Live streaming can feel intimidating because of the various equipment options and the wide range of costs associated with these options. Take a breath, because this article lists and explains the essential pieces of equipment you’ll need to broadcast.
We’ll cover the range of minimalist equipment to professional equipment in the next four sections:
- Video Equipment
- Audio Equipment
- Encoders and Capture Devices and
- Internet Connection
Necessary video equipment, or devices that can broadcast video and audio, may include:
- A smartphone or tablet using a Broadcaster Application for either iOS or Android
- A webcam or
- A digital encoder or recorder
Depending on the content and your intended audience, you’ll want to select the appropriate device for broadcasting. As a general concept, if you plan to use a traditional digital recorder, devices with HDMI connections will produce higher quality streams.
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.