Whether it is to show video game games in real time, react to videos or simply share talks with a virtual audience, the stream has more and more followers around the world. For young people (and not so much) who want to get into this world, the five essential devices to start streaming.
On Twitch, the world’s most used streaming platform –there are also Trovo. YouTube and BOOYAH! – some spend hours broadcasting content with empty rooms, while others manage to immediately capture the attention of the viewer as gamers.
In the internet lottery, you never know who has the winning ticket. But you always have to be prepared to receive the award. The five peripherals to take a leap in streaming quality are: microphone, webcam, headphones, lights, plus keyboard and mouse.
To this we must add a stable internet connection, a machine with a powerful processor and a suite like Open Broadcast Software (OBS) or Streamlabs OBS to broadcast live. The featured products below.
The first steps of a streamer with professional aspirations. Photo: Logitech
Although many headsets and webcams come with a microphone, it is best to opt for a separate hardware that connects via USB and add tonal richness to monologues.
When you start streaming, the sound that is emitted must be clean, no reverberations or background noise. If the listeners do not understand what you are saying, they will stop following the transmission.
HyperX SoloCast. $ 9,920
The key to this gadget is in the direction in which it picks up ambient sound. Although there are omni and bidirectional models, the recommended ones are the cardioids, which pick up frontal sounds with greater sensitivity and attenuates those that come from the sides.
One of the most versatile equipment is the HyperX SoloCast, which stands out for the silence sensor that, with a touch, pauses the microphone and activates an LED indicator. It comes with a flexible and adjustable stand to accommodate on the desk. It is compatible with most articulated arms.It costs 9,920 pesos.
”Offers a simple Plug N Play setup, has a cardioid polar pattern that is more sensitive to the sound sources located in front of the microphone, which makes it ideal for voice audio and sound recordings for content creation ”, detailed Ariel Plabnik RM for HyperX LATAM.
PRIMUS ÉTHOS300P. $ 17,999.
Another option is the PRIMUS ÉTHOS300P which has four selectable polarization diagrams designed to capture sound with maximum precision and clarity: cardioid, bidirectional, stereo and omni. It is 17,999 pesos.
“With a multicolored led lighting pattern (white, green, blue, purple and yellow) that allows the user to create a more vibrant and captivating atmosphere and that can be completely turned off”, pointed out Erika Merlo, manager of PRIMUS.
It is the eye that exposes what the streamer does, therefore, it must show a sharp image of the person, no grains or cross stripes. The level of detail is expressed in pixels per inch. To start with, a Full HD or 1080p (1,920 by 1,080) is ideal. For something more professional, Ultra HD or 4K (3,840 by 2,160).
The resolution together with the frame rate -which should not be less than 30 frames per second- define how sharp the images will be received by others. At higher definition and at a higher frame rate, movements will be outlined more smoothly.
Logitech StreamCam. $ 21,999
The field of view measures the width of the area that the camera can capture. A 60 degree spotlight captures a person sitting in front of your machine. The 78 degree covers two people and the 90 degrees is great for displaying a whiteboard or a group of people.
For advanced users, the Logitech WebCam is Full HD and reaches 60 fps, has USB-C connectivity and flexible mounting options. It has face tracking using Artificial Intelligence that allows precise focus and exposure anywhere. Cost 21,999 pesos.
The PCBOX TELL webcam reaches 1080p, offers 360 ° rotation, double microphone and thanks to its lens with Sunpus chipset, it achieves a fairly precise autofocus. Its price is in 5,399 pesos.
One of the basic requirements that a headset must meet is that it isolates the speaker from the environment so that he or she can concentrate on what is happening on the screen. High-performance equipment respects the timbre of the instruments, the detail of the composition and covers the audible frequency range –between 20 Hz and 20 kHz– by human ear.
Mad Catz The Authentic Freq 4. $ 9,099.
Some gamer microphones, designed to communicate during a game, move in the lower range of the frequency spectrum, which makes them sound like if they were talking inside a pipe or a can. Although there are exceptions.
The Mad Catz The Authentic Freq 4 have an Environmental Noise Canceling (ENC) microphone that picks up every word from the player while blocking external audio. Omni-directional microphone focuses only on speech and rules out background noise, ”says Gabriela Toscanini, Verbatim sales manager.
Through proprietary software it allows gamers to configure audio levels such as microphone volume, surround sound, and audio sample rate, as well as program RGB Chameleon lighting. They are 9,099 pesos.
To avoid being tied to cables, the HyperX Cloud II are wireless, transmit at 2.4 GHz and offers up to 30 hours of battery life and 20 meters of range. It includes a detachable noise-canceling microphone to connect a USB microphone and avoid clipping. They cost 22,200 pesos.
Light rings are an inexpensive alternative. You can surround the webcam. Photo Logitech
Natural lighting is the most effective for recording close-up shots. But since the computer screen needs darkness, two lamps with the same screen can be used to get out of the way. It is advisable to put one on each side of the monitor. Although it will not look natural and will have an overly shiny effect on your face, it is the easiest option.
Another economical solution is the light rings, which provide uniform illumination, extinguishing the most pronounced shadows and providing an attractive point of light in the eyes. Some come with a tripod, different light temperatures, and a remote control to vary the intensity. Although they are generic, its price is around 3 thousand pesos.
The next step is LED bars such as the Philips Hue Play that creates an enveloping luminaire atmosphere. It is controlled through software and achieves 50 thousand shades from warm to cold white light. Several can be added. Each one costs 8,599 pesos.
Philips Hue Play. $ 8,599
“It is a compact bar that can be placed in various ways to create a personalized lighting experience. It gives an indirect light effect and can be placed horizontally or vertically next to your TV / PC / Laptop or mounted behind as a backlight ”, they indicate from the company.
Keyboard and mouse
The technology underneath the keyboard keys defines their species: can be mechanical or classic membrane. Inside, they have a motherboard with circuits and delimited areas.
The Logitech MK295 combo includes a wireless keyboard and mouse. It’s spill-proof and noise-free to shake, incorporates SilentTouch technology that removes more than 90% of clicks and pulsations for greater concentration. It costs 4,399 pesos.
Logitech MK295. $ 4,399.
A more professional alternative is the Mad Catz The Authentic Strike 2 is resistant to spills and moisture, has 9 variants of RGB lighting effects with speed function. It is 6,400 pesos.