The last thing you want to do when you go live on Facebook is tweaking and changing things. Here is how to set up your equipment for Facebook Live:
- Check Your Upload Speed
Before you start filming, make sure you have at least a 2 to 2.5 Mbps for Facebook Live. Be aware of other people who may be sharing your internet connection. If you are in an office, other people may start downloading files, which can slow down your internet speed significantly. If your internet speed is less than 2 to 2.5 Mbps, you should either try to find a different internet connection or use LTE instead of Wi-Fi. If there’s no way to get a faster internet speed, then be sure to let your viewers know that you may experience problems because you are not sure about the internet speed in your location.
- Set Up Your Equipment
Set up things like your camera, your tripod (if you are using one), and make sure that everything is at the right height and stable. Check your audio and your lighting before you start filming. You do not need any special gear beyond your phone’s camera, but if you are going to be doing Facebook Live streams regularly, you might want to consider investing in a portable microphone and a mini tripod so that you are getting your phone out of your hands and into a stable position.
If you are using a Mac or a PC to go live, you can use similar gear. You can simply use your Facebook browser to go live or you can use software such as Ecamm Live, OBS or Wirecast. There are many options for Facebook Live, but no matter which way you are going, the important thing is to make sure everything is set up correctly.