3 Tips for Pro Level Mobile LIVE Video!

Luria Petrucci 05.26.2017 0 comments

Is your primary camera for LIVE your mobile phone? That’s the case for a lot of people, for a lot of reasons. The big thing to know is that even if your phone is your entire studio, you can still send out a very professional looking stream! This time we’re going to be looking at 3 ways to make your mobile streams look their best.

Think about your viewers’ experience

You want people to enjoy and benefit from watching your LIVE streams. Before you even get to the content, you should be thinking about how you are delivering it. How are you framing shots and how are you holding and moving the phone (your camera). Don’t be constantly swinging it around, or you’ll make your audience start to feel motion sick! Phone are small, and that makes it easy to move them quickly – but remember someone is on the other end of that fast camera move.

The Formula

FIRST – don’t ask, “Can you hear me?” as soon as you’re LIVE. It’s very natural, but very unnecessary. Watch your comments. If no one can hear you, they’ll let you know in comments. If only one person can’t hear you, it’s probably on their end. And your community will step up to help them. So don’t distract from your content by asking. (If they can’t hear you, they can’t hear that question anyway! 🙂 )

After that… the formula is…

Tease

Tell people what they’ll be getting by hanging around.

Intro

Tell them who you are and why you’re talking about your subject.

Ask for a social share

This can make a huge difference in the number of people who get to see your video, particularly on Facebook.

Engage

Talk with the people in your audience, get them involved in a back and forth conversation.

Restate your topic

Tell them what you told them. This is important for people who came in late and just generally reaffirming your point.

Launch into your main content

NOW you can start talking about your stated reason for the video.

Gear

Even if your phone is your camera, you can still add on a bunch of stuff to improve the technical quality of your videos. Start with a holder, like an iOgrapher or a Beast Grip, that you can hold on both sides for better stabilization. Then you can add on things like an external mic, special lenses, even a light! That will really boost the quality of stuff you’re shooting with your phone!

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