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6.1 Conclusion

Now you know the best equipment to use for live streaming and video conferencing, and you're ready to look and sound great in your next online video chat or meeting. I hope you've learned something useful during this course. My name's David Bode, and from all of us here at Envato Tuts+, thanks for watching.

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6.1 Conclusion

In this last lesson, I'm gonna give you some final tips and tricks to help you produce some great looking and great sounding video streams. I have here a few more parts and pieces that I just wanted to show you that you might find helpful as you're setting up your video streaming rig, although none of this is essential. These are just kind of extras that you may want to check out. One of those is an HDMI splitter. Now this can be very handy if you are setting your streaming camera a good distance away from you. Say you're setting it four, five, six, maybe eight feet away, that's totally fine and very doable but you'll find that watching what you're doing on the camera's monitor is going to be tricky. So you may want to pick up an HDMI splitter, and these are fairly inexpensive. I think I bought this one for around $35 and it's an extra-fancy one because it does 4K, which I don't need, but I figured that would cover me for any kind of future standards that I might run into. So this is a fairly simple device. It is powered, it takes a little transformer. And there's one HDMI input, and two HDMI outputs. And so I can bring the HDMI into this from the camera, and then have one HDMI go to my [INAUDIBLE] capture device, and have another HDMI go to an HDMI monitor that I can put somewhere to make sure that it's looking good and things are in focus and everything is the way that it's supposed to be. Now for the HDMI monitor, you can use, well, anything that has an HDMI input. You can use a TV, a computer monitor. I like using this small, little monitor. This is a seven inch HDMI monitor. And this is handy because I can kind of stash it on a little magic arm somewhere just out of the sight of the camera. And I can look to check my focus and make sure things are looking good there. So that's a handy tool to have as well. Just an HDMI splitter and a secondary monitor. Again it's not necessary, but it does help if you can't see your monitor because you have your camera set back a good ways. One other thing to note on this Magewell capture device is that is only comes with two parts. You have the capture dongle here, and then a rather short USB 3.0 cable. So this will work as long as you can get the capture device in the right spot but you may need a longer USB 3.0 cable. If you are going to use this streaming rig with something like a laptop, you may not like the cables kind of sticking out of the side of the laptop. So another little accessory that I found very useful is this little 90 degree USB 3.0, it's probably an eight inch extension cable. So, it plugs into the USB 3.0, and then from the computer, it plugs in and it's very low profile. So you don't have a cable that's sticking way out here. I'm kind of paranoid about these things. I don't like big cables sticking out the side of my computer because I think they just tend to get in the way. And also, if I hit it with something, if I drop something on this connection while it's plugged in, and it bends like this, that's going to really kind of jack up that jack, so to speak. It may break the sonar connections on the motherboard or the USB card, so I like to play it safe and use one of these little 90 degree adapters. I got a set of these on Amazon.com and I think they were like $10 for two of them, and one of them was kind of a 90 degree, and the other one was a 270 degree, so that you could use it on the right and the left. And I think those are pretty handy to have. I didn't talk about specific HDMI cables in any of the lessons but I did want to mention that if your camera does come with an HDMI cable, and this is an HDMI cable from a consumer video camera, they're going to be fairly short. So this is about six feet and where I have the camera set up in the demo, that obviously wouldn't work because I have the camera about six feet away and then just got to come out of the camera, go to the floor, come across the floor, up to the desk, across the desk and in to the computer or kind of however you have it set up there. So you're probably going to need a little bit longer of a cable. And most of the consumer video cameras use this type c mini HDMI connector here. And this HDMI connector, and really, all HDMI connectors are not professional video connectors. Now, they can be used on professional gear, but they're not designed for the rigors of professional use, whether meant to be plugged in and unplugged 10,000 or 20,000 times. So, they are quite delicate. Now, what I do to protect this tiny little, very fragile connection, I take a hook and loop strap here, this is a cable tie that I also use to wrap this up, but when I'm connecting this to my tripod I make sure that there is a nice loop like this so that the HDMI connector is perpendicular to where it plugs into the camera and it's not being pulled like this, or kind of pushed up like this. And then I take this hook and loop cable strap, and I wrap it around something very tightly, maybe a foot down from where it's plugged in. And that way, if the cable gets pulled, yanked or tripped on, it's not going to destroy that HDMI connection in your camera because once that's broken, you basically just have a fancy paperweight. I also like to wrap the power cable in the same way. I usually just wrap it right along the HDMI because that is also a very delicate connection. And if that gets yanked on or tripped on or pulled really hard you can be pretty sure that that connection is going to be screwed up. And you really wanna have that camera plugged in and not running on battery power. So very simple to solve. Just take this little hook and loop, or velcro strap, and very tightly wrap it around so that when you pull on it it's not going to pull both of those connections. So that about wraps it up for this course. I hope you found this interesting, but more importantly, I hope you can take the skills and the ideas learned in this course and put them to use by producing some great looking and great sounding video streams. Thanks again for watching. My name is Dave Bodie for tuts+, and I'll see you around.

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