Okay! You’ve made it to part two of the guide. Hopefully, it hasn’t been too technical. All that good stuff will come towards the end.
Now we’re going to cover the other hardware you will need to create high-quality streams! Again, I’ve removed the technical element to this discussion and will be covering that in a later part.
Shure SM31FH + Wireless System (£400)
We recommend this headset as the audio quality is amazing and it works wirelessly with the Shure BLX wireless system. Unlike other hardware, this device doesn’t rely on line-of-sight to broadcast wirelessly. (This means you can move about as much as you want without worrying about the sound cutting out)
Cameras / Webcams & Camcorders
I’m going to break this down into two categories. Cameras and webcams. Cameras will be infinitely better quality than webcams, but they require extra hardware and a lot more work to get working. The end result though will be outstanding.
When using cameras for live streaming, not all cameras are made equal. The higher-end DSLR cameras (The cameras with the separate lenses you can switch around) are likely going to work, but not all of them. Depending on how new your one is it may or may not work. I will include a compatibility list in the future.
Sony A5100 (£399)
This new camera is amazing. The few things you need to look for when using a DSLR camera are:
- Is it a good value for money – Yes, extremely. 400 for this camera is insane
- Is it good quality – Very high-quality photos and it does 1080p video REALLY well.
- Technical point: Does the video output show the icons? Do you need to press record to show the video? – No. You can turn off all the icons and just show the live footage from the camera.
If you buy this camera, you will need to buy a micro HDMI > HDMI converter which you can pick up here:
Micro HDMI > HDMI converter
Panasonic HC-V770 (£315)
I recommend this camcorder because it’s super simple to set up, does 1080p video really well (That’s what it was made to do!)
It’s great because it meets all of our criteria again.
- Is it a good value for money – It’s a little cheaper than the Sony DSLR
- Is it good quality – I’d say because this is made for a video that I would perhaps recommend this over the DSLR itself, but I’ll try to get some examples of the differences in quality for Yoga instructors.
- Technical point: Does the video output show the icons? Do you need to press record to show the video? – There are options to turn everything off in the settings.
Most laptops (Both Mac and Windows-based laptops) have a webcam, but desktops usually don’t.
If you’ve got a Mac, you’ve probably used your webcam before and you know the quality it can produce. It’s okay for some people but it doesn’t exactly look ‘professional’.
So on the cheapest end, you can just stick with your Macbooks webcam. But if you’re going to do that, might I suggest you just use an iPhone? The camera is WAY better than the webcam, it’s simpler to use and unless you want to do some advanced things with your Yoga classes (different shots/overlays/transitions etc) I don’t think it’s worth it.
Logitech C920 (£195)
Honestly, I wouldn’t recommend webcams so much, because I think the camera on your phone is going to be higher quality than most of the webcams available. But if you want something better quality than what’s in your Mac or Windows laptop this is the best.
It’s great because it’s simple to use. Works out of the box. Just plug it in. Doesn’t need any additional hardware and the quality is quite nice, even in low light conditions.
Is it going to get you a ‘professional’ look? Unlikely, but if you want something simple and can’t use your phone, this is the way to go.
Video Capture Device
(What you need to connect a DSLR or Camcorder up to laptop)
There are a lot of devices out there that work well. Some more professional (but of course, more expensive!) than others. For the purpose of this part, I’m going to list the consumer devices.
Elgato Camlink (£120)
This is specifically used to capture DSL or Camcorders video signal and put it on your computer. Then you can share that image with the world.
The downside is it doesn’t have an extra video output. This can be good for monitoring what you’re sending to people to make sure you’re in the shot and in focus.
Elgato HD60S+ (£190)
The more expensive version of the Elgato Camlink, but this one has a video output so you can connect it up to a monitor and watch yourself!
Elgato 4K60 S+(£390)
This is a new device Elgato has just released and it does everything. I think it’s great. It can handle 4K video. That means you can stream in 4K, but it can also RECORD in 4K. So if you’d like to use Kuula VoD service and upload videos in 4K. That’s fine too! It has a simple record button and couldn’t be simpler.
The disadvantage of this box is that in this part of the guide I have not listed any DSLR or Camcorders that can record in 4K. I’ll get on to that subject in a later part.
Until next time
Okay, we’ve handled some of the audio and most of the visual side of things. In the next part, I’ll talk about how we add music to our streams! Then eventually we have to talk about how we connect this all together!
If this is how you’re feeling right now. Don’t worry. I’ll have an Amazon shopping list you can just buy in a future part.