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The popularity of streaming services, opportunity, and equipment has made it easier for all kinds of users to access this type of video broadcasting, seizing it for professional applications or just for fun.

Streaming requires users to acquire some knowledge of audio and video editing, and also some insight into their computer systems and how they work. Popular platforms like Twitch make streaming easy, but purchasing and setting up the necessary hardware can prove difficult in some instances.

The first thing needed for streaming is a way to record the user’s voice in good quality. Many options for recording are available, and users can purchase cardioid or condenser microphones (like the ones used by musicians) or only a quality headset.

The first choice also requires the user to buy other accessories, such as a small tripod (to hold the microphone to the desk), a pop filter and an XLR cable.


Video Streaming Audio 

Users must also purchase a mixer or audio interface (along with a Digital Audio Workstation, or DAW software) to set up audio recording on their PC.

Plug-and-play microphones for computers are also available. Nonetheless, the best option yet is the Blue Yeti, which was specifically designed for PC use but has studio quality.

Headsets are a typically cheaper variant for recording, and there are many affordable options in the market. Choices vary from products like the $139 Logitech G933, which is wireless and very top tier, to the Kingston HyperX Cloud II, which costs $93.

Streaming Video options

The arrival of the Logitech C922 webcam, explicitly made for streamers, makes it hard to find another contender. It’s previous model, the C920, is more affordable and still at the top of the list.

The best video option for streaming is buying a webcam, users can also acquire higher-quality video cameras (similar to those Youtubers use to record videos) to use in their streaming sessions, but this can prove unnecessary and costly.

The top three positions for TV streaming devices are battled between Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast
The top three positions for TV streaming devices are battled between Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast

Streaming Software

XSplit’s Broadcaster and Gamecaster are the most used pieces of streaming software as of 2016. The C922 webcam mentioned above includes a three-month membership to both apps upon purchase. The best option available now for free streaming software is the critically acclaimed OBS program (or Open Broadcaster Software).

System requirements for quality streaming recommends an Intel Core i5-4670 or better to stream without any hiccups. An AMD processor should also be equivalent to this one. The user will also need to have at least 8GB of RAM.

Source: Tom’s Guide