What's in your bag? is a recurring feature where we ask people to tell us a little more about their everyday interface by opening their bags and hearts to us. This week we are equipped with tech YouTuber MKBHD .
Marques Brownle's technological videos are known for their sharp and polished appearance, as are Brownlee and his studio. When we arrive, he is already waiting to get us to his studio, a spacious room with a range of well-equipped equipment. He even offers our video communities some lights that they set up.
Brownlee started making YouTube videos in high school, and 1
"I think this is my fourth or fifth CES. I think this is my fifth. It's hard to remember even what number CES this is. They all feel like a blur," Brownlee says. has learned over these years how to better navigate things like the convention center and Las Vegas with an additional 10,000 people in it. As it is not a common thing to do. But over the years it has evolved. " Editor's Note: 10,000 is a very conservative estimate. Each year, CES brings well over 100,000 participants to Las Vegas this week. ]
Brownlee opened his bags to show us what he plans to take and what camera equipment he brings to events
So why is there two bags, and why do you have everything separated?
I usually have a backpack, my everyday wear, I do not bring video equipment with me anywhere, but when I go to a show, like CES or a new product message, that it , I also take my camera to make a video, so there are two bags here.
Cool. Let's start with the camera bag.
I'm just going to start with the meat because it's the exciting part. camera with screen already fe Red cameras, if you don't already know, are very modular. You can attach a lot of things, loosen a bunch of things. Traveling with the entire camera is very difficult, so I don't. The only things on it are the SSD reader, camera store, Manfrotto disc, battery module, top handle, and side handle.
I've been hitting this setup, not just for travel, but generally for when I record video. I'm very comfortable with this as it is, so that's why I bring it. I love shooting with this camera. I feel that I almost owe a little of my style to how well the camera is on certain things. So, the Red Camera, the Monstro sensor is great.
How many batteries do you travel with?
Four usually, yes. If it's a one-day thing, maybe two.
Fun fact: I've been through many airports with this bag and I want to say that it's like a 90 percent percent of being stopped by TSA because when you are flying with batteries, the batteries look like these solid bricks for the X-ray machine. . Every time the TSA guy recognizes me, and he likes, "Should I find this RED camera?" I'm like, "Yes, that's what's in there."
The next would be talking about optional lenses. I have three lenses now. 24-35. It is a full-frame lens for the full-frame sensor. It's wide. It's f / 2.0. It's fast. It's not stabilized, but this is the primary lens I bring with most places. It lets me get first person shots. Let me turn around and film myself. It's great. It's a Sigma. Kind of understated, but they do really good things at very low prices. I can recommend this lens to people.
This is a Zeiss Otus 55. Super sharp lens. It's tighter, of course, than 35. These are kind of medium-sized shots that are of things I don't like. Maybe someone in front of me demonstrates something, but I just love the look that comes from this lens. It's not the most practical. The minimum focus distance is much longer than these other two lenses, so I find myself somewhat limited by that. But when I can use it, I try.
And last but not least, Canon is 100mm f / 2.8L Macro. This is another fantastic lens. Its smallest focus distance is very close. It's 100mm, so this gets super-tight macro photographs.
What about sound?
Rounding off the top half of this bag is Sound Devices 633. It is a mixer. It's a recorder. It is a Swiss army knife of all things sound. Now I do not sound on the show floor. I'm a little famous to never hear the sound of events. It's loud. It's crowded. There is another thing to think about. I'm focused on what to say later and kind of to remember what to say in my head as I shoot. I shoot for the editor because I am the editor. But when I return to the hotel room or a quieter room and pop in the SD card here, the microphone sticks in directly and this is all the sound.
The batteries on the back are Sony. They recharged. The last few months. I don't think I remember the last time I recharged the pair, so they are great.
So last, not least, down here at the bottom, a red and black XLR cable cannot go wrong there – and the microphone, this is the Sennheiser MKH 416. And I never use the foam cover when I shoot or when I record sound . I just put it in [the foam cover] to travel with, because it's just a bit fragile. A very expensive microphone.
Do you have any secrets or tips or tricks for CES?
My personal tip as far as what I do at CES is not trying to go as fast as possible. And for me this does not mean making sound on the show floor. It's loud. People are elbowing past you. This happens on all kinds of technical events, but there is no way to control all of these variables. So if I'm just focusing on video, catching all the things I want to show in video form, then I can take that movie back and sync audio and do it later because sound doesn't have to happen on the spot. So it's my only tip: actually taking my time and separating it with some quality since I know I won't be first anyway.