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5 equipment pieces needed for awesome live streams

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You want to do a LIVE stream? Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, YES! But where to begin? While all the choices can be overwhelming, these 5 pieces of equipment are KEY to making a confident connection to your audience, without breaking the budget! Here’s my curated list with lots of choices to fit every budget!

  • Large Tripod
  • Handheld Tripod
  • Rig
  • Light
  • Webcam

I know it might sound like a lot of “things”, but trust me when I say even two or three of these items will take your LIVE stream videos from motion sickness to move over STEVEN SPIELBERG! The bottom line is, you don’t have to be a PROFESSIONAL videographer to create amazing live stream (or pre-recorded) videos. These days the options are endless, but in the last few years I have purchased, tried and discarded MANY different types of equipment. In the end, it’s through all the iterations that I’ve come up with this list. Ready to get started? LET’S DO THIS!

“The secret to getting ahead is getting started.”

Mark Twain


BASIC TRIPOD: Polaroid 57″ Retractable Tripod ($29.99 on Amazon). This was and continues to be a tripod I use on the daily, for every day shots and videos. SUPER lightweight, easy to assemble and holds my phone rig as well as a camera. GREAT first step into the world of tripods!

Polaroid Tripod
  • Ergonomically Designed, Built In Carrying Handle plus No Sweat Foam Grips
  • Exclusive Double Bubble Dual Bubble Levels
  • Weighs 2 Pounds Yet Retracts To Just 22 Inches For Anytime / Anywhere Portability
  • Locking Braced Center Column With Convenient Accessory Hook & Carrying Handle
  • Multi Purpose Pan Head Ideal For Camcorders As Well
  • Swivel Set Rubber Feet For Spike Like Traction & Stability Without Damaging Surfaces
  • Three Section, Fully Adjustable Legs With Stay Set Auto Locking Mechanism For Fast And Easy Height Adjustments
  • Medium duty photo/video tripod with multi-purpose 3-way panhead with quick release section
  • Locking braced centre column with convenient accessory hook and carrying handle
  • Dual-bubble level helps insure level accuracy
  • Weighs just over 2 lbs and retracts to under 22-Inch for anytime/anywhere portability
  • Swivel rubber feet for better grip and stability

NEXT LEVEL TRIPOD: Vanguard VAL2P263AB10 ($299.99 on AMAZON). This is our NEW tripod that goes everywhere with us. After a LOT of research we decided to upgrade to this model, namely because of its weight, and ability to shoot overhead shots (Tasty Video Style Videos) with the multi level angle column. It’s also nice and heavy, so it never feels like it will topple.

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  • The US product warranty is valid only when shipped from or sold by an authorized reseller. Visit the Vanguard World company website for a list of authorized dealers
  • MACC (Multi-Angle Center Column) for limitless shooting angles, firm hexagonal center column, and ball head with 360° panning, friction control, 2 bubble levels, and quick release Arca-type system
  • Position versatility – 3 section legs with 4 position angles – 20°, 40°, 60°, 80° and rock solid positioning – unique “locked” to “unlocked” twist-lock system
  • Extra stability – canopy suspension loop for counterbalance weight and Alta Link – 3/8 thread bonus connection for any accessory: reflector, articulated or flexible arms, and more
  • Tripod Specifications: 26mm, 3 section aluminum legs. Folded height: 29″. Extended height: 68.2″, Weight: 5 pounds. Max. load capacity: 15.4 pounds

HANDHELD/TABLETOP TRIPOD: Arkon Universal Smartphone Holder and Flexible 11-Inch Tripod ($30.56 on AMAZON). This little babe is SO easy to use, super sturdy and the bendy/flexible legs means you can literally wrap its legs around poles, doorframes and more!

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  • Mobile Grip 2 Universal Holder fits Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus and iPhone 5 5S 5C
  • Industry-standard 1/4 20 threaded camera pattern featured on side of Mobile Grip 2 Holder
  • 11 inch tripod’s legs bend for secure mounting anywhere
  • 2 year limited warranty

phone stabilizer rig

NEEWER SMARTPHONE CAMERA STABILIZER VIDEO RIG: ($21.99 on AMAZON). This is the BEST piece of equipment I have ever invested in. The moment you slip your phone into the frame, you get instant stability. Whether you’re doing a “walk around” your shop or business or facing the camera forward to talk, you will be amazed at how steady this makes everything! It also has a bracket at the bottom that fits easily onto your tripod. SO EASY!

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  • PROFESSIONAL AND DURABLE: Professional smartphone video rig for iPhone X Xs XS Max XR HUAWEI Samsung. Aviation aluminum and precision CNC machining technology, strong and durable
  • MOUNT MORE AUXILIARY EQUIPMENT: 2 standard cold shoes on the upper plate can connect with microphone, LED light and other photographic gears. With the universal 1/4″-20 tripod thread at the bottom, you can mount it on the Tripod, Slider, Jib and Stabilizer directly screwed into multiple 1/4 screw holes on the lower plate
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE: Multiple operating methods such as single handed or double handed use.The handles are designed with human engineering, comfortable to hold
  • CREATIVE COMBINATION: You can Mount it with most tripod, Slider, Stabilizer or Dollys etc. The phone clip is suitable for phones with the width of 1.96-3.14 inch/5-8 cm. Easily adjustable
  • CONVENIENCE: Designed with modular structure, convenient to carry. It can assit mobile phones to shoot micro films, make live streaming, record video clips etc.


NEEWER 2 PIECE BI-COLOR 660 LED VIDEO LIGHT AND STAND KIT:  ($199.00 on AMAZON). There are a lot of lighting options available for live streaming. This is the one that we currently use at home and on location. The set comes with 2, which gives you the option of using one or both together for balance. They fold up SO easily and fit into these handheld cases to make transporting them super easy!

  • Kit includes: (2) Bi-color LED Video Light with U Bracket and Barndoor, (2)White Diffuser, (2)Power Adapter, (2) Power Cable, (2) Carrying Case and (2) 26 inches/66 centimeters-75 inches/190 cm
  • Adjustable Light Stand with 330 White and 330 Yellow LED long lasting bulbs, this light illuminates a variable white balance from Tungsten-Daylight 3200-5600K Color Temperature; U-mount Bracket enables the photographers to adjust the lighting angle according to the shooting environment
  • The video light is made of excellent quality aluminum alloy showing simple elegant appearance; Can be placed directly on the light stand, ground or desk, providing multiple shooting solutions, more convenient for your creation work
  • The light is powered by AC Adapter (included) or NP-F550 NP-F970 Li-ion battery(not included); Attaching barn doors to light sources creates a beam spread of light; Comes with a white diffuser to soften the harsh light and a carrying bag to store the light and accessories
  • Adjustable Light Stand with Carrying Case: Height ranges from 26 inches/66 centimeters to 75 inches/190 centimeters; Solid locking capabilities ensure the safety of your lighting equipment when in use

NEEWER 18″ WHITE LED RING LIGHT: ($139.99 on AMAZON). The standard LED ring light is a great piece to add to your equipment list, especially if you are doing a lot of forward facing live streams.

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  • KIT INCLUDES: (1) 18-inch LED Ring Light (White), (1)6.5 feet/200cm Light Stand, (1) Bluetooth Receiver, (1) Smart Phone Holder, (1) Hot Shoe Adapter with 1/4″ Screw, (1) Power Adapter Supply with US Plug; **Note: Cellphone and Carrying Bag are Not included
  • UPGRADED ADJUSTABLE KNOBS: Features ON/OFF Switch and color temperature adjusting knobs (Yellow and White) on the front base of the ring light, which make it easy to operate and provide more natural light for different skin color and surroundings; Special LED design; Lightweight and Portable; Constant current drive, low power loss
  • ELEGANT COLOR AND DESIGN: Designed with White color which looks more elegant. No ultraviolet and infrared light radiation, low heat output, safety and environmental protection. Widely applied to portrait, makeup, youtube videos, studio shoot, video blogging, portrait photography and live streaming etc.
  • 6.5 FEET LIGHT STAND: Made of corrosion-resistant metal, giving it exceptional strength for heavy duty work, pretty sturdy for your shooting
  • PRACTICAL ACCESSORIES: Come with Smartphone holder for most smartphones (iPhone X 8 7 plus/6/5/5S, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge/S6/S5, etc), Black Hot shoe adapter with 1/4″ screw for Canon Nikon Sony and most DSLR cameras


RODE VIDEO MICRO COMPACT ON CAMERA MICROPHONE: ($69.99 on AMAZON). We purchased this microphone when I first started “going LIVE”. It’s amazing though how much my iPhone actually picks up, so while this was a good purchase, I don’t use it all the time!

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  • Compact size and lightweight
  • All-metal microphone body
  • No battery required (powered by camera plug-in power – min 3V)
  • Deluxe furry windshield included; Equivalent Noise Level (A-weighted): 20dBA


LOGITECH C922X PRO STREAM WEBCAM ($99.99 on AMAZON). While you may already have a webcam built into your desktop or laptop, investing in an external webcam can make the difference in a good shot and a GREAT looking video.

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  • Web camera specifically designed and optimized for professional quality video streaming on social gaming and entertainment sites like Twitch and YouTube
  • Stream and record vibrant, true-to-life HD 1080p video at 30Fps/ 720p at 60Fps. Compatibility- Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 10
  • Background replacement technology (powered by personify) allows you to integrate your live image and any background scene; FoV: 78°

Well, there you have it! Your full list of equipment needed to make your LIVE stream videos amazing! If you get even a couple of these items, TRUST me when I say, you’ll be SET!


Enjoy! Meg xo

DISCLOSURE: *this article contains affiliate links but please know that I link these companies and their products because of their quality, not because of the commission I receive from your purchases!

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