I get this question a lot: what does a basic pro YouTube video production setup consist of? You are always going to need a decent camcorder if you plan to show your face on YouTube. We use Canon XA10 for our videos. That is not all though. You are also going to need some of these software and hardware solutions:
Camtasia Studio: we use Camtasia for tutorials, app reviews, and other similar types of videos. It has a ton of options and makes editing videos easy too.
Windows Live Movie Maker: don’t want to spend a whole lot of money on video production software suites? Windows Live Maker is free and does the job. It is not perfect but for a free tool, it has a lot to offer.
Heil PR40: this is not a cheap dynamic microphone by any means but you can’t argue about its quality. Unless you are willing to spend a whole lot more than $300 on a microphone, this is one of the best dynamic microphones you can buy.
RME Babyface: in order to connect your microphone to your computer, you are going to need an interface (or mixer). This USB interface is one of the best you can buy for under $1000. It is not cheap but think of it as a long-term investment.
Mount and accessories: to get the most out of your microphone, you are going to need a set of accessories. A decent shock mount, windscreen, and pop filter go a long way towards helping you record better quality audio.
Keep in mind that many of the above equipment are pro or semi-pro tools. You could always settle for cheaper products to get started on YouTube. But don’t be too cheap as the quality of your work could suffer.