Why MacBooks are Fantastic Computers for Vlogging

More and more people are picking up vlogging in their spare time. Vlogging is one of the most popular activities for YouTubers, with hundreds of people making their fortunes from their videos with millions of views each documenting their lives. On top of that, there are thousands of people who vlog simply to communicate with friends and family around the world and keep them up-to-date with all the goings-on of their lives.

From their remarkable editing capabilities to their long-lasting battery life, MacBooks are a popular choice among the vlogging community. A good laptop is essential – read on to hear why a MacBook is the best laptop for vlogging!

 

What is Vlogging?

Refurbed MacBook with YouTube open in browser

Vlogging, a portmanteau of ‘video’ and blogging’, refers to the activity of blogging about your life via a video recording. The first ‘vlog’ was made by Nelson Sullivan in the 1980s, who recorded the lives of him, his friends, and New York City through the first cheaper portable handsets – though each camera was still as big as your arm! However, vlogging began to take off as a medium in the twenty-first century, when online video hosting sites became prominent, most of all YouTube.

As a free place to upload and watch videos, YouTube became extremely popular with vloggers. The ability to store the high volume of content they make in one easily accessible location with no fixed costs proved extremely popular. Nowadays, around ten of the top 100 YouTubers are vloggers, with many of the others on the list vlogging alongside their channel’s main content. Top vloggers like the Paul brothers earn millions of dollars a year.

 

Why Vloggers Use MacBooks

Used MacBook Air with notebook, pen and camera to its side

The first breakout vloggers were the Vlogbrothers, Hank and John Green. In 2006, they published a YouTube video saying that they would cease all communication with each other except through daily vlog videos for a full year. In doing so, their popularity snowballed and quickly became one of the biggest channels on YouTube in its early years.

For much of his editing and his work, John Green used Apple devices, namely a MacBook. There are many reasons to choose a Mac over PC, but they are especially pertinent for vloggers. When it comes to video editing, Apple computers have been captains of the industry for years, if not decades. The free software like iMovie and Garage Band that comes bundled with your Apple computer are exceptional tools for anyone aspiring to make perfect videos to upload for others to watch.

MacBooks are also reliable laptops that don’t seem to slow down even after years of use. And if you do have a problem with a MacBook, you can always take it in for a free examination at a local Apple store. Especially when you’re travelling, if your laptop does have any problems, you know precisely where to take it for support, making MacBooks some of the best laptops for vloggers on the market.

If you need a sturdy, reliable laptop that won’t break down on you, a MacBook Air is perfect for you – though if you are going to be doing some intense video editing, a MacBook Pro is utterly unbeatable in terms of quality and portability. If you are interested, take a look at our store to buy used MacBook Airs and refurbished MacBook Pros for the best laptop for vlogging with all the same quality assurances and software that comes with a new MacBook.

 

Great Gear to Get Alongside Your MacBook

Nikon and Canon DSLR cameras

Once you have got your MacBook, what kind of software do you need to get alongside it for vlogging? Don’t worry – we have you covered. If you’ve got yourself one of our refurbished MacBooks, you’ll already have a good video editing computer with software installed to fit your needs – though if you want to see your other video editing options, take a look at our guide to our favourite free video editing software! The three next most important pieces of kit include your camera, your microphone, and your storage.

For your camera, you need to get a high quality and portable device, if you plan on recording anywhere other than your desk. One of our favourites is the Canon EOS 77D DSLR Camera. It is relatively inexpensive compared to other cameras on the market, has excellent autofocus, and can shoot in excellent 1080p. If you do plan on recording from your room and just need a webcam, the Logitech HD Pro C920 is the best you can get at the moment. With automatic low-light correction, built-in dual stereo mics and the ability to record in 1080p, you can chat and record like a professional. Finally, if you are really on a budget and are looking for a new mobile, the new Pixel 3 phone’s camera boasts such high-quality recording features that it can stand toe-to-toe with professional DSLR cameras.

When it comes to microphones, the Logitech HD Pro’s built-in microphones can capture sound from any angle, which makes it excellent for vlogging. However, if you want a truly professional feel, try the Rode VideoMic GO. Compact, lightweight and easily portable, the microphone has fantastic reviews from everyone who uses it and is a step up from its competition.

Finally, once you record all your video, you will need somewhere to store the raw files before editing them into the final product. If you’re dealing with hours of video to edit down, you’ll find yourself running out of space on any device you buy. A micro USB memory card with at least 64GB of storage space and an external hard drive that has 1TB+ of storage will be an excellent addition to your vlogging arsenal. The memory card means you won’t run out of space when recording your vlog, and the external hard drive will give you a place to store all your B-roll footage for when you need it.

 

Once you have all this kit, you’ll be ready to get out there into the world of vlogging! You can always start vlogging with just your phone, but eventually, you will want to upgrade your kit to make your experience as smooth and comfortable as possible. If you found our guide useful, leave us a comment below or on social media, or get in touch if you want help picking the perfect refurbished MacBook from our store!