Elgato has made such a huge impact in the live streaming creator space. They’re probably the first brand people think of when listing down what they’ll need to either start or level up their content either on Facebook or the various platforms on the web right.
I’ve recently been dabbling into streaming my gaming sessions to blow off some steam and release the anxiety that the current global situation has brought about so when the folks over at Elgato were kind enough to lend us the HD60 S and the Cam Link 4K, I had to jump at the opportunity to try them out.
Incredibly Easy to Set Up
The first thing you should know about both these products is that they are extremely easy to use. There was no need to dive deep into the manuals for both these products, as there are easy to understand illustrations if you need them and everything is properly labeled on the HD60 S and the Cam Link themselves.
Elgato’s packaging says it’s “Plug n’ Produce” and that is pretty much the case but you will need to download software off their site.
Awesome Stream Quality
We’ve been seeing an influx of content creators since the pandemic and I’ve actually hopped on the bandwagon more to destress on the weekends. I started my own Facebook Page for kicks and started streaming on one of those generic capture cards you can find on Lazada that are less than Php 1,000. They do get the job done but you get what you pay for.
The difference is night and day with the ElgatoHD60s with the stream above using the Elgato and the one below using the generic capture card.
First off, you get to stream at 1080p at 60fps vs the 1080p 30 fps on the generic card plus and you get to appreciate the graphics of the game further. The price gap between the two cards I’ve tested is massive but, if you are planning to turn this into a proper side hustle or you want to give your growing audience better quality, consider the Elgato HD60s an investment.
The CamLink is Boss for Video Calls
Okay so using the CamLink primarily for Zoom Calls (or whatever your office’s preferred software is) is a little overkill but if you’re a content creator it’s pretty much a godsend.
Before the pandemic, we used to have Collab Saturdays at the studio at least once a month so that the so-called “Tech Mob” could shoot videos together or just mostly hangout. Since we can’t do that anymore, I’ve been working on ways to do collab videos with our friends but still churn out something with quality on the video side.
The CamLink 4K is perfect for that since I get to use my mirrorless camera alongside the lenses I’ve invested in to give our audience work that’s as polished as we can get it.
Side note: Invest in a longer mini HDMI cable. I got one that’s 1 meter and, looking back, I regret it. Not the fault of Elgato, of course, just something for your guys to consider for your setups.
Yes, They Are Absolutely Worth It If…
No doubt about it. You will have to drop some serious money if you are planning to purchase the Elgato HD60s (currently priced at Php 9,852 via our friends at Henry’s Professional) and/or the CamLink 4K (Php 7,652) but it is worth it if you are looking to up the quality of your live streams.
Again, those cheaper generic ones you can find online will get the job done but they have serious limitations not just in frame rate but the way they output too.
If you feel like the need to give your audience the best quality stream you can possibly produce and it’s something that, in the long run, can help you earn — either as a main source of income or as a way to supplement your income — then I have no qualms recommending Elgato and their products wholeheartedly.
They are the go-to brand when it comes to streaming gaming content for a reason.