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What we often take for granted when we see our favorite content creators online is the effort put into every single Twitch stream, YouTube video, short film and even a “simple” Instagram post.
Sure, some of you may be quick to make fun of content creators or influencers, but the fact is – it isn’t an easy job whatever it looks like.
If you’ve ever dealt with content creation or are considering embarking on a career as a content creator or part-time job, here are some things to keep in mind:
Behind every good content creator is an arsenal of useful equipment, each of which plays its unique role in creating the content that people like you and I love to consume.
Here are 6 essential elements 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 wide variety of tasks. Whether you have a job to do or you just want to relax after a long day, we probably use them for everything. The only problem is the fact that not all laptops can several Things very well. You’re usually wrong on one side (like the ability to handle heavy renders) or the other (heavy gaming).
The Lenovo Legion 5 Pro is just right for you with its powerful AI engine that is always ready for any difficult task. Add the laptop’s Q Control and you can switch between different modes depending on your mood.
Performance mode allows you to take full advantage of the Legion 5 Pro’s processing power to make sure the digital rendering you’re working on or the graphics-heavy game you’re playing runs smoothly. Sleep mode is on the other end of the spectrum, so you can get things done at your own pace and without disruption. If you’re looking for a happy middle ground, Balance Mode gives you the best of both worlds – especially when you toggle the automatic optimization that lets you sit back and let the laptop decide how much power is needed for certain tasks.
A good laptop just doesn’t do that one Thing very well. Despite being a gaming-oriented laptop, the Legion 5 Pro also benefits creatives looking for a reliable workhorse that can meet all of their professional 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 everything. With a fresh new feel and tools that make it easier to be efficient, it has everything you need for whatever comes next.
2. A powerful smartphone for inspiration on the go.
It’s safe to say that live streaming content, especially on platforms like Twitch, isn’t a piece of cake. There are so many things to worry about like the lighting, your camera orientation, and even your processing power.
The Lenovo Legion Phone Duel 2 takes all the excitement away from you, which is more than your average smartphone. It’s actually more fair to call it a mobile console, as it has a pop-up camera that acts as a streaming camera when the phone is held in landscape mode. You also don’t have to worry about downloading special software to make sure your stream is working properly. The Legion Phone Duel 2 is designed in such a way that it is capable of live streaming right out of the box.
Something that really adds to the Legion Phone Duel 2’s mobile console character is the presence of not one but two USB-C ports. More on that in a second. The Legion Phone Duel 2 is powered by the Qualcomm® Snapdragon ™ 888 Plus 5G Mobile Platform and is packed with dual batteries that together store 5,500 mAh – enough for the whole day and more.
The two USB-C ports – one on the side and the other on the bottom – allow users to charge their phone while playing their favorite games in portrait or landscape mode. 90 W fast charge can charge the phone to 50 percent battery life in just 17 minutes and fully charge it in half an hour. If you connect two 65W chargers to the phone at the same time, it will charge it to 5,500mAh in just 35 minutes, pretty insane.
And especially for gamers, the Legion Phone Duel 2 has one (or let’s say eight) great features – eight virtual trigger buttons to maximize functionality when playing your favorite games. Each can also be assigned a specific function so that you can refine your gameplay.
3. Noise-canceling headphones that keep you in the zone for as long as you need them.
If you’re busy editing a video or maintaining a kill streak, you most likely want to isolate yourself from your surroundings. This is where beautiful headphones come in that allow you to immerse yourself in everything you do without disturbing others around you.
A great competitor in this area is the Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, which offers a great audio experience for gamers and audiophiles alike. The ergonomic design of the headphones together with the high-quality auricle padding made of PU leather allow you to immerse yourself in your favorite game, movie or song for a long time without tiring your ears or head.
The high-end, retractable noise-canceling microphone is very effective in eliminating the influence of noise in your surroundings – something you will definitely rely on when streaming.
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.
With a weight of only 107 grams, the Lenovo Legion M600 Wireless Gaming Mouse works wirelessly via Bluetooth or a 2.4 GHz receiver as well as wired via USB 2.0. The mouse has an ergonomic design tailored for multiple types of grip, including palm and claw grip, as well as right- and left-handed compatibility.
With a single 2.5 hour charge, you can get 200 hours of battery life out of the device (with the multi-colored LED off) and make sure you’re always ready for any task without worrying about how much juice you have have left
And for the RGB fans out there, of course, the mouse also has 2-zone LEDs that generate up to 16.8 million colors.
5. A sophisticated ring light to bring out dazzling halos in your eyes.
In any video or livestream, an often overlooked aspect of behind-the-scenes preparation is lighting. Ring lights present themselves as one of the most versatile types of lighting that offers studio quality without the studio-like budget. After all, there’s no point showing your face on the stream if your viewers can’t see it properly.
But ring lights go a step further by adding definition to your face and, with their uniquely round shape, putting a lot of focus on your eyes (or glasses). For the most part, people can see a mesmerizing pair of halos reflecting in their eyes, and this helps keep the audience more focused.
After all, eye contact is very important when talking to others, including when they are watching on a digital screen. The best part about it is their affordability, with places like Shopee and Lazada selling high quality ring lights for well under RM 100.
6. Professional editing software that brings your hard work to life.
So you are done filming your video. What now? Off to an editing suite, of course. That is, if your into presentation and everything (you should).
If anything, professional editing software like Adobe Premiere Pro is designed to improve your work so that you can really unleash your creativity and produce content that you would see for yourself. With a super responsive user interface, Premiere Pro also makes it easy for you to work on multiple projects at once, because let’s face it – the life of a content creator is freaking hectic.
And with multi-file format support, you won’t get stuck with content that can’t even be edited in the mail.
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If you’re struggling to get the most out of your new Legion device, Legion Ultimate Support is there for you 27/4. Think of it as a concierge service for gamers, by gamers.
Yes, whenever you need help, you don’t have to go through a boring customer service call offering some easily helpful advice from a template. You will be talking to real players just like yourself.
Highly qualified and experienced technicians are on standby via email, chat and telephone. Whether you are just starting out or need technical advice, Legion Ultimate Support is your first choice. They can even help you with settings, hardware tuning and software optimization.
Incidentally, with the extended Legion Ultimate Support from just RM139 * when purchasing selected Legion devices, Malaysians can get all the technical gaming support they need. This exclusive 24/7 full service and support promotion for Lenovo’s legion of players ends on December 31, 2021. So hurry up!
If you want to put together your own content creation toolkit, then you can get your hands on the devices featured here Shopee and Lazada.
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* Windows 11 upgrade will ship to qualifying devices in late 2021-2022. The time varies depending on the device. Certain functions require special hardware (see aka.ms/windows11-spec).
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