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!
Alienware Aurora 6$1643
This is an affordable PC that you can get from either Best Buy or Amazon.More Info
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-INSTALLEDMore Info
More professional broadcast camera.More Info
More professional broadcast camera with more buttons (for the geeky)!More Info
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!More Info
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.More Info
Samson Meteor Mic$63
A small but powerful little mic! If you travel, this is a great option because the legs folds up.More Info
Shotgun Mic that would hang above your head, pointed at your mouth (or it can be pointed from below)More Info
If you want to bring in an XLR mic, this 4 channel mixer is a great choice!More Info