If your device is going to be situated more than 15 feet from the activity you are wanting to stream, you will get the best sound quality by using an external microphone. In certain situations, it is fine to use the audio input from your camera, but in many situations, your quality of your audio for your broadcast would be better with an external mic. You can buy a mic for as little as $10. Here are a few audio devices to consider:
- A Bluetooth headset
- A lapel microphone
- A microphone (Bluetooth or wired)
- An audio switcher (basically, connecting your sound system directly into your broadcast)
Now, let’s move onto encoders and capture devices, which you’ll need to transmit the video and audio to your viewers.
Encoders and Capture Devices
Encoding devices can be either software- or hardware-based, and are typically required when streaming from anything other than a mobile device. Encoding means that either the software or hardware intakes a video and converts it into a signal for broadcasting.
The difference between software and hardware is this:
- The software is an application installed on a computer, which intakes a video and encodes it.
- Hardware is an independent device, dedicated to encoding video. The hardware has its own software, computing units, and video capture components inside.
There are a few things to note if you’re considering using encoding software. If you’re streaming high quality videos, you will need a computer with a powerful processor and an above-average graphics card for a smooth streaming resolution. Otherwise, your viewers will see buffering or frame loss, or worse, your computer could freeze or even crash.
Additionally, you’ll need to use a capture card if your camera does not have a way to send an output to your computer or the internet. Finally, make sure to check that the encoding software you’re shopping for is compatible with your operating system.