Stuff I Learned setting up my stream

THIS DOCUMENT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS

tl;dr: The following is what I've learned building my stream setup over the past month. Each section will include a TL;DR and a deeper (optional) dive.

Hardware

Computer

tl;dr: I bought a Macbook Pro M1 Pro, 2021, 16inch. I got it on Amazon for ~$2400

Camera

tl;dr: I bought a Sony a6100. I got it on Ebay for ~$900. I bought a Sigma Lens for ~$350. I also bought a Master Mount L arm and Solid Arm extension from Elgato for ~$90. I bought this dummy battery and plugged it in to a storm tolerant power strip just in case. I bought the AverLink Capture card for $150

webcam look vs Sony a6100

Microphone

tl;dr: I owned a Blue Yeti from a prior attempt at a YouTube career. I also bought an Elgato mic arm for ~$99.

Lighting

I bought an Elgato Key Light Air for $99. My "fashionable" background light

Monitors

tl;dr: Dell 27 in curved (~$300) and Dell 24 in (also ~$300 when I bought it in 2021)

Summary

If you've been keeping track our total is well past ~$4000 if you start with nothing. This is not a cheap hobby! But here is a clip of what I look and sound like after it was all said and done.

demo

Software

Camera Settings

tl;dr: ISO = as low as possible without being too dark. F-Stop = as low as possible to make movement smoother. Record at 1920x1080, 4k can cause the camera to overheat after ~1 hour continuous. Shutter Speed = 1/125 if recording at 60 FPS. Below are pictures of settings I edited and brief descriptions as to why.

OBS

Scenes

Audio levels and Filters

tl;dr: noise filter, compressor, limiter, equalizer. Varies by microphone. Watch this video, it explains it better than I can.

Obsidian

I'm streaming Obsidian so my case is quite unique, but if you too would like to stream Obsidian, heres what you should know.

Chrome

Alfred

Moom

OBS Hotkeys

When I press opt + 7 -> OBS switches to Chrome scene meanwhile Alfred picks up on this -> fires "just chrome" workflow which full screens on my left desktop monitor

Mindset

0 Viewers

Review Your VODs

This is critical and maybe the only reason worth streaming.

Brand

People love brands. Lean into it, but keep it simple. Mine's a hat for now. It will evolve as I do.

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