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, give Ecamm a try.

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!

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.

I use a Canon M50 as my main camera but keep my LogicTech C920 webcam hooked-up as a back-up.

If you use a DSLR or mirrorless camera like I do, 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 use a RetiCAM tabletop tripod for my Canon camera. It’s small, extremely sturdy and well made too. I actually position the camera in front of the monitor so I can look into the camera and still see my monitor. I have the LogicTech webcam on a JOBY GorillaPod.

I use an 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.

I have a 10-18mm lens on my camera. For me it’s wide-enough and allows me to zoom in or out if needed.

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.

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 attached to my desk with a Neewer mic boom and a shock-mount. You don’t need to do this, but it’s nice to keep your mic off the desk and out-of-the way.

I have a small Viltrox LED light for my main light and the Godox LED light for a back-up as well as other video production.

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 also use Restream to simulcast to Facebook and YouTube. 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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