How To Improve Your Streaming Setup

How to improve your streaming setup with lighting

Video game streaming has become a highly popular activity in recent years, with more and more people tuning in to watch their favorite streamers play their favorite games. If you’re thinking of upgrading your video game streaming equipment setup to improve the quality of your stream, there are a few key things to consider.


Lighting is an essential component of any video streaming setup. Proper lighting can make a big difference in the overall quality of your stream, making it more visually appealing and engaging for viewers.

There are many different types of lighting options available for video streaming, ranging from inexpensive desk lamps to professional-grade studio lighting. Depending on your budget and the size of your streaming space, you can choose between softbox lights, ring lights, or LED panels. Specific options include Elgato Key Lights and Ring Lights. If you don’t want a larger light on your desk, then you could also go for LED light strips from companies like Govee that offer custom lighting solutions.

Personally, I’ve used Elgato’s Key Lights for years, and there really hasn’t been anything about them I wouldn’t recommend. They can be placed almost anywhere, and have an excellent range to get the lighting look you want.

When setting up your lighting, consider positioning your lights in front of you and slightly above eye level. This will help to reduce harsh shadows and create a more flattering, natural-looking light. If you have a third light, putting one behind you on the side will add to the quality even more.

One other piece of lighting advice is to make sure you account for any natural lighting in your space, as it can help quite a bit.


How to improve your streaming setup with sound

Audio quality is just as important as video quality when it comes to video game streaming. A good quality microphone can make a significant difference in how your voice sounds to viewers, and can help to reduce background noise and static.

There are many different types of microphones available for video game streaming, ranging from entry-level USB microphones to high-end XLR microphones. Some popular options for streaming include the Blue Yeti, Elgato Wave: 3, and the Rode NT-USB. While many streamers seem to like the Shure microphones, I personally think you can get just as good of a sound without spending that kind of money.

When choosing a microphone, though, consider factors such as frequency response, sensitivity, and directional pattern. Omnidirectional microphones will pick up sound from all directions, while cardioid microphones will focus on sound coming from in front of the microphone.

Cardioid microphones will be best for those who want to podcast or record singing.


How to improve your streaming setup with cameras

In addition to lighting and audio, video quality is also an essential aspect of video game streaming. Having a high-quality camera can help to create a more engaging and professional-looking stream.

There are many different types of cameras available for video streaming, ranging from webcam models to high-end DSLRs. Some popular options for streaming include the Elgato FaceCam (which is used to record Insider Gaming’s The Indie Initiative), the Sony Alpha a5100, and the Canon EOS M50.

If you really want to splurge, the Panasonic Lumix GH5 remains the best mirrorless camera on the market.

When choosing a camera, consider factors such as resolution, frame rate, and lens options. Depending on your budget and the type of content you want to create, you may also want to consider investing in additional accessories such as tripods, camera mounts, or external lenses.

Other Accessories

In addition to lighting, microphones, and cameras, there are many other accessories that can help to improve the overall quality of your video game streaming setup. Some popular accessories for streaming include:

  • Pop filters: These help to reduce popping sounds and sibilance in your microphone audio.
  • Shock mounts: These help to reduce vibration and handling noise in your microphone audio.
  • Green/Blue screens: These allow you to remove your background entirely and replace it with a virtual one, which can create a more professional and visually appealing stream. Companies like Elgato and Razer offer green screens and blue screens that are easy to set up and put away when you’re done with your broadcast.
  • Stream decks: These offer customizable buttons and keys that can help you to control your streaming software more efficiently and quickly.
  • Mounts: Custom mount sets make decisions a lot easier. You aren’t limited to where you can place your camera, mic, lights, etc. Options from Elgato and Neewer should handle any mounting needs.

When choosing accessories, consider which ones will provide the most value and benefit to your specific setup and needs. The worst thing you can do is pay for something you won’t actually use or simply don’t need.

Overall, upgrading your video game streaming equipment setup can help to improve the overall quality of your stream and make it more engaging and professional-looking for viewers. By investing in high-quality lighting, microphones, cameras, and accessories, you can create a stream that stands out and keeps viewers coming back for more.

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