Affordable Multi Camera Broadcast Equipment Kit For Recording or Life Streaming (OSX Version)
This package consists of the necessary equipment for a multi camera broadcast with the ability to include audio (from mixer board). In order to keep the cost as low as possible, this system is designed to push the equipment to it's limits. High quality audio/video content is absolutely possible when the system is set up and used correctly. This system is intended to be run with a Macbook, Macbook Pro, or Mac Pro 2 USB ports and two available thunderbolt ports are required. A Facebook account is also necessary. For free set up support, please email your request.
Logitech HD Pro Camera
The Logitech c920 is a full HD camera (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) with auto focus and automatic low-light correction. It also includes a standard tripod-ready universal clip and can be mounted on top of monitors. There are many reasons why this camera is a good choice for video blogs, Facebook Live applications, and social media marketing videos. It is easily incorporated into the broadcast system via USB connections and auto focus/exposure settings allow for hands free recording suitable for a one man show. There are numerous other cameras that can deliver similar features but often come at a much more substantial cost. When used correctly with the appropriate lighting, the Logitech HD 920 can deliver a crisp picture at an unbeatable price. With the complete system, cameras can be switched with the use of hot keys on your Mac giving you the ability to switch shots during your recording. Often, one of the cameras is used as a wide establishing shot, giving the opportunity to capture any action that may be happening in your video recordings.
StudioPRO Premium Spotlight
The StudioPRO Premium Spot LED features 176 LEDs and includes barn doors and a brightness adjustment dial. It has a 5400K color temperature and comes with a two different diffusers. LED lights have become more affordable in recent years and have many benefits over traditional halogen lights. They are more compact, have a longer lifespan, and are easire to travel with. Additionally, they run much cooler than traditional halogen photo/video lights. Anyone who has used video lights will testify that a room full of lights can raise the temperature in a room very easily. A good guideline calls for three lights to be used on each on screen talent. Two light in front of the host, eliminating as many shadows as possible, and one behind and about 3 feet above the same person to be used as what's called a "hair light." According to improvephotography.com, it's important to dial back the brightness of the hair light to prevent the top of the head from becoming overexposed in your video. This is where the brightness adjustment dial included on these lights comes in handy. Again, there is a long list of LED lights on the market that can get the job done. It's common for professional entry level LED photo/video lighting to be in the thousands of dollars per light. The StudioPRO Premium Spot can get the job done at an affordable price.
iRig Pro Audio Interface
iKmultimedia's iRig Pro is an incredible little piece of technology that will bring audio from a single microphone or a mixer board directly to your video broadcast via the appropriate connection. The iRig was designed primarily for the musician market, but broadcast professionals and social media marketers have been taking advantage of this impressive gadget. In addition to being able to connect a professional microphone to your mobile phone, the iRig Pro also acts as an important pre amplifier to deliver a higher quality audio signal before it reaches your computer. IK Multimedia's high definition pre amp design virtually eliminates noise, while offering an impressive 24-bit converter with a 96kHz sample rate, the highest quality A/D conversion. The best part is that it comes in this small and affordable package. There are other low cost, capable options that make an analog connection from a microphone to your mobile phone. The quality achieved by using the iRig configuration results in similar quality audio that was previously only achieved by using (more expensive) professional gear. You can learn more about the iRig Pro in our in depth blog post.
Telestream Wirecast Software
The Wirecast software package from Telestream allows you to connect the audio and video capturing devices directly to your computer or laptop. Wirecast offers you the option to adjust the resolution of your video and either broadcast live to a variety of platforms or record straight to hard disk for further editing and later distribution. Previously, broadcasting to Facebook Live was only available by broadcasting from a single smartphone (equipped with a video camera). Wirecast allows you to not only broadcast from other cameras, but offers the ability to include pre produced content in your live streams, lower third and layered graphics on screen, green screen, and a long list of other features. The software is at the center of the broadcast system and is one of the most inexpensive ways to get a hight quality audio and multi camera video to disk or to a live stream. Although the price may seem steep, the capability and features that the software offers outweighs the cost. Get $10 off the Wirecast software by purchasing through us using your Amazing Prime account. You can learn more about Wirecast's features here. The kit listed on this page is intended for the Mac OSX system. comparable PC equipment kit version is available here.
Additional Items to Consider...
There are a few additional items you may want to consider for your setup depending upon your computer system, your available space, and electrical power connection availability.