Do you remember when you and your big brother had only one PC and you had to watch him play until he got bored and let you do it? If someone told you back then that people would rather watch someone else playing, than do it themselves, you would probably laugh at them.
Well as we are looking at the present times, this ain’t that funny anymore. Looking at present number and statistics of livestream on youtube may be a jaw-dropping experience. The whole market’s worth is estimated to be 70 billion dolars. The jump of live streams viewers in 2016 compared to 2015 was 81%. The most popular platform for game streams is bringing 10 milion viewers daily solely.
Talking about more useful statistics for people who want to monetize streams, viewers watch mid-roll ads 90% of the time. This info may be advice to put your adds somewhere later in your stream, as people tend to turn off the stream or restart it so there is no annoying ad.
New era of livestream on Youtube
At first, people didn’t want to spend huge money on new games they had no idea about besides trailers, so they were watching other people playing. That’s how let’s play era started. Later on, people actually enjoyed watching others playing games, that YouTube live streaming came in. People could actually watch other people playing, support them by donations and actually interact with their idols in a fun way, because donation texts were read by computer right on the stream. At present time, we have daily over milion unique viewers watching others playing which make it more fun for both sides.
Live on Youtube is probably the best way to interact with your community (except real life interactions, of course). Having other ventures and social media on my back, having live stream with my viewers always got me the most comments, sharing and engagements. The small mind-trick here is to disable recording the replay, so people will have the sense of “I have to watch the 7PM stream or I will miss the content”.
Pros of streaming on YouTube
There are many. First off, if you already had subscribers attached to your content, then they will surely enjoy you live streaming. This may pay off with even hundreds viewers at start, depending on your fanbase.
Secondly, the interface is fairly easy to understand and very intuitive. The good thing is that if you already have a YouTube account with some number of followers, you can easily transition to streaming without having to inform people about you streaming on other platform, as they will instantly see you and get a notification.
Thirdly, streaming on YouTube is very easy and intuitive. You can use software of your choice to stream your activities.
Fourthly, You can do mobile streaming using your iphone or ipad.
Lastly, you can monetize your streaming.
How to start YouTube live streaming?
Start with creating an account on YouTube. In your account page, you have to click on the Stream now link, then name your stream and choose software on your own, and it’s done! Now, you can make a live video on youtube!
How to get started on youtube gaming? Streaming games may take some time and at first you might feel like this isn’t right and you are not getting any further with your viewers, but as long as you have fun with it, you are good to go.
When it comes to streaming setup there is broad selection of hardware for you, depending on what do you want to stream. Streaming games on Youtube will require better equipment than streaming only vlogs or real life views.
The recommended setup will be at least Intel Core i5-4670 or any equivalent presented by other brand. Be sure to read some reviews or ask someone who is experienced with this topic before the purchase.
The next important piece of streaming pc is a graphic card. Be sure to have at least minimum what is recommended by the game you want to stream or higher if you want to provide best experience for the viewers.
It’s also important to mention RAM (random-access memory), minimum is 8GB, but as it comes with relatively low price, you could bulk up to 16GB.
I won’t discuss other elements there, like power supply unit, as these things should be adjusted to your choices from previous paragraphs.
Even though it’s recommended to stream using desktop computer, there is no problem in using laptop for that. Click here to see the comparison of best laptops that will do the job.
There is some important benefit with laptop streaming choice. This will be the best for people who travel a lot and change their apartments and environment as these devices are convenient to store and transport.
External youtube equipment for beginners setup
Technically, you are already good to go with your online journey. Although, there are few things you may want to consider adding to make sure your viewers get the best experience.
As stated in previous paragraphs, people are visuals. They will pay more attention to images and colors than just text. You want to create connection with your viewers, make them feel like he is close to you and you can both talk like real life friends. This type of bond creates the most commited community.
While laptops have in-built camera, desktop PC is required to have it implemented externally.
The price of webcams varies from 20$ up to 300$. You should get the best quality/price ratio by purchasing device in range of 70$.
Here is the link for comparison of most popular webcams.
You want to communicate with your viewers to make them feel somehow important in your community. This can be done via live chat, but it’s even better to talk to them in person.
The situation is similar to webcam, as these two are usually integrated. Check out the link for microphones ranking.
For more info you should visit our previous post on this topic: How to start YouTube live streaming and why You should be doing it [5 quick tips]
Streaming on twitch is fairly easy and free. When you got your equipment ready (by following the recommendations above you probably already have best webcam for twitch), go on twitch.tv and create an account.
As you have it done and activated, make sure to fill your bio info and add a nice banner and avatar. People always enjoy visuals more than plain text so keep that in mind. You can try to create something on your own or pay for a professional job.
In the bio tell people something about you. Really short story of your life and your hobbies, motivations. Make it funny. Also it’s a great place to link your social medias in there.
Facebook is slowly growing into the largest game streaming platform. With 2 billion users it’s also most popular place to watch live streams. 78% of online audience watch Facebook live and 90% think that video quality is the most important part of it.
Facebook streaming service is probably easiest to use. I don’t know a single person in my environment who isn’t using Facebook. If you have an ap on your phone you are good to go.
Virtual set background
To make your work look more professional, you can use a virtual set background.
It’s a simple background that is put behind your profile. It may look like news-studio, forrest or even a campfire.
To achieve that effect it’s recommended that your real background is in one color with contrast to your body and clothes colors.
This way, the software is able to differentiate you from the background, and switch it with image of your choice, this may be anything.
You are ont obligated to use only the websites I’ve provided previously.
There are numerous popular applications that allow you to stream and personalize it however you want.
The two most popular are Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) and XSplit which unfortunately requires paid subscription to use its best features.
Whether it’s paid software, or free Facebook streaming, the steps are the same: pick the source of video, your screen, specific window or whole camera, sync up your account and then go for the content.
If by any chance you own a console, PS4 or Xbox One, you can start streaming with no additional equipment required.
On Xbox One, go to the store and download the Twitch app, set up account or log in if you have one already and follow the steps on screens.
PS4 is even easier to use, just go to Share menu on the device’s system and you are good to go. It’s also recommended to use camera and microphone while streaming the console content.
Why bothering to stream on console? Well there are few exclusive games that are made for specific device. There are many people who are not decided on console or game purchase and they want to see it on screen before. It’s common and you can use that knowledge to hook new audience to your content.
Few words on the rules
There are general rules that may get your stream shut down or even your account banned.
This comes down to violence, heavy drinking (drinking a beer is not a problem), suicide threats – this one is a problem recently, as people often don’t realize how hurtful is when you say “go kill yourself” as they state “for fun”. Telling someone to commit a suicide is not fun and will never be. Everything comes down to common sense. Just use your brain and you should be fine.
YouTube video making
When you start doing anything new, you don’t usually know where to begin. Unless you have some mentor to help you out, you either try and fail or find information on internet or in books. Starting new hobby is not an easy thing. Some people would like to spend enormous money right of the bat on the gear they don’t really need as beginners. What happens next is they drop the hobby after the week or two, wasting a lot of money on gear they won’t ever use again. This is why we came up with this guide, to make sure you have what it takes to start YouTube video making on high level without spending huge money.
Best of both worlds
Making YouTube videos on professional level may take some time from you to master, but when achieved it can proceed to make astonishing impression. And you don’t even need expensive gear! Some of my friends who make 100 000 views on most of their videos were comfortable with using iPhone as a camera for their shooting. Gear is not what makes you shoot good videos, it’s hard work and dedication.
Equipment for starting a Youtube channel
What equipment do you need to be a youtuber? You can’t really start making videos without a camera right? From our research, most professionals would reccomend using DSLR camera in the beginning equipment, which is not too expensive, but it maintains best quality for that price.
If you intend to make outdoor videos, you can invest money in a tripod. This will make sure your videos won’t be shaky (even though You can work on shaking screen later in proper software)
If You recorded 5 hours of content, You can’t really expect viewers to watch it all, unless what You put is essential gear info and You have commited fanbase – which is not the case when You are starting. Make you sure you can properly cut and edit Your videos with the right software. We are using Adobe Premiere Pro in our montage.
Camera for live streaming
Obviously, if you want to record anything you need a camera. You could use your phone or tablet camera, but let’s be serious here, you want quality and professional look. There is no need to buy the most expensive DSLR in the store, anything recording in HD will be enough, have in mind it’s 1080p.
There are many quality webcams and camcorders in reasonable price. DSLR and mirrorless cameras would be a great purchase when upgrading or really having solid plans on expanding the internet career.
You can check out different types of cameras in the short profile list below
- Camcorders – these are specifically designed just to record videos in sufficient quality. Modern cameras are compact, lightweight and affordable. You can just throw it in your bag and go. Just pull it out of your bag and shoot anything you want while being outdoors. You can catch awesome moments which will nicely fill blank spaces in between the main scenes.
- Canon VIXIA HF R800 Camcorder – 57 x advanced zoom, 3.28 megapixels, DV 4 image processor.
- Video Camera Camcorder SOSUN HD 1080P – 16 x zoom, 24 megapixels
- PAPALOOK HD 1080p Webcam AF925
- Logitech HD pro webcam C920
- Action Camera
- Yi Lite Action Camera, Sony Sensor 16 MP
- Yi 4k Action and Sports camera
- Mirrorless Camera
- Y1 M1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 42.5 mm F 1.8 Lens Storm
- Sony Alpha a 6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera
- Canon Digital SLR Camera Kit [EOS Rebel T6]
- Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR Camera
- Nikon D5300 Digital SLR Camera Dual Lens Kit
Hand held camera or GO Pro might be useful here due to lightweighness and compactibility.
Okay, so we don’t have to worry about video quality, now let’s focus on the other important sense – hearing. People will love the fancy editing and montage, but if audio is terrible, nobody will actually even bother to watch your whole video – and this is what we are aiming for. You can use your built-in laptop microphone or iphone recorder, but as said before – it will not attract people.
There are different types of microphones, so you have to be aware of what your goals is, what will your recording environment look like.
- Dynamic microphone – these are most versitale and reliable. It will sustain different pressure levels and voltage levels provided by electrical amplifire. Incoming sound waves will hit the mic diaphgram making it vibrate.
- Condenser microphone – this construction is coming right after dynamic microphones in terms of popularity. These are less durable due to more interesting internals, but with this comes the advance – great quality. Most podcasts are recorded with these, as the quality of sound is astonishing. The voice is clean, there are no disortions. If you want to do detailed audio – this should be your choice.
- Ribbon microphone – this version is thinner, it was implemented in early 70s and used a lot in recording studios. The frequency response is also on high level. These are often considered as the most natural sounding recorders, making it often choice of amateurs.
So you may wonder now, which microphone you should choose? We won’t make that decision for you, but we may help you with narrowing possibilities. Here are few good choices based on former experience of our team:
- Neewer NW-700 Professional Studio Broadcasting Recording Condenser Microphone
- Studio Microphone, ZealSound Condenser Studio Microphone with Built-in Sound Card and Echo Effect
- Wireless Microphone,FIFINE Handheld Dynamic Microphone Wireless mic System
- TONOR Professional Studio Condenser Microphone Computer PC Microphone Kit
- Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio XLR Microphone
- Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Vocal Microphone
Gimbal or tripod
Okay, so as you are going through this part of article, the video and audio choice should’ve already been made. Now let’s focus on making the video right way. If you make your video shakey and unsteady, this will dramatically reduce the visual output of video for the viewer. You can make it right in post video editor, but there will be some costs, you have to crop part of image. You can avoid that by using gimbal or tripod. These devices will be able to stabilize the video for you while recording. Gimbal’s construction is pretty complicated, so we will not cover it in that article, if you want to you can check the YouTube channel. 3 axis stabilizer will make it sure that your video won’t be shaky nor jarring.
These are more affordable, since the price can stay below 100$ and it can still do pretty good job – depending on the environment you want to shoot your video. It’s advised though to spend a little more extra cash on something reliable and more durable, since you will probably use this tool for at least few years.
Lighting is necessary if you want to record indoor or in any place where it’s dark. Reason is simple – the video will not be able to adapt to the scenery just as your eyes can. And even if you can get some ambient light, you could always add a little touch of artificial lighting to make it look even better.
Softbox – it can radiate the warm, soft light just like from window. This is perfect choice, if you wish to record a video without harash visible light and shadows. The prices usually go below 100$.
Umbrella light – inexpensive and portable choice, giving the similar possibilities to softboxes.
Ring light – these things are usually used by vloggers and youtubers, our research reveals that PewDiePie is also using these. The prices also won’t go above 100$ if you do not want to spend that much money.
Video editing software
This is where things may get fun. Depending on your personal choice and financial situation, you can have few options. You can hire a professional to edit your videos – this option is least time consuming and less irritating (why? we will get to that in a second). You just have to send a video to editor, tell him your vision and wait for the answer. Voila, you’ve got beautiful video. Cons? Price – they will usually charge from few hundered bucks to few thousands, depending on how much editing you want and how long is your material. You can buy software and learn it by yourself – this one may also be expensive, since these applications are expensive, and sometimes you can’t just buy them, but you have to pay the subscription. Also the learning curve here is huge. Statistics show that you can get profficient at the video montage and post production after 6 months, depending on software you are using, but most people who start usually give up. The software you can start from may be Adobe Premiere Elementals – this is very popular choice due to intuitive interface and not that high of a price. It provides very usable tools and great range of editing options. Rendering is also easy, you can compress the videos after in order to save some space on your fancy SSD disk.
To sum things up, there are a lot of things you will want to purchase in order to start your dream YouTube live streaming career. Nobody said it would be that hard and expensive, right?
Right camera to capture the moments you want in your life. Whether it’s video shoot in your basement where your parents keep and feed you, or it is in some cabin in woods where you invited your friends without telling them that the guy you put in jail 20 years ago is actually out and looking for you.
Microphone to capture the dumb joke your brother said at the dinner table during thanksgiving, because you tricked him into it before.
Stabilizer to make your video less shaky.
Lighting to not make it looking like you are recording from some dark room with no electricity. You will actually want to provide your viewers and subscribers with quality.
At first you may be reserving with your money. Do complete reasearch and count both your money and blessings, choose whatever is most suitable for you, don’t get into these fancy promotional and marketing stuff, be bold and have boundaries so you will not have to get a loan from your parents, friends or siblings.
Gain Youtube fanbase
Gathering YouTube fanbase might seem to be problematic at first, but it’s not as hard as you might think. It’s all about marketing and putting your social media in work. Don’t save your money when it comes to cool graphic you might put to attract new viewers.
Try to schedule at least an hour to stream every week. Make a commitment and stick to it for examply every thursday at 7PM.
Take care young streamer, good luck!