The collapsible Elgato green screen is another investment piece, but I love how easy it is to pull out and fold away. Another bonus is that it's always wrinkle free. The only downside is that it's a trickier to chroma key in OBS than the standard chrome key green screens.
Things I use
I receive a lot of questions on stream about my setup and what I use. So here's a list! ✨ Click on the filter buttons to view items in that category.
Last updated 9 March 2021
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I code on a MacBook pro and live stream from a custom PC that runs Windows. I use the Elgato Capture card to send the output of my main monitor (which is plugged in to my MacBook Pro) to my streaming PC. The screen capture is added as a source in OBS, and this is how you see me coding whilst I stream.
A bonus is that the Elgato Capture Card captures audio as well as visuals, and so the stream output can also output any sound that plays on my MacBook.
I use two Elgato Key Light Airs whilst streaming. They are WiFi-controlled via Elgato Control Centre software, which I've hooked up to the Stream Decks as well. As well as providing stunning broadcast quality lighting, they're also great as desk lamps when set at a low intensity if you're working in low light at night.
You can achieve a variety of lighting effects by controlling the intensity and temperature of the lighting. I've found it's easier to chroma key the Elgato green screen when the Key Lights are set to the coolest temperature and maximum intensity.
I purchased this Elgato Stream Deck Mini when I first started streaming to test out the concept of pushing buttons to control OBS. As my stream grew, so did my button-pushing requirements, and so I upgraded to the Elgato Stream Deck XL.
I still use this one daily — it's plugged into my coding machine — and I use it to trigger some quick actions such as opening GitHub, Twitter, and my Twitch dashboard. I also use it to open my stream end credits on my main monitor, so I can read them and look straight at the camera, rather than watching them on my OBS monitor and looking to the right.
I really couldn't do without my Elgato Stream Deck XL — it has been instrumental in improving the production of my streams on Twitch. I use it to control scene changes, overlay changes, chat commands, sound commands and audio channels.
It's definitely a big investment, so if you're just starting out, I would recommend giving the Elgato Stream Deck Mini a try. I got lucky and found a very slightly used Stream Deck XL on eBay for around half the retail price.
This is the microphone I use whilst streaming. It also doubles as an audio interface — my monitoring headphones are plugged into the microphone whilst I stream — and the WaveLink software allows me to control any number of audio channels and their levels, and feed them into OBS as one audio input.
This is the webcam I use whilst streaming. It's USB C and pretty reliable!
I use these lights to illuminate the bottom of my green screen to get a more even chroma key in OBS. I had to purchase some additional (stronger) aluminium stands for these lights, as those of you who have watched my streams will know that I kept tripping on the stands and breaking them!
I use OBS to broadcast my streams. It's free and open source.
I use Pretzel premium to play music whilst I'm live streaming to avoid DMCA issues. It comes with a great selection of music, Twitch chat integration, and can be optimised for YouTube and Twitch.
I use this to hold my Elgato Wave 1 USB mic, which is held by an Elgato shock mount. This has been a great addition to my studio, allowing for precise positioning of the microphone whilst I stream, and freeing up space on my desk whilst I'm not streaming.
For streaming I use a custom PC build running on Windows. Notable specs:
- i7 6700k
- 32GB RAM
- 970 Evo 500GB SSD
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980
- Fractal Node 804 case