Setting up your equipment correctly can help you put on a show with great video and great audio. Read the tips below for making sure your equipment is set up well.
CHECK YOUR EQUIPMENT
You can stream with almost any modern computer, but you will get the best experience with a computer running an i7 processor (or equivalent) and 3GB of RAM. Any webcam will get you started, but we recommend an HD quality camera that streams in Widescreen.
STREAM IN HD
High quality video is a great way to draw in customers. We recommend checking to see if you can run the HD Encoder, which can help you improve your video stream quality.
SET UP YOUR CAMERA AND MICROPHONE
Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for setting up your camera and/or microphone. Make sure your camera is in a good spot. Find a distance that works for you and your streaming area. If you’re too far, members can’t see any details, but if you’re too close they can’t see all of you at once. Don’t forget about the mic – make sure your voice is coming through loud and clear to your viewers. Adjust your settings until you look and sound your best.
MAKE YOUR VIDEO LOOK GOOD AND YOUR SOUND GREAT
Put yourself in the center of the frame! You should be the center of attention, so don’t be too far off to either side. Try to avoid having anything on camera that will pull attention away from you, and avoid distracting background noise too.
CHECK YOUR LIGHTING
Your camera will work best if your streaming area is lit well. If your area is too dark, your video might look grainy, and if it’s too light, you might look washed out or shiny.