The Ultimate Live Streaming Production Machine
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Over the past year or so, many IAIB forum members looking to add video to their current audio podcast have been asking one common question…Which computers are best suited to handle the creation and distribution of high quality video podcasts? While audio podcasts have relatively low overhead, and are generally very easy to edit, video is a vastly different beast, and internet broadcasters have to keep in mind how fast technology changes when considering the best machine for their particular needs.
At The GFQ Network, we choose to build our computers to suit our unique production demands and have learned through trial and error that customizing our own machines turns out to be far less expensive while providing us with the right equipment to meet our exact specifications.
There are several things to consider when shopping for a computer that can efficiently handle your new need of processing video. Whether it be streaming live, or encoding video, you should start out with a beefy CPU. Once you’ve picked out a CPU, you’re next step will be finding a compatible motherboard. You’ll want to make sure you have plenty expansion slots too.
Our List :
If you are building out a powerhouse machine an i7 is a must. the latest in Intel's lineup is the intel i7 4700k. This is a 4th Generation intel i7 chip and offers you all the power you need to live stream your podcast. The 4770k can also be easily overclocked if you are looking to get a little bit more power out of it.
I have been a big fan of Asus for many years. The Asus Maximus VI Hero is a great pick for anyone looking to get great components and plenty of space. Expansion is key when building a live production machine. This Motherboard has 6 PCI-E slots and upgradable to 32 gigs of memory.
The GeForce GTX 770 is a high-performance graphics card designed from the ground up to deliver high-speed, super-smooth Graphics. This video card has multiple monitor sources (total of 4).
Noctua is infamous in the PC world for being whisper quiet and this CPU Fan is just that. Something that is overlooked when building a computer is the amount of noise that fans will generate. As internet broadcasters we need to minimize room nose as much as possible and this fan helps with both the noise and CPU temperature.
The XMS3 family is Corsair's mainstream line of performance DDR3 memory. These chips are high quality and won’t set you back like other sticks of memory. 16 gigs is more than enough to do all the work.
If you are looking for performance, an SSD Drive is a must. I recently upgraded from the Crucial M500 to the M550 and there was a noticeable difference with boot time and application load time.
Since you will be using an SSD for your main drive it isn't necessary to have another ultra fast hard drive. the Western Digital Blue drives are low cost and reliable.
When looking for a tower for your production machine the main thing you should look into is how quiet it is. Many lower end Full and Mid sized towers do very little to dampen the fan and hard drive noise that is generated. I have used this case and can say that its pretty good at silencing the fan and hard drive noise.
The Black Magic Intensity Pro is one of the best consumer level capture cards on the market. I have tried other competitive brands and they do not deliver the color and stability of Black Magic. I currently have 4 of these in my main production machine. If you are looking to get something with SDI or don't have the space in your production machine another card to look at is the Blackmagic Decklink Quad. Note the Quad is an SDI capture card.
I have tried many USB soundcards and they have all had some sort of issue within a few months The only one that was consistent and reliable was the Behringer UCA202. The UCA202 provides two analog mono inputs and outputs (for monitoring), USB connectivity and an additional S/PDIF optical output for direct analog-to-digital conversion. The stereo headphone output features a dedicated level control and lets you listen to both the input and output
Dont see it on our list? Let us know your hardware recommendations on the IAIB Forum.