Motivation or why this topic
Nowadays, interactive media content such as desktop recordings and live broadcasts with the camera switched on are very popular. There are many different areas of application: video blogging, pre-recorded online courses, live streaming for conferences or courses and many more.
The media content can be distributed / streamed via various platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Twitch, Discord, Gumroad and others. This content can also be monetized as some point!
Maybe you want to know how this works and try it out yourself to see if this is something for you?
If so, then you are like me! I also recently wanted to know how to do desktop recording, how to stream, how to show myself to my audience.
There are many articles and explanatory videos what to buy in order to start - camera, lights, microphones, software, noise canceling plates, tripods and so on.
Don't get me wrong - all of these accessories are helpful and at some point you will need them to create high quality recordings, but you don't need them if you just want to see how recording works.
Personally, I want to try something first before investing money in it. It doesn't always work and not for everything, but you can always check whether it is possible for the new adventure.
I've researched how desktop recording and streaming can be done for free and I've documented my findings. Have fun reading and watching!
Who is this article for
This article and video series is for people who have never done a desktop recording or streaming before.
The recording and streaming software is available for Windows, Linux, and macOS so anyone can try it out.
To keep the topic understandable, it has been divided into 4 parts.
- Introduction - this short article
- Part 1 discusses desktop recording.
- Part 2 discusses how to show yourself with the camera.
- Part 3 discusses streaming.
- Part 4 will be about some nice features of the OBS software - scenes, transitions, static images, and so on.
Since I only have a Windows computer and an Android device, I will show you how the Android camera can be used as a webcam.
Apple users / owners are welcome to comment or expand the article.
For each article there is a corresponding video! You can find and watch each video at any time again on my YouTube channel.
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment on the video or on the blog - I would be happy to help you.
- a computer
- a mobile phone (optional, part 2 can always be skipped)
- a bit of time 😊
and that’s it!
Have fun reading, watching, recording and streaming!
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