Live Stream Production - Recommended Equipment
Looking to get started with live streaming? Below are some recommended equipment options that we have used and can vouch for. Keep in mind that there are many other options available, so do your research and choose what works best for you. These items will provide a solid foundation for your basic live stream setup.
These cameras have proven to be reliable and effective at regional to international events. They record to SD cards and have excellent zoom capabilities, making them ideal for capturing figure skating footage.
A smooth and stable tripod is essential for capturing skating footage. This budget-friendly option pairs well with the recommended camera and will give you a level, smooth picture.
This device, which attaches to the tripod arm, allows for smooth zooming in and out while following the skater. It's a good idea to have a couple of these on hand as backup.
SD Cards - Video Recording Storage
The Canon XA11 Camera has two SD card slots that can record video in 1080 HD quality. This card allows for over 10 hours of recording time. It's a good idea to have at least two of these cards on hand to ensure you're always ready to go.
Live Streaming Interface Device & Cables
This device enables you to connect your camcorder to a Mac or PC and live stream to various platforms.
This cable connects the camera to the Elgato Camlink Device and is available in lengths of 10, 15, or 25 feet. It's a good idea to have a couple of these on hand as backup in case one stops working or gets lost.
A strong and stable internet connection is essential for a successful live stream. We recommend connecting your computer directly to the internet via an ethernet cable rather than relying on WiFi, which can be unreliable. Be sure to test your connection ahead of time to ensure it is stable.
Power Cables & Power Bars
This power bar is a good choice due to its layout of plugs that accommodate both power bricks and regular power cables. It also has a switch that is difficult to accidentally turn off.
The length of extension power cable you need will depend on your facility. This link provides several options to choose from.