074: Mike’s Animated Holiday Gift Guide Podcasters & Creatives

Working Title: The PodShed Gift Guide


The PodShed Gift Guide started as a daily post on Instagram.

What is The Pod Shed? It’s my creative lab. The shed of my old cottage is where I experiment with time lapses and stop motions and sometimes record myself playing guitar and singing. I like old rustic things. The Pod Shed is just that and I thought it would be a cool place to make videos.

What is PodcasterToolkit.com ? The website I really want to turn into something great. Be patient. I’m a one man band.

Do I have a podcast? Why yes I do: Mike Murphy Unplugged
Main Website: Mikemurphy.co

How Do I Make the Videos?: I am always pushing myself creatively to be better and learn the tools of the trade.

I’m not an illustrator, painter or animator but I love all them. So I’m teaching myself because it’s never too late…:D.

Step 1: Illustrate all products and tools on iPad Pro 9.7" using Adobe Draw iOS App and Apple Pencil

Step 2: Use AirDrop to send to MacBook Pro

Step 2.5: If I feel like working on my painting, I fire up Adobe Photoshop and use Kyle Webster Brushes (holy wow, they are amazing) and get my Picasso on and just play around.

Step 3: Open up After Effects and start a new composition under 60 seconds and hope something creative pops in my head. And then try to figure out how to make that happen or at least do my best.

Note: I am a total rookie in After Effects. Gift #1 was my first ever After Effects post, but as I always say: Done is better than perfect. All of the Adobe products can be intimidating at first, but the best way to learn is to jump in and just start pressing the buttons until you get a look or effect you like. Man, does After Effects have some fun stuff under the hood! Do not worry about criticism, hit upload or publish and be proud that you are creating. People who criticize you are afraid to put their work out there. Keep doing and you’ll get better at everything and more confident. Trust me.

Learn. Create. Move Forward.

Affiliate Disclaimer: I am an Amazon Associate, so all of the product links are affiliate links meaning I’ll get a small commission from Amazon as a referral fee at no additional cost to you.


By Mike Murphy

01: Manfrotto Pixi Tripod

Perfect Lightweight Tripod
I use it with Gift #2 for iPhone Video
Buy on Amazon ($25)

02: MeFoto SideKick 360

Phone Cradle & Tripod Adapter
I use this with iPhone 6
Buy on Amazon ($30)

03: Rode Smartlav Plus

Lavalier Mic for Smartphones
Awesome Sound & Price
Buy on Amazon ($79)

04: MeFoto Tripod

Small & Lightweight Tripod
Buy on Amazon ($99)

05: Zoom H1

Handy Recorder
Stereo Mics w/Headphone Output
Don’t let the small size fool ya. Great piece of audio gear.
Buy on Amazon ($99)

06: Sony MDR-7506 Headphones

My Podcast Headphones
Great Sound & Design
Comfortable & Affordable
Buy on Amazon ($79)

07: Anker Portable Charger

Portable ‘Lipstick’ Charger
3200 mAh
Up to 2 iPhone Charges
Buy on Amazon ($10–15)

08: Tools of Titans

New book by Tim Ferriss
Tools, Habits & Routines of Successful People
Release Date: 12/6/16
Buy on Amazon

09: Canary Security Camera

Wi-Fi Security Camera
HD 1080p Camera (Great low-low-light camer)
Monitor your home from iPhone or iPad
Buy on Amazon

10: K&M iPad Holder

Holds iPad Pro 9″ & 12.9″
Mount to light or microphone stands
I use for stop motions
Buy on Amazon

11: Shure SM58 Dynamic Microphone

Shure SM58 Dynamic Micrphone
Great for podcasting & all-purpose voice work
Always in my mobile podcasting kit
Buy on Amazon

12: Rode Wireless Lavalier System

Wireless Lavalier System for DSLR Cameras
Get great audio in you camera with no wires
Range: 300 ft!
Buy on Amazon

13: TritonAudio Fethead

Mini-preamp adds +27dB of clean gain
Use with ‘gain hungry’ dynamic microphones (SM7B, RE-20, SM58)
Great for mobile podcast kit
Buy on Amazon (Should only be $89. Go to B&H if not)

14: Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries

Eneloops are what the pro photographers use for everything
Retain charge for a long time
Dependable and come in AA & AAA
Buy on Amazon ($20 for 8 batteries)

15: Anker USB 3.0 Hub

Portable USB 3.0 Hub
Stylish, aluminum and really small
Bus-Powered, so no power cord
Buy on Amazon ($15)

16: SanDisk Memory Cards

SanDisk Extreme Pro
Read Up To 95MB/s/ Write Up To 90MB/s
4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160p); Full HD (1920 x 1080p)
Buy on Amazon (Prices all over the place $20–40)

I am available for hire or collaborations if you are smarter than me and know how you might need a strategic thinker with a lot of technical knowledge and creative skills. I’m still figuring out how I can make a living being me.

My name is Mike Murphy, I’m a one man band and podcaster.
Learn. Create. Move Forward.
@mikeunplugged on Twitter or Instagram

New Website: PodcasterToolkit.com

Use #AskMikeMurphy for questions.

Wanna join my Band?

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Podcaster, Tutorial Maker & Problem Solver. I Help People Figure Things Out. Email: mike@mikemurphy.co Podcaster Support & Content Creator @Simplecast.

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