Are you joining as a guest in a live stream for the first time? It’s an exciting experience to be able to join a live stream and share your story. However, if you’re worried about the technical setup, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a checklist on how to join a YouTube or Facebook Live Stream as a guest, so you’ll have a seamless experience.
The steps indicated here are for guests who are joining a BeLive live stream.
How to Join as a Guest
Open the Guest Link Shared by the Host
Once you receive the guest link shared by the host, open it using a Chrome or Safari browser. You should see the BeLive landing page for guests.
You will also see who invited you to the stream. To confirm the invite and join the YouTube or Facebook live interview, you will need to log in.
Click the guest link.
Once you receive the guest link shared by the host, open it using a Chrome or Safari browser. You should see the BeLive guest page.
Login with Facebook or YouTube. Or join anonymously.
As a guest, you can log in using your Facebook or YouTube account. You also have the option to join without logging in. You just need to type the name you want to appear on the broadcast.
Once you’re logged in, click on “Connect to Camera” then you will be redirected to the BeLive studio. From there, you’ll see yourself on the small screen below. Above your name, you should see “waiting to go live” if you’re still in the staging area. Once the host pushes you up to the YouTube or Facebook live stream, it should turn to “in stream.”
Adjust Camera and Check Audio Setup
If you click on the little gear button on the upper right side of your camera, the settings window will pop up. You can then choose which camera to use as well as check your audio and microphone.
Check your internet.
One of the most important aspects needed to ensure a smooth YouTube or Facebook Live interview is the guest’s internet strength. It’s recommended to use a wired or a strong Wi-Fi connection. Mobile data usually works as well, but it can be unreliable and unstable.
Wait in the Staging Area
Once the host is ready to bring you with him on the stream, you will then see yourself on the main screen. You will see a countdown on your screen. You will be notified every time the host’s changes your camera from “In Stream” to “Staging.” Every time the host brings you to the broadcast, the countdown will appear again.
Share Your Screen
If you have a presentation that you would like to share with the viewers, just click on the screenshare button and choose the software or tab you would like to open. You can also show your entire screen.
Take note, however, that you won’t be able to share audio with your presentation. But if you want to show a video, then the host can upload it on the stream for you by uploading it or through a YouTube link.
Guest Checklist: How to Troubleshoot Technical Issues
There are a number of factors that might affect your experience as a guest in a YouTube or Facebook Live broadcast. In the event you encounter one, here are a few troubleshooting guides.
Camera Can’t Connect
If your camera isn’t connecting to the app, make sure you allowed BeLive to access your computer’s camera.
Check this by clicking on the padlock sign on the left side of the address bar. It will show if the camera and audio are allowed for the site. If it’s not, choose allow for both the camera and microphone.
Video Drops Out
Try refreshing the page if your video drops out of the broadcast several times. If that doesn’t work, you may need to reboot your computer entirely. Make sure you do this before the actual live.
Check your internet connection as well, an unstable internet connection may cause you to get disconnected from the stream.
Lagging Video or Spotty Audio
If you experience a lag in your video or audio, check your settings if the Chrome or Safari is up to date. Here’s how you can find out what version your Chrome browser currently is. Once you’ve updated to the latest version, you should also clear your cache.
You can also try closing other tabs or software that’s using your camera. If you have another software or tool using your camera, it may cause stuttering or interruptions with your video during the live broadcast.
Check out this helpful article for more guest troubleshooting tips!