When it comes to running a professional quality webinar, there are three pieces of webinar equipment that everyone must invest in:
Headset with an adjustable mic
Martech webinar platform
To help you find the best webinar equipment for your budget, we've put together a selection of headsets, webcams, and other equipment that will help elevate the production quality of your next webinar. Here are Team WorkCast's webinar equipment recommendations.
1. Quality Headset With a Mic
One most important pieces of webinar equipment to invest in is a quality headset with an adjustable mic. This will be used by your presenters to record the audio component of your webinar.
When deciding how much to invest in your webinar recording equipment, you will want to consider these three things:
The quality of acoustics in the room where you'll present
The more difficult your space is to record in, the more important having a quality headset and mic becomes. In general, you will want to look for headsets that are comfortable to wear, connect via USB ports, have adjustable mics, and allow you to easily mute without making an audible clicking noise.
High-quality webinar headset:
Audio-Technica BPHS1 Broadcast Stereo Headset with Dynamic Boom Mic
This headset was created for podcasters, sports broadcasters, and news hosts conducting live interviews, which makes it a great piece of equipment for live webinars too! The mic on the headset has a cardioid polar pattern tailored for speech pickup over a wide range of frequencies, which is a complicated way of saying "it makes you sound really good".
Sennheiser PC 8 USB On-Ear Headset - Uni-Directional
This headset offers you the excellent quality expected from Sennheiser, at a reasonable price. Connecting to your laptop using a USB port, the headset is light, comfortable, and far from intimidating which makes it a great option for pre-recorded, simulive webinars, and first-time webinar presenters.
Most of us don't have a hair and makeup or lighting team to prep us before getting on camera during a webinar, so having a quality webcam for our webinars is crucial for producing the professional quality visual content.
Don't rely on the webcam on your laptop during a webinar. Instead, look for a webcam that produces HD quality video at 1080 resolution, and is easy to position or adjust for different presenters.
High-quality webcam for webinars:
Razer Kiyo Full HD Webcam for Streaming
With built-in adjustable illumination light and autofocus, this little webcam offers 1080p/30fps and 720p/60fps. The Razer Kiyo is the perfect webcam to use for a single presenter when you aren't filming in a studio setting with professional lighting and need some extra light to frame your face.
This affordable, yet powerful webcam produces crisp video at 1080p/30fps or 720p/30fps, includes autofocus and automatic whitebalance, which makes setting it up a breeze. A great option for introducing your webinar presenters at the beginning of your presentation or including short webcam segments.
Running a high-quality webinar isn't just about the hardware you use to record your audio and visual content, you need the support of great software too.
Martech webinar platforms were built and customized specifically to meet the rigorous demands from marketing and event professionals, and are essential for running professional-quality webinars.
These platforms provide the highest level of data protection and security available, allow you to fully customize your branding, and offer a seamless audience experience on any device without plugins, downloads, or other barriers. If all of these benefits are starting to sound expensive, that isn't necessarily the case. Depending on how often you run webinars and how many attendees you have, martech platforms can be more affordable than standard webinar platforms.
For example, WorkCast's martech webinar software starts from $1,500 USD per year, and allows you to host unlimited webinars with up to 500 attendees per webinar.
Regardless of which headset, webcam, and webinar software you decide to purchase, make sure you are purchasing equipment that was designed for your intended use. A headset built for gaming will not be optimized for webinars or podcasting purposes, so be careful what you search and don't forget to read the online reviews before you purchase.