Live Streaming Gear

Video and especially live streaming is a great way to share your story and engage with an audience.

You can start live streaming with just a smartphone or a simple webcam. Either way, make sure you have a really good internet connection.

My two favorite livestreaming programs are Ecamm and StreamYard.

Both have their own advantages and both are liking having a mini-production studio right on your computer. You can add graphics, animations, videos, have guests join your show and even highlight viewer comments on screen too!

Ecamm is available for macs. StreamYard is available for mac and PC.

StreamYard offers a free and paid plan too.

I prefer to using either my Canon M50 or my Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III.

Both are great but the G7X Mark III has one big advantage over the M50 – it has a clean HDMI out feed which means you can leave auto-focus on without the face-tracking box being visible.

If you use a DSLR, or mirrorless camera, get what I call a power adapter or what I call a “dummy battery.” I have on for my Canon M50 that plugs into the camera battery slot and then plug the cord into a power outlet and you’ll have power for as long as you livestream.

And you’ll need some type of video converter. 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.

PRO TIP: Don’t use a USB hub! Make sure you plug it directly into your computer.

I also use my LogicTech C920 webcam. Even though it’s not as good as my Canon cameras, it’s easier to use and gets the job done.

And yes, I do live stream with my iPhone 8+ too and if that’s all you’ve got, then use it!

When I use one of my Canon camera’s, I’ll put them on either a small RetiCAM tabletop tripod or a JOBY GorillaPod.

I either position the camera in front of the monitor or just to the right side of the monitor so I can look into the camera and still see my monitor.

When I use Ecamm, I use the 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.

My main lens for the livestreaming with the M50 is the 10-18mm lens which gives me a slightly wider look and allows me to zoom in or out.

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.

I use is a Audio-Technica ATR2100 mic. I’m telling you this thing is amazing. It has USB and XLR inputs and comes with both cords. It also has a headphone jack and a small mic stand too. Not only does it sound great, it costs 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.

For lighting, I have two set-up around my desk, the Falcon Eyes LED light panel and a small Viltrox LED light.

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!

If you interested in multicasting – meaning streaming to more than one platform at the same time – then I recommend Restream. They have a free version that is limited but may be all you need.

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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