We’ve been streaming for the last two years now, and if there’s something we learned, production quality is important. Below we’re going to answer, what equipment you need to stream on twitch.
You’re going to want to make your stream or videos look as good as possible in order to reach the widest possible audience, and to do that, you’re going to need some great gear.
So today we’re going to present to you must buy items for professional streams. If you’re looking for a shopping list of things to take your stream to the next level, we’ve got a great list of suggestions for you.
First up, the Blue Yeti microphone. There is no better item to start off with, than the Blue Yeti microphone because it is the most widespread microphone used by streamers and YouTubers across the world.
If you watch any amount of streams, you’ll eventually see one of these things bouncing around, and the reasons are pretty simple.
It is a professional quality microphone at home for about a $100 to $150 depending on which model you get.
The biggest feature to us is the really high quality, it’s got a lot of different settings that make it a very versatile microphone.
You can see the settings right on the microphone that allow you to do things like directional microphones, or get the whole room audio, or bi-directional if you want to do like an interview, there are a lot of really cool settings that make it a pretty customizable microphone compared to just a headset with a mic on it.
Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition
It’s also incredibly sturdy. Ours has actually fallen over a bunch, but it’s always held up really well and we’ve never had any problems with it in terms of quality, breaking, repairs, or even just like bugs in the software, it’s a really sturdy piece of equipment.
And because it’s so widespread you kind of get that Apple bonus, in that, there are so many Blue Yeti microphones out there, there’s a bunch of great accessories made specifically for Blue Yeti microphones including arms , you can get things like pop filters that block your p sound puffs, that all attach directly into the microphone.
Pretty much any accessory out there is going to work with a Blue Yeti microphone or be tailor-made specifically for it.
So if you don’t really have a strong audio background and you don’t have the research to pick out your absolute preference, just get the Blue Yeti microphone and you will be 100% satisfied with it.
We don’t know anyone who’s unsatisfied with theirs.
If you do want to go with more of a headset, with mic combination, we would recommend getting one of the gamer quality tournament mics, and the one that we like the most is the Razer ManO’War.
It’s got really big ear pads that are comfortable even if you’ve got big ole’ ears, the microphone isn’t big and in your face, but it’s high quality enough to pick up everything you’re saying,
and we’ve just found it to be the most gamer tailored headset and mic combination out there.
We like it more than some of the more like video web conferencing ones because there’s an emphasis put on size and comfort on your head.
However, if you want to keep it really cheap, we’re going to give you a complete value recommendation.
Panasonic makes a great line of earbuds. You can get earbuds for about eight bucks without the mic or $11 with the mic, and we’re not lying to you when we say that we use these as our everyday walk around headphones with our phone and iPad.
So if you’re looking for just some sort of budget choice, go-ahead for 10 bucks pick up these Panasonic earbuds with the microphone in them, and use that basically as your test mic, your trial mic, your backup, until you get something a little more high grade and professional.
We’ve had the Panasonic earbuds for years and we lose them before they break, which is about the best thing you can say for an $11 microphone and earbud combo.
Now, of course, you’re going to want a high-quality webcam for HD 1080P closeups and we have two good recommendations for you.
The first is the webcam that we actually use currently, which is the Logitech C922 Pro Stream.
It is a high-quality webcam that’s specifically meant for YouTube and Twitch streaming.
It has some really great features like the ability to stream 1080P, which is about the highest quality you’re going to get out of just an over the counter budget webcam,
but it also has some great features like background removal. So if you don’t have a green screen of your own, you don’t have the ability to set that all up, you can use this webcam to sort of do that green screen effect for you by removing the background and replacing it with an image of your choice.
Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam – Full 1080p HD Camera – Background Replacement Technology for YouTube or Twitch Streaming
The Logitech C920 series is really popular, but we would personally recommend a C922X Pro Stream, which is specifically meant for streaming and has some of these extra features.
The next webcam one that’s a more recent release, but we’ve heard great things from everyone who has it, so we might pick one up is called the Razer Kiyo.
The Razer Kiyo has a very unique feature. It comes with a rim light around the lens. Rim lighting is the best sort of lighting to use in a home studio.
It’s right on your face, it eliminates any extra shadows and tends to be the most bang for the buck in terms of lighting.
You’re probably not going to have some big professional lighting setup in your little home studio with diffusers and multiple lights and all that, so the shortcut is to get a rim light around your lens like the Razer Kiyo has, and really just enjoy the all in one package.
But we would say that if you have good natural lighting in your room or you have other lights of your own to help, the Logitech C922 is probably the better one,
but if you are lacking the light or you’re in a dark room and you sort of just need an all in one package, we would go with the Razer Kiyo.
Here’s an unusual suggestion because it’s not a piece of technology, but we cannot recommend this software package enough, Adobe Creative Cloud.
Adobe Creative Cloud is a bundle of apps that you all get together for a single annual purchase or really monthly subscription, but it is everything.
We use Creative Cloud every single day of our Twitch. We either use Photoshop and Illustrator for thumbnails, overlays, logos, photo editing, and more.
We use Adobe Premiere for video editing and rendering, and every video you see went through Adobe Premier at some point.
After Effects is great for intro, special effects, transitions and other sorts of really high production quality stuff. We don’t use the After Effects that often, but for example, our intro is made with After Effects.
You can use Adobe Portfolio to edit your website and even though this isn’t directly related to our YouTube channel, we even use Adobe InDesign when we’re making card templates or other game design things that we do.
So Adobe Creative Cloud is super useful, every once in awhile Adobe Creative Cloud will go on sale and you can get a one-year subscription at a discounted monthly rate,
For capturing, we would really recommend getting an Elgato HD60 S.
This is a pretty weird little box, it’s a box with two wires, one wire goes into your computer, the other wire goes into your Xbox, PlayStation or PC,
and at that point you can pull the video capture directly from your device onto your camera or onto your screen, your PC, and put that into OBS and stream and make videos with that.
It’s about $200, but we would say it is the fastest, most lag-free, most bug-free solution, for capturing another device onto your PC.
Elgato is the premier choice, if you really want high definition, you want good audio, you want no lag, all of the best streamers you see are going to be using an Elgato to capture their game feed, especially a lot of the biggest streamers on both YouTube and Twitch.
The thing that surprised us the most was that it was really bug free and easy to troubleshoot compared to a lot of other capture cards.
With Elgato, the biggest bug that we ever have to troubleshoot is just to unplug it and plug it back in again.
Elgato Game Capture Card HD60 S – Stream and Record in 1080p60, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One & Xbox 360
Sometimes it gets out of sync and you just unplug it and plug it back in, and we’re all good.
So we really would recommend the Elgato, ever since we bought it, our production quality has been taking a huge step up and we can’t imagine going back to using anything else, Elgato is the way to go.
We really do like Razer products, we’ve never had a huge problem with any of them, so Razer just released a new product called the RipSaw,
which is an Elgato style capture card.
Its something you plug, same deal, you put one plug into your computer, one plugs into your device, and allows you to capture that. We have not used it directly.
This is the only thing that we do not have direct hands-on experience with, but we will say that based on Razer’s quality and reputation and the reviews we’ve read online,
we might end up getting one of these if our Elgato were to break or if we were to get a second computer for capturing and making videos.
External hard drive
Something you might not have thought about is an external hard drive. If you’re streaming on a laptop or a small computer, a family computer even, you might just want a hard drive to keep all of your stuff on.
What’s all of your stuff? Well, besides not just all of your PSDs from Photoshop, all of your documents that makes it easy for you to reaccess anything that you’ve been working on in Photoshop,
but we also save all of our completed streams onto our hard drive for up to about six months to a year after they come out in case we need to go back and edit them or change something.
And also if you get a big enough hard drive, you can download videos directly from Twitch and use that for editing.
You can get about a two terabyte hard drive on sale all the time anywhere.
As long as you have some sort of external hard drive to protect all your stuff in case your computer crashes, you’ll feel a lot better and safer about investing into your channel for the long-term.
A Gaming Chair
And last, but certainly not least, you are going to be sitting for a long period of time when you stream.
Some streamers stream for up to 10 or 12 hours a day, which seems absurd to us, but people do it.
So what you’re going to need is a good high quality, sturdy office chair.
The one that we think is the most widely used across all streamers, and we’ve used the same one ourselves for the last two years, is a DXRacer chair.
We’ll admit they look a little goofy, they may be a little too serious for us, but we cannot deny how comfortable they are.
The wings on the side provide a lot of support. There’s great lower back support.
The seat is very firm and does not fall apart despite hours upon hours of usage.
And even though it’s a little expensive, you cannot put a price on the health of your back and your spine.
Some people here have actually pinched a nerve in their back from sitting too long in bad office chairs.
Always make sure to invest in a really high-quality office chair for when you’re streaming and gaming, and we really like the DXRacer chair a ton.
So if you’re going to be sitting around for 10 plus hours, maybe get yourself a good chair, we recommend the DXRacer.
That’s going to do it for these must-buy items for our professional stream. We’ve been using items like this over the last two years, and we love them.