To see how all of this equipment works in a physical set up, scroll down for photos or watch the video above.
Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic
Most people don’t realize that good audio quality is MORE important than good video quality. Poor audio can cause people to stop watching, whereas most people are willing to tolerate moderate quality video.
Great to Have
Genaray MonoBright Daylight LED 750
(used with the light stand & lighting umbrellas)
Even lighting that is color corrected is a gigantic hassle without a daylight lamp. This lamp is well worth the peace of mind that your lighting will be consistent and even.
Great to Have
Neewer 2 Pack 33″/84cm White Translucent Soft Umbrellas
(used with the Generay MonoBright & light stand)
Attaching a lighting umbrella to your daylight lamp ensures that the lighting will be even, soft and diffused.
Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam
Use a rubber band to attach the webcam to the mic stand. Being lightweight, the webcam will sit just fine in an overhead view. The angle of the webcam can be adjusted without having to move its position.
2nd Computer Monitor
Not required, but really helps when you have OBS, YouTube, and other windows open simultaneously.
EQUIPMENT TO AVOID
Overkill & is much heavier than a webcam, which limits your options for how you can position it. A DSLR really requires a very large, high end tripod to allow for flexibility of camera angles while keeping the DSLR securely mounted.
Battery power is a problem, tough to adjust camera
angle because you have to reposition the entire phone, not easy to connect to OBS: requires an app you have to pay for, plus a plugin that you have to install into OBS.
Tripod is very too short. GoPros have a wide angle lens, which creates a fisheye effect, so your videos will have lot of distortion, making it tough to see accurately. The closer you get to an object, the greater the distortion.GoPros are make for fast action, they are not effective as stationary cameras.
Camera angle is impossible with you standing in front of the easel. Either you draw in a position that is unnatural to accommodate the camera angle, or you draw naturally with a poor camera angle, neither option is good!
Cell Phone Holder, BENKS Universal Flexible
Very unstable, moves extremely easily at the slightest touch or movement. Especially problematic if it’s attached to your table; any slight movement you make during the demo creates shaky camera movements during your video.
Overkill & really expensive. (~$120) A C-stand is for pro video shoots for holding very heavy equipment. You CAN use it, but why spend that amount of $ when you can get a mic stand that is better and 1/3 the price?
Physical Set up & Camera Angles
This physical set up is designed to have as little equipment as possible plus maximum flexibility to allow for a range of adjustments in terms of getting the right camera angle. Getting the right camera angle that allows you enough physical space to do your demo, while also providing a clear view of your demo is probably the most difficult balance for people to achieve.
An effective set up is flexible and gives you plenty of space to do your demo
Your physical set up should also be one that you can easily replicate on a consistent basis. Items like the octopus tripod make this nearly impossible and leads to unnecessary frustration.
Many people create physical set ups that set too many physical constraints on the movements you can do within the set up during your demo. With the mic stand positioned so high up in relation to your head, you’ll have tons of options and flexibility to get everything positioned well. Try to maximize the amount of space you have to do your demos, otherwise you’ll be tremendously limited in terms of the types of demos you do, as well as the scale that you can work at.
Create custom layouts (“Scenes”) in OBS that can be used within 1 stream
OBS allows you to create custom layouts for your videos that you can save as a “scene” and store for future use. With 1 click, you can switch between scenes within the same video, great if you want to switch setups within the same video.
This live drawing tutorials switches between 2 scenes: 1 scene for Q&A and 1 scene for the drawing demo. Literally, it’s 1 click in OBS to change scenes while you are live.
While it takes time to create these custom layouts, once you have them, they are ready to go!
OBS scene for Q&A portion of the live stream
OBS scene for drawing demo portion of the live stream
OBS allows many features that can be customized into the layout of your video
You can add “Sources” in OBS that include options like more than 1 camera, still images, window capture of your desktop/browser, a still image from a URL, a video file that can play during your video, and much more.
Each of these sources can be dragged to any location in your video, resized, cropped, and layered over or underneath another source.
Live Chat Window in YouTube
To the right of a video on YouTube, there is a live chat window where people watching live can type in comments and ask questions. As the person streaming live you also have the option to type into the live chat window as well.
One of the most effective features of live video is the real time interaction that occurs via the live chat. Prompt viewers by asking simple questions during the live video to invite interaction.
Students don’t want to be on video
Many teachers insisted on students being on video during Zoom calls. I understand the impulse to require that: the thinking is that if students are on video during the call, you can keep track of who is paying attention. Students told me that most of them were watching Netflix or playing video games during these Zoom calls, it’s easy to watch a movie on your phone while being on a Zoom call on your laptop!
For many students being forced to be on video can feel like an invasion of their privacy, and asking them to be on video will backfire. They don’t pay attention, AND they will resent the requirement.
By using the live chat, students don’t have to worry about their appearance, they can kick back, relax, eat a bucket of chicken wings, anything. Ironically, this relaxed circumstance makes students pay attention much more than when teachers require them to be on video.
Interaction between students is possible in the live chat
The live chat is also a place for students to casually interact with each other while you are on the live video. Often times people help each other by adding commentary or answering each other’s questions. During a Zoom call, this casual interaction between students is impossible, leading to students feeling isolated from their classmates.
Link OBS to your YouTube channel
In order to live stream from OBS to a YouTube channel, you’ll need to connect OBS to your YouTube channel by adding the YouTube stream key into the settings on OBS.
In YouTube, under your account, go to “YouTube Studio” then click the icon on the upper right to enter your live stream dashboard. Scroll down to the bottom, and under “Encoder Setup” you’ll see your “Stream Name/Key.” Copy your stream key.
Open OBS and click on the “Settings,” located in the lower right buttons.
Get your YouTube stream key to connect OBS to your YouTube channel
In the Settings window, click “Stream” in the menu on the left side.
In the text area that says “Stream Key,” cut and paste your YouTube stream key. Now when you click “Start Streaming” in OBS, it will stream directly to your YouTube channel.
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