Live Streaming Producer talks about getting outside the studio and gives you tips for live streaming success.
Stephen Heywood is the CEO of technology website The Tech Buzz and outdoor enthusiast website No Boundaries Outdoors. He’s been in the technology and broadcasting industries for nearly 11 years and has worked on live productions of different sizes and scales through the years.
Some of Stephen’s escapes from the busy broadcasting world include getting outside to hunt and fish. After Stephen's online followers saw him sharing hunting and fishing adventures on social media, they suggested he produce outdoor TV programs and inform the public about great products used from the outdoor industry. This is where his website and live series No Boundaries Outdoors was born. No Boundaries Outdoors takes Outdoor TV to the next level with real-time live content and social interactions. The live views range from 600-2,000 per video, but Heywood’s followers are fully engaged in the outdoor aactivity and the various hunting, camping, hiking, and fishing gear he talks about.
Stephen recounts some of his most recent live streams and shares best practices for live streaming newbies.
Recently, me and my team went to ATA in Indianapolis, Indiana. This is the Archery Trade Association conference – the Super Bowl of archery shows. Every major company in the outdoor industry and archery industry goes to release new bows, gear, camo, and other products. We had the privilege of covering ATA for two full days and broadcast live 8 hours per day.
When speaking with my team, I wanted to have the best of the best in mobile production technology for live streaming in the field and at trade shows. This is why I ended up going with LiveU and the Solo. I was no stranger to LiveU as I’ve used it since 2011 at my first CES (Consumer Electronics Show). So, I was familiar with the quality and dependability. You are probably reading this and thinking, “Great, I just need to get all this gear and I’m set to go into the field and stream live with great quality?”
Not so fast.
I spent many weeks testing, checking and learning the gear I was to be taking into the field. Why? Because I needed to know the ins and outs of everything so I could train my camera man so he knew what to look and listen to for problems.
Here are a few tips I would suggest for those wanting to get out in the field and do on location broadcasting, no matter what type of content you’re doing:
TEST, TEST, TEST
Probably the most important tip is to test your gear. Never assume that it's working or everything is charged. Test and check prior to leaving for the event EVEN if you think your setup is flawless. Nothing is guaranteed.
KNOW YOUR GEAR
Take the time to explore what your equipment can do. This way you can quickly take advantage of features like improving low light situations or boosting audio if you're in loud environments.
LET YOUR TEAM DO IT
The best way to ensure they are confident and comfortable with the workflow and setup is to let your team set all the equipment up, from start to finish. As you'll see in the next tip, the more that people know, the more they can help!
To get the rest of Stephens's 7 quick tips for live streaming with less hassles, visit http://get.gosolo.tv/7-tips.