Category Archives: Personal – Software and IT

New Live Streaming Gear for July 2019 – Updating the Travel Rig

My SurfaceBook set up for streaming at the SharePoint Conference

This May, I spent a week in Las Vegas hosting and streaming the SharePoint Conference event. It was the first event that I streamed that relied on me solely as the producer. I brought in a friend to help with the art and direction throughout the event, and I realized just how under-equipped I am to live stream at an event. Fortunately, we got some help from the crew at the event, and I made a list of gear that I would need to upgrade or order. This is that list of gear that I have since acquired or will be acquiring in the near future with the reasons why they’re needed. I’ll also include some notes about other equipment that I already have and conclude with information about what my entire travel rig looks like in July 2019.

This continues my ongoing strategy of getting just the equipment that I need now, and not investing more for the best equipment before I’m sure that direction is appropriate for my production.

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Fritz's Audio Mixer

Advanced Audio for Streaming – Fritz’s Configuration

I was pretty excited yesterday because a new audio cable arrived for my Mackie ProFx8v2 mixer. How and why would I be excited to receive a patch cable? Why does Fritz need an audio mixer, and should I get one? In this post, I’ll show you how I have my mixer configured, the pros and cons of a mixer, and what this latest cable allows me to configure now.

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The Elgato Stream Deck

Stream Deck Tricks for Streamers… and Muggles too!

I’ve been excited to use the Elgato Stream Deck for about a year now, after much encouragement from other streamers to check it out. Now, I can’t speak more highly of the effectiveness and placement of this device in my arsenal of tools as a streamer. Its my MUST have device when I stream, and I bring it everywhere on the road with me to simplify my process. In this post, I’ll give you the quick run-down about what the Stream Deck is, why it’s so important, and some of the tricks that I’ve configured.

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Live Streaming Setup – 2019 Edition

I’ve been streaming for 14 months now, and enjoying EVERY minute of it. The top question I get again and again is: how do you do it? what equipment, what software do you use? I had a previous post about the setup I use, but I’ve made so many upgrades and updates, I’ve got to share what I now use. Let’s take a look at how Jeff produces Twitch streams at the start of 2019.

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Goals, Resolutions, and Looking Forward to 2019

Image courtesy of Marco Verch @ Flickr

I haven’t really put pen to paper or committed bytes around a resolution in the past, but I want to make some changes and set some goals for my stream in the year ahead. I not only want to improve it professionally, but also make some personal changes for the better.

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