killer USB microphone for you know doing Google Hangouts, maybe you’re gonna do some live video, but also for voiceover content. You know USB microphones sound amazing. That’s a super popular mic, and it always goes on special. There’s a lot of different styles to it. And so that’s one to
keep your eyes out for. Category number four is lighting, and especially I see this
in Amazon Lightning Deals, Prime Early Access Deals. Lighting, there’s a ton
of great lighting deals to check out. And consider this that
lighting is actually one of the best investments you can make in your content. A lot of times lighting can make your
videos look a lot better than even a new camera or a better lens. You know videos thrive on good lighting. So maybe you want to
invest in a ring light. Maybe you want to invest
in a lighting kit. I’ve got a couple great videos. I’ll put a playlist to lighting where we talk about some bi-color lighting and some ring lights in the description, and if you can level up
your lighting next year, it will take your content
to a whole nother level. Category number five, this is something that
I always get every year, is just storage. You know first is SD cards, and SD cards just go on so cheap, and I really feel like at times
you can never have enough. One reason why is because
I also like to sometimes have some redundancy going, and so I like to do a project, have it saved on my computer, and I keep it on the SD card until all of the videos are
published and live on YouTube just as kind of a backup right. And so having extra SD
cards is a great thing to be looking for, always killer deals on Black
Friday and Cyber Monday. And then number two would be hard drives. And so some people are saying you know what’s your workflow to
save all your footage? Video gets really big right? And so hard drives just get super slashed prices
on these types of holidays, and storage is getting cheaper
and cheaper and cheaper. So external hard drives are a great thing to be looking for. Category number six is
computers and laptops. And this is one of the biggest things that can speed up your workflow. You know what’s a workflow? Your workflow is how long it takes you to shoot all the way through editing and uploading you know your content. And so a faster laptop
or a faster computer can be a game changer for your content creation. I actually recently just upgraded my video editing PC, just did a video about that. I got it from Computer Upgrade King which is a super cool site. And it’s a custom PC build, but I was like man why
didn’t I do this sooner because everything that I’m doing is going at a lost faster now because I’ve got a faster computer. So if you really want the next year to just be a year of
crazy content creation, really think about ways you
can speed up your workflow and a new Mac or a new PC, depending on whichever you use, is one of the best ways to do that. Category number seven is software. Software is actually one
of the best categories to save money on during
Black Friday and Cyber Monday because usually software
companies have margins so they can really slash the prices. I know that Red Giant does a big savings on color grading software, so you can check out their stuff. One thing that I always look for, if you’re curious you know what’s the best video editing software, or what video editing
software should I start with, I use Adobe Premiere Creative Cloud. But the one I always
recommend is Adobe Elements, whether for Mac or PC, you get the Elements with Photoshop combo. So now you can edit your videos, and then you create thumbnails
and social media content in Photoshop Elements, and that bundle usually gets slashed you know on Cyber Monday and Black Friday. And so any kind of software, plug-ins, software, all that stuff gets heavily discounted, photo editing stuff, Lightroom Looks. There’s a bunch of
different ones that I have you know my eyes on that usually get heavily discounted, and so now’s the time of year definitely to pick up software. Category number eight is drones. And here’s your question, do you wanna start including drone footage in your content next year? And recently just did a
video on the DJI Mavic, killer drone. And there’s gonna be some specials though. I think this year the Phantom 3 Standard is gonna have some really slashed prices. I know Best Buy, but even online, and there’s a lot of
different good drone brands. And I think drone footage
can be a killer way to level up whatever you’re creating. And so drones might be
something you wanna check out. Category number nine would
be smartphone accessories. And if you’ve been hanging
out with THiNK Media TV for very long, you’ve
seen a lot of new videos about smartphone accessories lately. But I think two things, one, one investment actually could be your smartphone itself. I think for content creators, one of the tools we use
more than anything else is this thing, right? And the amount of speed
you have in your smartphone is huge for pumping out content, for doing things now like Facebook Live, Instagram Announced Live, you know YouTube Live, and just so much is being
produced right on our smartphone, as well as the accessories
like microphones, like lenses, like tripods. And all of that stuff gets has killer deals during the holidays. And so check out smartphone accessories, and definitely check out the
smartphone accessories playlist to think about what kind of gear you might want to level up. And category number 10 would
just be accessories in general, but this might be everything else that I haven’t covered yet. So tripods, headphones, and one thing that is also
maybe included in here would be stabilizers. You know there’s a lot of cool
smartphone stabilizers now, things like the DJI Osmo. There’s even some other
brands that are making phone stabilizers and
DSLR you know gimbals really affordable. And so again, start with the question, what is your vision for
your content next year? What level do you want to
take your production value to? What are some of the things
that you want to accomplish? And then be looking for those accessories that will make that possible and taking advantage of the huge savings that are happening right now. Question of the day, what
content creation tools are you shopping for this season to level up your content? Let me know in the comments section below, and remember that actually
some of the best ideas come from you the THiNK
Media TV community. So definitely connect with everybody in the comments section. So thanks so much for
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of all the best cameras, lighting, microphones, that I recommend for content creators, so you can grab that for free. Link on the YouTube card as well as in the description below. Until next time, THiNK Media TV is helping you
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95 thoughts on “10 Black Friday Tech Deals — Black Friday Shopping List

  1. nice video man keep up the good work, im gonna try my best to get a canon vixia. what mount are you meant to get to mount your microphone on your camera if you dont have space to do so like the canon vixia?

  2. I'm looking for a camera. Currently my only way to record is with my 78€ phone, which obviously has so quality. I hope the Yi gets discounted, if not… Well, I'm buying it anyway. Saving some money would be great, but again, I live in Spain and black Friday is not something we celebrate, so unless Amazon has some deals I'll have to pay the original prove.

  3. lol ill ask here lolI need your help my girls wanted to start doing reaction videos but I don't have any equipment and on a budget I don't even know where to begin really but I want to get them started

  4. If you had to pick between the canon t5i or the t6 or the Panasonic lumix g7. Need something that can do slow motion.
    Thank You

  5. Love your videos! Very informative. I am looking for something and was wondering if you might know. I do simulation/fantasy play on the Sims 4 and when I do my videos, I do the voice for the characters. Only problem is, it's the same voice. is there a way or a program that can change my voice? I use iMovie and the only option they have don't fit what I'm looking for. appreciate any suggestions.

  6. Thanks Sean, the link you provided for the Video editing computers/ laptops helped me a lot to sort out a particular one that I wanted for me! And your videos are soo much informative everytime ^_^

  7. Awesome video! I wanted to go out and buy some things to improve my content, but I was super lost!! And also, would the Canon Elph 170 be a good camera for vlogging?

  8. me? I'm honestly trying to get a high quality phone like an edge or something. it is a good enough phone for blogs since it's 1080p 60fps and it something to start out with.

  9. Hey, thank you very much for your this upload. I have a sincere suggestion. I wish instead of continuously showing yourself talking it would have been useful if you could show the various items a bit longer so that we could take a proper note of it's price as well as the availability site. Anyway, thank you

  10. I have been I the market for batteries and an ac adapter. Should I get batteries for my T6i that are "aftermarket" and only cost $20 vs the $80 canon price for 1 LP-E17 battery, and same for the AC ACK-E18 adapter that's only $35 vs canon at over $100 because I've been planning on vlogging and do some unboxing and game play videos, Any Advice? Thanks

  11. nice video! I'm hunting a snowball now!! Just a heads up though, the "zip" sound when you transition the screenies in is proper annoying!

  12. I think i want to upgrade my aufiobecause for me thats the important thing is aufio quality!
    Pls make some more bloopers they are sooooo funny!

  13. I got the DJI Phantom 3 Standard last night!! So excited to try it out and add some drone shots to my vlogs! 😀 Very helpful video man!

  14. Just love your work dude! Sean which kind of tripod I can get for my 70D to replicate the shooting style that Tasty do for their food videos where their recording takes place from the very top of the pan and plate, your advice is appreciated 🙂

  15. Besides door crashers, the prices this year seem just about on par with every other day. Yes I have done my research.

  16. Total newb here< have a 70d, but am also interested in the new GoPro. Is it considered odd to have 2 different def types in one video? Like 4K mixed with the 70d??? 🤔

  17. Amazon black friday sound much safer than wal mart, save 5 bucks on i phone case,- walk away with battle wounds, tis the season to be merry ,great video best wishes happy holidays Sid the Jet………….

  18. Hey I've been watching your videos trying to figure out which camera to get. Ive never owned a dslr but I've saved the money and can afford it and I'm set on starting a channel…i was just wondering if you wouldn't mind taking your time and looking into this kit and letting me know what your opinion on it is, would it be worth it. Your opinion would be greatly appreciated please let me know. thank you.

    Here's the link from amazon.

    Your opinion would be greatly appreciated please let me know. thank you.

  19. Hello. I have a canon 70D and I'm looking for a lens to get a bokeh
    effect for my youtube videos. I've watched a couple of your videos on
    different lens and I'm sorry, I'm still torn about which one to buy.
    Can you please give me a suggestion?? 🙂 And thank you for making so many great video/tutorials!

  20. Yeah lol I didn't buy anything for black friday. They don't really have any deals for the Mavic Pro xD
    Still waiting to see it at a store. I'm thinking they'll be seen in store in 2017.

  21. I got a friend that bought a DJI Phantom 3 Standard for $400 instead of $600 I believe. It's probs the best deal you can get if you want a DJI drone or a drone that can film alright.

  22. Great videos, Sean! Can you recommend an external mic and wide angle lens for my Canon HF R700? I want to film long gaming sessions of about 10 lively chatty people.

  23. For 2017 there's a great bundle deal for the Canon Rebel T6 camera. Comes with lenses batteries even a nice camera bag and it's about $450. Just go to Walmart and search for it. I believe the deal expires by the end of Cyber Monday so you'll have to go quick. Also free shipping or in-store pickup. My recommendation is to spend another 50 bucks and get the 3 year repair deal.

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