Did you know about 80% of the internet audience today would rather watch a live stream or a video than to read traditional posts? That’s why live streaming is becoming a huge industry today when people can go on platforms like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitch to catch live streams.
If you want to reach out to these audiences, though, you must have the right live streaming equipment. About 67% of the viewers say that quality is the most important factor of live videos. You’ll have to get the best you can afford if you want to be able to lure viewers in.
Read on to see what types of professional equipment you’ll need for your live streaming.
The first thing you’ll need is a good live streaming camera equipment. While the latest smartphones are good enough for casual streaming, professionals will need an HD camera.
It’s the more expensive option, but there are some affordable models that are still packed with neat features. The result is a much clearer video stream.
There are other considerations you need to think of when choosing a camera, though, such as:
How Many Cameras Will You be Using?
Bloggers often only need 1 camera in front of them, but for professional use like in churches, broadcasting, interviews, and events, you might need multi-camera video streaming equipment. The traditional setup requires three cameras.
You’ll also have to consider other stuff, such as an encoder software or hardware for this purpose, which is quite pricey. You also have to make sure that you have the right team for the job. They should know how to control the cameras and when to switch between them.
You should also consider the space you have; will you be able to fit in all your cameras?
How Will You Deliver the Feed?
There are 2 ways to deliver the video feed: via a physical connection or via an IP protocol. If you choose to establish a physical connection, you should choose between HDMI and SDI.
HD cameras can output video via HDMI or SDI, both having the same video quality. One key difference between the two, however, is that SDI can transmit video up to 300 feet. On the other hand, HDMI may lose signal quality over 50 feet.
SDI is more expensive, though, and HDMI is more common and available in consumer stores.
If you opt for IP video streaming, you’ll need to link your camera to an internet connection. Although it doesn’t have a physical connection, it’s still an efficient method of delivering video. The caveats are that it depends on your network stability and that it’s more ideal for a single-camera setup.
Your camera will need to be in a fixed point in the room as your broadcast your video, and for that, you’ll need a tripod. It will allow you to stream hands-free and it will remove any movement that may make the viewers dizzy.
A tripod has a simple purpose, but we still recommend investing in a quality brand. It should be reliable and sturdy enough to hold your rig’s weight. Some models are also more superior to others in terms of panning and tilting.
If you’re going to be shooting outside, make sure your tripod’s design is appropriate for outdoor use, as well.
An encoder is one of the most important video streaming equipment. It converts the video input into a digital format that’s viewable by your viewers. It has 2 types: hardware and software-based.
With software-based encoders, you’ll need a high-end computer. It should be capable enough to run your choice of software.
Each of your cameras then needs a capture device, which connects to the computer. Once the feed reaches the computer, you can then use the software to configure the settings.
Hardware encoders can operate alone without the need for a high-end computer. It’s pretty easy to set up and use, you can even have set automatic on and off times. It can run on battery power, connect to Wi-Fi or cellular network, and it frees up the computer for other uses.
In summary, software-based encoders need someone with video production expertise. Hardware ones can be easier to use, but they are more expensive.
4. Microphone and Audio Mixer
If you’re going to talk a lot, you may need to buy separate microphone equipment. This is to make sure your voice and words come across the feed as clear as day.
Many people though, like video game streamers, make do with the microphone on their expensive headset. While the sound quality is superb in this gear, it doesn’t always have the best microphone quality.
Some bloggers also use an accessory for their camera to make the audio quality better. Still, we recommend investing in a high-end microphone. Your HD stream doesn’t mean anything if the audio quality is suffering.
If you have a multi-camera setup, consider getting an audio mixer, too. It works like an encoder – it converts audio signals to a digital format. It does more than that, however, as it allows you to control the volume and more in each sound source.
5. High-Speed Internet Connection
Even if you have top-of-the-line live stream equipment, your live stream will still have poor quality if you don’t have secure and stable internet connectivity. If you’re sharing a connection with other people, consider getting a new plan that you’ll only use for live streaming purposes.
Even if the plan you’re sharing is fast, you might still get a choppy connection every now and then.
You might also consider a portable Wi-Fi router if you stream in different places. Read up on the most reliable providers in your area. Ask for recommendations from fellow streamers, as well.
What More Do You Need Beyond Live Streaming Equipment?
Aside from the essential live streaming equipment we outlined above, you also need a good space to work in.
Rent a studio that can cater to your needs, whether you need a green screen, a branded studio, or an outdoor setup. For your broadcasting needs, contact us today and let’s discuss how we can help.