Live Streaming & Video Gear Guide - Live Streaming Pros

Gear Guide

Below, you’ll find some of our recommended gear for live video (also works for recorded video, yay)! As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.

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USB CAMERAS

LOGITECH C-920

The least expensive webcam option, but still great quality! It’s HD video at 1080p and has dual built-in mics (though we recommend using a separate microphone!)

LOGITECH C-922

This is about the same as the C-920, only giving you the ability to stream at 60fps. If you’re not sure what that is, get the C-920.

LOGITECH C-930

This has the widest field of view of the Logitech series

LOGITECH BRIO 4K

This is the most expensive of the Logitech Webcams. It is also 4K. Has much better dynamic range than the other two, but at a higher cost.

Be sure to download Webcam Settings Software to get fine tuned adjustments to the quality of your video from the above webcams! Available on a Mac or PC.

HIGHER QUALITY CAMERAS

SONY A6100

This is our favorite DSLR (ahem… Mirrorless camera)! 

SONY A5100

Great budget option!

Sigma Lens 16mm f1.4 (for sony)

This is the lens Luria uses on her set. Be aware that lenses are a personal choice based on the look you’re going for!!!

CAPTURE CARD (FOR HIGHER QUALITY CAMERAS)

ELGATO CAMLINK

In order to bring in a camera that is NOT USB (like a DSLR), you’ll need a Capture Card. You can get an Elgato Cam Link that allows your Level 2, 3 or 4 setup to bring in an HDMI camera for your LIVE Videos.

Watch this video to learn more!

Elgato HD60 S+

The Elgato HD60 S+ is our favorite capture card. While it’s plain, it’s a solid piece of gear and works very consistently! It’s what we put in our client’s Studios that we build.

blackmagic internal capture card

If you have a PC with an open PCIe slot, you can use this Capture Card internally instead of the others which are external cards.

SWITCHERS

Elgato Stream deck XL

Luria’s Switcher to change cameras, add graphics all at the push of a button! You can get smaller versions for less money, but the XL gives you room to grow into your production!

X-keys (60 Key)

You can get smaller versions for less money, but this 60 key model gives you room to grow into your production! NOT RECOMMENDED: The X-keys versions that are 4 keys and 8 keys are not good options. The buttons are not soft click and will be heard in your audio.

AUDIO

SAMSON METEOR MIC

Great SMALL, portable microphone! The legs fold up for travel. If you’re not moving the mic from location to location, get one of the other microphones. You’ll need a stand or to prop this one up to get closer to your mouth (it sits low).

BLUE YETI NANO

This is one of our favorites if you’re an iPhone user. They do have a model that works on Android, but it does not work with all of them, so you need to go to their site and see if they have one for your device.

AUDIO-TECHNICA ATR2100

This has USB and XLR connections for flexibility depending on your setup. You’ll need a boom holder or stand to hold this.

Lewitt 240 pro

When you’re ready to move away from USB and go for an XLR mic, this is one of our preferred options. You’ll need a USB mixer (Such as the GoXLR), and a boom arm as well.

RØDE NTG4+ Condenser MIC

Directional Condenser Microphone with Inbuilt Battery

goxlr usb mixer

The GoXLR isn’t just any ol’ mixer. It’s the most FUN mixer you’ll ever own! Bleep out words. Add sound effects. Give yourself some reverb. Control volume. And LOTS more! 

RØdecaster Pro Audio Interface

The RØDECaster Pro makes professional podcasting easy.

MEE AUDIO M6 HEADPHONES

These are low profile headphones (meaning the viewer can barely tell that you’re wearing them) that don’t cost much at all!

LIGHTING

Elgato Key Light Air

Professional LED Panel With 1400 Lumens, Multi-Layer Diffusion Technology, App-Enabled, Color Temperature Adjustable.

prismatic colored ring lights

These ring lights give you a ton of flexibility since you can control the color and temperature through an iPhone app!

Neewer Ring light

A less expensive ring light but still a great option! White light only (no changing colors like the Prismatic above)

neewer box light kit

This Box Light kit gives you two lights for each side of your face. Bigger footprint but casts a wider light surface.

neewer LED Light

This is a very small footprint, and is LED. It’s dimmable and you can control the temperature. GREAT option for a hair light!

SOKANI X60 COB LIGHT

Luria uses this light with an EZ Lock Soft Box.

background / accent light

A great way to add some accent lighting to your background. Multiple colors and lots of adjustments available!

COMPUTERS

M1 MAC MINI

The M1 Mac Mini is currently the BEST option if you want to stream with Ecamm!

M1 MACBOOK PRO 13"

If you HAVE to go with a portable option, then the 13″ M1 MacBook Pro is our recommendation for Mac users.

HP Omen

Great laptop option for streaming with vMix!

ALIENWARE AREA 51M

Our recommendation if you want something portable with more power!

Alienware aurora r11

This PC will handle almost anything you throw its way and future proof you and your production. If you are looking for a cheaper option, this configuration is the minimum spec we recommend.

accessories

CalDigit TS3 Plus Thunderbolt 3 Dock

The TS3 Plus is the ideal solution for Thunderbolt™ 3 Mac & PC users who need to connect multiple devices to their laptops such as SD Card Readers, USB hard drives, dual monitors, digital audio devices, Thunderbolt™ 3 components, and more.

Software

STREAMYARD

FREE TRIAL

Streamyard allows you to get started super quick with live streaming through the browser (no downloads). Share your screen, add comments & do simple interviews. Watch the tutorial video here.

ECAMM LIVE (Mac)

Free trial

Highly recommended! Add graphics, easily add comments on screen, share your screen and more! This is the most efficient software we have found for Mac. Access our free training videos on Ecamm here.

VMIX

free 60 DAY trial

vMix is our FAVORITE streaming software! Highly robust and flexible. It’s the most stable software we’ve found that works with the broadest range of people/scenarios.

The vMix team is constantly updating it and their updates are always solid without causing issues with your stream!

MERCH

HATS, HOODIES & MORE!

Stickers, T-shirts, Sweatshirts, Hats & Hoodies that allow you to claim who you are as a LIVE streamer! “I Go LIVE”, “Streamer” & “Eat. Sleep. Stream. Repeat.”

How To Get Started Quickly & Create Professional LIVE Video!

It’s all in our step by step workshop with support for asking questions and getting help!