Congratulations, you’ve decided to take the plunge into the lucrative world of cam modeling. There are many choices to make before your first show, and a big (and probably the most expensive) one is what equipment you’ll use.
First, it doesn’t pay to go super cheap in this department. You don’t have to break the bank, but you shouldn’t skimp out either. No one wants to pay to watch a live show with bad camera quality, dodgy lighting, can terrible audio.
If you’re going to stay in one room for all your streaming, a desktop will be fine. They also have the benefit of being powerful for less money than a laptop.
if you think you’ll be moving around a lot, a laptop will be better. They are also beneficial because they can give your viewers a different background to see on occasion. Mixing things up can keep your shows from getting boring.
Windows or Apple comes down to preference, but I have heard of problems using some of Logitech’s functions with Apple. You can buy a Bootcamp program to install Window on your Mac if you end up needing it.
The goal of your streaming is to be able to handle 1080 HD quality – even if some sites don’t support it. There’s always the chance you might want to record your own videos and sell them for extra money., so HD is definitely worth the investment.
Also, your frame rate needs to be above 20 (you should be able to see this stat in your broadcast window).
Your MINIMUM requirements are:
- Processor – Intel Core i7
- RAM – 8GB to keep all your programs running smoothly.
- Hard drive – 1TB because your high-quality videos, images, and music will take up a lot of space.
- Memory – SSDs are the faster option. One for your operating system and one for your streaming etc are ideal, but one SSD for the whole thing will be fine.
Cable, fiber, or satellite broadband will help you stream with no hiccups (for downloading AND uploading). At least 10mbps. High traffic or high resolutions require it, so shop around and see if you can get an affordable deal. The same goes for Wifi.
LOGITECH is the go-to in the camming industry.
As of 2016, the favored models were the 920 for Windows and the 930e for Mac (although there have possibly been compatibility tweaks since then). They are well made, reliable, have built-in mics, and long cables. They generally fall in the $150 range
IMPORTANT: Do NOT leave your camera’s setting on AUTO. Everything from white balance to exposure needs to be adjusted manually. This also includes the AUTOFOCUS. Make sure it’s OFF.
It’s also suggested that a tripod is useful for stability and mobility.
You have to work hard, but working SMART as well will be key to making that extra cash. Your webcam software can only stream to one site or platform. Cam splitters help you stream to multiple sites or programs at once. Some are free, some are paid, all are up to you.
Although your webcam will have one, a separate one is a good idea just in case. Not to mention it has better quality if you’re going to record and sell videos. $100 will get you a respectable one.
Blue Snowball ICE, Blue Yeti, and Dealpeak are regularly mentioned as preferences.
- WIRELESS KEYBOARD & MOUSE – if you’re going to be moving around a lot, it’s convenient. Logitech is a nice choice for this as well.
- SPEAKERS – to play music while you stream. Nothing fancy or expensive needed. Just make sure they don’t crackle. If you’re worried about copyright infringement in your streaming or recorded videos, use “royalty free music” and avoid all the hassle.
SAFETY NOTE: Some music streaming sites have advertisements that announce their local area. Buy the upgraded version that doesn’t have ads to protect your privacy.
LIGHTING YOUR SPACE
Bad news. You can NOT use the lights in your room.
The angle and color will, at best, make your streaming look B-grade budget amateur. And, at worst, make you look TERRIBLE.
Some will suggest being near a window, but that’s still going to cast some unpleasant shadows across your scene – not to mention if you want to cam later in the evening … or it rains.
The best choice is a simple 3-POINT LIGHTING arrangement.
Make sure there are no open windows behind you.
The main light is your brightest, while the fill light counters the shadows made from the main light. The backlight gives a nice shine or halo around the back of you (this one is not 100% necessary, but it goes a long way to looking more professional).
REMEMBER: You want SOFT lighting – not direct, harsh or, flat lighting. Hence the need for using an UMBRELLA or SOFTBOX diffuser – not just a raw bulb pointed at your body.
Look up “Umbrella Lighting Kit” or “Soft Box Lighting Kit” on Amazon to see what’s available. Make sure the kit you get has the 3 lights you’ll need – and a carrying case is nice too. I’ve seen very respectable sets for around $60.
I’ve also seen those light rings (the ones that people attach to their phone for selfies – only bigger. I’ve used umbrellas and softboxes in my photography, but not the rings. I’ve heard good things about them though. So, they might be another (slightly more expensive) option.
LIGHTBULBS are also important. Don’t use the normal ones you would put in your desk lamp. You want LED bulbs, which are easy to find in your local hardware store. I would suggest a minimum of 1000 lumens (brightness) and be “cold white” or “daylight white”.
This will give you even, soft lighting and make your videos look that much more professional – and set you apart from a chunk of streamers (and therefore make you more money).
NOTE: Remember to follow the care and safety instructions for all your equipment.
There isn’t anything you “must have” on this list and some aren’t even for pure streaming – just some ideas to research, compare, and read the fine print. Also, there can sometimes be software conflicts between your plugins and plugins from your cam site.
- Interactive Tip-based Toys
- Magic Camera Screenshots
- Many Cams
- Chroma Cam
- Cam Mask
- Logitech C922 Webcam
- Webcam to Gif Maker
Can you use your desk lamp and $5 lampshade from Walmart?
There’s no rule saying you HAVE TO get what’s been suggested, especially if your budget doesn’t allow for it. If you have to save up and buy each piece as you have the money for it, that’s okay too. But, if you can afford it now, get it now.
Especially if you’re NEW to the game and haven’t had your “grand opening” yet, it would be worth investing in the better equipment for your first show only because you might have an influx on the first day when viewers find out there’s a new girl/guy performing.
First impressions are always important, and you want to get those regular clients.
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Are there any other equipment, or even software, suggestions you would like to add? Let me know in the comments.