Collaborative and Streaming Solutions for your desktop, Web studio, and more!

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If you want to stream live from your desktop, you have come to the right place. 

As you move up from simple streaming or collaboration with your smart device or tablet obviously the next level is to stream with your laptop or desktop computer.

Most laptops have a built in Webcam and Microphone much like your smart device. We’ve likely all seen the wonderful image quality and production value that they can provide.

Obviously for your desktop the first things you may want to consider starting with the purchase of an external Webcam, better Microphone, speakers and/or headphones etc etc.

But much like with smartphones and tablets  you should look at these steps for improvement -better audio, then better lighting, and then options for better external connected cameras, interfaces,  support accessories, control, source switching, software and hardware.

The great thing about using a computer is there is a much greater ability for connecting better quality, and also more, external video and audio sources, either via an optional interface cards, or by a streaming switcher with a built in or external interface.For audio things like USB microphones and audio mixers that have a direct digital computer interface built right in provide easy connectivity.

Note: Typically for video you require a computer with USB3 connection or higher to support it. For Audio a USB 2 interface is good enough.

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Turret Broadcast Video Streaming System

The Turret delivers a unique, easy-to-use solution for users who need for a complete high-performance equipment system for streaming and podcasting. The Turret has a full HD webcam with built-in H.264 video compression, a high-quality 48kHz/16-bit USB condenser microphone with pop filter and an LED light ring, daylight-balanced, with both cool and warm filter accessories.

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Marantz Broadcast Video Streaming System

The Marantz AVS is a unique, all-in-one broadcast tool that is designed for live-streaming, video calling and gaming applications. It is compact and simple, perfect on a desktop, and the lightweight design makes it portable enough to take on location.

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Audio for desktop streaming solution

So the next size solution after a smart device is building a desktop solution again the overall size and scope here can be rather broad but typically most who are building this typ of solution

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Saramonic SR-ULM5 USB Output for Digital Recording to PC and Mac

The ULM5 USB Lavalier Microphone by Saramonic is a high-quality, plug-and-play microphone for you computer - perfect for capturing interviews, conducting podcasts, creating online videos, and more.

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Saramonic LavMicro UC Lavalier mic for USB Type-C Devices with Signal Converter

The Saramonic Lavmicro UC is a lavalier microphone that specially designed for USB Type-C devices.

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Saramonic Blink 500 B1 3.5MM 2.4G Dual Channel Wireless Microphone (TX+RX)

An incredibly compact, lightweight, and easy-to-use wireless microphone system for DSLR , mirrorless and video cameras, or mobile devices that delivers detailed, broadcast-quality sound.

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Rode Microphones WIRELESS GO Wireless Microphone System

The Wireless GO system is the epitome of a ‘small wireless microphone’. Both the microphone/transmitter (TX) and receiver (RX) weigh only 31g each. 

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Sennheiser Portable lavalier set w/(1) ME2-II clip-on lapel mic, (1) XSW-D MINI Jack TX (3.5mm), (1) XSW-D MIN

A plug & play, entry-level wireless series operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum for license-free worldwide use.

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Rode Microphones Podcaster USB Microphone

The RØDE Podcaster is a dynamic, end-address USB microphone that combines broadcast-quality audio with the simplicity of USB connectivity, allowing recording direct to a computer without the need for an additional digital interface.

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Rode Microphones PodMic Podcast Dynamic Microphone

When Rode designed the PodMic, they set out to create the ultimate Podcasting microphone. Durable, great-sounding, easy to use and flexible. 

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Behringer 302USB 5 Input USB Mixer

The Behringer Xenyx 302USB 5-Input compact mixer with USB delivers high-quality audio and excellent versatility in an ultra-compact design, ideal for home, project, or mobile studios. 

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OPEN Broadcast Software – livestream for free from your PC or MAC

OPEN Broadcast Software or OBS for short, is a free open source software suite for your PC or MAC that easily enables live streaming and video recording from your desktop. With so many people looking for ways to connect these days, OBS is an easy way to help you keep in touch with friends and family or live stream the action while playing your favourite video game from just about any computer.

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Lighting for desktop and webstudio streaming


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Ledgo LG-E116C Soft On Camera LED Light Pad with F770 Battery and Charger

The padlight is suitable for portrait lighting or a single person interview; it is also ideal for product shots. 

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Ledgo CN-B150 LED On-Camera Light with Sony Type F550 Battery, Charger, Hot Shoe Adapter and Filter Set

Provides an even distribution of soft light at both short and long distances. It can be used as a single, on-camera light; in conjunction with other individual CN-B150 lights as fill lights in different positions

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Ledgo LG-E268C Soft LED Light Pad 22W Bi-Colour with AC Adapter

Measuring 14 x 9 inches, and a mere half-an-inch thick, it’s the perfect portable LED. Better still, you can control brightness wirelessly with a WiFi controller.

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Ledgo LG-B560CII LED Light Bi-Color with 2 x AA Battery Pack, Handle, Barndoor, Filter and AC Power Supply

Now includes metal Barndoors as standard, and the original flexible handle has been replaced with a new professional ball head style handle, that allows the light to be locked into various positions.

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Litra Pro Bi-Colour On Camera LED Light

World's First Compact Full Spectrum, Bi-Color, Bluetooth Compatible Video and Photo Adventure Light. A rugged professional Bi-Color LED camera light

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Litra Studio RGB LED Portable Light

Infinite colours, anywhere. With over a million unique colours available anytime, anywhere, the LitraStudio™ allows you to light your world in a whole new way, no cords attached.

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Ledgo Versatile V116C1K1 CF (BLK) V2.0 Double Bright, Single Lightweight Tile Kit

Flexible VersaTile LED tiles can easily be configured independently for use anywhere or quickly set in place via velcro tabs into the provided Versatile Kit frames. 

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Ledgo LG-T1440MCIII Soft LED Thin Panel Bi-Colour w/ WiFi/DMX, Extended Color Temp Range and Case

These bi-colour LED fixtures are ideal for studio photography, featuring 0-100% flicker-free dimming and manual control, via DMX or WiF- app.

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Interface cards/devices for live streaming

It is important to note that some streaming switchers have a built in computer interface others require a separate external Interface


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Elgato Game Capture HD60 - 1080p with 60FPS - HDMI In, USB 2.0 Out (H.264) HDMI Pass-through

The Elgato is a great entry level solution that can solve a lot of issues for those that simply want to record and/or stream with a PC or laptop. You can use it for streaming from a camera or a switcher

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Avermedia GC553 Live Gamer ULTRA

The Live Gamer ULTRA (LGU) brings 4K capture to the table while its pass-through allows gamers to fully experience what 4K HDR is all about.

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Magewell USB Capture HDMI Gen 2

The USB Capture HDMI Gen 2 is a one-channel HD capture device.

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Black Magic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder

The mini recorder that fits in your pocket, UltraStudio Mini Recorder is super tiny and includes just SDI and HDMI connections, plus Thunderbolt. Simply plug in and record from any SDI and HDMI device for the most incredible portable solution.

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Black Magic Design Intensity Shuttle USB 3.0

The Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle is a 10-bit HD/SD video capture/playback device that supports USB 3.0, and allows you to capture 10-bit HDMI or analog video directly from a camera onto your computer for professional editing or mere playback.

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Black Magic Design Web Presenter

Blackmagic Web Presenter makes any SDI or HDMI video source appear as a USB webcam for higher quality web streaming using software such as Skype or streaming platforms such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Twitch.tv, Periscope and more.

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Magewell Pro Capture HDMI

Captures one of the following:

  • Component + audio
  • Composite + audio
  • S-video + audio
  • HDMI + embedded audio

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Blackmagic Design DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K

DeckLink Mini Recorder 4K is a low profile PCI Express capture card, featuring 6G-SDI and the latest HDMI 2.0a connections so you can record all formats up to 2160p30 on your computer.

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Switchers for live streaming

It is important to note that some streaming switchers have a built in computer interface others require a separate external Interface


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Blackmagic Design ATEM Mini

The high demand ATEM Mini makes it easy to create professional multi camera productions for live streaming to YouTube or innovative business presentations using Skype. If you want to stream online, get yours today! 

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Roland V-1HD Compact Portable 4-Channel Video Switcher

Roland's new HD Video Switcher makes it easy to connect and switch video cameras, smart phones, computers, tablets, Blu-ray players and other HDMI video sources with a simple push of a button or slide of the T-Fader.

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Roland V-1SDI-W Streaming Bundle

Compact and portable, the V-1SDI delivers professional switching results with its easy to use hardware interface complete with T-Fader and easy-to-see backlit buttons. 

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Roland VR-1HD Live AV Streaming Mixer

Roland’s VR-1HD lets you broadcast dynamic multi-camera livestreams, complete with amazing picture and sound that easily outshines ‘standard’ livestreams from a mobile phone or static webcam

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Roland VR-4HD HD AV Mixer

Beautifully integrates a digital audio mixer, video switcher, multi-viewer touch screen and USB video/audio streaming interface into a stand-alone device. 

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Sony MCX-500 Multi Camera Live Producer

The MCX-500 is an affordable, uniquely user-friendly and flexible 4ch compact switcher that makes it simple for a single operator or small team to produce a broadcast quality live event on a tight budget.

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Roland VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format A/V Mixer

Loaded with new productivity features inspired directly from user feedback, the VR-50HD MK II Multi-Format AV Mixer is the next evolution of Roland’s industry-leading, all-in-one AV switcher with USB 3.0 streaming. 

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Datavideo 6 input HD mobile studio with built-in streaming & recording with 4x HD-SDI and 2x HDMI inputs

The HS-1300 is a cost effective, all in one 6 channel hand-carry mobile studio with built-in streaming and recording capabilities. It has all the same great features of the HS-1200, with the addition of a built-in H.264 encoder for streaming

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The big list of gear to start streaming video from home

At Vistek we have years of Live Production and Streaming experience under our belts and a wealth of products and accessories from software to hardware that can all contribute to making your content the best it can be.So to get you started, here are some of the most common effective and affordable tools, options and choices at a variety of levels from simple to advanced.

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Software based switchers for live streaming

Switching can also be done in the computer with a software based switcher program, although that usually requires multiple interface cards, it really depends on how you prefer to operate.


 

Switchblade Systems SWBS-TURX12G Portable vMix Based SDI/HDMI Workstation

Built to your needs with Intel i9, Nvidia RTX GPUs, a complement of capture cards fitting your production, removable SSDs, a gorgeous 17" inch screen, and a silence so profound as to let you record in the same room as your talent.

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vMix Software HD Key Only (No Box)

vMix is the most efficient live production software on the market thanks to full 3D acceleration. Virtual Camera support for streaming out to 3rd party software such as Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts and VLC.

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vMix SCSI-VMIX-PRO vMix Software Pro Key Only (No Box)

vMix is a complete live video production software solution with features including LIVE mixing, switching, recording and LIVE streaming of SD, full HD and 4K video sources including cameras, video files, DVDs, images, Powerpoint and much much more. 

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SKaarhoj Live Fly

Live Fly is a professional midsize controller for 8-camera productions, that easily extends beyond with modular additions like XPoint 24 and Inline 10 or PTZ Fly for added joystick control. 

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Accessories audio/lighting stands clips & mounts for live streaming


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Mantis Super Clamp with Spigot

Clamp on to table tops, thin walls or various other square edged surfaces by removing the shim. With the shim in place, you can clamp on to objects with rounded edges (ie: stands or poles)

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Mantis Medium 3.0 m Air Cushion Light Stand Black

This aluminum light stand, with sure-twist section locks, features Air Cushioning, which gently lowers gear, even when the section locks have not been properly tightened, preventing damage to light fixtures.

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Kupo CT-20M 20" Master C Stand with Turtle Base - Silver

The Kupo Master C Stand with Turtle Base features a unique innovation in the world of C Stands that enables the still or moving image-maker of any skill level to open and collapse the legs of the base in under two seconds.

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Kupo 080AC Midi Click Stand with Air Cushion

These light stands can easily be taken on location because of the clever and unique interlocking mechanism which allows you to carry them in different configurations.

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Manfrotto 386B-1 Nano Clamp

The Super Clamp is one of Manfrotto's most popular best sellers, and this even more versatile product is sure to hit the market and steal the scene from its big brother.

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Manfrotto 143 Magic Arm Complete

Articulated arm with centre lever to lock all 3 movements. Length: 53cm.
Supplied with: Camera/Umbrella Bracket 143BKT,
Super Clamp 035, Backlite Base 003.

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SmallRig 7 inch Articulating Arm

Mounted with 1/4’’ screw is a rubber cushion which could prevent the scratches of monitor and help to lock the monitor tighter. It features an ergonomic wingnut for great convenience that could help to adjust any angles based on your needs.

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Kupo KCP-300 Articulated Arm

Articulated arm to lock and hold small lightingand effects in accurate position. The end socket is a 5/8” baby pin on the outside which can hold small lighting fixture. the inside is a 3/8”-16 thread which will accept the standard dot and camera accessories.

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