Author: jfbethlehem

May 29, 2020

Software first steps: Stream keys

In an earlier post, I suggested you first select a streaming provider. This could have been either YouTube, Facebook or Twitch. Before we can use software on the desktop to stream to these sites, you will need to get some information from them first. The information you need is the following: The RTMP key or stream key The RTMP URL or stream url, optionally Each […]

May 27, 2020

Using a laptop and camera – part 2

To connect the camera to the laptop, you cannot just run an HDMI cable from your camera to your laptop’s HDMI port. This port is normally output only and will not accept the camera’s signal. You will need a HDMI capture device. These can be purchased from about $100 to however expensive you want to go, depending on the amount of functions it has. You […]

May 25, 2020

Using laptop and camera

If you prefer to have a better setup than using a simple webcam to record at a better resolution and zoom capabilities, you can choose to use one or more camcorders, action cams or DSLR cameras. These cameras are more expensive than regular webcams but have clear advantages. Camcorders have very good zoom and allow a live streamer to be at the back of the […]

May 22, 2020

Live streaming with webcams

The mobile setup might be a bit too basic for your taste, but you still don’t have an unlimited budget. You do have your own laptop and you would like to use that. This brings you to the next level of live streaming. For this level, you will need some additional equipment. Like in the previous setup, you will need a tripod. But you will […]

May 20, 2020

Mobile live streaming – part 2

As you will be streaming from a mobile phone, the quality of the sound usually is less and the video can be a bit shaky if you are holding the phone. There are some things you can do to improve on this. The first and easiest think you can do to stop shaking is to put it somewhere stable and point it at your target. […]

May 18, 2020

Mobile live streaming

When we have chosen our live streaming provider, we can get into hardware. The cheapest hardware setup we can use is free. One thing we all have is a smartphone. This can be either an Android or an Apple phone. Both of these can be good enough for live streaming when you’re in a pinch, budget or time-wise. This means you will be limited with […]