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My 2020 H2 Media Kit

In one of my earlier posts, I detailed my livestream kit. Since then, I have made massive update to the devices and improved on audio and video quality.

In this post, I will share my updated kit (still listing the old ones in use) and some links (affiliate) where you can get them.

Computer

Nothing changed with my computers, although I plan to move my main media rig now to a desktop so I can have a swappable high-performance GPU as my main graphics driver. (I nulled that thought for 2020/2021 because the PC still works fine and what I need is more storage)

Main Rig: HP Spectre X360 15″ 2017 Model – 16GB, 512GB M.2 PCIe-NVMe SSD, Intel Core i7 Processor with Nvidia GeForce 940MX hooked up to two HP 24″ monitors.

Other computers:

  • MacBook Pro 2016 – 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Intel Core i7 with AMD Radeon Graphics Card
  • Microsoft Surface Pro 4 – 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD, Intel Core i5

I use the Mac as a backup stream device and primarily for building iOS app. As far as media work is concerned, it does not really do much. The Surface Pro 4 I use for drawing with Microsoft Whiteboard with a pen and doing all other non-core work stuff.

Storage

Coming from me nulling my idea of getting a new desktop, I decided to go with the idea of getting a large external storage for storing my media files – they are starting to get large.

I got the WD 10TB external hard drive to store my videos and extremely large files that I use frequently. Judging from my current. PC performance in the first few days of usage I can say this was a wise decision.

I have 2 mobile backups – 1 2TB and 4TB Seagate drives. 2TB for my old backup and the 4TB for my most recent backup.

Camera

Currently, I got about 4 cameras – 2 DSLRs (both Canon EOS 1300D), 1 USB Webcam (Logitech C920 Pro Webcam) and a Kinect. Here is how I use them.

  • 1 of the DSLRs is permanently connected via USB to my main rig and has a dummy battery for continuous power supply.
  • The other DSLR is connected to my Surface Pro 4 for a secondary angle shoot and is also the mobile camera for capturing family photos and moments.
  • The Logitech C920 Pro I use for work conference calls but occasionally use it for making my unboxing videos.
  • My Kinect for Windows v2 works as another camera for unboxing, wide-angle shoots and sometimes video meetings.

Audio

Audio is where it gets fun.

My primary audio device is a 2-in-1: microphone + audio mixer – the Samson G-Track Pro. To this, I connect the August EP650 headset. The nice bit of my microphone/audio mixer is that I can have another audio input through the jack at the back.

For other purposes, I use my Sony WH-CH700N Headset for when I have guest on my podcast in conjunction with VoiceMeeter audio software.

Remote Control

For remoting, I use Deckboard Pro and Steam Deck Mobile app connected to my main rig for hands-free streaming software control.

Software

For streaming and recording, I use

  • Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) for livestreaming, sometimes recording.
  • Techsmith Camtasia for editing video, recording screencasts and courses
  • Wondershare Filmora for editing my videos from external sources
  • NCH MiPad for recording and editing audio

Others

For most other things that are general, I will just put them in the list below:

  • Ring Light
  • Dummy Battery for DSLR
  • 10TB WD Elements
  • JS-LED Strip Light
  • Amazon Echo Show 8
  • Logitech M720 Triathlon Wireless Mouse
  • Logitech K780 Multi-Device Keyboard

I hope you enjoyed reading and was able to pick one or two for your media work. Enjoy the new year.

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