Just to start with the basic definition – livestreaming is also called online streaming, where you can record and broadcast simultaneously and in real-time to another person or multiple users.
This is not to be confused with YouTube videos and vlogs because they are non-live videos and that is why they are not live-streamed.
Can you livestream with someone else? Yes, you can livestream with another person if you choose a live streaming platform and send that person a link to engage with you on that live stream. The easiest way to do this is via Facebook Live or Instagram Live.
Read on to discover how to livestream with someone step by step.
Livestreaming With Someone Else
In this post, you will learn everything that you should know about, such as the four main live streaming platforms, the kind of equipment you need, preparing your first livestream, and lastly, what you should do right after your livestream.
So prepare yourself for today you are going to be a livestream pro!
Just before we dive in, if you’re wondering how to live stream on the DJI Osmo Pocket 2, then follow that link.
Now, on with the main article.
Live streaming platforms
First and foremost, you need to decide the platform or platforms on which you want to live stream. There are a number of live streaming platforms available today that have a remarkable number of active users.
Since there are many options, you need to understand the type of content you have and the best-suited platform. For instance, one platform may allow you to share without any time restriction, whereas the other would only allow a time limit.
In addition to that, it is always a smart idea to understand the type of users that are on each platform and then choose the best one based on the style or theme of your content.
Let us have a look at them –
Every social media platform lets its users live stream. The only factor that you should consider while choosing is simply the type of audience or your followers.
The most popular social media platforms that allow live streaming are Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. These social media platforms offer live streams that are direct-to-audience. The best part is that when you go live, these social media platforms will let your users know by notifying them via push notifications.
As soon as a user knows that you are live now, he or she can choose to join and participate in your live stream. Social media platforms are great for content marketing, as well. Therefore, if you are promoting any event, product or an idea, these platforms let you promote directly to the users.
Furthermore, these social media platforms also let your audience interact with you.
YouTube is one of the biggest platforms today and is an entire platform on its own. It offers a huge range of livestreaming options. To start a livestreaming session on YouTube, you need a laptop or the webcam on your desktop, your smartphone or a third-party encoder.
YouTube is already immensely popular as a livestreaming platform, and it covers almost every possible topic that one can think of for livestreaming. Therefore, YouTube is a proven excellent marketing channel that you should consider for your ideas, products or services.
Now, this is a lesser-known social media platform that has carved its own niche, and every discussion on social media livestreaming must mention Twitch. Twitch is an awesome gaming-focused service and a premiere eSports broadcaster across the globe.
Amazon bought Twitch in the year 2014 for $970 million. Today, it has over 15 million active daily users! Most of the livestreams and their channels on Twitch are free to watch. However, users can support a creator by ‘subscribing.’
Speaking of Twitch, it’s one of the platforms we talk about in our tutorial about how to use a PS4 camera on a computer.
Although it is a gaming-focused platform, it is also a hub for other kinds of content. It has a thread called “Just Chatting” that draws in thousands of users to view livestreams or recorded streams. A few of the popular topics that it covers are product reviews, general interest, travel, and shopping.
Your own subscription video on demand
If you have a website where you can upload your videos, you can offer livestreaming to your potential and existing customers. Although getting a good number of users is a challenge, on the brighter side, you will get to keep all the money generated by your livestream.
The equipment you need
Now that you have an idea of the types of platforms where you can do a livestream, the next most important topic to discuss is the equipment. In this part, you will know every type of tool that you will need to do a livestream effectively.
However, we will try not to recommend a specific product, model, or design and the reason is simple – what we will recommend today, could be out of trend in the coming days. Therefore, you should have a basic requirement based on which you should choose the equipment.
When you are clear on what you need, you will know what you should choose.
Confused? Relax, let us show you the kind of equipment you should have, and you will know what we meant.
Obviously, you will need a camera to shoot (not a point and shoot camera for under $500) for your live video streaming. But remember that you need something that can help you broadcast your livestream in real-time over the internet to a large number of users.
You will need the internet and your smartphone with either a built-in webcam or an external one or all the three combined and internet, of course. All these factors depend a lot on what you are streaming and the location you are shooting.
You can choose to stream with the help of a camcorder or a professional camera. You can choose your camera, but the only constant factor here is a camera that is internet-ready.
Stabilizer or tripod
It is very important that you keep your livestream still or ensure a smooth transition if you are moving from one place to another. You can ignore this point if you are going to make a video like those ghost encounter videos e keep seeing almost every day!
So, if you want a stable and smooth video streaming, you will need either a tripod (average-sized or small) or a stabilizer, which will let you keep your camera steady or smooth if you are walking. It is always a good idea to try different angles or test the video quality with the equipment before you start the livestreaming. Once you are convinced with an angle, you can just start right away.
Now that you have chosen the platform got the right camera with the right equipment; it’s time to get open broadcast software. With the open broadcast software, you will able to stream on all the four platforms that we have mentioned earlier in the post.
However, you should make sure that your internet connection is stable or you have enough mobile data. Losing connection midway is the worst thing in a livestream! Therefore, make sure that you have proper connectivity before you start your livestream.
If you are livestreaming from a location, you will have to ensure that none of your devices run out of power. Therefore, you should carry a power bank just in case.
How To Live Stream With Someone Else
You know how to livestream with someone else, and it is time that you start taking action! Let’s go through the 7-point checklist that you need to go through before you start the livestream.
Choosing the right platform
If it’s your first livestream, it’s safe if you pick just one platform. It will help in reducing potential errors and keep the focus on the message.
You should be clear on the content you are going to stream and then construct the message and the flow. It should be relevant to your audience and should be able to attract and engage them.
Keep a script ready
Although livestreams are an excellent way to improvise based on your audience, it is always a good idea to have a script so that you know what you are selling. Keep a rough script ready so that even if you lose the track, you can return to the original script.
You should start promoting your livestream at least two days in advance. This is a good way to warm your audience up and let them know what topic you will be talking about. If you are using a social media platform to inform your audience, then inform the platform you will be using with time and date.
Before making it live, you should test every technical aspect of the stream. Check everything right from the speed of the internet to the quality of the microphone. This is just to ensure that nothing goes wrong while you are live and interacting with your audience.
Lead capture software
If you have not already set up lead capture software, then start with a mailing list and have a landing page or link to refer the audience back to! The idea is not to lose any potential user.
That’s it! You have finished reading the post, and you are just one step away from being a livestream pro – try out in real!
This post told you how to livestream with someone else, and now you can start your own livestream from anywhere – your home or somewhere out.
Remember, that it’s the understanding and right preparation that will make your livestream a success.