1. Socialive Support Center
  2. Articles home
  3. Socialive Studio
  4. Best Practices

Recommended Gear Setups for Use with Socialive

Socialive brings your stories straight to your followers with professional live-streaming software. How you capture your story can be done in different ways, depending on your budget. This article provides low, mid, and high-range budget options for cameras, tripods, and microphones.

The items mentioned in this article are optional and not mandatory to use with Socialive.

Mobile-Based (Under $120)

Using the Socialive Mobile app, you can use your mobile device as a standalone setup to go live directly or join as a guest in a broadcast managed from a computer.

  • Camera - The Socialive Mobile app is available on iOS and Android. Download the mobile apps.

  • Microphone & Tripod - No matter the camera, you want a steady, stabilized shot. To avoid audio feedback, use earbuds with an integrated microphone with your mobile device. The Socialive iOS mobile app only supports the following:

    • Apple AirPods
    • Apple EarPods With Lightning Connector
    • Apple EarPods With 3.5 mm Headphone Plug

Viewers are more likely to forgive less-than-stellar image quality than they are muffled, unclear audio. Consider refining your mobile streaming setup with a mobile device microphone.

Additionally, rather than propping your phone up on a makeshift stand or holding it in selfie mode, consider stabilizing it with a lightweight tripod or gimbal. Gimbals are excellent additions for broadcasting on the go. They stabilize the device while allowing the person filming to focus on their framing rather than holding the phone perfectly still.

Desktop Setups

Budget-Friendly ($50 to $250)

  1. USB Webcam - The Logitech C920 webcam is great for its clear picture and built-in USB cable. It is USB-powered and does not need a separate battery or power source. Webcams are perfect for a team of one in that they are plug-and-play. There are no sophisticated settings to adjust - point and shoot. Compared to mobile devices, webcams provide an improved picture resolution and capture a wider color spectrum.

  2. Tripod - We like the SLIK U800 tripod for a lightweight camera. The Amazon Basics lightweight tripod is a cheaper option.

  3. Microphones - The Comica 15' lapel microphones are a good and affordable option. They need to be hard-wired into the mixer. Lapel microphones are discrete and allow speakers to free up their hands during an on-camera conversation. 

  4. Mixer - Multiple microphones can be routed through an audio mixer.

Mid-Range ($1200 to $2000)

  1. Camera:

    • Digital Still Cam - The Sony DSCRX100 III line shoots great video and is ultra-compact and affordable: $400-$900 depending on the model. The lenses on these cameras are fixed (cannot be changed), and they have a rechargeable batteries.

    • Mirrorless DSLR - Sony's A7 line is a step up in quality from the DSC with a small bump in price. You can also change out lenses. These cameras range between $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the model. They come with a battery and a charger.

  2. Cable and Capture Card - These digital cameras have Micro-HDMI outputs. This will require a Micro HDMI-HDMI cable to go to a Video Capture card, which allows a computer to receive the video signal. The Inogeni 4K2USB3 works great. Inogenis comes with a USB 3.0 cable to connect to the computer.

  3. Tripod - Fluid-head tripods are ideal - we really like the Magnus VT-4000.

  4. Microphone - The option mentioned in our budget-friend section also works for this setup. However, you can reduce your cable clutter with wireless lavalier microphones.

  5. Mixer - Multiple microphones can be routed through an audio mixer.

By upgrading to a lightweight digital camera with wireless microphones, you will bring your video production quality into professional territory while still on a budget - and with the ability to do it all yourself! Even budget-friendly digital cameras these days can capture video up to 4K with great depth of field and the ability to customize the picture you're capturing.

High-End Setup ($2,500+)

  1. Camera - The Canon 5D is an industry-standard,  top-of-the-line camera that is dual-purpose and portable. Lenses for these cameras are sold separately. In addition, these cameras come with separate batteries and chargers.

  2. Cable and Capture Card - These digital cameras have full HDMI outputs. This will require an HDMI-HDMI cable to go to a Video Capture card which allows a computer to receive the video signal. The Inogeni 4K2USB3 is still the best option for this job. Inogeni devices come with a USB 3.0 cable to connect to the computer.

  3. Tripod - Manfrotto fluid-head tripods are unbeatable for the price.

  4. Microphone - Wireless lavalier microphones are a great choice for this setup, as they can flexibly adapt to what you need for your broadcast.

  5. Mixer - Multiple microphones can be routed through an audio mixer.


Regardless of the type of setup, we recommend storing & transporting video equipment in a Pelican case. All the equipment of the Budget-Friendly build will fit in the 1400 case, while the equipment of the mid-range and high-end builds will fit in the 1510 case.

Still, looking for an answer?

Contact Socialive Support via live chat, email at support@socialive.us, or submit a support ticket.

Was this article helpful?

That’s Great!

Thank you for your feedback

Sorry! We couldn't be helpful

Thank you for your feedback

Let us know how can we improve this article!

Select atleast one of the reasons

Feedback sent

We appreciate your effort and will try to fix the article