What Kind of Computer Do You Need to Start Camming?
Great question! This is actually a really popular question here on OCamgirl. In most cases, people mean to ask two things:
- What are the minimum requirements for a computer (to get the job done)?
- What other hardware will I need?
Let’s start with the first one, because it’s really straightforward. For the sake of simplicity, we’re going to look at the system requirements for MyFreeCams’ and Chaturbate’s applications. For MFC, the requirements are as follows: a Windows PC.
I know that’s a lot to take in, so write it down.
For broadcasting, you will need a PC with Windows XP or newer; if you have a PC built since 2005, you’re golden. If you just want to buy a cheap laptop as a camming device, here’s a solid budget machine.
Options For Mac Users Who Are Not Supported By Website Software
As for you Mac users, you’re not likely to be supported by a website’s software, but you do have some options.
The best option is to run the Bootcamp program, which allows you to install Windows. This requires you to:
- Have enough storage to accommodate a second operating system
- Buy a copy of Windows
Run Wine, a Virtual Windows Emulation Program
You can also run the virtual Windows emulation program, Wine, and run a website’s program on the virtual machine. This option is pretty reliable, however will require a more powerful machine.
Use a Browser-Based Version of Their Software
The other option offered by some sites, including MyFreeCams, is a browser-based version of their software, which should work regardless of the operating system you’re using. The downside of this approach is a greater burden on your internet connection. There could also be compatibility issues between different versions of different browsers.
As for Chaturbate, everything is exactly the same EXCEPT that their app works on Macs without any fuss.
Specific Techie Tools Of The Trade
Luckily, most of you will have some or all of the tools you need.
A Good Webcam
It should go without saying, but you’ll need a good webcam. There are a lot of different cams out there, but as a general rule, anything in the $150 retail range should do the trick. Just be sure to read professional and user reviews to avoid any pricey lemons. If you can’t be fucked to do that, we recommend the Logitech C920 for Windows, or Logitech C930e for Mac.
A Good Microphone
While many webcams have serviceable microphones, it is useful to have a separate one, especially if you record videos to sell. It allows you to better edit the audio in post-production. Nearly any microphone in the $100 range will cut it, and I personally recommend the Blue Snowball ICE if you want a budget option.
External Speakers To Add Some Music
If you want to play music while performing, consider external speakers. Add a wireless keyboard or mouse to allow for better maneuverability while performing. Any cheap-ass version of those will suffice.
A Good Internet Connection To Keep You Online
Even though this is not “hardware”, it’s worth mentioning that you will need a good internet connection, ideally a broadband connection of AT LEAST 10 mbps. You can get away with wifi so long as the source connection is strong and you have a good wireless card and router to allow a high data transfer rate.
So there you have it, my curious readers. In order to break into the business you need a Windows PC, a good webcam, a strong internet connection, and likely a few dollars to sink into your new business up front. I hope this helps get a few more of you on the fast track to self-employment.