Live Steaming Video (and Webinars)
Most of us plan ahead for webinars and other live video events. Planning ahead gives us the best opportunity to be in the best possible location for the event. Your desk/office is most likely your location of choice. So with that in mind, you should spend some time prepping your space for online streaming events.
In some cases you will be participating in webinars and live streaming events via audio only. But in the case of live streaming you may find yourself wanting to jump into the main conversation via video. In which case its good to be prepared with your “good” webcam ready to go. You can always use the builtin webcam and mic. However, if you have time to prepare, have your webcam mounted and tested before the event begins.
Webcam: Logitech C920
The only webcam I ever recommend is the Logitech C920. It’s a solid piece of tech with high quality output of both audio and video. And as a bonus feature on the C920 it comes with a 1/4”x20 threaded tripod connector. This one feature improves the flexibility significantly giving almost unlimited image angle options. Those options are only limited by your location and your choice of tripods.
Getting setup is the trick. It will take a few events and setup configurations before you get it just the way you like it. Take all of these tips into consideration and don’t be afraid to experiment. The small compact size of the C920 makes it ideal for the road warrior as well. There is no need to settle for your builtin camera and mic just because you are traveling. Just drop it in your bag when ever you are traveling. Just in case. Besides you never know when it might come in handy for rescuing a colleague for their unplanned live streaming sales call.
Microphone: Blue Yeti and RODE VideoMic Pro
The C920 has a good builtin microphone for any situation. So use it. But if you want to improve your sound I would recommend an external microphone. When I’m at my desk I will use a more complex audio setup that includes a mixer and other gear. Or I will use the Blue Yeti which is a fantastically versatile microphone. I’ll go into more detail about advanced setups in a different post.
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