Welcome back, fellow idiots. I hope you are all well and had a good week streaming or preparing your stream. This week we are talking about webcam and visuals, but remember if you have not checked out last week’s article on streamer networking it is worth checking it out now.
Also if you are nearly ready to start streaming check out this checklist.
Firstly before you read the rest of this guide you need to consider whether you want people to see you streaming. This can be dependent on a few factors.
Are you in a highly sensitive or high profile position? Your actions on camera are public for all the internet to see.
Do you feel happy enough in your own skin to be comfortable with people watching your every move? Be mindful for those unsure, people are watching for your reaction rather than your looks. Most of the time anyway.
Equipment and Budget
I will do what I can with this one however some people simply do not have the money to splash out on a decent webcam and when given the choice between a poor camera feed and no camera you should opt for the latter.
Furthermore, it is worth mentioning a lot of streamers are very successful without a camera, on the other hand, I would say it will make the task more difficult.
This article by Calum Paterson on dexerto lists the top 10 streamers who have “made it” without a facecam. Webcam and visuals are important but as you can see, not essential. Moreover, some of these streamers make excellent careers on Twitch and the like by choosing not to stream with a webcam.
In spite of this, I really do recommend utilizing webcam and visuals to really take your stream to the next level.
The most obvious place to start is which webcam and visuals you should be looking to invest in.
Personally, I recommend the Logitech C920 HD webcam. At the present time, I would still say it is the best-priced HD webcam available on the market. Check out Wild4Games review below and most definitely check out his channel. The guy is a genius when it comes to great streaming advice. As an idiot streamer, his videos gave me so much great advice.
Worth mentioning however is that the C920 is well over six years old now. If you want the most up to date hardware and you have a larger budget it is worth investing in the 4K equivalent as the majority of the streaming market like other media is leaning towards this resolution.
You still can’t really go wrong with either and you are really paying an extra $100 or £100 for 4K resolution. Is it worth it? Possibly not as I believe there is better money to be spent elsewhere but if you have the money why not.
The Main Headlines
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Bonus Things to Consider
As well as the actual webcam itself, it is also worth considering some of these extras designed to really push your Webcam and Visuals the next level. I’ll not linger on them as I believe they should only be things you consider if you have the budget and know how!
Professional lighting may be worth considering if you want to look your best on the webcam and visuals. As well as really showing off your setup.
If you don’t people to see any of your background or your simply like the effect of seeing a webcam image with no background. You can get a green screen. However, I believe the background can be useful in showcasing your personality and letting viewers see your setup.
Final Points to consider:
There are few final points worth mentioning just to give your webcam and visuals the edge.
Have a quick look over your desk. You may be very comfy with it however people like seeing nice setups and cleans desks. Have a quick tidy!
People like looking at art. If you have some great artwork consider putting it up in the background. Check out Display for some great metal posters. LED lights can also be a great way to make your webcam stream look pretty slick.
Whatever your goal when streaming. Playing games is meant to be fun. Whether you are in it to make some side money, as a hobby or even as a full-time career. People are there to be entertained, consequently, if you are miserable as sin on stream people will disappear in search of more fun streamers.
Like this article?
If you enjoyed Part Two of the Idiot’s Guide to Streaming feel free to visit my website for more articles of a similar nature. Also, check some of my more light-hearted articles such as 5 E3 announcements we need right now.
Let me know below whether you stream without or without a facecam.