Why everyone’s talking about live streaming
Mobile live streaming apps are all over social media: Facebook, Twitter and YouTube are all heavily pushing it onto our timelines. Engagement is the key, and live streaming is proving an outright winner when it comes to viewer numbers. According to Facebook research, social media fans are engaged for 300% longer when hooked on live video. Live streaming is pushing other formats, including video-on-demand, well out of the picture.
Streaming directly from Youtube Live, Facebook Live or Twitter’s Periscope might be a piece of cake, but there are a bunch of easily-available apps out there for those keen to create a great product. Multiple cameras, professionalised graphics, the potential to stream to multiple platforms are just some of the features that can help you reach an even larger audience.
Our top mobile live streaming apps!
If you’re serious about engaging your audience you might want to give these a try, and get an Ipad or iPhone while you’re at it…really, all the good stuff is on IOS!
Available for IOS only, this great mobile live streaming app allows you to turn your iPad into a live video switcher (or video mixer if you use UK jargon). No need for cables or complicated setup – you can easily get four devices connected to the same wifi network and be ready to go live on multiple platforms including Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Ustream. You can take full control of your production by adjusting recording size: lower the quality to save storage space on your device or bump up the resolution and bitrate to record and broadcast in HD. The app lets you insert videos, overlays, scoreboards and slideshows – even Skype calls.
Price: Free download. Switcher Basic is free (broadcast up to 30 mins/day); Switcher Studio plan prices vary; monthly/annual billing
Max inputs: 4
Live:Air – Teradek
Live:Air brings your live stream to life with a host of real-time editing tools, video effects and multi-camera switching all from your iPad or iPhone. It has a built-in image editor, letting you overlay logos and other promotional material into your streams and the ability to adjust size, opacity, colour saturation, highlights and tint on the fly. The Integrated Audio Mixer means you can live mix your audio for real-time broadcasts. Live:Air is compatible with any RTMP-based online video platform and includes native integration with Facebook Live, YouTube Live, Ustream, Livestream, and Twitch.tv, offering a quick and seamless streaming experience.
Price: Free download; in-app purchasing options – Basic $49, Pro $99
Max inputs: 4
Wirecast Go from Telestream is a more basic mobile live streaming app that lets you add a bit of professional shine to your broadcast: a single iPhone live stream direct to YouTube. Basic editing options including resize or adding/moving graphics to one of three layers – such as a full-screen video with a small image inset or full-screen image with small video inset.
Platform: IOS (iPhone only at present)
Price: Free for a single camera to YouTube; $5.99 in-app purchase enables: replay, any RTMP destination and switching between unlimited shots.
Max inputs: 1
Other inputs: Pictures, logo overlays
Multiple devices, multiple platforms, multiple solutions: we make live streaming easy
Whether you are looking for a remote commentary solution or a fully managed live streaming service, Volcano City are here to help. We take away the headache often associated with live streaming by managing the whole operation from start to finish.