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Webcams and Cameras for Live Streaming

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Cams & Cameras

Other than yourself, your webcam or video camera is gonna to take on the brunt of the work here, so it should be a workhorse. Without a decent video camera attached to your computer, there’s the likelihood you may have VGA (Video Graphics Array) output with a resolution of around 640 x 360p (sorry, not HD).

These clunky components are still found in use in older laptops and outdated external webcams (usually found in webcams before 2010 and budget knock-offs). These may be great for family Skype calls or friendly Google Hangouts, but they are not at all up to the task of creating live stream video broadcasts.

A Few Chosen Words on Pixels, Resolutions and Frame Rates

I’ll try to make this easy on both of us. For now, this is all you need to know:

Pixels = Think Picasso, remember him? Every image is made up of millions of tiny colored dots, called pixels. For instance, you may have a 5mp or 12mp (megapixel) digital camera. A megapixel is equal to 1 million pixels. (ie. multiply L x H of an avg. 2000×1000 monitor = 2 megapixels). A camera’s pixel setting helps to determine the data needed to reproduce a good quality print. (4”x6” = 2mp, 8” x 10” = 5mp, 11” x 14” = 7mp), many people claim > 8mp is overkill.

Display Resolution = An ambiguous term, due to its varied use, as for us video is typically measured by it’s L x H resolution. For example, 1024 x 768(p) is a screen that measures 1024 pixels wide by 768 pixels high. High Definition (HD) = 1280 x 720p, Full HD = 1920 x 1080p, 2K = 2048 x 1080p, 4K = 4096 x 2160p

Note: Be sure not to confuse Display Resolution with Display Size.

Resolution is measured L x H, (ie. 1024×768) and relates to detail or quality. Size is measured diagonally (ie. 21” monitor) relative to the unit’s scale.

Frame Rate = Measured in frames per second (fps), frame rate is the rate or frequency at which consecutive images, called frames, are displayed in an animated output, usually seen as a moving picture. Frame rates are somewhat dependent upon local video standards, typically:

24, 29.97 or 30fps in North America (NTSC standards)

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25 and 50fps in the UK and Europe (PAL standards).

Webcams

As for me, I’m still a webcam kinda guy…for one, they’re lighter and easier to move around; two, they’re a heck of a lot less expensive to both buy and maintain; and three, they are the simplest to operate and troubleshoot.

As a beginner, there is absolutely no need to drop hundreds, if not thousands of dollars on all kinds of super high-tech equipment just because the other guy in your Facebook group has some. Come on! Don’t be imitative, be imaginative!

For the price of a single DSLR camera, you could purchase 4 C922x webcams. You can pull off just about any camera tricks you’d like with three of them, as you send the 4th to grandma, or hook up a friend to come and stream with you! My question is always the same; Why dump over $750 on such a high-priced status symbol, when you could be having more fun capturing the actions of one talent from two camera angles, or two talents with their own break-away camera? You could be conducting high quality, up close and personal interviews, or maybe you stir things up with a spectacular, multi-cam home cooking show with stove top demonstrations?! Take the money you save and buy a nice Go-Pro Hero!

If you’re doing work for others, especially businesses, then by all means, invest some money into some high end gear to accommodate the job at hand. All I’m saying is that when you’re starting off, if you want this thing to be productive and profitable, it’s probably best to drop a few hundred dollars rather than a few thousand to see if it’s something that’s going to pan out for you in the long run. If you’re doing this merely as a hobby, or maybe you want to dive down deeper into the live streams, then let’s sit down in a video chat so we can fully discuss the kind of equipment best suited to your wants and needs.

I’ll be introducing you to what I consider to be some of the ONLY webcams you should even think about dropping dough on right out of the gate.

Best Live TV™ only deals in the BEST webcams, video cameras and PTZ (pan, tilt, zoom) equipment available in the marketplace.  We not only understand that good quality live streaming equipment can get REALLY expensive, but we also know that people with limited budgets can still create AWESOME videos using reasonably priced hardware that still produces professional results!  You’ll find our selection of webcams and cameras does a good job of ticking all the boxes when it comes to live streaming productions.

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The latest drivers available for the C920 shown below as of Aug. 21st, 2017 are HERE
(http://support.logitech.com/en_us/product/hd-pro-webcam-c920/downloads)

The Brio 4k Webcam – HDR!

Logitech Brio 4k Pro Webcam

  • The ultimate webcam featuring 4K Ultra HD for ultra-sharp, professional quality video calling, streaming, webcasting and recording; also supports HD 1080p and 720p video streaming
  • Advanced Right Light 3 auto light correction with High Dynamic Range (HDR) means you look your best over video, even in low light and direct sunlight
  • Infrared technology supports facial recognition for ultra-secure computer login with Windows Hello or other facial recognition software
  • Step up to 5X Digital Zoom to get a closer look of fine details and move around the scene with precision
  • Easily adjust the camera’s field of view from 65 or 78 degrees for focused communication to an expansive 90 degrees to show more of your surroundings or include more people
The c920 HD Pro Workhorse

Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920

  • Full HD 1080p video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels) – Still the industry standard today for home-based broadcasts!
  • 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels) with supported clients. Full HD video recording (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. Automatic low-light correction, Tripod-ready universal clip fits laptops, LCD or monitors
  • H.264 video compression, Built-in dual stereo mics with automatic noise reduction. controls: Video and photo capture, Face tracking, Motion detection
  • Compatible with: Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10 or later. Works in USB Video Device Class (UVC) mode: Mac OS 10.6 or later (HD 720p on FaceTime for Mac or other supported video-calling clients; Full HD 1080p video recording with QuickTime Player) Chrome OS, Android v 5.0 or above, USB port, internet connection.
The c922x – not the “Big Brother” we expected.

Pro Webcam C922x Includes:

  • Web Camera specifically designed and optimized for Professional quality video streaming on social gaming and entertainment sites like Twitch and YouTube
  • Stream and record vibrant, true-to-life HD 1080P video at 30 frames per second or 720P at 60Fps
  • Background replacement technology (powered by personify) allows you to integrate your live image and any background Scene, right onto your stream (only works with Windows 7 and above)
  • Full HD glass lens and premium autofocus deliver razor-sharp, clear video in consistent high Definition while two Built-in mics capture your voice in rich Stereo Audio
  • Record clear videos even in dim or poorly backlit settings with automatic light correction.  (Click on Image or Title for Reviews)

OBSBOT Tiny PTZ Webcam, AI-Powered Framing & Gesture Control, Full HD 1080p Webcam

This is one radical shift in PTZ webcams! You will not believe the quality and price that comes with the various models of OBSBOTs, including: The Tiny, The Tiny 4k, and the “Me”!

  • Full HD 1080P at 30 fps The ultimate streaming experience for both creator and audience with ultra-smooth accurate motion and more precise video.
  • Easy to Use: OBSBOT Tiny is an AI-powered PTZ webcam which uses deep learing neural networks computing achieves AI tracking & auto framing, gesture control. The standard for fast and reliable connections, OBSBOT Tiny uses USB Type-C to ensure efficient video transfer speeds.
  • we will provide a computer software which can do some basic control such as adjust the rotation of the gimbal, select target or unlock target, zoom in or out, set preset positions and so on.
  • Video calls with remarkably clear video at all times- even when bandwidth is limited. Tiny supports H.264 with Scalable Video Coding Encoding to minimize its dependence on computer and network resources.
  • What You Get: OBSBOT Tiny AI Webcam×1;Type-C data power cable×1; Magnetic mount ×1; User Manual ×1; Warranty card ×1. If you have any issue, please contact with us via Email.

OBSBOT Tiny PTZ 4K Webcam, with AI Powered Framing & Autofocus, Dual Omni-Directional Microphones + Auto Tracking 

  • 4K Resolution,Better Details: With the same tiny size as OBSBOT Tiny, we integrated the best in class Sony 1/2.8” sensor into the OBSBOT Tiny 4k, now has more pixels than ever, present crystal-clear video even when zoomed-in.
  • AI-Trackig With Auto-Framing: OBSBOT Tiny 4K comes with our Next-Gen enhanced artificial intelligence trackig algorithm enabling it to lock on a person, no matter where you go, OBSBOT Tiny 4K will always follow you smoothly and precisely.
  • Magical Gesture Control: Control OBSBOT Tiny 4K with just two simple gestures. Right hand or left hand, always work all day long.
  • Look Great in Any Lights: Not just 4K Ultra HD, with the HDR and AI auto exposure, OBSBOT Tiny 4K provides a professional look in any bad lightings. No more wasting time in setting lights.
  • Sounds Like A Pro: The dual omnidirectional microphone system with noise-reduction picks up your voice clearly in the range of 3 meters, making communication easy and natural for you.

Logitech USB Pro 1 & 2 – 1080p PTZ Video Cameras

PTZ = Pan, Tilt, Zoom Zoom!
  • Premium USB PTZ video camera: Delivers professional video quality to a conference room or event space
  • Ideal for custom integration: Flexibility to use multiple mounting options and three camera presets
  • HD 1080p video quality at 30 frames per second: Brilliantly sharp video resolution and outstanding color reproduction
  • H.264 SVC video compression: Processes video within the camera for smoother video streaming using less bandwidth
  • 90 Degree field of view, mechanical 260-degree pan, 130-degree tilt: Wide field of view and versatile controls make it easy to see everyone in the room
  • 10X lossless full HD zoom: Zoom wide or zero in on people, whiteboard content and other details.  Intuitive remote: Easily control camera pan, tilt, zoom and more
  • Plug-and-play compatibility: USB connectivity to Windows PC, Mac, Google Chromebook; compatible with most web conferencing applications such as Skype for Business and Lync   

    (Click on Image or Title for Reviews)
Great for video conferencing!

PTZOptics 12x & 20X-USB 3.0 1080p Video Conference Cameras with simultaneous HDMI and IP Streaming

  • Simultaneous USB, IP (NDI) and HDMI Video Outputs for connection flexibility and std VISCA RS232 control
  • Full 1920×1080 Video Resolution and 64 PTZ presets
  • Low Light: 0.5 Lux with Noise Cancellation via the latest 2D and 3D noise reduction
  • 12X Optical Zoom for properly targeting your subject
  • IP Streaming with RJ45 input (NDI) – Dual Streaming with H.264

(Click on Image or Title for Reviews)

Video Cameras

When it comes right down to it, whether your doing this for fun, or if you’re going to be getting into creating live streams as a business model, you may decide to start right off with the best available equipment you can get your hands on.

For now know this… Digital Video Cameras start around the $1000+ range and require more advanced technical skills from the user to not only connect and setup, but also when it comes to the cameras basic operation and maintenance. This certainly isn’t your daddy’s old VHS machine anymore. This is why I decided to stick with the webcam strategy. That way you’re not initiated in your first live stream experience by having me push you straight off a cliff, only to have you fall into the river below.

JVC GY-HM200 4KCAM Compact Handheld Camcorder

 JVC GY-HM200 4KCAM Compact Handheld Camcorder

  • 1/2.33″ CMOS Sensor 4K Ultra HD 24/30p Recording at 150Mbps
  • 4:2:2 1080p Video up to 60p at 50Mbps Dual SDHC/SDXC Memory Card Slots
  • 3G-SDI and HDMI Output Live 4K UHD Output via HDMI
  • 2-Channel XLR Audio Inputs 12x Optical Zoom Lens
  • Live HD Streaming via Optional Adapters Simultaneous Streaming and Recording

(Click on Image or Title for Reviews)

A Note about DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) Cameras for LIVE video:

Due to the fact that older DSLR cameras are not designed for extended use as a video camera, they really don’t make for good live streaming equipment. In fact, some DSLR cams have a default setting designed to shutoff the camera after extended use, or if the sensor gets too hot to operate safely. Which leaves one to question if over-extending it’s use as a video camera may not cause serious permanent damage to the device. Are you prepared to take that kind of risk?

This is not to say the DSLR cameras can’t be used, they certainly can, we just don’t recommend it for beginners unless you already have a DSLR camera and are familiar with how to use it for video. Be sure whatever brand of camera you buy (Panasonic, JVC, Sony, Canon, Nikon, etc.) is the correct model or series of a compatible model that is specifically built for producing video over extended periods of time, and won’t by way of safety features automatically shut itself off during a broadcast.

Most DSLR cameras nowadays price out in the range of $300+ depending on the manufacturer and accessories you purchase. You could certainly spend thousands. This guide is not designed to go into the depth of configurations possible when it comes to various brands and models of professional grade video equipment. Contact me if you want more info.

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