My Top Pick Live Streaming Kit

My Top Pick Live Streaming Kit

What happens when you take all of my top picks and build a package with them?

A perfect blend of features, versatility, and image quality for the price.

One glorious bang for the buck!

In this list you'll find:

Let's dive in...

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Cameras

My List Of Best All-Around Cameras

My List Of Best Live Streaming Cameras

Panasonic S1H

Panasonic S1H

Top Pick All-Around Camera

The only mirrorless camera currently listed in the Netflix approved camera list - need I say more?

No video recording limits makes it a great choice for all types of video.

The abundance of video features and codecs means this camera will feel at home in the studio, on set, in the field, or even in a multi-cam production.

Pros:

Cons:

Sensor: 24.2 Megapixel Full Frame

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 5952 x 3968 at 24 fps (H.265 4:2:0 10-bit) or 4096 x 2160 at 29.97 fps (H.264 4:2:2 10-bit)

Maximum Recording Time: No limits (new files may be created after certain file sizes or time lengths are reached, but recording will continue)

Output Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 59.94 fps (4:2:2 10-bit)

My Favorite Feature: 4:2:2 10-bit internal recording

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Top Pick Micro Four Thirds Camera

Easily one of the best all-around video cameras for the price I've ever used.

This camera can feel at home in the studio, on set, connected to a switcher, and much more.

Pros:

Cons:

View My Recommended Micro Four Thirds Lenses

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 4096 x 2160 at 60 fps

Output Formats: Up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Versatility

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Canon XA45

Canon XA40 & XA45

Top Pick Camcorder

XA models have been consistently solid performers, and the XA40 and XA45 are no exception.

Pros:

Cons:

Full Shot: 8.5'-175'

Medium Shot: 3.5'-72'

Outputs: 3G-SDI (XA45 only) and HDMI (XA40 and XA45)(Type C - Mini)

Recording Formats: Up to 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps

Output Formats: Up to 1920 x 1080 at 59.94 fps (SDI only) or up to 1920 x 1080 at 30 fps (HDMI only)

My Favorite Feature: 20x optical zoom

*HDMI and 3G-SDI outputs CANNOT be used simultaneously

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K

Top Pick Cinema Camera

Just like its little sibling, easily one of the best all-around video cameras for the price I've ever used.

This camera can feel at home in the studio, on set, connected to a switcher, and much more.

Pros:

Cons:

View My Recommended Cinema Lenses

Outputs: HDMI (Type A - Full Size)

Recording Formats: Up to 6144 x 3456 at 50 fps or 6144 x 2560 at 60 fps

Output Formats: Up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: This is tough, but I would say the ability to record up to 6K while outputting 1080p for streaming is pretty awesome

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Tripod & Fluid Head

My List Of Best Video Tripods

My List Of Best Video Fluid Heads

Sachtler Flowtech 75 Carbon Fiber Tripod

Sachtler Flowtech 75

Top Pick Video Tripod

This system is slick, and has become very popular - and for good reasons.

When you need a reliable tripod that gets out of your way quickly, this will not let you down.

Pros:

Cons:

Material: Carbon Fiber

Head Mount Type: 75mm bowl

Maximum Height: 60"

Minimum Height: 11"

Folded Length: 27"

Weight: 6.4 lbs

Payload Capacity: 44 lbs

My Favorite Feature: Outside-the-box design and engineering

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Manfrotto Nitrotech 608

Manfrotto Nitrotech 608

Top Pick Video Fluid Head

This head will generally work well with all cameras, and most lens combinations, above.

If you need a great all-around performer on a mid-range budget - look no further.

Pros:

Cons:

Base Mount: Flat Base with 3/8"-16 Mounting Hole

Camera Plate: Sliding (504PLONGR)

Load Capacity: 17.6 lbs

My Favorite Feature: Variable counterbalance works great for all kinds of cameras and setups ranging from 0-17.6 lbs

IMPORTANT: You will need a 75mm half bowl to flat base adapter if you use this head with the tripod above.

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Video Switchers

My List Of Best Video Switchers

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio HD

Top Pick HD Video Switcher

The most inputs, outputs, and professional features available in its price range - an absolute steal of a deal.

If you want an entry level switcher capable of up to 1080p60 that will give you versatility and room to go, scroll no further.

Pros:

Cons:

Inputs: 4x 3G-SDI and 4x HDMI

Audio Inputs: 2x XLR

Program Outputs: 5x 3G-SDI

Aux Outputs: 1x 3G-SDI

Multiview Outputs: 1x 3G-SDI or 1x HDMI (same multiviewer output on both)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Basic control from front panel makes it a great budget-friendly option with tons of ins and outs

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Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio Pro 4K

Top Pick 4K Video Switcher

12G-SDI inputs and outputs, a full control surface, and standards conversion on every input - an amazing bang for the buck.

Pros:

Cons:

Inputs: 8x 12G-SDI

Audio Inputs: 2x XLR

Program Outputs: 9x 12G-SDI

Aux Outputs: 1x 12G-SDI

Multiview Outputs: 1x 12G-SDI or 1x HDMI (same multiviewer output on both)

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 3840 x 2160 at 60 fps

My Favorite Feature: Standards converters on every input give this a ton of flexibility

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Video Recorder

My List Of Best Video Studio Recorders

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

Blackmagic Design HyperDeck Studio Mini

Top Pick Video Studio Recorder

High quality recording codecs, lots of pro features, and a good track record of reliability - a great bang for the buck.

Records in a variety of popular codecs including ProRes, DnXHD, DnXHR, and H.264.

Pros:

Cons:

Inputs: 6G-SDI

Supported Formats: Broadcast formats up to 3840 x 2160 at 30 fps

Supported Codecs: ProRes (MOV), DnXHD (MOV and MXF), H.264

Media: 2x SD Card Slots (Supported SD Cards)

My Favorite Feature: Records to lower cost SD cards

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Live Streaming Encoder

My List Of Best Live Streaming Encoders

Living As One Ray Encoder

Living As One Ray Encoder

Top Pick Live Streaming Encoder

With their patented Resilient Streaming Protocol, Living As One takes streaming quality and reliability to a whole new level.

Subscription plan options include social only (distribution to YouTube or Facebook), web streaming with an embeddable player and variable bitrates, and multisite capability to connect remote physical locations.

*This is a proprietary encoder. It requires a subscription to a Living As One streaming plan and can only be used to stream to Living As One servers.

Pros:

Cons:

Input: 3G-SDI

Input Formats: Up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps

Output Formats: H.264 or H.265/HEVC using Resilient Streaming Protocol

Supported Destinations: Living As One (embeddable player), Facebook, and YouTube

Multiple Destinations: Yes, to any destination supported in subscription plan

Recording: Yes (SD card or USB drive)

My Favorite Feature: The Resilient Streaming Protocol is stellar

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