Live Streaming Guide

Livestreaming Quick Guide for Beginners

Why Live?

It’s fast, fun, and immediate. Live streaming directly to the internet. There’s no editing, no fiddling with cutouts, no overlays or sound effects, and no special filters to make you love Tom Cruise. Just you and the audience. You can show off your best skills. Are you learning a new guitar song? Just finished painting? Want to tell the world about  the  best  graphic novels ? Broadcast live. In a time when  social contact is lacking  around the world, you can connect with people in different ways. Viewers can ask questions and you can answer them directly. Chat with friends or anyone who listens and feel a bit of human connection which is so hard to come by on videotape.
If you own a business, you can chat with followers and invite them behind the scenes. For example, CBS News broadcasts  its morning news segment live  with a behind-the-camera view of the studio. When you’re done streaming, you can leave the recorded video on your Facebook profile, page, or YouTube channel. There’s no faster way to add videos to your profile.

How to Live Broadcast

The easiest way to live stream is via the Facebook or YouTube app. Throw in a GoPro and you’ve got a tiny camera you can mount anywhere or a first-person-style shot for your live stream.


Live streaming via the Facebook app on your phone is the easiest way to get started.
  1. Open the Facebook app.
  2. Click “Live” where you normally post status updates.
  3.  Add a description and click “Start Live Video”.
  4. Live stream to all your fans (or your family).
GoPro cameras are the easiest way to get unique angles for your videos and live streams. With a stand that lets you strap, attach, and wrap your GoPro to anything, it’s easy to record from top to bottom as you make food or from your forehead while playing guitar. To stream live with a GoPro, all you need is some sort of Wi-Fi, either through your home or your phone’s hot spot.
  1. Open the GoPro app on your phone and pair it with your camera.
  2. On the Preview screen in the GoPro app, swipe right and click the “Set Up Live” button.
  3. Log in to Facebook to link your account with the app.
  4. Add streaming details, such as the name and who you want to see, then tap “Set Up Live Streaming”.
  5. Tap “Live”.
  6. To see comments and the results of your epic live stream, open the Facebook app.


Streaming with YouTube involves a few more requirements. For starters, you need 1,000 subscribers on your YouTube channel. The first livestream may take up to 24 hours to activate. Once you’re set up, stream!
  1. Open the YouTube app and click the video camera button at the top to post the video.
  2. Click “Live”.
  3. Set your live streaming settings
  4. Click “Live” again.

Tips for Live Streaming

  • Make a list of the things you want to say. That’s cool if you want your video to be dynamic and spontaneous but no one wants to see you say “um” and “ah” for an hour. Have a short list in your head of your points just as you would for a speech or presentation.
  • Pay attention to your background. Live streaming, well, live. If your wife or roommate walks naked in the background, they are on the internet for all viewers to see. Your wife hates you forever, background in your stream is important. Viewers don’t want to see your messy home; keep it simple so they can focus on you.
  • Test your voice before streaming. Bad video can come and go, but bad audio makes it hard for you to watch the live stream. Record a quick video to see if your microphone is working properly and loud enough.
  • Look at the camera. The camera is the little black dot at the top of your phone. It’s okay to look at the screen once in a while to see what you look like, but everyone is in that little black hole at the top.

Live stream for Inspiration

The YouTube Live channel is   dedicated to the latest live streams from around the world, from  Rolling Stones concerts  to  coronavirus news  to  Icelandic giants lifting thousands of pounds. If you love animals, the Cincinnati Zoo has a daily live stream on Facebook showing off some of its animals like the giant salamander, the sloth that smells like eggs, and Cruncher the alligator. The National Aquarium has a reef camera   . And you can see brown bears roaming  Katmai National Park  in Alaska.