Why we like it: There’s a common misconception that to look good on a live video stream, you have to update your entire lighting system. This HD camera proves that theory wrong and looks great in low light.
Why we like it: Many municipalities find great value in a mounted camera that pans, tilts, and zooms (PTZ) from a remote location. This 20x-SDI Gen2 model from PTZOptics provides 20x zoom, live HDMI, and SDI video outputs.
Why we like it: This durable tripod is a wonderful tool that will grow with you as you improve on your own production skills. Great for any level, 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.
Why we like it: Wirecast is a user-friendly software switcher that lets you switch back and forth between various camera angles and incorporate overlays onto your stream. Keep in mind that software switchers (as opposed to hardware ones) require that you buy a video capture card so that your computer can receive individual video signals.
Why we like it: Blackmagic’s sophisticated and simple solution is a great value for what it offers. The Blackmagic standard is comparable to what you may find in studios.
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