What is the best equipment to use for live streaming? I am imagining this video will completely answer your questions. You can use this equipment also for not just Facebook, but you can use it for Twitch, YouTube and Mixer. You can also use it to film video courses and I’m filming on this equipment.
Best Equipment for a Pro Gaming Live Stream to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Mixer, and Restream
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Equipment is one of those essential things. It is the first thing worth investing money in. Viewers can see even if it’s subconsciously only whether you are using good equipment or not. You might be able to tell, or you might not, that I’m using a camera that is of very high quality here compared to just using a webcam that I’ve used in a lot of my previous videos.
Good equipment also gives you flexibility. I can easily live stream on any platform. I can easily even switch from Xbox to PlayStation 4 midstream. I can do PC games, Xbox and PlayStation, and even record videos all on the exact same monitor.
This equipment set up I will give you is the best I’ve ever seen before. It doesn’t mean it’s the best in the world, but it’s really good. Maybe it is the best. It’s the best I’ve seen.
This list is on my resources page at Jerrybanfield.com/resources and you can access it from the top menu when you click on the “Resources” button. You will get a list of all the equipment for my whole business here that I think is really helpful.
What I will do now is show you clicking on these specific ones. I’m about to show you the camera, the studio microphone, the gaming monitor, the standing desk and several others.
Let’s go over to Firefox and take a look at these.
Number one piece of equipment is this right here. This is my little secret and I imagine it’s a lot of little secrets from many gamers. This is the BenQ Zowie 24 inch full HD gaming monitor.
Now, this thing is really, really good because it has an HDMI out. This allows me to put anything I want to stream straight into this monitor, then all I do is take an HDMI out of whatever is on the monitor.
I’ve got my audio and my video ready to go, and it’s super easy when you use this setup just like this.
The BenQ monitor is the most consistently recommended piece of equipment I share with everyone.
Get one of these monitors.
What I did when I first set up my live streaming for video games is I put my capture card directly. The capture card was connected to the Xbox, and then the capture card was connected to the monitor and the computer.
This added a significant amount of lag between the Xbox, what it was putting out versus what I actually saw on the monitor.
My kill death ratio on “Call of Duty” went up point three, which is a huge jump when it was 1.4 to 1.7 almost instantly when I took that capture card set up out. Make sure you use a gaming monitor set up like this. Always put the source directly into a monitor, then take the HDMI out of the monitor into your capture card because you will see the feed immediately on the monitor, then you can do whatever you want to with it.
If you put the capture card in first, it will add a little bit of lag and unless you are playing something even a single-player game a few extra milliseconds of lag could lower your performance in the game. Even pinball, almost anything I can think of, you don’t want that extra screen lag and this monitor makes it really easy.
Next, if you are using this monitor setup, what you will need is a capture card and if you are using my setup with a camera, you will need two capture cards.
I use these Magewell USB capture cards.
These work really well.
There is a knock off that’s about half the price. I bought the real deal. It works really well. The knockoff has some bad reviews. I bought both of these. They give me 1080, 60 frames per second, which is absolutely outstanding on both my camera and out of the monitor.
Therefore, anything I stream goes into one of these capture cards, so whatever is on the monitor, then my face on the camera comes out into another one of these capture cards.
You can see, as you start snowballing the cost of all this stuff together, the right equipment can get expensive, but the good equipment is also very easy to use and really effective.
I’ve got, therefore, two of these.
We will do the total cost.
So, this monitor was just around $200. This is $600 for these capture cards. Then the most expensive single piece of equipment here is the camera.
I looked and researched so long on the cameras.
A good camera makes a huge difference. A good camera really makes using a green screen easy. A good camera helps you stand out. A good camera gives you a lot of flexibility in terms of what you can do and putting it in different modes working with your lighting, etcetera.
One of my biggest frustrations, and you can look at it over my older courses, was the camera. You will see using four or five different cameras over the last several years. Finally, this Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder, this thing finally is the camera of my dreams in this studio setup.
I’m grateful my friend Tomas George at tomasgeorge.com came and visited me from the UK as a part of his USA tour and brought his older model of this to test at my studio.
He helped me make sure this got set up and worked well. I bought the newest model.
I’m finally very happy with my camera.
For the first time in years of doing live streaming videos, I’m not testing and playing around and trying to get a new camera.
If you want a cheap option, you can use the Logitech C930. It only costs about $80 or $90. It gives a pretty good picture, but it whitewashes your face and the more you do it the more annoying it will get.
You can buy the cheaper stuff to start out, and then calculate the dollars per hour you are wasting by getting annoyed at the low quality of your camera, or you can buy the good one like I do.
Another piece of equipment that you might not think of is to get a battery backup. I’ve got everything on battery backup.
I’ve got two of these. I technically think I have a different model, this one wore out after several years, but this is the one I used for the longest and I have three battery backups.
Actually there are two different routers I have to have on battery backup for my Internet. One is in the house, then I’ve got two battery backups out here.
My whole setup will continue running anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes, with 30 being probably optimistic. I have at least 10 minutes with the power off, which when we have lots of these little power glitches where I live, where the power just temporarily glitches out for a minute, it is necessary.
I had five or so hundred people watching my live stream one day, which at the time was the most I had had in years. My stream was going really well and the power went out and I didn’t have the one thing on battery backup. I lost the whole stream for doing that.
Make sure you get the battery backup because it’s just peace of mind. That way you know if for some reason the power does go out, even if your power never goes out, you just got the peace of mind that if it does go out, you won’t lose your live stream and if it stays out you will have time to wrap it up and say, “Hey look, my power is out. I might have to shut down here in a minute or two.”
Battery backup really helps out a lot.
Now, keep in mind that I used to have my live streaming studio in my bedroom. These things, if the power does glitch or brownout or have voltage irregularities can make some noise.
Yes, I’ve put them in the attic after dealing with that for a year.
If you want a professional quality microphone, this is the microphone I use: the Electro-Voice RE 20 Cardioid Microphone.
You can get cheaper microphones that can sound pretty good. If you want the pro-quality, this microphone is the way to go.
I researched and used a bunch of different microphones until finally again settling on this one.
It works really well.
My friend Tomas George got me on this microphone as well.
If you want to use this microphone, you need a USB audio interface to put it into your computer. This is the one I use for my Mac Pro to put it in the computer.
A Focusrite Scarlett 2i2.
I also put this first into a preamp.
So here’s the order.
My voice goes into the microphone, then it goes into the preamp, then it goes into the Focusrite.
I’ve got it set up like this because this allows me to put those audio effects onto my voice before they even get in the computer.
I just use OBS for gaming. This is worth recording a video course. If I had the processing just in OBS, then if I switch software, like I do a YouTube or Skype call or whatever, then my processing is not there anymore.
What this setup allows me to do is I use the preamp, then everything is consistent. My voice is processed the same on my video course, on my live streams, on any calls or interviews I do. It all sounds exactly the same and it’s got that professional quality to it based on my ability to tweak the knobs decently.
You can hear it’s got compression.
So if I get really loud, it lowers the voice and if I get kind of quiet, you can still hear it. I’ve got it set up where I can turn up and down the bass boost and the high frequency. I’ve got it so I’ve adjusted the volume. This allows everything I do to have one consistent sound to it.
My audiobooks sound the same as my video courses. My video courses sound the same as my live streams and it’s all effortless. All I do is literally turn the equipment on and start talking.
I used to do video courses where I had to put on the post effect processing for audio every single time on every single video.
You want it so that it goes into the computer correctly. It’s so much easier and it’s essential for live streaming.
For this microphone, I’ve also got a Swivel mount studio microphone boom arm, which gives me the ability to move the mic around like I want.
This is super helpful.
You can see I can move the microphone really easy wherever I want it to, which is nice. I position it a little differently for audiobooks or live streaming. I make slight moves to it, which deviates my voice a little bit, but who is paying that close attention anyway.
Another thing that stands me out among live streamers actually, including right now, is that I am standing up. If I put this on full and step back, you can see I am standing up right now.
Standing up makes it easier to stay more animated and it is also healthy. When you are intending to do something 3 to 6 hours a day, it’s much better I think to stand up although it has taken my leg muscles some significant getting used to.
I experienced a lot of back problems in my life and standing up and walking on a daily basis, and limiting the amount of time I sit down, has helped me a ton with my back problems.
A lot of the things that we do to our bodies, our self-inflicted back problems are a natural result of sitting down a lot.
For health and for being interactive and exciting on stream, a standing desk is way easier.
Next time, try this out. When you are talking with someone and having a long phone conversation, see the difference of how they talk or you talk based on whether you are sitting or standing.
I’ve noticed, for example, listening to my mother on the phone. If she is sitting down she can listen pretty well, she can just talk a little bit and generally doesn’t get too excited. If she is standing up, then she is really into it. She is constantly talking and it’s sometimes hard to get a word in.
On live stream, I can just keep talking naturally while I’m standing up. When I’m sitting down lots of times, it feels forced. If you will notice if you are sitting down and you are having trouble finding things to say and you are awkward, try standing up.
I bet you will find it a lot easier and more natural to talk. It’s also easier to do hand movements to keep your body loose and especially if you are gaming for several hours just shake your “bootay,” like you could just shake it out a little bit. You know, move your hands, help the blood flow around your body.
If you are sitting hunched over like this, of course, you are going to hurt, and then you are going to try numb the pain. You are going to put yourself in this awful addictive life cycle and screw your whole life up.
A standing desk will help out a lot, long story short.
We are almost done.
I use this headset.
So many people ask, what headset do you use?
I just googled this for the Xbox One.
This BENGOO V-4 gaming headset has got these cool blue lights. I don’t know if I will be using this.
There is a red one I might try too. This is the one I’m using right now for Xbox.
For PlayStation, this Turtle Beach headset is really nice.
What I do with this Turtle Beach headset is I connect to Discord on my iMac, then I can use voice chat on my live stream without having to have my party on the stream, which is really nice when you got people who might hop into this party, be playing copyrighted music, which could instantly get my Facebook stream shut down, or you have got people saying MF this, MF that, or even worse that can also get your Facebook stream shut down.
For PlayStation 4 this Turtle Beach headset is really nice. You just take the optical out from the PlayStation stick it in the headset, then take the USB out from the computer, preferably a different one than you are using to live stream, put that into the Turtle Beach, then you won’t have a headset on PlayStation. However, you will not have to worry about people in party talking on your voice chat getting your stream in trouble either.
That’s the equipment I use.
If you would like to see the updated list if it ever changes, will you please go to Jerrybanfield.com/resources because you will find even more things I use for my business like my web hosting, my outdoor camera, etcetera.
Thank you for watching this whole thing.
I love you.
You are awesome and I hope this is helpful for setting up your live streaming studio equipment.
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Edits from video transcript by Michel Gerard at www.michelgerardonline.com.