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What we often take for granted when looking at our favorite content creators online is the amount of effort behind every Twitch feed, YouTube video, short film, and even a “simple” Instagram post.
Sure, some of you might be quick to poke fun at content creators or influencers, but the point is, it’s not an easy task, despite what it might sound like.
If you’ve been into content creation before, or are considering starting a career as a content creator or a side gig, there’s something you need to keep in mind:
Behind every good content creator is an arsenal of useful equipment that all play their individual roles in producing the content people like you and I love to consume.
Here are 6 essentials that should be included in the modern content creator’s toolkit.
1. A workhorse of a laptop, for business and leisure.
Most of us rely on our laptops to perform a multitude of tasks. Whether you need to work or just looking to relax after a long day, we most likely use them for everything. The only problem is the fact that not all laptops can do many very well things. They are usually wrong on one side (like being able to process heavy renderings) or the other (heavy play).
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro does the job perfectly with its high-performance AI engine, which is always ready to take on whatever heavy-duty task you throw at it. Add the laptop’s Q Control to the mix and you can switch between the different modes depending on your mood.
In Performance mode, you will be able to maximize the full processing power of the Legion 5 Pro, ensuring that the digital rendering you are working on or the graphically rich game you are playing runs smoothly. Quiet Mode sits on the opposite end of the spectrum, allowing you to take things at your own pace, without disruption. If you want a happy medium, Balance Mode gives you the best of both worlds, especially when you turn on Auto Optimization, which lets you sit back and let the laptop decide how much power to use. for certain tasks.
A good laptop doesn’t just a very good thing. While it is a gaming-focused laptop, the Legion 5 Pro also benefits creatives looking for a reliable business tool to meet all of their business needs, such as video editing, post-production, photography and even game development. The Legion 5 Pro comes with Windows 10 Home. Get a free upgrade to Windows 11 (if available, see below). Family, friends, obsessions, music, creations – Windows 11 is the one place for it all. With a whole new feel and tools that make efficiency easier, it has everything you need for the future.
2. A smartphone capable of creating breaths of inspiration on the go.
It’s safe to say that live streaming content, especially on platforms like Twitch, is no walk in the park. There are so many things you need to worry about, like lighting, your camera orientation, and even your computing power.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2, which is more than your average smartphone, takes all the trouble away. It’s actually more correct to call it a mobile console, given that it has a pop-up camera, designed to function as a streaming camera when the phone is held in landscape orientation. You also won’t have to worry about downloading special software to make sure your feed works properly. The Legion Phone Duel 2 is designed to be able to stream live right out of the box.
Something that really contributes to the nature of the Legion Phone Duel 2’s mobile console is the presence of not one, but two USB-C ports. More details in a second. Powered by the QualcommÂ® Snapdragon â¢ 888 Plus 5G mobile platform, the Legion Phone Duel 2 comes with two batteries that store 5,500mAh combined – enough to last you all day, and more.
The two USB-C ports – one positioned on the side and the other on the bottom – allow users to charge their phone while playing their favorite games in portrait or landscape orientation. A 90W fast charge can increase the phone’s battery life to 50% in just 17 minutes, and a full charge in half an hour. Plugging two 65W chargers into the phone simultaneously will give it up to 5,500mAh in just 35 minutes, which is pretty crazy.
And specifically for gamers, the Legion Phone Duel 2 has one (or let’s say eight) standout features – eight virtual trigger buttons to maximize functionality when playing your favorite games. Each can also be reassigned to a specific function, allowing you to fine-tune your gameplay.
3. Noise-canceling headphones that will keep you in the area for as long as you need them.
When you’re busy editing a video or maintaining a killstreak, you’ll probably want to isolate yourself from your surroundings. That’s where a nice pair of headphones come in, allowing you to immerse yourself in everything you do, without disturbing anyone around you.
A formidable competitor in this space is the Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound gaming headset, which provides a superb audio experience suitable for both gamers and audiophiles. The ergonomic design of the headset, as well as the high quality PU leather ear cup padding, allow you to immerse yourself in your favorite game, movie or song for long periods of time, without ear or head fatigue.
The premium retractable noise-canceling microphone does a very effective job of eliminating the influence of noise in your surrounding environment – something you will certainly trust when broadcasting.
4. A reliable wireless mouse for the most demanding projects and gaming sessions.
A good wireless mouse can mean the difference between a painfully uncomfortable gaming session and an enjoyable one.
Weighing just 107 grams, the Lenovo Legion M600 Wireless Gaming Mouse operates wirelessly via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver, as well as wired connectivity via USB 2.0. The mouse features an ergonomic design suitable for multiple types of grip, including palm and claw grip, as well as compatibility for both right and left-handed users.
With a single 2.5 hour charge, you’ll be able to enjoy 200 hours of device battery life (with the multi-colored light off), ensuring you’re always ready for any task without having to worry about how much juice you have left.
And of course, for RGB fans, the mouse also has 2-zone LEDs that produce up to 16.8 million colors.
5. A nifty ring light to bring out dazzling halos in your eyes.
In every video or live broadcast, an often overlooked aspect of behind-the-scenes preparation is lighting. Light rings stand out as one of the most versatile types of lighting, delivering studio quality, without the budget of a studio. There’s no point in showing your face streaming if your viewers can’t see it properly, after all.
But ring lights go one step further by adding more definition to your face, putting a lot of emphasis on your eyes (or glasses) with their unique round shape. In most cases, people will be able to see a pair of fascinating halos reflected on your eyes, which helps to attract more attention from the audience.
Eye contact, after all, is very important when talking to others, even if they are looking through a digital screen. The best part of it all is their affordability, with places like Shopee and Lazada offering high-quality light rings for well under RM100.
6. Professional editing software that brings your hard work to life.
Here you are, you have finished filming your video. And then ? On the way to an editing suite, of course. That is, if you care about presentation and all (you should).
On the contrary, professional editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro is used to enhance your work, allowing you to really let your creativity run free and produce content that you would watch yourself. With a super responsive interface, Premiere Pro will also make it easy for you to work on multiple projects at the same time, because let’s face it, the life of a content creator is very busy.
And with support for multiple file formats, you won’t get stuck with a piece of content that can’t even be processed by post.
Get the most out of your device with Ultimate Legion Assistance.
If you’re struggling to get the most out of your new Legion device, Legion Ultimate Support is here for you on 4/27. Think of it as a concierge service for gamers, by gamers.
Yes, whenever you need help you won’t have to make a lackluster customer service call regurgitating slightly helpful advice from a template. You will be talking to real players just like you.
Highly trained and experienced technicians are on standby via email, chat and phone. Whether you are just starting out or need some technical advice, Legion Ultimate Support is your go-to. They can even help you with settings, hardware tuning, and software optimization.
By the way, Malaysians can get all the gaming tech support they need with a Legion Ultimate Support expansion starting at just RM139 * with the purchase of select Legion devices. This exclusive promotion for comprehensive service and support designed for Lenovo’s legion of gamers, available 24/7, ends December 31, 2021. So hurry up!
If you’re looking to build your own content creator toolkit, you can get your hands on the devices featured on Shopee and Lazada.
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* The upgrade to Windows 11 will be delivered to qualifying devices from late 2021 to 2022. Timeline will vary by device. Some features require specific hardware (see aka.ms/windows11-spec).