Equipment Recommendations

Basic Setup

You can successfully broadcast a live event with just a few pieces of equipment; a streaming PC laptop (with an Internet connection), a video capture device, a video camera, and a tripod.  See how easy it here.  For a full list of equipments suggestions, see the attached PDF at the bottom of the page.

1. Streaming PC laptop that meets the following specs:
    • i5 Processer @ 2.4 GHz or faster
    • minimum 3 GB of RAM
    • 7200 RPM hard drive
    • 250 GB minimum or better storage space
    • USB 3.0 port is a bonus, but not required
* If you would prefer, you can contact us at and we can help you acquire a machine that meets these specifications.  

2. Elgato video capture device.  This devices encodes the camera's video feed into something that the laptop can understand.  You find one here or contact your Account Manager and order one through PlayOn! Sports.

3. Camera with a composite (RCA) cable or S-video cable.  We suggest these:
4. A tripod.  Take a look at this one Bescor TH-770 or this one Sony VCTR640 (which isn't as sturdy).

Additional Audio Equipment

Announcers add a very professional element to your broadcasts.  When you're ready to expand your production setup, check out this set of audio equipment:

1. Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headsets
2. Behringer XENYX 802 8-Channel Audio Mixer.  You may also want to check out these makes and models:
  • Behringer XENYX 1202 12-Channel Audio Mixer
  • Yamaha MG102c 10-Channel Audio Mixer
3. An audio cable to connect the mixer with the video capture device.  You may want to purchase two in case you ever need back up.
4. If you decide to get two headsets, you will need a 1/4" male to 1/4" female y-cable splitter to connect them to the mixer.


For a full list of equipments suggestions, see "Equipment Suggestions for Broadcasting" PDF in the Resources and Documents list.

Additional Video Equipment

Being able to switch between two different cameras and two different perspectives can bring an exciting level of entertainment to your viewers.  To do this, you'll need a video mixer along with the appropriate cables for each camera.  

1. Video mixer.  We suggest the Roland VR-3 AV Mixer, but these are great options, too:
2. Depending on the type of mixer and cameras you have, you will need one of these cables for each of your cameras:
3. An Intercom System is optional, but will make it easier for your Director to communicate to your Camera Operators.  We suggest the Eartec Simultalk 24G

For a full list of equipments suggestions, see "Equipment Suggestions for Broadcasting" PDF in the Resources and Documents list.
Maggie Weeman,
Sep 17, 2015, 12:19 PM