Tinsel Town: Livestreaming Tips #ConnectHer16 Part 2 @Tenminitt

Posted on August 24th, 2016 by & filed under Events, Everything Miz Meliz

Tinsel Town: Live Streaming Tips #ConnectHer16 Part 2

I had a wonderful day in Manhattan Beach with the community I am a part of through Connect Her Media! Here are my photos and some commentary:

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Here are the questions that I received during the three round table sessions that I moderated at the ConnectHer16 Conference:

To see a video and notes about each part of my presentation, please see Part 1 of Tinsel Town: Tips for Livestreaming #ConnectHer16

  • How do I optimize and reuse content?
  • How do I deal with spotty internet connection?
  • Where/what is the best platform for community growth?
  • Personal or Business Page for Facebook Live, which is better?
  • How do you set goals for yourself in livestreaming?
  • How important is niche?
  • How do you best store videos when you don’t have a lot of space left on your phone?
  • What do I do about my glasses? I need them to read the comments, but not to see the faces.
  • How do you handle speaking during a live chat (stream) when you are at a performance and potentially interfering with (the live experience for people present) it?
  • Produced vs. in the moment?
  • How to get viewers to a spur of the moment Facebook Live Broadcast?

Optimizing and Reusing Video Content Created From Live Streaming is Easy.

Most videos are available for replay instantly after the live feed has ended. In many cases, you can (and should) save the video to your phone, camera, laptop, or whichever devise you are using. It is often a one step process to upload the video directly to You Tube. From there it can be embedded on your website/blog. If you are using Facebook Live, you can share that video across your pages, groups, and events. Once the content is on your devise, and/or on You Tube, you can share it to any and all social media platforms you like. To optimize the live stream video content, be sure to use hashtags, keywords, titles, and links. I always add a hashtag and a Twitter handle to the title of a video so when it is shared, I will get a notification. I love to see when it gets a like or re-tweet!

It is Time to Learn About What Your Livestream Platform of Choice Requires for Internet Connection, Speed, and Frequency.

I got by with not knowing anything about Internet Speed, Bandwidth, Servers, Routers, Ping Tests, and the difference between Streaming, Downloading, and Uploading just fine until I started my own live broadcast show. Now, I have had to become familiar with these terms and know how to ask for what I need to make my shows happen. I just couldn’t accept that my laptop wouldn’t let me make great content with clarity and ease like other people could. I finally understood the difference when I took the time to educate myself. It’s not that hard.

If your location or situation absolutely cannot change and you want to stream live on Facebook, or anywhere else, don’t worry. I have some suggestions for you. Here are some tips to make what you have now work better:

  • Make sure no one else is using any computers, game consoles, TVs, phones, or smart devices in your house at the time you are going live.
  • Before broadcasting, re-set your router.
  • Before broadcasting, make sure your browser is updated and if you are on your PC (or MAC) remember the three Rs – reboot, restart, refresh.
  • Make sure you are using the browser that works best for the platform you are using (for example, Blab.im only worked with Chrome.)
  • Don’t run any other apps and close all other windows and tabs while you are streaming.
  • If you are using your phone, try putting it in Airplane Mode and then turn on WiFi.
  • Find out if you have enough bandwidth for the platform you are using.
  • If all else fails, find a place with strong WiFi to stream from – try it outside or at a coffee shop, hotel lobby, mall, college campus, or restaurant. Remember to ask for the Wifi access code – most places will be happy to let you use their WiFi for free.
  • You might need to increase your plan to include faster Internet Speed.
  • Once you evaluate your household’s usage you and you know what your overall need is, you can test your speed to see what you have available using this Speed Test.

Honestly, I still don’t really know what all this stuff means, and I don’t think I need to know. But I do know what to ask for if I have a problem and troubleshooting is something that a live stream broadcaster gets used to really fast. Hey, if things go wrong, you can always say, “It’s LIVE folks!”

 

 

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