EMS Education Tips

Equipment for Building Your Own Recording Studio

Ted Setla is a filmmaker (Setla Films) and paramedic. He is passionate about EMS professionals use video to inform and entertain. I first connected with Ted after watching his film Level Zero-the documentary film about Alameda County EMS. I am now supporting his efforts to create the Chronicles of EMS series about paramedic and paramedic systems around the world.

As a professional filmmaker Ted sometimes (maybe every time?) cringes at the videos I record and publish with my Flip Camcorder*. Nonetheless he is always supportive and giving me suggestions to improve and enhance the videos with better techniques and production equipment. Ted’s comments to me generally are around these themes:

1. Good lighting.

2. Good audio. Ted writes “Add a boom microphone and place it just out of the frame.”

3. Good composition. Ted writes, “Frame yourself with a little less headroom at the top and this will change everything about your video.”

Recently Ted sent me a list of equipment to improve the quality of audio I capture with my videos. This is his list with links to products.

* this link is an Amazon affiliate link.

By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.