In many great pursuits in life, starting can be the hardest stage. And it’s especially true if your ultimate goal is to become a popular streamer and make a living out of it.
In an ideal world, good gameplay alone can do the trick. You don’t need to commentate, no need to incorporate your personality into your content, no need for creative plotting to get people to flock to your channel. Just you and your exceptional gaming skills, and you’re on your way to hitting the jackpot.
But this is not an ideal world. Over the years, streaming has become such a competitive scene where only the most dedicated thrive. You’re now competing against thousands of people with the same goal as yours. You’re even up against already established names, and celebrities who have ventured into gaming because they saw the opportunity that it offers. The point I’m trying to make is, if you’re a beginner who’s just about to kick off your journey to a fulfilling, revenue-generating streaming career, you’re gonna need resources– human resources like time, energy, and commitment, and material resources such as streaming tools and equipment.
Chances are, as a rookie, you have little to no clue how to start building your own, full-on gaming setup. What hardware do I need to buy? What streaming tools should I prioritize? These are some of the most questions an aspiring streamer asks. Well, look no further, because we’re here to help.
Here are 5 of the most important streaming essentials you should keep in mind. (Note: this list is merely based on our ideal streaming setup, which varies from person to person. You do you!)
Many successful streamers today have built an empire not only because they’re good at the game they’re playing. They also put effort into adding entertainment to their content by commentating and communicating with their viewers. To ensure the quality of the sound of your voice when speaking, you need to have the right microphone.
When choosing a microphone, you need to consider your purpose. There are two types of mic: condenser mic and dynamic mic. A condenser microphone is preferred for being better at capturing sounds in quiet environments. A dynamic microphone, however, is generally considered to be better in places with strong background noise, as its composition makes it more effective in drowning out unnecessary sounds.
To show or not show yourself during your broadcast depends on you. But the audience nowadays tends to be more appreciative of content where they can connect to the creator whose broadcast they’re watching. That being said, opt for a reliable HD camera to add more visual value to your broadcast. A webcam, GoPro, and even your iPhone will do!
Personally, I like seeing how a streamer reacts to the happenings inside the game, how they celebrate victories and how their faces squirm when they lose. It’s almost like you’re bonding with them, which translates to a deeper streamer-audience connection.
The thing is, even if your camera isn’t very expensive, your video can turn out good if you employ the lighting technique that many photographers and videographers have been using for a long time: the use of ring light. If you’ve never seen one, it’s a piece of a lighting device that’s either made of a circular fluorescent bulb or a set of small LED lights arranged in a circular form. It’s the go-to device of many vloggers and video content creators as it brings out the life of its human subject.
If you wanna make sure that your broadcast looks fine and dandy, then this piece of videography tool will be of great help. Your streaming background, while– more often than not– is not really an issue, can help you look professional in the eyes of your audience. It also gives you a wide-open space for creativity. Simply put, a green screen works by removing the person’s background from their streaming and allowing them to pick a different surrounding, such as a cleaner room (if you’re a lazy couch potato) or even their own gameplay footage.
An unstable video setup can cause a major live-stream disaster. Imagine being in the middle of an intense game and then due to some external force your camera suddenly gets badly repositioned. It’s highly recommended that you get this three-legged accessory so your shooting device is steady and well-supported, and adjusting is hassle-free.
Any other must-have tool for an aspiring streamer? Tell us in the comments below!
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