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The Technology Behind Infiniti Crafting Co.

Updated: Jun 13, 2021

A very common question that content creators get is, “What type of [insert name of technology here] do you use?”

This often comes from members of our communities who are looking at starting their own blogs, channels, and businesses. I’ve often seen YouTubers put their specs in their description boxes because of the frequency of this question but, I’m not a techy YouTuber so I didn’t feel the need to do that. Instead, I’ll be talking about my equipment in this post today.

I always feel that creators who emulate those they admire online will fall into some form of success and being that successful craft businesses depend on epic visuals, its understandable that others want to do the same. That being said, I am also an advocate for self-pacing when it comes to diving into content creation. Over the past couple of years, I’ve stated over and over that you don’t have to have the fanciest do-dads to get started. I personally started off with my cell phone and Windows Movie Maker until I became committed to the idea of all this and there’s nothing wrong with taking baby steps. Even when I did start to upgrade, I did so gradually and financed most of my equipment.

Now with that out of the way, I’ll be talking about each thing that I use for my YouTube and blog content!



Computer

From day one of my creator career, I was stationed at a desktop. I’ve always been a big tech nerd when it comes to my computer so, I was certain that I had something with at least 8 GB of Ram and 1TB of HDD. In the beginning, this was enough horsepower for me because the programs I used for rendering and editing weren’t draining on my system.


In March of 2019, I upgraded my desktop to a 16GB of Ram, 3TB HDD +512 GB SSD beast. I felt like this was a good option because for one, I was in graphic design courses that required the Adobe Suite so needed something powerful and spacious enough for all of my graphics. Another thing was that rendering video on my old PC was nightmarishly slow. Nowadays, I can render a video the same day that I need it (I don’t do this too often anymore). Lag is a painfully annoying thing to deal with and when it comes to content creation, you want to be able to pump out your content while the mojo is still flowing.

In my opinion, desktops have more power than laptops and this is why the good ol’ CPU has been a go-to for me. If you are going to be doing all of your content creation at home, this option is probably the best way to go for you. If you are considering a desktop, I fully recommend something with at least 12 GB of RAM and 1.5 TB HHD, SSD (Solid State Drive) isn’t necessary but it is nice addition to your system that could be added later. When you look at systems like this, usually a decent graphics drive is a given but, be sure to do your research on those to make sure your new computer will be able to handle the rigors of your activities.

When I upgrade again, I’ll likely be heading in the direction of a gaming computer like this [one] because of the programs I use and because I’m game nerd. My favorite brand of computers is HP, however, I did have the pleasure of using Adobe on a Mac and my goodness, that was a smooth experience.


Monitor

This section won’t be a long one, I do want to touch a little bit on my Mac experience the retina display is pretty great honestly and the imagery is always super clear with little strain on the eyes. The only drawback that I observed is that there is a bit of a learning curve when you’re used to how a normal PC operates by comparison.

Honestly, when it comes to displays, I’m not super picky. For at least 10 years I had this prehistoric looking Dell monitor from the 90’s that I had to work with until it died in 2019. From that point, I had a small 19” HD monitor which was a decent upgrade, but I wanted something a bit larger for the sake of my eyes. Currently, I have a 24” HP Business monitor. The transition there caused a bit of shock but, I can say that this change was for the better. Over the years of using those smaller displays, I developed the bad habit on leaning into my screen. No Bueno.

So, the moral of this story is to have a display that is large enough not to hurt your eyes and that allows for you so see what you’re doing when it comes to editing your photo and video.


Laptop


As some of you may know, owning a laptop is a relatively new development for me. I primarily wanted to be able to do computer content like screen sharing and livestreams from my craft studio. It doubles as a workstation though for when I’m on the go (a.k.a. when I don’t wanna be at my desk). Oh, how I long to be at a coffee shop typing my blogs like the cool kids…

Anyhoo, some of the same standards I have for a desktop, I held on to for laptop selection.

1. It had to be an HP

2. It had to have at least 12 GB of RAM

3. It needed at least 1 TB of HDD

I know what you’re thinking right now: “Did brand REALLY take precedent?!” Yes, my friends, it did. I will admit though, I may have sprung for a Mac if this current one hadn’t appeared.

Coupled with my performance standards was the need for a decent screen. I didn’t want to be plagued with another case of tiny screen for the reasons mentioned above. So, held out until a 17.3” laptop was available. This was strictly preferential though so do consider your own tastes when choosing a size.

My new tech child is an HP Laptop with an AMD Ryzen 5 Pro Quad-core processor, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive (HDD); the screen is a 17.3” Touch. It also features an AMD Vega 8 graphics card. So, basically and mini-me of my desktop. I intend on getting some external storage for it eventually but its not needed right now.

I wanted something that was capable of video editing in case I ended up doing that on the go as well. I’ve found some similar ones around the web and I can say that I am glad that I found mine for roughly $700 compared to the ones that are about $900 (I’m financing again).




Mouse



I’m not going to make this section long either.

The most important thing about computer mice is to make sure they’re comfortable to your hand. As a crocheter and knitter, this is uber important to me because I already use my hands in excess; strain is no fun! At my desktop, I used a basic mouse purchased off amazon for the low. I actually went out and purchased a wireless HP mouse because… look I know I have a problem, but I also just wanted to make sure there were no compatibility problems between that mouse and my laptop. Also, I can’t get used to the actual mouse pad.


External Hard Drives

Think flash drives but on steroids! I have a 4TB Seagate External Hard Drive for my desktop that I use to not only back up my system but also to house all those hours of content. I have over 300 YouTube videos that I’ve made to date and there is no way these large files could all be stored on my desktop alone. If you’re considering being a full-time content creator, I recommend getting your hands on this extra storage. If you’re just doing this as a hobby, a 1TB flash drive may go a long way.


Camera

My camera is a trooper and I’ve had it for a little over 2 years now! Excuse me if I nerd out in this section but having a good HD camera is an integral par