Checklist For Live Streaming

Live streaming online is still triggering the trending list as all-hands want to be on this hot-pot. However, why is it that if you call out live streaming right now in your workroom and a bunch of sceptics will oppose your decision. When Digi-mongers started giving this feature a shout out it became an instant favorite among the masses. So, why is it that even after being in the market for ages, LIVE is looked upon with tensed looks.
There has to be just one answer coming from all the corners. "We don't know what all we need to work on it." There are a lot of details and equipment that go in when it comes to creating live streaming quality content. While most of the content creator, businesses, artists, influencers, or even members of a small-town community have great content to present. They might even have a solid plan on how to execute it, but we often lack the key elements in the preparation stage of a live streaming video which massively affects their end result.
That's the only reason why we've put together this checklist of the most critical elements and equipment that are necessary for live streaming.

The five technical essentials for Live Stream are;

A camera
External mics
An encoder
Power/electricity
Internet connectivity

To help you in understanding the technicalities (in detail), we are adding-on some essential pointers that you need to consider. The live stream is primarily based on whether you are going ahead with a hardware-based or software-based stream.

Encoder:
Before you can start streaming your content live on the platforms, you need to have an encoding device for live streaming. It is a device or application that takes your content and converts it into a digital format to stream on any platform. In more straightforward English, the encoder will digitize your videos and content to send it to the platform further to be live-streamed to your viewers.

The encoder deals with three main tasks;

Sharing your screen or broadcasting your content.
Using external audio/video equips.

To manage an advanced production that involves multiple cameras and audio inputs.

It is the only element that stand-alone is used in both hardware or software-based streams.

Kinds of Camera Equipment Needed:
For hardware-based live input, the user needs a specialized camera, which can be either (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) or SDI (Serial Digital Interface) input video camera. Most streamers opt for HD-quality cameras for better viewing experience. For a still streaming angle, the tripod is mandatory. However, the necessary changes can be made if the streamer is using his/her laptop camera or webcam to shoot the stream. Camera feeds can be either delivered for streaming a hardwired, physical connection or over a network via IP protocols.

Internet connection:
The speed of your internet connection is crucial to the success of your live stream. However, it is also based on whether you choose a high or low-quality feed for your viewers.

o Standard Definition Input
Above 3 Mbps will allow you to stream in SD (standard definition). Ideally, having 10 Mbps upload speed gives excellent results when it comes to live streaming the content.
o High Definition Input
We recommend you make use of an ethernet connection instead of wi-fi, to gain more stability for an HD feed. It would be even better if you make use of a dedicated line, which only you are using.

If you're looking to broadcast your life, activities, or a specific on-going event for the first time; this 2-min read exists for you. Don't you forget to double-check these before going LIVE!

Author's Bio: 

Established in 2002 with domestic presence across major cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and global presence in countries like UAE, South East Asia, London, and Spain, we take immense pride in pioneering live streaming service in India