So you’ve decided to go live, what do you need to prepare before facing your audience? Here’s a checklist you need before going live!
Making Your Live Streaming List and Checking It Twice
Every live streamer wants a clear and issue-free broadcast every time. But sometimes, certain tech issues suddenly creep up on you even in the middle of going live. After all, not everyone is equipped with high-tech gadgets and equipment.
Fortunately, you can still avoid major issues by preparing for the broadcast thoroughly before hitting that record button in BeLive Studio2.
Here are a few things to remember and keep track of to eliminate glitches from your next live show!
Checking Your Computer
1. Check Your Browser Version
BeLive Studio2 works best on the latest version of Chrome and Safari. To know if you have the latest version of Chrome, follow these steps.
Step 1: Click on the three dots on the upper right side of your browser.
Step 2: Go to Settings.
Step 3: Click on About Chrome and you’ll be able to see the version of your browser. If it’s not in the latest version, you can click on the Relaunch button.
Also, if you’re going to use the Safari browser, you won’t be able to use screen share feature. If you need this feature, you will need to use Chrome for your broadcast.
2. Check Your Camera
To avoid any issues with your video, close all apps, plugins, and software that use the camera on your computer.
Most likely, a black or white screen on your broadcast would mean an app or software is using the camera at the same time. You just have to close this app or software to troubleshoot your live show.
If you experience other issues with your camera during broadcast, here’s a list of troubleshooting tips you can follow.
3. Look for Opened Tabs and Apps
When you have a scheduled broadcast, refrain from opening tabs or apps that you don’t need when you go live. Live broadcasting requires the use of your computer’s RAM. Any opened tabs will also use a portion of your computer’s memory.
4. Clear Your Computer Memory
Streaming problems like glitches, frozen screens, and black screens can sometimes be caused by items taking up a lot of space on your computer. You should delete temporary files like your internet history, cookies, and cache to free up your computer’s memory.
5. Double Check for Downloading and Uploading Files
Similar to opened tabs, downloading and uploading files take up a lot of memory on your computer. You also eat up a lot of your Internet bandwidth, causing pixelated videos and other glitches to your live stream.
Checking Your Equipment and Other External Factors
6. Check audio for echo and feedback
Video isn’t the only aspect of your live stream you should be watching out for. Having crystal clear audio should also be a priority.
Most laptops already have a built-in microphone but to avoid any echoes or feedbacks, use earbuds or headphones.
7. Check Your Internet Connection
Make sure you have at least 5mbps for HD video on your live stream but you can adjust the video quality on Studio2 depending on your connection. Cable Internet connection is usually stronger than Wi-Fi, but no worries Wi-Fi also works.
8. Doublecheck Guests and Assets
Make sure your assets and guests are ready in the staging area. If you’re going to show a photo or video in your live stream, check if they show up properly on the stream before going live.
Send the guest link to those you want to interview in your live stream and put them on standby in the lobby. You should also make sure there’s no problem with their video and audio before starting.
9. Set Your Destination
Depending on your topic and the nature of your broadcast, determine where you need to go live to. It could be on your own Facebook profile, a page, or a group you’re an admin to. You can also choose to broadcast on YouTube to engage with your subscribers there.
Once you’ve decided, set and save the destination. You can decide to go live right then or schedule it for a later date.
10. Do What You Need to Do Before Going Live
Owen Video shared in a stream that you should never leave your broadcast while you’re live. That’s why you should go to the bathroom, prepare your drink, and other things you have to do before pressing that record button.
11. Start Your Stream on Time
Now that you’ve got everything checked off your list, the last thing you need to do is to make sure you go live on time. If you set a schedule, your followers will be waiting for you at the time you promised. Being late may cause your viewers to leave your live stream.
Check out Owen Video’s list of things NOT to do during your live stream below!
Once you’ve done all of these items, you’re ready for an awesome broadcast! Take a look at this ultimate guide to master BeLive’s Studio2 and go live with as little issues as possible.
If you’re going live on YouTube, follow these five steps to go live!
Interested in going live on Facebook or YouTube? Sign up with BeLive today and experience all the amazing live streaming features for FREE!
Pam Amantiad is a Content Writer in BeLive’s Marketing Team. With a degree in Creative Writing, she has nearly a decade of experience in digital marketing, particularly in content creation as a copywriter and a freelance blog writer. Not contented with producing written outputs, she dove into the world of live video marketing in 2019 and hasn’t left since.