73 | Next Level Live Video Tools

Next level live video tools

Let’s start with Software for your live videos

A couple of episodes ago (when I talked about Going Live on Facebook), I shared some basic things you need to get started with live videos. In this episode I cover 3 types of software you can use for your live videos. These tools give you a little more functionality than just going live natively on the social apps. I’ll get to hardware upgrades in a bit.

Ecamm

This tool is only for Mac users. But don’t click away! The next two programs are cloud based and available for both Windows and Mac users.

Ecamm is a tool you download directly to your computer. The platforms that you can go live to through this software are Facebook, Periscope (Twitter), Twitch & YouTube. It also can link to restreaming tools I will touch on in a bit. You can also record direct to your computer without streaming to a social platform. I use Ecamm each week when I go live on Facebook (at 11:30am MT on Thursdays).

You can also create branded banners and overlays to show up when you are going live. When I go live, I have a banner at the bottom with our Chill logo and my name. It also has features like monitoring comments live, green screens and sound effects.

BeLive*

This tool is a cloud-based program that you can use to stream live to Facebook and YouTube. With a paid account, you can record without streaming to a social platform.

You can also bring a guest on and do a live interview. You can also upload custom borders and overlays.

*This is an affiliate link.

Streamyard

Streamyard is also a cloud-based tool, therefore both Windows and Mac users have access to it. You are able to link this tool with quite a few platforms to go live on, however, the most popular sites are Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, Periscope (Twitter) and Twitch.

One difference with Streamyard is that you can have up to 6 on screen participants with your live video. Sort of like hosting a virtual panel. With their paid version, you can have up to 10 on screen participants.

Simulcasting

In this episode I talk about 2 different programs you can use if you want to simulcast. While both BeLive and Streamyard have simulcasting functionality with their paid plans, Ecamm does not. And if you are using another tool, they may not either.

Basically these two tools allow you to use a single camera to broadcast to multiple social platforms at the same time. Here are the two I mention in the episode:

Hardware Upgrades

Another area that you can plan for down the road with upgrades is with the hardware you use. While I offered suggestions a couple of episodes ago on some basic items, this time we step it up a notch.

Microphones

The next level lav mic would be Rode’s SmartLav Omnidirectional Mic. I’ve seen some testimonial videos that used this mic and the sound quality is amazing.

I use a Blue Yeti mic for my podcasts and sometimes my videos. Usually I use a lav mic for my live videos.

Other desktop mics you could look at are from Rode, Audio-Technica, and Shure.

Cameras

If you want to upgrade from your smartphone or your computer’s built in camera, you can check out webcams. Logitech is a popular brand and pretty reliable. I use two versions here at my office (c930 and c920). They are a great transition mid-grade option. They also are pretty good for all those Zoom calls we are all on these days!

You could also use a DSLR camera if you have one. No need to go out and buy one unless you want to. Keep in mind, many DSLR cameras have a 20 minute limit on recording time (a US regulation that we won’t get into at this time), so be aware of that.

If you do go with a DSLR camera, you will need to get another piece of equipment to allow it to work with your computer. And it is called a USB Capture Card.

I won’t get into which DSLR camera to get as there is such a wide range of options. Just do your own research if this is the route you want to go.


Allyship Segment of the Week

This week I wanted to share with you a relatively new podcast, Silence is Not an Option. It is produced by CNN and hosted by Don Lemon. Here is their description of this podcast:

America is in crisis right now. A lot of people want to help, but have no idea where to start. In our new podcast, we’re going to dig deep into the reality of being Black and Brown in America, and explore what you can do to help find a path forward. We’ll have tough conversations with activists, artists, and thinkers about our nation’s deep racial divide. As we look for meaningful and lasting solutions, there is a lot to learn and unlearn. These conversations are going to be challenging—even uncomfortable—but they’re important. Because this time, we get to rebuild America together. Hosted by Don Lemon.

Go check it out. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Until next time…

Dianna

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