Australia is slowly easing the restrictions as we move closer to a safer environment. However it is during this time we must continue to play our part and keep everyone safe by social distancing. As many of us continue to work from home, live streaming gear will become a huge part of our future, especially after our situation. Sony offers a wide range of cameras and camcorders suitable for live streaming and recording at various scenarios such as presenting, creating YouTube content, gaming, etc.
Streaming with a Capture Device
Capture devices transfer a single display (usually over HDMI input) into a live video feed that can be broadcast or recorded. There are many of these available including products from Aten, Avermedia, Elgato, Kamrakazi and Black Magic. Streaming applications can then take that video feed and broadcast it live.
There are several third party streaming software available and they vary in price and functionality. Customers will need to find the right software that meets their needs whether its live-streaming or for using with Skype or Zoom. A popular free streaming software is OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) which is used by many YouTubers.
Camcorders for Capture Device
Sony camcorders offer a very easy starting point for someone looking to start streaming as they offer better image quality, sharpness and white balance control then webcams. Camcorders can also continuously record a single clip beyond 30 minutes, which makes it great for uses during presentations, gaming and creating video contents.
However, many streamers prefer mirrorless as they offer the highest image quality, ability to choose different lenses, picture profile customisation for creating a unique look which separates them from others. To get around the 30 minute recording time, simply don’t hit the record button. The video capture card will record the information directly from the camera’s sensor.
(ILCE-6100, ILCE-6400, ILCE-6600, ILCE-A7R4, ILCE-A9M2 and DSC-RX100M7 do not have recording time limits)