Live Streaming Gear: My Live Set-up

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.



For my camera, I use either a Canon M50 with a 10-18mm lens or I use a Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III.

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 the mic on a ProLine desktop mic stand with a shock-mount. This helps me keep the mic to the side and allow me to raise or lower it depending on what I’m doing.


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!

Thanks for stopping by!

|kevin


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