Live video streaming was previously only available to big gamers. But now you can broadcast high-quality live streams to your audience with YouTube and Facebook Live. And you can do it from your smartphone or computer... from your home or office, and potentially reach millions of people around the world - instantly! It's an amazing way to reach your existing audience and grow your following. You can stream behind the scenes or exclusive content, live events, how-to videos and more. And (quick update for March/April 2020) especially right now, with so many of us working from home due to Coronavirus, live video is making a huge difference. But how can you start and take it to the next level? In this article, I've found 17 tips and tricks to make you a Facebook Live pro! Listen and subscribe to the Confidence live podcast on marketing! Best Live Video Tool Recommendations You can broadcast to Facebook Live from your phone. But if you want to improve your live streams, use one of these tools from your computer.
I will cover them in more detail later. Ecamm Live (Mac only, from $15/month)My top choice for Mac users. Stream to Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Periscope, Twitch and more. Record high quality recordings, bring guests over via Skype. Full scene switching and multiple layers. Stream yard (Mac and PC, browser-based, free and from $25/month)My favorite web app. It works in your browser and therefore works for both Mac and PC users. Really easy to employee data use and integrates with Facebook Live, LinkedIn Live, YouTube, Periscope, Twitch and more. Highlight on-screen comments and invite up to 5 remote guests. Screen share on the free version and bring up to 5 guests. The paid version allows multicasting up to 5 destinations and high quality recordings (web app, free and from $25/month).Switcher Studio (iPhones & iPads only from $39/month)Use your iPhones and iPads to create a mobile video studio. Really powerful yet easy to use solution.#1 Broadcast to yourselftwo Ian Live streaming can be scary and things can go wrong, so start testing by simply sharing with yourself! You can set the privacy settings to "me only" when streaming to your Facebook profile.
This privacy setting is not available on your page Open the Facebook app on your mobile device, click on the "Go Live" button and set the privacy settings to "only me". No one will watch the show, but when you're done, you can go to your profile and watch the replay. Even if you plan to broadcast live on your page, it's a good idea to start by broadcasting only to yourself on your profile.#2 Check your download speed. Download Speed A good Internet download speed will always improve the quality of your video. It's almost always best to be connected to WiFi to stream Facebook Live, although this will depend on the download speed on your phone's data connection. If you're at home or in the office, you can check your download speed from your computer - just visit speedtest.net. You can also check your internet speed on your smartphone using the iOS or Android apps. If you have a download speed of 3 Mbps upwards, you are good to go!If you have a download speed of 1 or 2 Mbps, you'll probably be fine, although the image may become pixelated or choppy. Unfortunately, you'll struggle if you have a download speed of less than 1 Mbps.#3 Embrace your fears and do it! Ian If you're like most of us, you'll probably get very nervous before you play for the first time.