For more than 10 years Videoguys.com, one of the world’s leading resellers of video editing and production solutions, has been publishing DIY articles as a service to their customers. These guides have been recommended by video editing, post production, gaming and general computer blogs, web sites, and user forums all over the world—including Streaming Media Producer. The Videoguys DIY guides help customers make informed decisions when choosing the equipment they need at a reasonable budget and are different because the Videoguys use these systems themselves.This Videoguys DIY is not about building a video editing workstation computer. Instead, our technicians were tasked with setting up a small in-house studio for tutorial videos, webinars and live production. The result is our Videoguys DIY Guide to Live Production and Streaming Studio. Corporate marketing, tutorials, webinars and web conferencing are all reasons why more and more people are streaming live. The accessibility of YouTube Live!, Ustream, Livestream, Zoom, and others make it easier than ever to instantly deliver your message to small or large audiences around the world and the most common question asked is “What equipment do we need to get started?” The answer to this question comes in three parts:
- What do you need to build a studio?
- How can you produce an entertaining video?
- How can you deliver that video live to your audience?
Building a Studio
|NewTek TriCaster Mini HD4i Bundle with Control Surface and travel case||$9,995.00|
|iKan PL60 Piatto 6” Accent Light (x2) - $239.00 each||$478.00|
|PTZOptics 12x USB/HDMI PTZ Camera||$1,699.00|
|Canon Vixia HF R600 (x2) - $199.00 each||$398.00|
|MXL FR-355K Lavalier Interview Mic Kit||$75.00|
|MXL 770 Cardiod Condenser Mic||$75.00|
Options Worth Consideration
|NewTek TriCaster HDMI Cable Kit 4x100’ cables||$495.00|
|iKan iLED v312-v2 Kit||$1,199.00|
|Intel NUC PC to add web conferencing capability with ZOOM software||$349.00|
|Green Screen, Photographic backdrops, props||varies|
Tech Note: You can also take an HDMI or SDI output from your switcher and feed it into an encoder such as the Matrox Monarch or Teradek VidiU family of products to allow for live streaming and/or recording of your program.
When we built our DIY Live Production and Streaming Studio, we planned on configuring each of the solutions but started with the NewTek TriCaster Mini HD-4i live production turnkey system. The TriCaster has long been the industry standard for live video production and streaming, and the Mini systems offer a tremendous value for the price. One advantage of the NewTek TriCaster system is the fact that it is a complete, all-in-one unit that is ready to go live in just a few minutes. We just plugged in our cameras’ HDMI cables into the TriCaster Mini, connected our monitor, the TriCaster Mini Control Surface, keyboard, and mouse, and we were ready to go live right out of the box. With TriCaster Mini we can mix multiple cameras, add graphics and transitions, use virtual sets and record the production to a hard drive for editing and post production later on. Our primary goal for the studio is to create tutorial and product videos which we did with a basic 3-camera set-up. We started with 2 inexpensive Canon Vixia hand-held camcorders with HDMI output and added a PTZOptics 12x USB/HDMI camera. It was important for us to use the robotic pan/tilt/zoom camera to represent the needs of the schools, churches, and corporate boardroom customers we work with every day. The PTZOptics cameras are also a great way to get full coverage of a room without taking up extra space on tripods and other camera rigs required with handheld cameras. These cameras are all connected to the TriCaster using NewTek’s HDMI cable kit, which has been certified and approved for a reliable connection up to 100 feet. We lit our studio with an iKan iLED312-V2 Kit and Piatto accent lights to light our small 10’ x 15’ studio with the flexibility to light talent, products, and our green screen to create interesting virtual sets.