Livestreaming & recording setup for online courses
Here’s my current setup of computers & equipment for livestreaming, recording and editing videos for my online forest garden courses. Hopefully this will help if you want to set up your own 😎
With the onset of the Covid-19 lockdown in the UK, I decided to concentrate on remote, online forest garden courses and workshops. To that end, I’ve created a rudimentary but effective setup. I’ll give all the geeky technical details to make it easier to compare equipment.
My workflow is pretty simple. I make a slideshow, and then record the slideshow on one screen (screencast) and record myself with the webcam. This is recorded and/or livestreamed. I then edit the video and upload it.
I also make short videos outside, using a mobile phone on a tripod or selfie stick.
Laptop: 9 year old 😲 MacBook Air, 1.7GHz Intel i5 processor, 2GB RAM, 250GB hard disk £400 equivalent
I host the slideshows online (eg my course slideshows), using Remark files on GitHub, served to the Netlify web host. I also host all my images on Cloudinary, which means I can change the size of the images on-the-fly when creating slideshows. This makes it superfast to write content. To see this in action, here are two different sized images:
This is a bit of a geeky solution, but it’s free and suits me fine as I was a web designer! For non-geeky folk, I’d recommend WordPress set up by a decent web designer, and then expect to pay £20 per month web hosting. For slideshows, look at alternatives.
Recording & editing: Screenflow mac-only & expensive but records the webcam and the screencast separately, which is invaluable. Check out alternatives. $129
Audio: Ocenaudio good workflow, simple interface £0
Graphics: Inkscape for making title screens £0, Pixelmator (mac-only) for bitmap editing. £40
Livestreaming: OBS Studio, like a mini-TV studio on your computer, amazing! Hooks up with Twitch for livestreaming from your computer. £0
Livestreaming: Twitch, owned by Amazon, another purveyor of corporate surveillance. But, hey, it’s free. £0