by Kevin Jack / co-owner of WeeStreem
We are all moving towards our “new normal”, uncertain of what that will be. One thing that is certain – live streaming will become as common at weddings as bouquets & boutonnieres. Just like other services, I would recommend hiring a professional live streaming production company like my company, WeeStreem. Understanding not everyone will, here are WeeStreem’s Top 5 Live Streaming Tips for DIYers.
1. Stream from a cell phone
Cell phones already have incredible cameras built in, a data plan to access the internet, plus the processing power to handle the stream. Trying to use a DSLR or Prosumer level camera brings interface & compatibility issues you won’t want to solve or spend your way out of.
Cell phone tips: Turn off all notifications. Ensure the battery is sufficiently charged. Turn screen brightness down. Put the phone on silent.
2. Stabilize your camera/phone
Don’t let Uncle Steve hold the camera!! There are many inexpensive clamps & holders available online. Pick the one that works with your cell phone and for your situation. Not only will your video not be shaky, but a stabilized camera (warning: techy part ahead) results in fewer changing pixels, which reduces demand on bandwidth, and ultimately leads to a smoother live stream.
3. What about audio?
OK – your camera is set up perfectly, aimed right at the altar. But will your online guests hear your vows? Remember – your cell phone is your audio source, and not every venue has the best audio arrangement. What to do? Find a comfortable balance. You may have to offset your cell phone/camera and move it a little closer to a speaker to achieve decent audio levels.
4. Pick the right platform
YouTube, Facebook or Instagram? Here are pros & cons of the top 3 free streaming platforms.
- Pro- Unlisted + Private Streams Easy to embed Stable Platform
- Con- Copyright issues with music Not a social platform
- Pro- Easy to find & share
- Con- Lack of privacy Copyright issues with music
- Pro- Easy to find & share
- Con- Lack of privacy 9:16 Vertical video
5. Start Streaming Early
Most issues arise within the first 5 minutes of streaming. Start your stream 15-30 minutes ahead of the ceremony to ensure your stream is good and allow time to fix any bugs. This also relieves anxiety of online guests who will always want to tune in early.
These are just a few key tips for the DIYers. Good luck.
For those looking for a professional polish, contact WeeStreem. Our live multi-camera productions are unparalleled, featuring; non-invasive wireless cameras, bonded internet, professional audio, handheld gimbals, photo & video integration, instant video archiving, white-label video platforms
If you have any questions about live streaming, contact Kevin Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org. WeeStreem is a dedicated live streaming company working across Canada since 2015. Live streaming is all wee do!