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Live Streaming Tips  – All the gear you need to start live streaming from your PC – DIY in 5 Ep 101

Pretty cool huh? And easier to do than you think! Let’s get you streaming! Hey everyone! Welcome to DIY in 5 – the show where we make
tech simple for the everyday user. I’m Trisha Hershberger and this episode
is near and dear to my heart because we are talking all about streaming. Live streaming content – whether it be gaming,
creative, informational or just hanging out – is a ton of fun and can be a great way to
connect with others in real time. But I often hear people say that the only
reason they aren’t streaming is because they don’t have the setup and
don’t know where to start. I assure you, getting a streaming setup is
much easier and more affordable than one might think, and I’m here to walk you through it! First, let’s look at your hardware. Some people stream straight from their consoles
and while this will serve to share your gameplay, it is extremely limited in terms of features
and customization. For a truly professional look to your stream,
you’ll want to stream from a PC. Surprisingly, you can get a fairly mid-range
PC and still stream at decent settings depending on what type of content you create. If you are hoping to stream a hardware intensive
PC game and broadcast from the same computer, that’s where you’ll have to invest more
in your hardware. Check out this previous DIY in 5 we did on
streaming PC hardware to find the right fit for your needs. Next up, after your PC, I’d look at your
capture card. A capture card allows you to capture content
from another device and stream it on your current device. If you want to stream console gameplay or
from another PC this is how you feed your video and audio to your streaming PC without
affecting your PC’s performance. There are a wide variety of cards out there
with various quality, inputs and customer support
options across various price points. Some are external some are internal. For most people, an external capture card
with HDMI input output that records HD quality will do just fine, like the Razer Ripsaw HD
which I personally use in my home setup. For the pros out there looking at fancier
cards like the Elgato 4K60 Pro, keep in mind you’ll need a beefy computer to handle what
cards like that are throwing down. If you invest in one, you’ll need to do
the same with the other. As far as displays go, I recommend at least
two although you can 100% do a budget setup with one. If you are operating off one monitor, you’ll
just need to arrange your windows so that you have your broadcasting software, notification
window, chat and game or program you are streaming all on one monitor. Totally doable just a little crowded. With two monitors, most streamers prefer to
put their primary broadcast program or game on one monitor and all the technical aspects
of their stream on another. If you want to have a facecam in your stream,
there are many options out there including some with built in lighting specifically for
streamers like the Razer Kiyo or you can invest in lights and a webcam separately. Basic 720 or 1080p webcams will do the trick
for most streamers and usually cost under $100. You’ll want to make sure you frame your
shot so that you are close to the camera to easily be seen. And when it comes to lighting, a basic ring light,
LED panel or softbox lighting kit can give you the flexibility to stream anytime of day
or night and still have a professional look. However, if just starting out, you can improvise
with home lighting or setup right in front
of a sunny window. Now, if you want that ‘green screen’ background
keyed out look, there are some cameras and software alternatives that try to get that
look, but in my experience, none are as successful as setting up an actual
green screen behind you. It’s a pain to setup, properly light and
tear down, but a cool look if you can pull it off. Your microphone is just as, if not more important,
than your camera since some viewers spend more time listening to streams than watching
them and while poor video quality can be forgiven, poor audio is the worst! Depending on the content of your stream, you
may want to use a headset microphone, desktop microphone or even off camera microphone. Most streamers use a USB microphone that connects
directly to their computer and there are a variety of options built specifically for
live streamers, like the HyperX Quadcast Mic with a tap to mute button right on the top
of the mic so your “MOM, THE MEATLOAF!” moments stay your little secret. As always with sound you’ll want to think
about the echo in your room. Generally carpets and curtains are better
than bare walls and hard floors. Think about throwing a run down, hanging some
curtains or hanging up some sound dampening panels
if this prooves to be an issue. Other hardware considerations include gaming
controllers, keyboard/mice setup and these are more a matter of personal preference. If you do a lot of typing on stream, you may
want to consider a quiet keyboard with dampening rings
or key switches built for silence. Another very popular hardware option is a
Stream Deck, a panel of buttons you can use to switch settings, scenes
or load sound effects on the fly. A recent addition to my setup has been a silent
USB fan for myself because it’s hard to keep cool under pressure
and under lights in a 4+ hour stream! It’s the little things! From a software standpoint, there are many
different tools you can use to customize your stream exactly how you want it. OBS Studio, XSplit & SLObs are some of the
more popular broadcasting software options and they all have a free
version to get you started. I’ve done an in depth XSplit tutorial on
my personal youtube channel you can check out but most of them have a similar setup
of ‘scenes’ and ‘sources’ that you can setup and live switch between on the fly. Sites like Streamlabs and Streamelements allow
you to even further personalize your streams by providing notifications, chatbots, loyalty
point & donation systems and more and these are free as well. If you are streaming to a site like Twitch,
there are Twitch extensions again, free of charge, that can add more pizazz like viewer
driven music playlists, face filters or mini-games. It’s all about running
your show how you see fit. Ok, there’s one final thing I’ll mention and
that’s your chair. Livestreams can go on for hours so finding
an ergonomic chair, gaming chair or otherwise comfy supportive place to put your butt will
help reduce both stream breaks and naptime. So there we have it! If you want a closer look at my personal streaming
setup, you can find that linked in the description below, and if you have any questions not
answered in this video, please leave it in a comment and we’ll do our best to get back to you
or maybe even do a deep dive just for your question. Thanks for watching
everyone and happy streaming! Oh yeah, please put your Twitch or Mixer or
Facebook or YouTube channel that you stream to in the comments so that we can all
check out what each other are up to. Ok then, see ya next time!

Robin Kshlerin



  1. Arjun Jagannath Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    I think I'm first. Who is here to see Trisha ?

  2. C L Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Nice video! ๐Ÿ‘Œ

  3. Rohan Bhujbal Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    why so cute ?

  4. chakravarthi eleti Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Very useful

  5. Jorge Hernandez Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    Nice video. I stream from one pc and having two monitors is very helpful.

  6. Frost Titan Gaming Posted on July 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Looks great i love it

  7. Kingston Technology Posted on July 12, 2019 at 6:10 pm

    See the details on Trisha's streaming setup under – My Rig –

  8. GazryGames Posted on July 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    I havenโ€™t streamed yet but bought an elgato capture card a while ago to start. Iโ€™ve got 8 subscribers on YouTube, if I get to 10 Iโ€™ll start streaming on Twitch ๐Ÿ˜

  9. Sadnehs Posted on July 12, 2019 at 7:16 pm

    What kind of timeline are we in that Kingston, the company known for flash memory sticks, makes a Youtube channel starring Trisha Hershberger, and finds a small audience on Youtube of people that just want to see Trisha Hershberger videos.

    Yes these information videos are useful.
    No I don't care.
    Just keep paying Trisha Hershberger so that she continues making content. And I will buy your SSDs and flash sticks every time.

  10. Prashanta Sahu Posted on July 12, 2019 at 7:51 pm

    You are so hot๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ!!

  11. Brutalist Playground Posted on July 12, 2019 at 8:57 pm

    6:16 That smile!!!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  12. ranen clifton Posted on July 12, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    I stream randomly …..twitch : gamecrazeddork

  13. R Kithan Posted on July 12, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Thank you trisha…. ๐Ÿ˜Š

  14. IDMooseMan Posted on July 13, 2019 at 12:22 am

    I currently use one PC for gaming/streaming and am an occasional streamer, ( ), for one main reason not addressed in this, or other, videos about gaming/streaming; internet speeds in general, and upload speeds in particular. I live in Southwest Idaho and currently have the fastest speed available in my area from CenturyLink; 20Mbps download and 0.85 Mbps upload. Finding the right settings with that upload speed is nearly impossible and some games are less intensive than others.

    I like playing American Truck Simulator, Euro Truck Simulator 2, Cold Waters, Rocket League and several other games. Unfortunately, with my current ISP's upload speed, (I am not in a position, financially, to switch to the only other ISP in my area, Cable One/Sparklight), I still have a lot of pixelation happening during my streams. I have my OBS Studio bitrate setting at 250, which does not leave much available for the behind-the-scenes processing going on when using one PC for gaming/streaming.

    I am at the point where I am considering recording my game-play and then uploading to my YouTube, ( ), and Twitch channels, but again, the 0.85 Mbps upload speed is encountered. Cable One/Sparklight has a data cap; CenturyLink does not, so there is a trade-off involved here.

    Anyhow, thank you for allowing me to vent my frustration. I enjoy watching your videos and find them informative and helpful. Keep up the great work, and I will see you in your next video.

  15. Nadeem Inamdar Posted on July 13, 2019 at 1:39 am

    I stream on this.. although it's just a start.. not professionally streaming, I stream when I play. Got a really budget rig for me recently.

  16. Mauri Maciel Posted on July 13, 2019 at 5:05 am

    I am barely going start off on Facebook : Mauriโ€™s gaming

  17. Divine Root Posted on July 13, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    Everyone says "Oh! There's Trisha!" but no one asks "How's Trisha?" ๐Ÿ™

  18. Deon Spates Posted on July 13, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Nice job Trisha!!!

  19. Gerardo Flores Posted on July 14, 2019 at 4:39 am

    I rarely say this but thank you so much …. This video beem super helpful ๐Ÿ™‚ i never knew how simple set up can be

  20. Terror Bird Posted on July 15, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    One of the very few videos that wants you to put your streaming link in the comments. Thank you

  21. Bagzdad Niga Posted on July 16, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    A woman is a crooked woman who never settles ๐Ÿ˜’

  22. Buttercup Pixie Posted on July 18, 2019 at 10:34 am

    She's cute, reminds me of that girl from BBC Merlin and SuperGirl – The welsh lady I forgot her name. Anyway thanks for the tips on setting up everything, I really want to be a streamer but Im a newbie at it.

  23. Valentus SlimROAST Posted on July 30, 2019 at 7:43 am

    every little piece of hardware and software in the world won't help you stream if you don't have sufficient upload bandwidth ~ all that's available here is 1mbps up ๐Ÿ™

  24. ROCKSWOT Posted on July 30, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Can one use one-system streaming pc and save the money when no need to buy Elgato capture card? Can one use a Threadripper 24core 48thread processor and use only one pc to play and capture a stream? No need to hassle 2 systems?

  25. HTD Gaming Posted on July 30, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    Thanks for the informative video. I stream 3-5 days a week and i think i managed to have an excellent quality stream on a low bitrate ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. James Goldstein Posted on August 9, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    i stream randomly too currently streaming MK11

  27. PE4Doers Posted on August 10, 2019 at 1:10 am

    My Channel is PE4Doers on YouTube. I am planning on starting to stream in a couple of week – come see me ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Noksikik Posted on August 26, 2019 at 10:22 pm

    noksikik_trugamer my stream, please check it out ๐Ÿ˜‰