Live Streaming with a Webcam
Webcams are great and inexpensive solutions for both novice and professional video streamers. They can be exactly what you need if you just want to overlay footage of yourself over the broadcast of your game.
So you’ve decided you want to start live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, or any of the other number of platforms out there. You have your laptop, you’ve got your handy smartphone. 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. Live Streaming Equipment
The things you will need to get started:
Laptop or computer to broadcast your video online
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. 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, Instagram, Youtube, Zoom and Twitch!
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Using a Webcam
Having a webcam is a cheaper alternative when getting started with streaming, they are simple and easy to use by just plugging in the USB into your computer.
However, here are somethings to take note of
when using a webcam:
Your camera needs to be capable of capturing at least 720p@24fps footage
Webcams don’t work well for capturing anything that moves too much
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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Nobody is interested in dark and blurry images. Perk up your audience's viewing experience with some lightings! Soft boxes, clamp lights or a small desk tripod with an LED bulb or smaller ring light will do the work.