Before you start producing incredible live broadcasts, I want to make sure you create an easy-to-follow, repeatable process you can execute before every stream.
In this post, I quickly take you through the five steps you should take before streaming live. If you prefer to learn via video, I've included the Tech Tips episode toward the bottom of the post where I break these five suggestions down for you in more depth.
STEP 1: Test Your internet
The internet is the lifeblood of your stream. It's important to make sure you've got a strong enough connection to stream video. We testing your internet the day before and the day of the stream using speedtest.net or speedof.me.
Step 2: Check your audio levels
Audio is half of what makes a live stream. As we say in our FAQs, audio problems during a stream are usually caused by:
Audio clipping - Your audio clips when your signal is overdriving the BoxCaster's input. Try turning down the level of the audio being sent to the BoxCaster.
Bitrate may be set too low - If the BoxCaster has detected a very low bandwidth, or if you have chosen a very low audio bitrate, the audio may be "tinny". Try choosing a higher audio bitrate in the Advanced Configuration menu on the scheduling page for the event.
Slow network connection - You may be experiencing packet loss due to a slow network connection or another networking problem. Go into Advanced Configurations and lower your video bitrate.
STEP 3: Secure cabling and devices
Tape down any cabling that someone walking by might trip over and kick out. Also, try to keep cameras out of high-foot traffic areas.
STEP 4: run a test stream
Once you have all your equipment set up, I always recommend that you test the stream. If you're new to streaming, in a new environment, or using new equipment, it's important that you set up multiple tests just to be safe. I recommend you test the day of the event as well (15-30 minutes before you go live).
STEP 5: Have a backup plan
Whenever I'm streaming live, I always have backups for video, audio, and internet. It's better to be safe than sorry, right?!
Here is the full-length Tech Tips video that we made on this topic: