Live Streaming 101 – The Basics

Live streaming has picked up popularity due to technology advances in internet connection speeds and computers which have the power to allow you to have confidence in accessing popular platforms/websites/programs, etc.


I dipped my toe into live stream approximately two years ago.  Since then, each day has been a work in progress as like most technology the end result is what you make it or understand.  Live streaming is pretty basic as through the use of the internet and with adequate video capture capability you are able to broadcast live (or in real time).  This has major advantages as prior to live stream you had to wait for the video feed which was most likely replayed.  Now, your event or activity can be shown to the world to any user who has a smartphone, computer, tablet, Internet based TV or other device which can access the internet.

The notion of capturing an event and making a DVD disk which you have to plop in your computer or DVD is “old-school.”  Live Stream means just that, whatever you are capturing you are able to see in real time.



10 Tips

  1. Have the courage to try new things and not be afraid if you make mistakes
  2. Embrace the Internet and Technology
  3. Understanding your content – what are you attempting to convey?
  4. Have a good internet connection, at minimum 4G but the faster the better as it is the speed which allows for smooth streaming (less buffering or time outs)
  5. Have a good, if not above average computer (MAC or PC) that is less than 5 years old or has been upgraded to today’s standards.
  6. Have decent video equipment (camcorder, dslr, webcam) that allows zooming
  7. Understand your live streaming platform (YouTube, Ustream, Livestream, etc.)
  8. Understand your live streaming programming platform (OBS, Blackmagic, Telestream, etc.)
  9. Have the appropriate prereferral equipment (video plugs, HDMI cord, USB Cord, etc.).
  10. Understand basic video capture or how to manipulate the camera to nab the perfect shot.


Equipment I currently use (based on project or number of camera feeds)

  • Samsung Notebook
  • Blackmagic Intensity Pro (to allow video feed to go from camera to the computer)
  • YouTube and/or Ustream streaming platform (free version)
  • Canon Mark 5 camera
  • Canon EOS Rebel T5 camera
  • JVC Everio Camcorder
  • Ausdom Webcam
  • HDMI cords
  • USB cords
  • Tripods
  • OBS software (via internet) which allows stream to broadcast to streaming provider (YouTube/Ustream)


** If you are ready to go or want to enhance your skills I would highly recommend investing the time and watching some videos on YouTube.  You can also shoot me a question if you need any help.