For live stream videos, it is important to make sure you are in a location with fast and realizable internet. There are products you can buy that make it easier to live stream from places that are not your home; however, if you want to be sure there are no glitches or problems, the place to be is at your home or office building with secure and faster internet.
This way, you can be sure your live feed gets delivered to the audience clearly.
There are a few popular platforms to choose from to stream your live content. Here are a few popular choices:
One of the most popular platforms owned by Amazon is Twitch.tv. It is mainly a platform utilized by video gamers to stream their gameplay. Many people use this platform live to stream their exercise routines, chatting with friends, cooking, and much more.
Twitch makes it easy to interact with audiences and has a subscription service where streamers can by paid monthly from the viewers who are subscribing to their channel. Browse by the game or select the “Just Chatting” category to see who else is live streaming content.
YouTube also offers a streaming platform where you can stream using your webcam, cell phone, or an encoder. If you want to stream using your smartphone, you must already have 1,000 subscribers.
Instagram is a social media platform where users share pictures and video content only from their mobile devices. Due to it being a phone application, you can only stream on Instagram from your cell phone.
Facebook owns Instagram and offers video streaming from a browser or mobile device too. To start a live stream from your Instagram, select the camera icon on the top left of the screen. Then when the camera opens, select Live on the bottom next to Story. Once you are ready, click the middle Record button.
Storing Your Videos
After you record a video, you will want to make sure you store it somewhere in case something happens to the uploaded video. Do not trust the platform you use to share your videos to be your storage system, especially if it’s a free-to-you platform.
Luckily, there are many ways to store your content as videos do take up a lot of space, and your computer hard drive will probably not cut it depending on how many videos you plan on producing.
Here a few popular choices for storing your video content:
- External Hard Drives – Great option for those who don’t want to save their content over the internet. An external hard drive is a portable hard drive that is separate from your computer and can safely store large files of data. This is the most realizable option for saving videos as this is something you own and don’t have to worry about accessing if the internet is not available.
- Dropbox – This is a file hosting service that brings all your data together in one spot. They offer 5 terabytes of space for $12.50 per month. Dropbox allows you to share files and data with others easily without having to open other applications.
- Google Cloud or Apple iCloud – Both are great options to store your videos in the cloud. They both offer free space and then paid versions once you go over a certain about of space. The cloud is storing data over the internet and doesn’t take up space on your computer or hard drive.
Using the right editing and file storage will make your job as a video producer a lot easier. You’ll feel good about what you’re doing, and you won’t be terrified of something happening to your hard drive.