Live streaming is a great way to quickly engage with an audience.
If you’re thinking about live streaming, here’s a look at my set-up.
I use Ecamm to live stream. It is a Mac only platform but could be the reason you need to get a mac…just saying. If you want to have more control over your livestream, use my affiliate link and get a FREE 14-day trial!
Ecamm also has a huge advantage over other live streaming platforms, it allows you to hook-up your camera with just a USB cord! No other interface or device needed! Now that is just cool!
You can also use an HDMI converter to turn your DSLR or mirrorless camera into a webcam.
I use the Pengo Video Grabber and an inexpensive HDMI cable. Simply connect it to the HDMI-out port on your camera and plug it into a USB port on your computer and you should be good to go.
Note: Don’t use a USB hub!
Make sure you plug it directly into your computer.
Another option is StreamYard. I’ve used it a few times and it’s good but it doesn’t have as many features as Ecamm. StreamYard has a free and paid version and can be used on Mac and PC.
Since the Canon M50 is a mirrorless camera, I have a Fotodiox lens adapter on the camera body that allows me to use any lens. The Fotodiox adapter works perfectly and is a fraction of the cost of the Canon adapter.
Both are fantastic cameras, but the G7X Mark III has one big advantage over the M50. It has a clean HDMI-out feed, which simply means you can use Canon’s amazing auto-focus without the box around your face showing up on screen.
If you use a DSLR or mirrorless camera like the M50, you should get what I call a “dummy battery”. Basically a power adapter that plugs in and gives you constant power. Once you have your camera die on you mid-stream like I did, an adapter becomes a must have item.
I also have a LogicTech C920 webcam I use if needed but it mostly stays hooked up as a back-up option.
I keep my M50 on a RetiCAM tabletop tripod and the G7X Mark III on a JOBY GorillaPod. The LogicTech webcam sits on a small Akron tripod. It’s actually made for smartphones, but you can pop the top off and screw the webcam right on.
I use a 15-button Elgato Streamdeck to trigger things during my live stream like animations, graphics and more. It is not a must have BUT will greatly increase the look of your show by making it easier to bring elements in and out.
The mic I use is a Audio-Technica ATR2100 mic. I’m telling you this thing is amazing. It’s a USB and XLR mic, comes with the cords you need, has a great sound and is under $75!
I have use a Falcon Eyes LED light for my main light. I actually keep it on a small light stand on my desk. The Falcon Eyes LED lights are absolutely amazing and very reasonably priced too.
I have two Mac’s, but do the majority of my livestreaming from a 27″ iMac. Bigger screen. Ample power. It’s just a boss. And it’s a mac!
I don’t multi-cast a lot, but when I do, I use Restream. It does a really good job of connecting with Ecamm then passing my livestream to both platforms simultaneously.
There is a free version of Restream, but you’ll be limited to your Facebook profile so I do the paid version so I can stream to my Facebook page and YouTube channel.
Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any questions about anything I listed or if I can help you get started with live streaming too!
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