There are several inexpensive pieces of equipment that will increase your audio quality, video quality and will increase the number of angle shots you can get while recording. The value these tools will provide you is priceless. Using these pieces of equipment will help make your videos more professional, especially since your IPhone or Android microphone will not likely produce the quality sound you desire. Below, there are several equipment recommendations listed. All of these pieces can be purchased online with the links provided.
For your convenience, we have categorized the different types of gear into bundles based on your budget. There is the “Shoestring” budget, the “Mid-grade” budget and the “High-End” budget. It’s easy to spend hundreds, maybe even thousands, on the proper equipment for your live videos. However, we know that this is not always realistic or even logical for what you are doing, which is why we have provided both budget-friendly options and high-end options for your equipment purchases.
**Disclaimer: Please do keep the mentality: “you get what you pay for” in mind. The more you spend, the higher quality hardware and software you will have. However, it does not mean that there is anything wrong or bad about being on a “Shoestring” budget. It is just important to keep in mind that a microphone worth $20 will likely not produce the level of quality a $50 or $60 microphone will.
Just as important as needing the proper hardware to produce live videos, you will also need the proper software. To start, check out Open Broadcasting Software (OBS) and Live:Air Solo. Both of these pieces of software are free and are purposed for streaming. OBS is used to live stream from a PC or Mac and Live:Air Solo is used for iPhones (it does not yet work for Android devices). Please refer to the two articles below that have more information on OBS and Live:Air Solo and how to get access to them.
If you are looking for an upgrade from OBS and are ready to invest some financial resources, then look no further than Wire Cast or vMix.
Another feature many people producing live videos like to have access to is audio mixing. Audio mixing allows you to not only improve the quality of your audio, but can allow you to add certain sound effects to your videos to make them better quality and more professional, overall. Like the live streaming software, there are both free and paid options. As mentioned earlier, although all of this software will only help you, the quality of audio mixing software will vary with the price you pay for it. Below, are two recommendations we have for audio mixing software. One option is free and the other is not.