Equipment I Use to Film My Video Courses Premium class

Jerry Banfield, Teaching New Skillshare Classes Daily!

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    • Getting my equipment working well has taken more than a year and $10,000.

    • Choosing a few good microphones.

    • What type of computer works for filming best?

    • Having two computers can make things easier.

    • I like to have the option to stand or sit without changing anything.

    • My standing desk using a shelving unit for under $100.

    • Lighting setup simply with clip on lamps and studio lighting for under $100.

    • A backdrop will make you look much more professional for under $100.

    • Using a green screen for combined talking head and screen capture videos.


About This Class

Hello and welcome to my course on how to choose equipment for recording video courses. It has taken me well over a year to find the right equipment and nearly $10,000 to put together my current home studio. I hope to save you the trouble of going through different products and show you what I do for myself! This course will cover the following topics:

  • Choosing a good microphone.
  • What type of computer works best for filming.
  • Why I prefer to have two computers.
  • I use both a standing and sitting desk.
  • Building your own standing desk for under $100.
  • My lighting setup.
  • A backdrop will help you to look more professional.
  • Using a green screen to combine talking head videos with screen capture.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope to see you in the course!

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Jerry Banfield

Teaching New Skillshare Classes Daily!

Help me reach 3,000 followers on Skillshare by following me today!  Followers receive first access to the new classes I create DAILY here on the topics listed below and more!

  1. Facebook ads and marketing learned by growing my Facebook page to over 2 million likes!
  2. YouTube channel success strategies learned by building my YouTube channel to 89,000+ subscribers.
  3. Google AdWords tutorials learned by spending $100,000+ on my own advertisements on Google.
  4. Teaching online learned on YouTube with 10+ million views on my YouTube videos and on Udemy where I had 170,000+ students before being banned!
  5. A daily workflow system for creativity that I have used to make over 2,000 videos online in two years.
  6. Building a great Skillshare teaching community on a daily basis with new classes!
  7. Steps for creating and building your own freelancing business online selling products, serving clients, and doing affiliate marketing.
  8. Investing and trading cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum as a hobby while earning a better than average return!
  9. What works most effectively to make money online based on my experience earning more than a million dollars freelancing from my home office in the first five years of starting my business.
  10. The complete system I use to run a business that is the best real job I have ever had online as seen at

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How did you get here with me?
In 2005 while I was in college at the University of South Carolina, I tried to start working online. I signed up for an MLM program and a survey website. A month later, I had refunds from both and figured working online was not possible because everything was a scam. The truth was I was afraid to fail again.

In 2011, I moved in with my wife and launched an online business focusing on video game addiction in an attempt to avoid dealing with any of my other problems. In a few months, I changed my business to selling tshirts because I realized there was no money in video game addiction. A year after starting my business, I dropped out of my criminology PHD program at the University of South Florida to run my business full time which by then had changed to helping clients with Facebook and Google ads based on my experience failing to do them successfully for myself.

In 2013, I starting sharing everything I knew for free on YouTube because I hoped it would help me get more clients. By April 2014, I was nearly bankrupt after failing at 15+ different business models. I was also nearly dead from trying to drink the pain away and fortunately the fear of death motivated me to get into recovery. Being in recovery motivated me to focus more on being of true service to others and less on what I would get out of it. I started making courses online with Udemy which soon turned into my first real business. I partnered with as many talented instructors as I could and learned from top instructors how to get my courses the most sales.

In 2015, I tried making some inspirational videos sharing what I learned in recovery and got an amazing response on YouTube. To make the background on my videos more interesting, I started making the inspirational videos while playing video games. To make a more helpful website, I hired a freelancer to convert the videos into blog posts including this about page originally.

By 2016, the Udemy courses I was teaching had made nearly $2 million dollars in sales with me receiving over $600,000 of that. Things went so well on Udemy that Udemy decided to launch a new pricing policy in April 2016 that reduced sales by 80% sitewide which encouraged many instructors to leave. Since I did not take the hint, Udemy chose to ban me based on what they said were policy violations despite my best efforts to work within the rules. Now I am recording audio books on Audible and teaching all my new video courses here on Skillshare as well as on my website!

Thank you for reading this and I hope you enjoy my courses!


Jerry Banfield