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Good lighting is very important in video production. This also applies to the Face Cam, which is used for a YouTube Let's Play, tutorial recordings or Twitch stream. If you want to illuminate your set, your desk, your green screen and, last but not least, yourself with a space-saving softbox alternative, then take a look Elgato Key Light at. The LED video light is not only dimmable and freely adjustable in the light temperature (warm white / cold white), it is also compatible with the Elgato Stream Deck. Details and other streaming equipment can be found in this guide;)
With up to 2.500 lumens and an adjustable color temperature of 2.900 K to 7.000 K, the Elgato Key Light is suitable for a wide variety of settings and scenes. Not only can you use it to illuminate yourself for the Face Cam, but also the green screen behind you. So no shadow falls on it and it can be better cut out of the picture using Chromakey. Elgato also has a fold-out background that can be stowed away: Elgato Green Screen - Chroma Key Panel as a mobile display. The diffuser on the Key Light ensures that the light is scattered. This means there is no “spotlight” and therefore no sharp-edged shadows.
With the Control Center app for macOS on the Apple Mac and Microsoft Windows on the PC, settings can be made directly from the computer. Brightness and light color or temperature can be individually adjusted. For each Elgato Key Light used, there are two controls that can be used to make adjustments. The whole thing does not lead to unnecessary cable clutter, but is implemented via WLAN, which in addition to the slim design of the devices itself saves additional space. In addition to the smart design, which generates less heat than softboxes, this is another plus point for the Elgato Key Light.
In addition to the app, which is of course impractical if you're recording a Let's Play or other software demonstration, there is of course the Stream Deck. Using the Elgato Stream Deck, you can also switch on and dim the individual key lights, cause a color change and so on. Whether you are now a little Model with sufficient 6 buttons for this choose or yourselves for a 15-key model decide depends on your project. Various video effects, bumpers, waistbands, transitions and other professional overlays are welcome, especially on Twitch, but also on YouTube. They can be easily integrated into the running stream with the Elgato Stream Deck.
Whether let's play, lifestyle stream, make-up tutorial or unboxing of products - with the light, the green screen and the stream deck, Elgato already has good accessories. But that's not all;) Because of course the manufacturer also has solutions ready with which you can stream your camera (including camcorder or DSLR) to Mac and PC, for example: Elgato Cam Link - USB 3.0 stick for streaming HDMI sources. If you do not play the video games to be streamed on the computer, but on PlayStation, Nintendo Switch or Xbox, then you can Elgato Game Capture HD60 S help, which also brings HDMI content from the consoles to the Apple Mac, iMac and MacBook.
However, Elgato is not the only manufacturer that takes care of technical solutions, equipment and accessories for YouTubers and Twitch streamers. For example, if you need a complete solution for your Face Cam, which consists of a camera, light and microphone, Marantz could help you. Like the products linked above, it also has the Marantz Professional Turret as a "transmission tower" for streamers made it to the Sir Apfelot blog. The perfectly usable combination of camera, ring light and microphone is admittedly not suitable for every setting, but an inexpensive alternative to expensive individual purchases, especially for the beginning.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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