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

  • Light Source

  • 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!

Still unsure? Scroll down to

learn more!

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

Audio Source

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

Find out more below!

XLR Vs USB

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.

Dynamic

VS

Condenser

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

Omnidirectional

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).

Cardioid

Perfect for: documentary recording, weddings, events

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

Hypercardioid

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.

Supercardioid

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. 

Unidirectional

Perfect for: narrative film, controlled sets

Bidirectional

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.

USB Microphone

Rode Podcaster USB Microphone

Rode Podcaster USB Microphone

S$290.00Price
Rode NT-USB Microphone  (With Official Warranty)

Rode NT-USB Microphone (With Official Warranty)

S$275.00Price
Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

S$219.00Price
Boya BY-PM700 USB Condenser Microphone

Boya BY-PM700 USB Condenser Microphone

S$175.00Price

XLR Microphone

Boya BY-M1000 Studio Microphone

Boya BY-M1000 Studio Microphone

S$175.00Price
Rode Podmic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

Rode Podmic Dynamic Podcasting Microphone

S$175.00Price
Boya BY-M800 Studio Microphone

Boya BY-M800 Studio Microphone

S$138.00Price
Rode Complete Studio Kit

Rode Complete Studio Kit

Out of Stock

Audio Interface

Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Console

Rode RODECaster Pro Integrated Podcast Production Console

S$890.00Price

Microphone Accessories

Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Microphone

Rode PSA1 Studio Boom Arm for Microphone

S$159.00Price
XLR male to XLR female cable

XLR male to XLR female cable

S$19.00Price

Lighting

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.

Falcon Eyes RX-18T RX-18TD Bi-Colour Roll-Flex LED Flexible Video Lighting

Falcon Eyes RX-18T RX-18TD Bi-Colour Roll-Flex LED Flexible Video Lighting

S$299.00Price
Victory V606 2-in-1 Boom Pole / Light Stand Combo

Victory V606 2-in-1 Boom Pole / Light Stand Combo

S$148.00Price
Yongnuo YN6000 Bi-Color LED Panel Kit

Yongnuo YN6000 Bi-Color LED Panel Kit

S$249.00Price
HPUSN Umbrella Softbox

HPUSN Umbrella Softbox

S$70.00Price

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