Live Streaming with a Camera

You have your laptop, you’ve got your video camera. But what next?

So you’ve decided you want to start live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, or any of the other number of platforms out there. You have your laptop, you’ve got your video camera. But what next?

Here's a quick guide to get started:

1. High Speed Internet

First, making sure you have a solid high-speed Internet connection is a prerequisite. Any video stream will require as much bandwidth as you can get.

2. Camera and live Streaming Equipment

The things you will need to get started: 

  • Camera with a clean HDMI output  

  • Laptop or computer to broadcast your video online

  • Video capture card or capture device to get the camera video into the computer

  • Light!

  • Microphone suitable for good clean voice recording (optional but highly recommended)

  • Audio interface to capture the microphone’s signal (necessary depending on type of microphone)

3. Live Encoder Settings

Almost all laptops do not have a video input, making a video capture card (or device) a necessity.

4. Professional Online Video Platforms

Certain services may have resolution limitations and connectivity requirements that will limit your hardware options. Some popular services include Facebook Live, Youtube, Zoom and Twitch!

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Video Capture with a Camera

Get started with a camera that comes with clean HDMI out (no menus on the output), something with an external power adapter, the appropriate lens for your setup, and perhaps good autofocus if you want it to track your face.

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Video Capture Card

Almost all laptops do not have a video input, making a video capture card (or device) a necessity. A video capture device simply does what its name implies: it captures the video signal of whatever is plugged into its input and makes it available for the computer software to see and manipulate.

HDMI in to USB 3.0 Out converter/Video capture live streaming card


Using a GoPro

Action cameras are great for capturing immersive videos. Despite their small size, they’re powerful enough to produce superior footage, making them ideal for live streaming action-packed events and sports.

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HDMI in to USB 3.0 Out converter/Video capture live streaming card


HDMI to mini-HDMI cable


GoPro Tripod Mount (GoPro To 1/4 inch)


USB Microphone

Audio Source

A live broadcast that has no audio can be painful to watch. Enhance your audience viewing experience with these specialised microphones. 

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USB Microphone

USB microphones tend to be used by those looking to start a podcast as a hobby, not a profession. This is because they are easier to set up and quite often they are a lot cheaper than XLR microphones too. They are really good starting ground for a beginner, due to the low cost and the lack of technical knowledge needed.

XLR Microphone

XLR microphones offer a lot more adaptability and customisation because they have to be routed through an interface. They are often built with durability in mind, so they're more likely to withstand the tests of time. You can often replace individual components without a problem.

You only need to worry about Audio Interfaces if you are using an XLR setup. Audio Interface takes the analogue signal (your voice) from the microphone and transforms it into a digital signal your computer can use. USB microphones have this essentially built-in which is why quality is generally cheaper as it has to compact everything into one device. Having a dedicated Audio Interface gives you more control over how you sound.




Condenser microphones are quite popular in vocal recording, meaning they are a typical purchase for streamers. This is because they are built with accuracy in mind.

The issue with their accuracy, though, is that they may be too sensitive in rooms that aren’t adequately treated, meaning they’ll pick up unwanted sounds like echo, air conditioning, or the dog barking across the street. We recommend looking into condenser microphones ONLY if you have a quiet or treated space to record in.

Dynamic Microphones work opposite of Condenser Microphones in a few ways:

  • They’re more durable

  • They’re not as sensitive (making them better for untreated environments)

  • They don’t require Phantom Power

  • They are typically cheaper

To put it simply, Condensers may give you a more “accurate” and full sound of your voice and is great if you plan on doing some singing on stream or if you are quite a range-y speaker. Without the proper recording environment, be prepared to do some tinkering around to avoid unnecessary noise coming in. If your focus is more level headed discussion such as podcasts and you are going to be doing more “spoken word” style of speaking; Dynamic may be the way to go. 

Microphone Pickup Patterns


Perfect for: interviews, moving subjects

Omnidirectional mics record audio from every direction. Typically you will want to use an omnidirectional mic when recording audio that you can’t control very well (like ambience, a press conference, or a moving talking head).


Perfect for: documentary recording, weddings, events

A cardioid pickup pattern is a highly flexible pickup pattern that is great for all-purpose use.


Perfect for: on-camera mics, documentary recording, and instrument recording

A hypercardioid pickup pattern is a directional pickup pattern that is great for isolating audio.


Perfect for: reality television, scripted content

Supercardioid mics are the most popular types of microphones for indie filmmakers because they give users the ability to isolate audio while still allowing for a slight margin of error. 


Perfect for: narrative film, controlled sets


Perfect for: podcasts, radio interviews

A bidirectional microphone is a mic designed to pickup audio equally from the front and back of the mic. Typically, bidirectional microphones are used for radio interview recording or podcasting.

Number of Inputs

To hook up more than one microphone, you’ll need that number of inputs on your interface to supply all those microphones with connectivity. Some brands offer dual microphones to cater to such needs. Alternatively, you can get an audio mixer to control few microphones at the same time.

Shotgun Camera Microphone

Rode VideoMic Pro Microphone


Deity V-Mic D3 On-Camera Microphone


RODE VideoMic GO Microphone


BY-VM600 Shotgun Microphone


USB Microphone

Rode Podcaster USB Microphone


Rode NT-USB Microphone


Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone


Boya BY-PM700 USB Condenser Microphone


XLR Microphone