Many YouTubers are exploring alternate platforms and new revenue streams in light of YouTube’s demonetization problem. Excited about the Twitch community and wanting a more interactive relationship with his audience, Casey Neistat started in real-life streaming on Twitch in February 2018. We’ve compiled a complete list of the camera equipment and other gear Casey is using to IRL stream on Twitch.
Fellow YouTuber and Twitch streamer Sam Sheffer helped Casey set up the gear and software while also being the main guest. The first few Twitch streams were done using a smartphone which had some issues. Next they tried streaming with a Logitech C920 webcam and Blue Yeti microphone. The final setup consists of a DSLR camera, shotgun microphone and laptop.
It remains to be seen exactly what Casey’s plans are for his Twitch channel. His primary focus has been learning the platform, testing notification graphics and perfecting the audio/video quality. Casey has mentioned wanting to do a lot of collabs with his YouTube friends and other Twitch streamers. Sam has also been working to convince Casey to play Fortnite or PUBG on streams.
Casey is using a Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR camera to film his Twitch streams. He previously admitted to not utilizing this camera nearly enough so now it’s being put to good use. Mounted on a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod behind his main desk, the camera gives a familiar look and feel to the studio shots in the vlog. The Canon 5D Mark IV is a full-frame DSLR capable of filming in 1080p at 60fps and can also record in 4K. The image produced is definitely crispy. A default setting limits filming to 30min before triggering an auto shut off; however, this can be disabled. Casey has hinted about testing his new Canon 1DX Mark II DSLR camera for a future Twitch stream.
An expensive DSLR camera is not necessary to live stream in high quality. The Logitech C920 and C922 are both popular webcams used by Twitch streamers. Casey’s issues with the C920 were that the image looked overexposed in his studio and the autofocus was off but he didn’t really make an effort to check the settings and solve them.
The Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM is an L-series high performance, ultra wide-angle lens that is looks great on the streams. The EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM has excellent edge-to-edge image quality, fast and quiet autofocusing, and manual override to fine-tune the focus. A newer Mark III version of this lens is now available.
A capture device is necessary to connect the camera to a computer, turning the DSLR camera into a webcam. The Elgato Cam Link accepts HDMI input from the Canon 5D Mark IV and connects to Casey’s MacBook Pro laptop via a USB 3.0 to USB-C adapter. The Cam Link has ultra-low latency and can handle 1080p video at 60fps. It also works with Windows 10.
Audio for the streams is captured using an external shotgun microphone attached to a homemade plywood desk mount. The Rode VideoMic Pro+ is a condenser microphone capable of recording professional broadcast-quality audio. The supercardioid pickup pattern records audio from the front of the mic while reducing unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. Vibrations and mechanical noise are isolated with the integrated Rycote Lyre suspension system. The mic is powered with a single litium-ion rechargeable battery (included), 2 x AA batteries or Micro USB.
A dock is only necessary due to the lack of ports on Casey’s MacBook Pro. He’s using the dock to connect the Rode VideoMic Pro+ microphone to his laptop. The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Dock has two USB-C ports, three USB 3.0 ports and one 3.5mm headphone output.
OBS Studio is free and open source software for live streaming and recording video. It’s highly popular with Twitch streamers as it’s easy to use and comes with a ton of features. Although Casey’s configuration is pretty simple, OBS Studio is powerful and capable of capturing multiple scenes and sources with custom transitions and an intuitive audio mixer. OBS Studio is available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
The Elgato Stream Deck has a customizable keypad that integrates with Twitch and OBS Studio. Each of the 15 LCD buttons can be programmed to trigger specific actions like changing scenes or media sources, transitions, adjust audio, take screenshots, and much more. It essentially eliminates the need for keyboard shortcuts which can be hard to remember and can conflict with gaming shortcuts. Casey hasn’t set up his Stream Deck yet not has he mentioned how he intends to use it but he is planning to test it out in the near future.