Being a streamer and/or gaming YouTuber is as realistic today as it has ever been. The number of success stories are countless.
I’ve been a YouTuber with multiple channels for more than seven years, and I’ve gone through a bevy of equipment along this journey. With so many people looking to get into the hobby/career, it’s possible a start-up kit might make a good gift for someone on your Christmas list.
If that’s the case, here is a list of trial items you can get for your aspiring streamer/YouTuber. It’s possible you’ll find some quality Black Friday deal for each of these items.
Logitech BRIO – $199
When it comes to streaming or doing high-quality YouTube videos, you’ll want to make sure you look good to your viewers. That begins and ends with the camera. While many smartphones have cameras that will do more than enough for Vloggers and talking heads, streamers who keep themselves on the screen during gaming and other content that requires them to entertain or inform at a console or computer might need a webcam.
Let’s be honest, most webcams force you to sacrifice clarity or that sharpness most of us want to deliver to our audience. After using the Logitech Brio, I can say I’m getting the best on-screen quality I’ve ever had from a webcam.
At $199, it’s a little pricier than most webcams, but that’s because it offers true 4K video quality in most situations, and when it does scale back to 1080p or 720p for non-ultra HD video calling, the look is still clean. For a picture-in-picture look during gameplay, your aspiring streamer should be thrilled with the quality.
The other aspect of the Logitech Brio package that I really enjoy is the Logi capture software. It’s much more intuitive than some of the other Logitech software I’ve used with their cameras in the past. It allows you to use two different sources and some other cosmetic customization options. It’s free to download on the website and can be used with all or most of their cameras, including the BRIO.
Here is a breakdown of the specifications.
- Height x Width x Depth:
- 1 in (27 mm) x 4 in (102 mm) x 1 in (27 mm)
- Weight: 2.2 oz (63 g)
- Height x Width x Depth:
- 2.5 in (63 mm) x 1.4 in (36 mm) x .73 in (19 mm)
- Weight: 2.5 oz (70 g)
- 7.2 ft (2.2 m)
- Weight: 2.2 oz (63 g)
- Windows 7 or higher (Windows 8.1 or higher required for resolutions greater than 1080p)
- macOS 10.10 or higher
- Chrome OS™ Version 29.0.1547.70 and higher
- 2 GB RAM or more
- Hard drive space for recorded videos
- One USB 2 or USB 3 port (4K recording and streaming requires a USB 3.0 port and compatible software)
- Plug and play USB connectivity
- Certified for Skype for Business and ready for Teams
- Certified for Zoom Meetings
- Fuze Certified
- Microsoft Cortana
- Windows Hello
- Cisco Jabber
- Windows: Compatible with ChromaCam for Windows
Streaming and Recording Notes
- Windows: Works with Camera for Windows 10, XSplit, OBS
- Mac: Works with SwiftCapture
- 4K Ultra HD video calling (up to 4096 x 2160 pixels @ 30 fps)
- 1080p Full HD video calling (up to 1920 x 1080 pixels @ 30 or 60 fps)
- 720p HD video calling (up to 1280 x 720 pixels @ 30, 60, or 90 fps)
- Plug-and-play USB connectivity
- Field of View: Diagonal: 90°, Horizontal: 82.1°, Vertical: 52.2°
- 5x digital zoom in Full HD
- Rightlight 3 with HDR for clear image in various lighting environments ranging from low light to direct sunlight.
- Image controls with optional Camera Settings application for control of pan, tilt, and zoom
- Built-in dual omni-directional mics with noise cancellation
- Infrared sensor technology for Windows (SDK available for application integration)
- External privacy shutter
- Multiple mounting options, including clip and tripod mount
- Supports multiple connection types, including USB 2.0 Type A and USB 3.0 Type A and C connections
What Comes in the Package
- Brio Ultra HD Pro Webcam
- USB 3.0 cable (compatible with USB 2.0)
- Removable clip
- Privacy shade
- Carrying pouch
- 3-year Limited hardware warranty
LS50X Snoop Dogg Limited-Edition Headsets – $299.99
I haven’t had a chance to test these promising headsets out yet, as they aren’t released and there will be only 3,500 individually-numbered versions of the unit available at LucidSounds.com and GameStop.com.
I’ve had an opportunity to test the quality of Lucid Sounds headsets in the past, and I’m always pleased with the quality. These Snoop Dogg editions offer a little more, especially for streamers and gamers.
The headsets are 100% wireless on Xbox One and Windows 10. PlayStation 4 users can use them through Bluetooth. You can switch between devices with the press of a button. It has a 20-hour of rechargeable battery, and a removable mic that would transform the headsets to pure listening devices. The final touch is the inclusion of Snoop Dogg signature voice prompts for different commands.
This is a pricey option for a headset, and I’ll admit it’s overkill, but they look great. Remember, presentation is huge for gifts, and the quality is likely top notch based on Lucid Sounds’ track record.
What Comes in the Box
- Numbered Limited Edition Headset
- Removable Boom Mic
- USB Base Station
- 3.5mm Cable
- USB Cable
- Mic Port Cover
- Hard Travel Case
Rode Podcaster – $299.99
I’ve been using this microphone for a couple of years for voiceovers in gaming content as well as on podcasts. The sound quality is excellent, and the boom arm that comes with it sturdy and flexible.
No matter what you’re doing from a streaming standpoint, this one will get the job done.
- Broadcast Sound Quality
- 28mm dynamic capsule
- 18-bit resolution, 8-48kHz sampling
- Windows and Mac compatible
- Powered by USB bus
- Internal capsule shock mounting
- 3.5mm stereo headphone output with volume control built-in to body
- Ideal for voice recognition software
HD60 S+ Capture Device – $270.42
No streaming or YouTube gaming setup is complete without a capture device, and if you’re on console (PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch) and no manufacturer produces better equipment than Elgato. I’ve used Elgato capture devices since I started my first YouTube channel, and they have evolved over the years.
The model I’m using currently is the Elgato HD60 S+. My favorite features with this model is 4K60 HDR passthrough and the lag-free option. Being able to capture in 4K allows me to enjoy my games in top visual quality while capturing or streaming. The ability to experience it lag free on my PC monitor enables me to use one screen, rather capturing on one and viewing the gameplay on another.
Anyone who has ever streamed knows how valuable this option will be during the process.
- Input: HDMI (unencrypted)
- Output: HDMI (lag-free pass-through)
- Passthrough Resolutions: Up to 2160p60 HDR
- Capture Resolutions: 2160p 30 fps, 1080p 60 fps HDR, 1080p 60 fps, 1080p 30 fps, 1080i, 720p 60 fps, 576p, 480p
- HDR: HDR 10 bit for pass-through and capture (HDR capture is currently only available on Windows)
What’s In the Box
- HD60 S+
- USB 3.0 cable
- HDMI 2.0 cable
There are a few software application you can add to make thumbnails (some of them are free like Canva) and to edit videos like Adobe Premiere (which isn’t free), but from an equipment standpoint, everything your aspiring streamer or YouTuber needs is above.