For years I shot my videos with a Canon DSLR and it worked great, but I was frustrated by having to stop frequently and manually focus for different shots. These Sony cameras have amazing and fast autofocus that makes taking videos a breeze! I have two, and typically film with a front or overhead shot, and then a closer-up side angle shot.
To see multiple inputs displayed at the same time on the monitor, you’ll need either a computer program (if using a laptop) or an HDMI multi-viewer. I only shoot with 2 cameras so this dual multi-viewer is fine–if you’re shooting with 3-4, you’ll want a quad multi-viewer.
A capture card is necessary for converting DSLRs or mirrorless cameras into cameras that can be used for Live video. You’ll need one for each camera you’re using, and will plug the camera’s HDMI cable into the capture card, then the card’s USB cable into the computer. Voila–instant live streaming camera!
When I go Live from home, I try not to rely on Wi-Fi since the signal could drop and disrupt the broadcast. Instead, I got this ridiculously long ethernet cable and plug my computer directly into my router.
I bought this webcam for overhead shots during Lives. It’s lightweight and can be mounted up high to get a wide view of food on the countertop. Webcams are also a good, affordable choice for just starting out with Live streaming, since you can plug them directly into the computer without needing a capture card.
Live Streaming Pros is a great resource on all things live streaming! They have tons of videos about streaming, as well as weekly live tutorials that they host. They cover everything from the huge array of tech options to live streaming best practices and audience engagement. They’ve been a great resource for me to learn more about how to construct my own live streaming setup.
I LOVE VMix! You can do anything with this software–have tons of different inputs (cameras, videos, photos, audio, etc), create your own titles, bring in others remotely onto your stream, display social comments, and so much more. There is a learning curve but they also have a good video tutorial series that got me going.