Live Streaming Events Online: Top Tips

Live streaming events online can be a very difficult process if you are doing so for the first time. However, there are tips and techniques to make your stream better and more professional looking. In this article, we list some of the top tips that must be adhered to if you want to create a quality live stream.

Firstly, be careful of the live stream's resolution quality. While shooting in HD is great, not all connections have the ability to stream well in HD. By also hosting a standard definition stream, this ensures accessibility. To ensure a smooth experience for all, the general rule is that you should stream at about half your total upload speed. By streaming at a bitrate that your connection can't handle, you are running the risk of delivering a stream that will be choppy and constantly buffering for the viewer. Another tip is to always ensure you test your stream – usually in the 15 to 30 minute period before the live stream is scheduled to begin. This allows you to test all of the equipment and lighting before you go live which could see you avoid any slip-ups. If you are event streaming or are putting together an outside broadcast, it is recommended that you run a full test well in advance of the stream. For outside, always make sure to check weather forecasts to test on a day with similar conditions to the actual day of the event. For an event, it can be good to scout the surroundings and spot any potential issues in advance of the stream.

Sound like a lot of work? It is for an amateur who is live streaming events online for the first time. It's precisely why you should consider hiring live streaming production experts who have experience with broadcasting events – like the team at Over Exposed. For more on our live streaming services, just visit http://overexposed.tv, call 0208 226 4073 or contact mail@overexposed.tv.