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How to Start Live Streaming – A Detailed Guide

Debarpita Banerjee Published on : 22 May 2024

Live streaming market is going to hit $252.76 billion by 2029. Around 23% of the global video watch time consists of live streams. So if you are still not livestreaming just out of fear of failure, you are losing out on this big opportunity! 

It’s obviously not easy to start live streaming for anyone. You need to be well aware of the live streaming platforms, equipment, setup, best practices, and everything else. It needs time, practice, and guidance! We understand that. That’s why we are here to guide you through it!

Starting your own live streaming business will involve the following steps:

1️⃣👉 Choose Your Equipment: First comes the equipment – camera, tripod, microphones, lights! You need to choose the right equipment that is affordable, easy to set up and use, and matches your exact needs. 

2️⃣👉 Choose Your Platform: There are just too many live streaming platforms, so you are bound to get confused! We will tell you how to choose the right platform that helps you earn maximum live stream revenues with minimum technical setup. 

3️⃣👉 Live Streaming Setup: Once you have both the equipment and platform, you need to set up your live stream. It involves scheduling, adding details, and generating a stream link for your live stream. 

4️⃣👉 Go Live: Take a deep breath, revise your script for one final time, and go live!

In this blog, we will take you through all these steps in detail one by one. At the end, we will also share some pro tips and live streaming best practices. So, let’s get started!

How To Choose The Perfect Live Streaming Equipment

Before choosing the equipment, here’s a question for you to ponder. What makes live streaming equipment “perfect” for you? Is it the cost, efficiency, longevity, or ease of use? Or do you have any specific use case like game live streaming, or outdoor live streaming while traveling? 

If you can figure out the answer to these questions, choosing the perfect live streaming equipment will be easier for you! 

We already have a detailed blog on budget-friendly live streaming equipment, if that’s what you are looking for. Still, we will tell you a bit more about the most important live streaming equipment like camera, tripod, microphone, lights, capture cards, and audio mixers. Let’s start with the camera.

🎥 Camera

Nowadays, live streamers are more inclined towards using their phone cameras. But if you want to deliver pro-level visuals to your audience, a professional camera is recommended.  

The choice of a good camera depends on many factors. If you want high-quality visuals, your camera must support high resolution. Full HD is a bare minimum, while 4K is often desired. You should also consider frame rate and field of view. 

Here are some good live-streaming cameras:

Camera Name

Specifications

Pros

Cons

Pricing

Elgato Facecam Pro

Resolution: 2160p (true 4K60 UHD)

Frame Rate: Up to 60 fps  

Field of View: Up to 90°

Excellent image quality with crisp details. Smooth 60 fps for capturing fast-paced action. Wide field of view for capturing more of your background.

Lacks a built-in microphone. 

US $299.99 

Logitech StreamCam

Resolution: 1080p 

Frame Rate: Up to 60 fps 

Field of View: 78°

Excellent value for money with high-quality video. Compact and easy to use with a built-in mount. Smooth 60 fps for capturing fast-paced action.

Lacks some manual controls for advanced users. Limited field of view compared to some options. 

US $169.99

Sony ZV-E10

Resolution: 4K HDR (up to 30 fps)

Frame Rate: Up to 120 fps (in 1080p) 

Field of View: Adjustable with interchangeable lenses

Superior image quality with excellent low-light performance. Highly customizable with interchangeable lenses. Very high frame rates for super smooth slow motion

Larger and heavier than webcams. Requires separate capture card for PC use. A bit expensive.

US $699.99 

 

Also, if you are looking for options below $100, Logitech C922 Pro and Microsoft LifeCam HD-3000 can be good options. 

🔭 Tripod

Once you have a camera, you will need a suitable tripod to hold it in place. Tripods are important because they act as your camera stand, and you can move around a bit while live streaming without the need to carry your camera in your hands.   

While choosing the right tripod, you should consider the following aspects:

  • Camera Weight: Your tripod MUST be able to support the weight of your chosen camera. Otherwise, there’s simply no point in using it!
  • Height: Consider the height you need for your streaming setup. If you plan to stand while streaming, you’ll need a taller tripod.
  • Portability: If you travel often for your streams, a lightweight and portable tripod is essential. 
  • Head Type: Tripods come with two types of heads: Fluid head and Ball head. Fluid head is great for smooth panning and tilting movements. While ball head is more versatile for quick adjustments to different angles.
  • Stability: A sturdy tripod is crucial for preventing camera shaking during live streams.

Here are some good tripods for live streaming:

Tripod Name

Specifications

Pros

Cons

Pricing

Manfrotto BeFree Live

Material: Aluminum.

Max Height: 59.45″ (151 cm) 

Head: Fluid head with pan and tilt controls.

Lightweight and portable. Fluid head for smooth camera movements. Supports DSLR/mirrorless cameras up to 8.8 lbs (4 kg). 

Limited height for standing positions. 

US $214.95 

JOBY GorillaPod 3K

Build Quality: Flexible legs with rubberized grips.

Max Height: 30.5 cm

Head: Ball head with 360° panning and tilt

Ultra-versatile with flexible legs for unique positioning. Compact and lightweight for travel. Supports cameras up to 6.6 lbs (3 kg).

Less stable than traditional tripods. May not be ideal for heavy cameras or windy conditions. Ideal to be placed above a table.

US $69.95

Neewer 72-inch Aluminum Tripod

Material: Aluminum

Max Height: 72″ (183cm) 

Head: 3-way pan/tilt fluid head for smooth movements

Excellent height range for various setups. Fluid head provides smooth panning and tilting. Affordable price point. Supports heavier cameras, up to 33 lbs (15 kg)

Slightly heavier than some travel tripods. May not be as compact as some folded options.

US $129.99 

            

If you are looking for tripod options around $50, Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod can be a good option. 

🎙️Microphone

The audio quality of your live stream depends on your mic quality. While choosing a good microphone for your live stream, you must consider factors like connection methods, budget, polar patterns, frequency response, etc. We already have a detailed blog on the Best Microphones For Live Streaming where we have elaborated on each one of them. So do check that out. 

Here are some of the good microphones that you can use for your live streams:

Microphone Name

Specifications

Pros

Cons

Pricing

Yeti

Connection: USB Polar Pattern: Cardioid, Bidirectional, Omnidirectional, Stereo 

Sample Rate: 48 kHz

Excellent audio quality for the price. Easy to use with a USB connection. Multiple pickup patterns and voice filters. Built-in headphone jack for monitoring.

It can pick up some background noise. Lacks some advanced features of higher-end microphones.

US $99.99 

Audio-Technica AT2020USB+

Connection: USB

Polar Pattern: Cardioid 

Sample Rate: 48 kHz

Affordable and easy to use. Good audio quality. Compact design. Headphone jack for monitoring.

Lacks some features of higher-end microphones. May not be as durable as some other options.

US $107

Shure SM7B

Connection: XLR (Requires interface)

Polar Pattern: Cardioid

Sample Rate: Up to 192 kHz (with compatible interface)

Exceptional audio quality. Industry standard for professional broadcasters. Very durable

Requires additional XLR interface (increased cost and complexity). Not as easy to use as USB microphones.

US $359 

 

If you are looking for good microphones under $50, then Blue Snowball iCE and HyperX SoloCast can be good options.             

💡Lighting

If you are planning to live stream indoors or at night, lighting will play a huge role. So, you must choose your lights carefully. Some of the factors to consider include:

  • Light Output: You must analyze the size of your streaming space. It will help you decide how much light you need. And then choose a light accordingly. Panel lights offer stronger output, while light bars are more suited for smaller areas.
  • Color Temperature: Decide if you need warm light, daylight, cool daylight, or adjustable lights. If you ask me, adjustable lights are best as it helps you adjust the lighting based on your mood or need. 
  • Mounting: Think about how you want to position your light. Magnetic options and desk clamps offer flexibility, while some lights require separate stands.
  • Portability: If you travel for streaming, a compact and lightweight light might be necessary.

Here are some of the lights you can use for live streaming:

Microphone Name

Specifications

Pros

Cons

Pricing

Elgato Key Light Mini

Light Type: LED Panel

Color Temperature: Adjustable (2900 – 7000 K)

Brightness: 800 Lumens

Mounting: Magnetic or desk clamp

Compact and portable. Adjustable color temperature for various environments. Easy to mount with magnetic option. Dims flicker-free for comfortable viewing.

The light output might not be enough for large spaces.

US $59.99 

Lume Cube RGB Panel Pro 2.0

Light Type: LED Panel

Color Temperature: Adjustable (2700K – 7500K)

Brightness: 595 Lumens

Battery Powered: Built-in power bank

Powerful LED output for well-lit streams. Wide color temperature range for creative control. Battery-powered option for mobile setups. Built-in diffusion filter softens the light.

Larger in size compared to some on-camera lights. Requires separate purchase for AC power adapter.

US $179.99

Logitech Litra Beam LX

Light Type: LED Strip

Color Temperature: Adjustable (2700K – 6500K)

Brightness: Up to 400 Lumens

Mounting: Flexible arm with desk clamp

Versatile design with bendable arm. Adjustable color temperature and brightness. Compact and easy to transport. Works with Bluetooth or USB connection.

Light output is weaker compared to panel lights. May not be ideal for larger setups.

US $149.99 

              

Some Additional Equipment

There are some additional live-streaming tools that are not compulsory, but they sometimes become necessary. Capture card and audio mixer are two such tools. So, let’s take a brief look at them.

💻Capture Card

You would sometimes want to capture video and audio feed from an external device via a capture card. There are different types of capture cards in the market, depending on specific use cases. Like if you are live streamingng a game or an e-sports tournament, you might want to use Elgato Game Capture HD60 X

But if you are live-streaming normal day-to-day events or conversations, you will not need that. In that case, you might use something like NZXT Signal HD60 which is an affordable option. 

🎼Audio Mixer

Just like a capture card, an audio mixer is also purely optional. There will be certain live streams where you will be tempted to use multiple microphones or audio sources. An audio mixer will be immensely beneficial in such situations. Otherwise, you might not need it. 

Behringer Xenyx X1204 USB is a good budget-friendly audio mixer you can use. However, for professional quality audio and studio-like sound, you can use Mackie ProFX16v3

Which is The Best Live Streaming Platform for You?

Just like the equipment, choosing a good live streaming platform also depends on the features you would need. So, before proceeding further, let’s take a look at the top features of a good live streaming platform. 

🔝Top Features of Live Streaming Platforms

Here are some of the top features that every live-streaming platform must have:

👉Monetization: You give a lot of hard work and effort to each of your live streams. So, you deserve to earn good revenues from them. A good live streaming platform must allow you to insert ads and paywall into your live stream so that you can generate revenue via advertising and pay-per-view. 

👉Multi-DRM: Imagine you are live broadcasting a conference, and someone in your audience starts recording it. They can then reuse it for any purpose. To prevent that, you should use platforms that offer multi-DRM security. Multi-DRM does not allow anyone to take screenshots or screen recordings. Also, it restricts unauthorized access.  

👉Ease of Use: The best live-streaming platforms are extremely easy to use and require zero technical knowledge. Even a non-techie can use them very easily. 

👉Scalability: Whether you are live streaming to 10 viewers to a billion viewers, it does not and should not matter. 

👉Stability: Would you like to watch a live stream with lots of buffering? No, right? So, a good live streaming platform must deliver live streams with ultra-low latency and zero buffering. 

👉DVR-Enable Live Stream: DVR lets your audience pause, rewind, and replay the live content as per their convenience. 

👉Live Chat: Live chat is a major weapon for fan engagement. Your viewers can express their views, react to other people’s views, and most importantly give feedback on your live streams. 

💸Monetizing Live Streams

Monetization is probably the most important thing to consider for any live streamer. Different live-streaming platforms offer different tools for monetizing your live streams. But if your primary focus is generating more revenues, then you should never depend only on ads. 

This is because ads will pay you money only when they are fully watched. If someone skips the ads without watching it for more than 15 seconds or uses ad blockers, you won’t get revenues from such viewers. 

This is where the use of Paywall becomes crucial. Using Paywall, you will ask your viewers to pay a specific sum of money in order to access the live streams. Hence, it will help you monetize 100% of your viewership.

And, it will help you increase your revenues by many folds. In fact, there are enough numbers to prove that you can generate 10x more revenues and get 16x more money than YouTube using Muvi Live Paywall. Click here to know how, or watch this video 👇

✨The Best Platforms for Scalable, Secure, Profitable Live Streams 

The top 5 live streaming platforms in 2024 are:

  1. Muvi Live
  2. Vimeo Livestream
  3. Dacast
  4. Brightcove
  5. Uscreen

The key features of all these 5 live-streaming platforms have been compared in the table given below.

Feature

Muvi Live

Vimeo Livestream

Dacast

Brightcove

Uscreen

Scalability

Scales to a large audience, has built-in CDN

Scales to large audiences

Scales to large audiences

Scales to large audiences

Scales to medium audiences

Security

Secured with built-in Multi-DRM and watermarking

Secured with standard streaming protocols

Secured with AES-128 encryption

Secured with DRM and SOC 2 compliance

Secured with video encryption

Monetization

Pay-per-view, ad-insertion

Not enough monetization support

Pay-per-view, Ads

Ad Insertion

Pay-per-view

Cost

Start FREE, Pay As You Go, Keep 90% of your revenues

Starts at $65/month

Starts at $39/month

Starts at $199/month (custom quotes for enterprise)

Starts at $199/month

DVR

Available

Available

Available

Available

Available

Live Stream Recording

Included

Included

Included

Included

Included

 

If you see the table carefully, you will realize that Muvi Live stands out in every feature and parameter listed above. Hence, it is by far the best live streaming platform in 2024, that helps you deliver scalable, secure, and profitable live streams. 

So, in our next section let’s take a look at how you can setup your live stream very easily using Muvi Live. 

Live Video Streaming Setup

Steps To Setup Your Live Streaming    

You can set up your live stream very easily by following the steps given below:

  1. Click here to sign up with Muvi Live. No upfront payment is required. You can start FREE, and then Pay As You Go. 
  2. Login to the Muvi Live dashboard.
  3. Now you need to add a new live stream. Click on “Add a Live Stream” to do so.
  4. The live streaming form will open next. Start filling out that form. Add a name, description, and other details about your livestream. 
  5. Choose a suitable source for your live feed. I am assuming that you will be using your own camera and microphone as sources. In addition to the camera and microphone, you can also take live feeds from any 3rd party encoders like vMix and OBS. 
  6. Enable DRM protection if you need a secure live stream. 
  7. If you want to add a paywall for pay-per-view monetization, enable the paywall option. You will be asked to add a paywall fee and default currency. Fill that. 
  8. If you want to insert ads, enable ad insertion. 
  9. You can also personalize the player settings.
  10. Once you have filled up all the necessary details, click on save. 
  11. Now come back to your live stream section where you will now see your newly added stream. Click on the three dots on its right. 
  12. There, you will get the option to share the live stream link. So, click on it to copy the live stream link, and share it with your viewers.         

For a more detailed understanding of how to set up your livestream, click here.  

Go Live!

This is the final step, and the most important one. Before going live, it is important to ensure that all your equipment is properly connected and working. Also, you should double-check your livestream setup. 

Once you have all the equipment and setup in place, just calm yourself down a bit and click on the start live stream button. 

Pro Tips – Live Streaming Best Practices 

Just starting the livestream is not enough. In order to ensure a successful livestream with good audience engagement, following the livestream best practices is important. Here are some pro tips that will help you deliver quality live streams:

  1. Choose a theme or topic that aligns with the interests of your audience.
  2. Have a loose outline or script prepared beforehand, to keep your stream focused and engaging.
  3. Do a test run of your entire setup, including audio, video, lighting, and streaming software, to ensure everything works smoothly.
  4. Use a wired ethernet connection whenever possible for a stable and reliable internet connection. If using Wi-Fi, ensure a strong signal to avoid lag or dropped frames.
  5. Welcome viewers at your stream’s beginning and acknowledge their presence throughout the broadcast.
  6. Interact with your audience by reading and responding to comments and questions in real time. This creates a more personal and engaging experience.
  7. Enunciate clearly and avoid speaking too fast to ensure your audience understands you easily.
  8. Modulate your voice and vary the pace of your speech to keep things interesting and relatable.
  9. Conclude your stream gracefully by thanking viewers for joining and mentioning any upcoming content or announcements.

For beginners, mistakes in live streaming is quite common. We already have a detailed blog on live streaming mistakes and ways to avoid them. Do check that out.

Bonus Tip – Live Streaming Promotion

Promotion is a key tool to bring more audience to your live stream. And in 2024, 90% of the live streams are promoted using social media. Effective live stream promotion requires the following:

  1. While creating the social media posts for promotion, craft clear, informative, and engaging titles and descriptions for your live stream. Highlight the topic, what viewers can expect, and why they should tune in.
  2. Promote your live stream across all your social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. well in advance. Utilize relevant hashtags to reach a wider audience.
  3. A few days before your live stream, start posting teasers or trailers with snippets of the content you’ll be covering.
  4. Post about your live stream in relevant online communities or forums where your target audience gathers.
  5. If you have an email list, send out an email to your subscribers to inform them about your upcoming live stream. 

Apart from the above-mentioned promotion strategies, you can also follow community promotion techniques like:

  1. Running polls or asking questions to generate interest and interaction.
  2. Partner with other streamers in your niche for cross-promotion. Announce your upcoming stream on their channels and vice versa to tap into each other’s audiences.

To Sum Up

We hope the details shared in this blog will help you choose the right equipment, and the right live stream platform, and follow the right live stream setup and best practices. 

If you are looking for a reliable and feature-rich live streaming platform that will help you generate hefty revenues from your live stream, Muvi Live is the one for you! You can insert both paywalls and ads into your live streams, while your content remains secure using multi-DRM. Built-in CDN helps achieve amazing scalability and a larger number of concurrent viewers. And the best part is you do not need to pay any monthly subscription. So why wait? Sign up for FREE and start live streaming today!

FAQs

If you are looking for a live streaming platform that will help you earn a good amount of money from your live streams, then Muvi Live is definitely the perfect choice for you. It offers both paywall and ad-based monetization. Also, your content remains 100% secure and protected from piracy with multi-DRM.

  • Promote your live streams on social media. 
  • Your social media posts must be engaging enough. You can initiate polls and ask about live-streaming topics. 
  • You can also record short clips, teasers, and trailers and post them on social media.

  1. Get all the necessary live stream equipment like camera, mic, and lights. 
  2. Choose a good live-streaming platform. Our personal favorite is Muvi Live. 
  3. Set up the live-streaming equipment. 
  4. Sign up with Muvi Live and set up a new live stream. 
  5. Set up an OBS or vMix stream, and connect the OBS or vMix stream with your Muvi Live stream. 

The most basic live streaming setup includes:

  1. Camera
  2. Microphone
  3. Lights
  4. Live streaming platforms like Muvi Live
  5. Encoding software like OBS

You will essentially need two types of software: Encoding software (for example – OBS, vMix, etc.) and a Live Streaming Platform (for example – Muvi Live). 

Yes, for a stable live stream, internet speed of minimum 25Mbps is extremely necessary. It is often advised to go for an internet connection of 40Mbps or 72Mbps. 

Written by: Debarpita Banerjee

Debarpita is a Content Writer with Muvi. With around 2 years of experience in content creation, she has worked across industries like SaaS, EdTech, eLearning, AR-VR, and Metaverse. She believes in delivering content that can be of some value to the readers. In her free time, she likes to try her hand at website and app development.

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