Rather than completely trying to re-invent the wheel I’ll link to other articles and videos that show you how to configure different things which already exist (with a few comments of my own to help clarify things occasionally).
Firstly if you haven’t done so yet have a quick look through this article I’ve put together with a basic over-view of everything:
Navigation and Quick Links:
- Which Microphones To Use
- Lighting Your Broadcast
- Online Networking Platforms
- Facebook Live Guidance
- YouTube Live Guidance
- Periscope Guidance
- Instagram Guidance
- Siumlcasting and Multistreaming
- Desktop Streaming Software
- Streaming Interviews From Different Locations
What Webcams To Use
Tech Radar have produced a brilliant article about the best webcams available and a useful sorting method to find ones that are still available to buy online:
Using your mobile device as a web cam
If you cannot find a decent webcam online to purchase you can use a whole host of mobile devices and tablets as webcams instead. One thing to keep in mind is that you will need to plug your phone in (if you’re using your usb connection to connect with a computer it will do this anyway). The webcam apps can drain the battery pretty quick.
Here is CNET’s guide on the best apps to use as webcams:
Which Microphones to Use
There are lots of options for different microphones to use to give you a more professional quality. A good pod-casting microphone is a safe bet. It really depends on your budget.
For example using Apple Air Pods can (and does) work if you want basic microphone features.
If however you want a more professional sounding broadcast it’s worth investing in a decent microphone.
Blue Yeti can be a good place to start:
Or the Shure MV88 which uses a lightning connector to connect straight into your phone:
For more suggestions and reviews check out this article from IGN:
Lighting Your Broadcast
It’s important to consider your lighting when creating content online. You want to make sure that you’re as evenly lit as possible and not to stream in front of a bright window for example. Some webcams now have built in lights. If you don’t have this you could use a few strategically placed desk lamps shining on your face or you could purchase an LED lamp that plugs in via USB to your computer. If buying one try to find one with warm LEDs in it rather than white or one that gives you an option to change the hue of the light output to match your skin tone. You can buy theatrical filters (or gel) to go over the lamps. A form of colour correction gel would work quite well.
Online Networking Platforms
Zoom is definitely the most popular at the moment. But people are also using Skype, House Party, FaceTime and WebEx to connect with others.
For a quick rundown of some of Zoom’s features check out this article by CNET:
For more details about how to make Zoom more secure visit this article from CNET:
To configure your Zoom sound settings for a music lesson online check out this video here:
Facebook is one of the most popular platforms to go live on. For basic Facebook live advice have a look at this article from Hubspot:
Going Live from a desktop can increase the quality of your stream. It also allows you to schedule live streams and lots of other cool stuff. Visit this link to stream live from a desktop: https://www.facebook.com/live/create
There’s some good tips in this video from Justin Brown at Primal Video:
YouTube is a great platform to go live on. Like Facebook you can schedule a live broadcast as an event and you can even upload and premiere videos at a certain time.
There is a great guide on YouTube in this video by VidIQ:
Hootsuite have also produced this fab guide with tips as well:
Periscope works primarily with Twitter but can also work with other platforms as well if you connect it.
There’s a basic guide to Periscope by Dreamcast here:
Some more great tips (particularly around marketing) can be found in this article by HootSuite:
For broadcasting using Periscope Producer on a desktop check out Twitter’s guidance here:
Instagram currently haven’t released their RTMP (real time messaging protocol) streaming keys publicly. So you are limited to either live streaming via the app or using one of the free multistream platforms that support it (such as loola.tv). One neat feature they have released is the ability to invite others to join your chat live – this displays you and one other person on a live stream at once. Great for interviews etc.
There’s a guide with walk-through that shows you all of the features by K M Robinson here:
Simulcasting and Multistreaming
Simulcasting or Multicasting essentially means taking one feed (from your desktop), sending it to a simulcasting provider and pushing it from there to any number of different social media platforms.
This fab guide from Justin Brown at Primal Video gives you a good guide of three of the top simulcasting platforms:
Desktop Streaming Platforms
If you want a free way to make your live feeds look more professional I recommend OBS Studio. It’s opensource (free) to download and use. You can use it to stream to a simulcast platform or to any individual social media platform.
This video by Chris’ Tutorials takes you through from installation to set up with lots of useful advice:
There’s a great playlist here from Nick Nimmin which talks you through a few of the different settings you can use to make your live broadcasts look more professional:
Here’s the OBS Studios quickstart guide:
Streaming Interviews From People In Different Locations
If you want to use Zoom for interviews and to live stream directly to one platform (for example Facebook) this video from The Church Media Guys will show you how:
You can also do a window capture in OBS and use that as the source to live stream – check out this video here from AjayTheCEO:
Zoom can be quite limiting in what you can actually get out of it – particularly the look of the broadcast. Another great option is to use Skype. Now firstly, it’s important you’re using the full version of Skype and not the app add-in on Windows 10 as this won’t work. You’ll also need to enable NDI streaming in the settings of Skype. Here is a great video that tells you everything you need to know by EposVox:
Download OBS Here:
I hope that is enough to get you started. Any questions please do get in touch and we can arrange a Skype Call or Zoom Meeting to talk through any bits you’re unsure of.
I hope you find all of the above useful.
Luke John Emmett