Santa Claus Video Set Set-Up


Video Studio Set-Up Links

If you would like to use a video background with a Green Screen be sure to attend this FREE Course

Little Prompter  https://amzn.to/3aIBIni  $200 (You may not need this but I have found it VERY helpful for pre-recorded messages.) Make sure your phone will fit. There are other prompters available for larger phones and tablets.

Little Prompter requires a smart device (6.5”x3.5” max) with a teleprompter app (not included) that includes mirroring and the ability to adjust scrolling speed. Recommended are Joe Allen’s Teleprompter Premium (iOS), or PromptSmart Pro with VoiceTrack, which uses voice recognition to advance as you speak. Neither smart device nor teleprompter app are included.

Desktop Tabletop Tripod   https://amzn.to/2wjxkfI   $40  I mount my webcam on this tripod when using the Little Prompter. The Little Prompter will attach to your laptop computer but I prefer it on a tripod. I also had to pick-up a bolt to attach the webcam to the tripod.

PromptSmart Pro App for phone $20

Webcam Logitec C920    https://amzn.to/39HcfJO  $80

Logitech Webcam Software for Windows https://logitech-webcam-software.en.softonic.com/

Logitech Gaming Software https://support.logi.com/hc/en-us/articles/360025298053

Blue Screen $20 (I have both green & blue and blue is better for us with white hair & beards)  https://amzn.to/2zUhTwl

Santa’s Toy Shop 1 Backdrop 8×10 Sweatshirt Material http://www.backdropsandfloors.com/Santas-Toy-Shop-1–10×8-Horizontal-Design_p_17819.html  (Discount Code + SantaEd) $280 (less discount)

How to Illuminate the Lantern VideoWatch Here

3 Roller Wall Mounting Manual Background Support System https://amzn.to/3a3Ean8 $80 (In most situations you won’t need/want this… but it is convenient if you use multiple backdrops.)

Photo Backdrop Stand Kit https://amzn.to/2Vj81Tv (This is nice if you can’t attach the drop directly to a wall.)

Incandescent Work Light https://amzn.to/2RfgzJT  $20 I use this behind the lantern on the backdrop.

LED Flame Effect Light Bulb  https://amzn.to/2XcVuDw $10 I use this in the Work Light to make the lantern flicker.

Rode USB Microphone https://amzn.to/3dSpYAR  $200 (I bought this mic because I also do some voice over work. Your webcam mic may be fine for what you’re doing.)

Neewer Video Light & Stand Kit  https://amzn.to/2Xm3en1   $170

SAMTIAN 2-Pack Dimmable LED Video Light $140 https://amzn.to/3hfS0XP

Accent Ring Light https://amzn.to/3hvURNa $34 I use this light above my head to add light to my eyes and reduce the shadows caused by my glasses.

Approximate TOTAL if you were to buy all of the above $1,020 

11 thoughts on “Santa Claus Video Set Set-Up”

  1. And I’ve been thinking I’d love to have a listing of what you and Bob Osterhoudt were using! 🙂
    Ed, could you add a photo of what YOU see when you’re set up and recording?
    Mostly interested in seeing the camera and prompter as they are set up…maybe a front and side view?

  2. Thanks Ed for sharing this setup. It helps to see what is being done… The ole adage, a picture is worth a 1000 words. Thanks Again.

  3. Ed,
    The only thing I do not see mentioned is how you are hearing what is being said. You will see many people on Zoom with visible earbuds so they can listen without causing the echo or feedback loop. But I have never seen earbuds on you. Are they just hidden by all that hair, or what is it you are doing to hear us without sending that back through your broadcast? Thanks,

  4. Hello and good morning,

    Quick question. What site would you recommend for green screen background to use on the OBS sys for Virtual Santa Visits.
    Keep up the good work. You are very informative with the information you are providing.
    Santa Tom z.

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