So, you’ve decided to start live video streaming.

Or you’ve at least started to do your research. As you’ve probably already discovered, choosing equipment can be challenging and time consuming. 

Let us help.

Though BoxCast works well with all sorts of different cameras and production equipment, we’ve put together a list of some of our favorites to help you get started. Whether you’re just getting started or a professional videographer, this post is for you.


Starter Kit:

If you’re just dipping your toes into the world of video production for the first time, these gizmos could be for you. They’re great for single-camera set-ups for when you want to point it at an object (field, room, etc.) to capture your events. Even if you don’t entirely know what you’re doing, the technology in these devices will ensure that you put your best foot forward:vixiar700.jpg

  • Camera: Canon Vixia HF R700 ($249.00)
    • Why we like it: The Canon Vixia HF R700 is a great starter camera if you're brand new to live video streaming, and using a video camera. It allows you to shoot 1920 x 1080/60p video in a light, compact body that can fit in your pocket. 
  • Camera: Canon VIXIA HF G20 ($799.00)
    • Canon VIXIA HF G20Why we like it: There’s a common concern that to look good on a live video stream, you have to update your entire lighting system. This HD camera looks great in low light and shuts down that idea. 
  • Tripod:  Magnus VT-4000 ($149.95)
    • Why we like it: This durable tripod is great for any level and will last a long time. Its fluid drag head lets you tilt and pan so that there’s no jerkiness to your image. It also has both rubber and spiked feet, making it great for indoor and outdoor use.  
  • Production: BoxCast Switcher ($300.00/yr)
    • header_Switcher_studio_email_portrait-cropped.pngWhy we like it: For people who aren't ready to invest in expensive switching equipment, the BoxCast Switcher App is a great place to start. It's an innovative live switching solution that lets you to produce multi-camera events without the hassle of cables, expensive cameras, and complicated switching hardware. Set up multiple iOS devices to capture different camera angles, and then use Switcher to mix them all together. You can even easily add transitions and overlays to create a professional-looking broadcast!
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Intermediate Production:

Though you’re no stranger to video equipment, you don’t yet want to dive into the more complex tools. We understand that completely, so we’ve  done some research and think that these toys are for you. Not only are these cameras and tripods more sophisticated than the ones we loved in our Starter Kit, but we’ve added a Production Tool to the line-up. For a little bit more information on how BoxCast works with Wirecast, watch this video.

  • Camera: Canon XA35 Professional Camcorder ($2,099.00)
    • canon xa35.jpgWhy we like it: The Canon XA35 is a compact camcorder that comes fully loaded with the professional features of cameras you'll typically find in the $5,000 price range. A 20x optical zoom lens allows you to shoot subjects at long distances.  Its HD-SDI/SD-SDI Output and HDMI Outputs make it compatible with other equipment, and the 2X XLR Audio Inputs guarantee high quality audio. 
  • Production (software): Wirecast (starts at $495.00)
    • WirecastWhy we like it: Wirecast is one of the most user-friendly software switchers in the game. You can easily switch back and forth between various camera angles and incorporate overlays onto your stream. Though you do have to pay for it, you can test it out with a free trial. (NOTE: Software switchers do require the purchase of a video capture card in order to allow your computer to receive individual video signals).
  • Production (hardware): Roland V-1 HD ($995.00)
    • 1447659921000_1198625.jpgWhy we like it: Roland's highly popular prosumer switcher is an excellent choice for multi-cam live streaming for small churches, smaller corporate meetings, and youth sports. With 4 HDMI inputs, a built in audio mixer, and picture-in-picture capability, this devices offers professional features for producing a live event at a fraction of the cost.  

Advanced Production:

You’re a broadcasting all-star. You know your way around a video camera and are looking for the best of the best. We hear you. Check these out:

  • panasonic_ag_dvx200_4k_integrated_lens_1431542148000_1142844.jpgCamera: Panasonic AG-DVX200 ($4,195.00)
    • Why we like it: If you have experience in video production and are looking to make the jump to 4k video, this camera is a great option for you. Its HDMI connector provides 4K output and you'll also be able to achieve beautiful shots with its Integrated Leica Zoom lens. 
  • Tripod  : Benro S7 Dual Stage Video Tripod ($449.99)
    • Why we like it: The Benro S7 is a complete tripod system studio for outdoor scenarios and is capable of handling camera rigs that weigh up to 15.4 pounds. The pan and tilt this tripod offers are smoother and more adjustable than what you'll find in the Magnus VT-4000. 
  • Production: Blackmagic ATEM 1 M/E 4K ($2,370.25)
    • Why we like it: Blackmagic is known for its sophistication and simplicity. It’s an affordable solution but sacrifices no quality and is comparable to production equipment that you may find in studios.


Recommended For You:

If you've decided to stream but aren't sure which streaming provider is right for your organization, you're not alone. The free Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming highlights key features to consider when evaluating your different options. 

Download the Buyer's Guide to Live Video Streaming

Published by BoxCast on October 20, 2015 in Streaming, Sports, Tech Tips

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