Welcome to Deep Dive: Webcams & DSLRs!

Getting to know your streaming camera can be incredibly advantageous to improving the quality of your content. This course will cover a lot of general and very detailed information to help you understand the ins and outs of everything camera.

Our first module – Webcams vs DSLRs – will tackle the following:

  • webcam and DSLR basics, incl. mirrorless cameras
  • cost comparisons
  • additional materials and considerations (lenses, peripherals, add-ons, filters, dummy batteries, etc.)
  • visual effects
  • setup and settings
  • lighting
  • visual comparisons

The second module – DSLRs for Streaming & Content Creation – will move beyond that to cover a full exploration of DSLRs, with examples, with incredible detail.

Want to learn more about editing and updating your webcam settings? Content Creator Gael LEVEL has you covered with the following video!

Whether you’re a Twitch streamer, YouTuber, or even just use Zoom a lot for work, there’s a good chance you’re spending a lot more time on video these days. While you may be able to get away with a webcam for Zoom calls (although, trust me, they’ll be impressed if you start calling in using a DSLR), if you’re a streamer or create videos, you may be wondering – is your webcam sufficient? And what should you consider before you decide to upgrade to a DSLR? Webcams vs. DSLRs To start off – What is a webcam, and what is a DSLR? What is a webcam? A webcam is a camera that is intended for real-time video streaming. Whether you’re a livestreamer or doing video calls for work, these both involve real-time video. The webcam you may be the most familiar with is the one that’s integrated into most modern...

Why a Webcam? At some point as a creator you’re faced with a choice: what kind of camera should I use? With video conferencing and streaming seeing recent growth, there are so many options out there. But why use a webcam for content creation? It’s a great question, and honestly there are a few reasons to consider a webcam. Cost Effective If you’re still getting into content creation and feeling it out before spending too much money or you don’t have much cash to spend on equipment, webcams are a cost effective solution. On average most decent quality webcams are around the $100 to $200 range, making it a reasonable cost compared to DSLRs or a better solution when you’re ready to commit to higher quality equipment.  Simplicity and Easy Setup Webcams are straightforward: they don’t need additional lenses, external power sources, or a capture card. Webcams plug into the...

aka Hands-On Configuration of Streaming with a Digital SLR Camera We’ve learned about a lot of different options for cameras and configuring your stream. In this module, we’re going to get hands on with some Sony a6000 cameras, lenses and connections to your production machine for streaming. We’re going to talk about the following gear: Sony a6000 camera with the standard ‘kit’ 16-50mm lens Sony a6400 camera with a Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens Elgato Cam Link 4k external USB capture device Avermedia Live Gamer Duo internal capture device Micro-HDMI to HDMI cables With this hardware, we should be able to deliver a high-quality picture whether we are streaming to a service like YouTube or Twitch or recording locally. With a strong network connection, you should be able to configure your stream to output in 1080p at 60 frames per second. Also not listed here is a tripod or a mount...

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