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    The Best Video Cameras for Live Streaming

    March 04, 2021

    This post talks about some of the best video cameras that we have found for live streaming at every level. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    As every broadcaster knows, the most important piece of equipment in your production arsenal is your camera. (The second most important piece is your encoder). Viewers won’t watch something that’s poorly captured, so as you develop your live streaming strategy, be sure to dedicate proper resources to finding the right camera.

    We've done the legwork to make your search easier. Below you’ll find a list of our favorite cameras for live streaming at the consumer, prosumer, and professional levels.

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    The Best Action Cam for Live Streaming: Sony FDR-X3000

    July 20, 2020


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    The Best Live Video Streaming Equipment for Every Level

    March 23, 2020

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

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    Roland V-1HD Video Switcher: A Customer Review

    May 01, 2019

    This post is a video review of the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    We recently incorporated the Roland V-1HD Video Switcher into our production studio and love what it’s allowed us to do with our broadcasts. We’re convinced that this easy-to-use switcher is the perfect solution for any broadcaster, especially those who are new to the video production game, work on a small team, or even run a one-person show.

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    The Best 4K Cameras for Live Streaming

    April 17, 2019

    This post covers what we think are the best 4K camera options for live video streaming. There are plenty of 4K camera options out there, but we spec'd out options that are between $1,000-$6,000, to give you the best mix of quality and affordability. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    If you’re just getting started with 4K streaming, there are a few things to keep in mind when seeking a 4K camera. One is that in order for a camera to live stream in 4K, it has to be able to output a 4K signal (typically over SDI or HDMI). The recommended cameras below can output a 4K signal over HDMI, SDI, or both. 

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    Decimator MD-HX: A Customer Review

    March 21, 2019

    This post is a video review of the Decimator MD-HX, one of the most versatile tools in a live streaming production set up. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    Today, I'm excited to show you the new Decimator MD-HX one of the best tools to keep handy for any event that you stream. I like to take one of these everywhere that I go because it's like a Swiss Army knife for handling video signals. 

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    The Best Strategy for Buying Live Video Equipment

    March 14, 2019

    This post is a summary of the steps that you should consider working through as you purchase new video and audio equipment for your organization. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    If you’re new to live video streaming, you might feel intimidated by the prospect of determining what equipment you need, especially with all the options you have for cameras, cables, switchers, etc. Finding what’s right for you can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be.

    The five guidelines we’ve listed below will help you break down your decision process and properly evaluate what’s best for you.

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    The Best Live Video Switchers (Mixers) for Beginners

    March 14, 2019

    When it's time to level up your live stream from one to two or more cameras, your production setup adds an additional piece of equipment: a video switcher.

    A video switcher allows you to bring in multiple feeds (camera, audio, presentation slides, etc.) and choose which one to send live at any given moment.

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    5 Things to Look For When You Buy a Video Camera for Live Streaming

    February 14, 2019

    This post talks about the features that matter when purchasing a video camera for live streaming. It covers video resolution, outputs, zooming, image stabilization, and frame rates. It's part of our series on live streaming equipment.

    The task of finding your next camera can feel overwhelming.

    Whether you’re searching for the very best gear or a camcorder to get started, there's always a never-ending list of features to evaluate.

    To guide you through your search, we’ve pulled together a list of must-have and nice-to-have features to consider when choosing the a camera for your live stream.


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    The Best PTZ Cameras for Live Streaming

    October 31, 2018

    There's a whole world of video cameras you can use for live streaming. Unlike other video cameras, PTZ (pan-tilt-zoom) cameras attach to a wall, ceiling, or other fixed location. They're operated via remote and don't sit on tripods or require a cameraperson.

    PTZ cameras are great for capturing a wide shot of a room or a tough angle while allowing for zoom. They can be used for anything from an easy one-camera, hands-off setup to a highly produced multi-cam scenario where the production crew controls the cameras from a studio. They're particularly helpful when you don't have a large team to operate a stream.

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