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.
If you’re thinking of getting into live streaming, or feel like you want to up your production, here’s a look at what I use and recommend.
Ecamm is my favorite, go-to program to live stream with.
Think of it as 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!
It is a Mac only platform. Not a Mac person? Well this might be a reason to think Mac.
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.
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!
If you want to have more control over your livestream, give Ecamm a try.
Another live streaming option is StreamYard.
StreamYard is a good, fairly easy platform to use, but it doesn’t have as many options as you’ll get with Ecamm.
StreamYard has a free and paid version and can be used on Mac or PC.
Both are great cameras but the G7X Mark III has 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.
Note: Don’t use a USB hub!
Make sure you plug it directly into your computer.
I also keep my LogicTech C920 webcam hooked-up too just in case I need it as a back-up.
Another camera option is a smartphone.
I have an iPhone 8+ that I also use to livestream too. Not a bad option if you need to live stream quickly and/or remotely and don’t have any other gear.
If you use a DSLR, or mirrorless camera like I do to livestream, you should get what I call a “dummy battery”. Basically it’s a power adapter that looks like a camera battery. Plug it into your camera battery slot and then plug the cord into a power outlet and you’ll have power for as long as you livestream. If you’ve ever had a camera die on you midstream like I did, a power adapter becomes an easy investment.
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.
I keep my Logitech webcam mounted on an Arkon tripod. It’s technically made for smartphones but I just pop the bracket off and screw the webcam right on top.
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.
I use a couple of different lenses on my Canon M50.
One is a 10-18mm lens which gives me a slightly wider look and allows me to zoom in or out.
Another lens is a 15-45mm lens that is made for the Canon EOS M series cameras. This one actually came with one of my Canon M50’s. It gives me a slightly different look and still allows me to zoom in or out as needed. (You don’t need a lens adapter for this lens).
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!
My main go-to lights I use is the Falcon Eyes SO-TD28 LED light. This is a really cool LED light that comes with brightness and color controls. It can run off AC power or special light battery. I have it on a short light stand sitting on my desk.
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.
It does a really good job of connecting with Ecamm then passing my livestream to both platforms simultaneously. You can also use Restream to connect to Twitch too.
There is a free version of Restream, but you’ll be limited to your Facebook profile. If you want to simulcast to say your Facebook page plus another platform, you’ll need the paid version.
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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