Level 4 Gear Guide
Level 4 requires two things:
1) The right hardware to give you stability, extra capabilities and future proofing.
2) A complete marketing Strategy.
With Level 4, you have a TV Quality Studio!
PLEASE NOTE: All prices shown are approximate
Alienware Aurora 7$1500
This is an affordable PC that you can get from either Best Buy or Amazon. It has one open slot for your video capture card.Buy on Amazon
DIY PC Minimum Specs$1200+
If you choose to go out and look for your own streaming machine, you want to make sure that you stick to these minimum specs. It just allows you to get a great looking stream without having to worry about resource issues. As far as specs go, you want to look for gaming PC’s. As we highly recommend that you use vMix Software, because it runs so efficiently on a gaming PC with a GTX graphic card.
Again, these are the MINIMUM I recommend.
- Core i7 Processor
- 16GB Ram
- nVidia GTX1060 or higher (get the highest you can afford)
If you’re going to want to bring in cameras, you will need some sort of capture device. There are two choices. SDI and HDMI.
If you already have some video cameras, chances are those are HDMI as that is a standard. SDI is for more professional grade cameras. SDI cameras are generally quite a bit more expensive.
So, depending on what cameras you have, here are the capture cards I recommend.
NOTE: DIGITALSTORM PC’S ABOVE COME WITH THESE CARDS PRE-INSTALLEDBuy on Amazon
HDMI camera, with great colors, and is 4K so you can use it to also record videos.Buy on Amazon
PTZ Camera (recommended)$1699
PTZ stands for “Pan Tilt Zoom” meaning that it has a TON of flexibility! You can set 100 different shots that you switch to during your stream. It’s a great way to add the appearance of multiple cameras without a full studio of cameras!
See this camera in action hereBuy on Amazon
More professional broadcast camera with more buttons (for the geeky)!Buy on Amazon
Rokinon 35mm Lens$479
This is the lens Luria uses in her studio combined with the Blackmagic Studio Camera above to achieve the shallow depth of field.
PLEASE NOTE: Every lens will produce different types of results! Please do your research to get the right one for the look you’re trying to achieve!Buy on Amazon
USB Microphone with great quality! It is large and will most likely make it into your shot, but it’s beautiful too, so that’s not necessarily a bad thing!
PRO TIP: When you plug this mic in, it automatically mutes itself (noted by the blinking light). You’ll want to make sure you un-mute it before starting your show.Buy on Amazon
Samson Meteor Mic$64
A small but powerful little mic! If you travel, this is a great option because the legs folds up.Buy on Amazon
AudioTechnica 8035 (recommended)$269
Shotgun Mic that gives you professional sounding audio. This is what we personally use in our studios.
NOTE: You WILL need a USB mixer with this mic, as it is an XLR connection.Buy on Amazon
If you want to bring in an XLR mic, this 8 channel mixer is a great choice!Buy on Amazon