You want to become the next big Twitch streamer, but you can’t do it with just the ceiling light in your room and your monitor’s built-in webcam. Viewers expect crisp, high-definition video while they watch streamers.
If you’re a PC gamer, all you need to get started is a fast PC and some streaming software. As for console gamers, just download the Twitch app to your device to start streaming.
Once you have that figured out, you need all the hardware to go with it. The following essential streaming gear will provide the best viewing experience for your fans.
Viewers don’t always want to see the game you’re playing—they want to see your face too! Not only does your face bring out your personality, but you can use facial expressions and exaggerated reactions to capture your viewers’ attention. This is why the first step in becoming a streamer is buying a webcam.
No viewer wants to tune into a streamer with a grainy camera quality. They want 4K HD footage that shows every detail of your face. While that may sound a little creepy, it’s true.
The Logitech C922x Pro Streamer does just that—it records HD 1080p video at 30 frames per seconds. With this, you can expect vibrant and sharp video quality during your sessions.
How will viewers get to know you without hearing your voice? Low-quality microphones are a turn-off for most viewers. You can’t crack jokes or explain your gameplay if you have a mic that frequently cuts out or makes you sound muffled.
To get a more crisp sound, start using the Blue Yeti USB Microphone. This mic has several different sound modes to choose from. The Cardioid Mode is best for gamers, as it absorbs sound that comes from directly in front of the mic. That way, you’ll have minimal background noise, and all attention focused on you.
There’s no use investing in an amazing webcam if you don’t have decent lighting. Unfortunately, the one light in your room just isn’t going to cut it, especially if you’re shooting at night. The HPUSN Softbox Lighting Kit gives you everything you need to get quality lighting and comes at a great price.
You might think it’s a little extreme to set up this kit in your room, but it’s worth it. Softbox lighting is designed to bring light to shadowy areas, while also dimming harsh lights. Place one softbox in front of your streaming area, and one behind to achieve the most flattering amount of light during your sessions.
Green screens put you inside of the game, literally. If you enjoy watching Twitch streamers, you’ve probably noticed that they use the game they’re playing as a background. You can’t achieve this camera trick without a handy green screen.
Although the Logitech C922x webcam comes with background replacement technology, it’s not always the most reliable. You should definitely think about getting a green screen instead of relying on the webcam.
The Emart Photo Studio Green Screen is all you need to add a digital background to your streams. It’s large enough to cover up the wall behind you and comes with clips for hanging. Keep in mind that you can always get a smaller green screen if this one is too big. Just don’t forget to buy a backdrop stand to go with it!
When you see a pop filter like the one above, you probably think of a recording studio or radio station. However, these professions aren’t the only ones who need it. Twitch streamers and Youtubers almost always use pop filters with their microphone.
Pop filters help get rid of the harsh sound associated with the letters “p” and “b.” These letters create an unpleasant popping sound in the mic, which you’ll definitely want to avoid.
The above pop filter is designed specifically for Yeti mics. It attaches right on the arm of the mic and will make your streams sound much smoother.
If you keep your mic on a desktop stand, you’ll begin to notice inconsistency in your sound. Not to mention that you might even hurt your back by hunching over to get close to the mic. Using an adjustable microphone stand makes it easier for you to stay in control of your sound—you can move the mic and keep it close to your face as you stream.
The InnoGear Microphone Suspension Stand gives you great quality for an affordable price. Simply clamp the bottom of the stand onto your desk, adjust the position of the microphone, and you’ll have a much more comfortable and easy-to-hear streaming session.
Streaming Your Way to Fame
If you’re serious about streaming, you should definitely consider outfitting your streaming station with this gear. Without it, you won’t have the crisp video and audio that viewers want.
Before you start streaming, you should get inspired by the big names on Twitch. Watching these entertaining Twitch streamers can help you improve your online persona.