How to create the best at-home videoconferencing setup, for every budget

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020

TechCrunch explains how to create the best at-home videoconferencing setup, for every budget:

Level 0
Turn on a light and put it in the right place
Be aware of what’s behind you
Know your system sound settings

Level 1
Get an external webcam (e.g. Logitech C922x)
Get a basic USB mic (e.g. Samson Meteor Mic)
Get some headphones

Level 2
Use a dedicated camera and an HDMI-to-USB interface (e.g. Elgato Cam Link 4K, IOGEAR Video Capture Adapter, Magewell USB 3.0 Capture)
Get a wired lav mic (e.g. Rode’s Lavalier GO)
Get multiple lights and position them effectively

Level 3
Use an interchangeable lens camera and a fast lens
Get a wireless lav mic (e.g. Rode Wireless Go)
Use in-ear monitors (e.g. Shure PSM300 Pro Wireless In-Ear Monitor System, Bang & Olufsen E8)
Use 3-point lighting (e.g. Elgato’s Key Lights)

Level 4
Get an HDMI broadcast switcher deck (e.g. Blackmagic ATEM Mini)
Use a broadcast-quality shotgun mic (e.g. Rode VideoMic NTG)
Add accent lighting (e.g. Hue Play Smart LED Light Bars)


  1. Huey Pierce Long, Jr. says:

    Phone is the only telecommunications platform with any kind of sociolegal protection against wiretap.

    When you use any other, don’t forget: you consented.

    Your high-fidelity image will live on in the database of your favourite global corporate entity…forever.

    It is their property now.


  2. Harry Jones says:

    Give me end-to-end encryption and I won’t worry much.

  3. Ross says:

    Give me Urbit and I won’t worry about much

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