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Streaming Tips

  1. Keep your setup simple. Every piece of equipment you add increases complexity in your setup. And if one of these parts fails, then the success of your entire live show is at risk! It’s always best to keep your setup simple to lower the odds of technical errors.

  2. Have backup equipment available. Even with a simple setup, there is still a chance your equipment may fail. Some encoders, such as Pearl-2, are built incredibly reliable, but it’s the smaller components that tie everything together, such as cables and monitors, which may pose a small risk for failure. It’s always best to play it safe and keep backups of your gear whenever possible.

  3. Ensure bandwidth availability. Know your network! Test your upload speed to ensure you have consistent upload bandwidth or your live stream may not be viewable by your audience.

  4. Budget extra time for audio. In our experience with the Live @ Epiphan show, audio setup sometimes doesn’t receive all the attention it deserves. Audio is essential to delivering a professional live stream, after all. So make sure you remember to give yourself ample time to minimize room noise, test acoustics, and configure your audio encoding settings, and more.

  5. Test your stream with a backup account. A good way to test your stream before going live is to stream to a backup account. In Facebook, for example, create a new account with no friends and set all publishing notifications to private. While your backup account is streaming you can log into your main account and view your broadcast from the perspective of your audience.

  6. Double-check automated publishing. Facebook Live and YouTube have settings that, when enabled, automatically publish your stream at a certain time. This is called scheduling a live event. At the time of writing this post however, we found that this feature doesn’t work 100% of the time. We recommend always double-checking that the scheduled event published correctly. (Alternatively, you could simply publish the stream manually instead of using the scheduling feature!).

  7. Topic generation gets easier with experience. Struggling to generate topic ideas? Don’t worry – coming up with ideas for content gets easier with time. As you gain experience interacting and engaging with your viewers you become increasingly familiar with what topics resonate most deeply with your audience.


  1. Monitor your stream with an external display. Confidence monitoring is essential to ensure a reliable and professional live stream. An extra display provides valuable perspective by letting you see your live show through the eyes of your viewers. For example – with our social media streaming device, Webcaster X2, you can monitor your stream, see comments, and engage with your audience.

  2. Look at the camera – not the monitor! Reference monitors are a fantastic tool for confidence monitoring purposes. Many live streamers (us included) like to place the reference monitor directly below the camera for easy access, but this location makes the monitor very tempting to look at for longer than needed. Resist the urge to stare at the monitor to ensure your eyelines into the camera lens are correct!

  3. Respond to comments live (if possible). Comments have a short shelf life, so get to it! Respond to comments live if possible, and if you can’t, do so immediately following the show. Interacting with your viewers in this way helps boost engagement with your audience and keeps them coming back to your show for more.

  4. Give yourself lots of pre-show prep time Getting prepared for a professional-quality live show can eat up more time than you think! Being organized and mentally ready is essential for delivering a top-quality live stream. Allow yourself more pre-show prep time to reduce stress levels and help ensure you deliver the best possible broadcast.

  5. Avoid placeholders – start right away. In the past, we used pre-roll placeholder images when our live streams began to give ourselves a bit of extra prep time. For example, we often used an overlay with text “Stream will start soon!”. We quickly learned this pre-roll method isn’t ideal for Facebook Live in particular, where live video is featured in newsfeeds and therefore easy to scroll past and miss.

  6. Have someone monitor your stream (if possible). Having an extra set of eyes on your live stream is very important. The extra person helps provide support and informs you of any problems you can’t see, such as audio sync issues and choppy frame rates.

  7. Add an extra host or guest. Not only is live streaming more fun and engaging with two or more people, but the added company offers fresh insights and perspectives to make your live show more interesting. Having a guest on your live stream is also an excellent opportunity for cross-promotion (i.e. you promote the guest with your audience and the guest promotes your show with their audience!).

  8. Trim heads and tails if needed. If you’re streaming to YouTube and had a rocky start – don’t worry. You can trim out the heads (and tails) in the VOD version for a polished and professional intro/outro.

  9. Record your show locally. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to live streaming. That’s why we always recommend recording your live stream locally so you’ll be fully prepared in the worst case scenario with a full, high-resolution backup. You can live stream and record at the same time using a versatile encoder, such as our “all in one” live production switcher, Pearl-2.

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