There's lots of great gear out there to help you share your Torah with your community and the world. I've put together a few different kits for you below. Please note, all of these kits will require a computer connected to the internet. In each kit I suggest the m1 Mac Mini. As I learn and as more tools come out I will update and add to these kits.
The "Basics" kit uses webcams and wireless mics to send your stream out - nothing fancy.
The "Advanced" kit kicks it up a notch using multiple mirrorless cameras, a hardware video encoder, and audio interface.
The "Pro" kit introduces PTZ cameras, hardware video encoders and more.
All kits include some peripherals that help manage your stream easily so you can focus on your Torah.
You can also check out items by category below:
If you are looking for software video production and streaming, I recommend Ecamm Live. Click here to learn more.
Using more than one camera?
Keep it simple
When it comes to streaming your services or classes with a multi-camera set-up, there are two basic approaches. Using hardware to encode and switch your cameras is easier on your computer's CPU but may limit your creativity. Using software to encode and switch your cameras requires more power from your computer but gives you more flexibility to be creative with your stream. Click on each image below to take a closer look at each set up.
A software solution brings your cameras into your computer via usb or video encoder device like the Elgato Camlink 4k. Your audio can come in through the camera or a digital mixer with USB out or by using a USB audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. Once your video and audio are brought into your computer you can use a software program like Ecamm, OBS, vMix or Cinamaker to switch cameras, bring in overlays, and send your stream to your destinations.
A harware solution brings your cameras into your computer using a Blackmagic ATEM mini. (With the ATEM mini pro you can stream directly without the use of a computer). Your audio can come in through the ATEM mini or a digital mixer with USB out or by using a USB audio interface like the Focusrite Scarlett 2i2. All camera switching can happen right on the ATEM mini without the use of additional software. You can bring in overlays on the ATEM mini but the flexibility is limited.
Here are two simple setups for small groups. One is great for when your participants are in a circle or a square around tables and the other is for more frontal experiences.