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We break down the tech and strategy that streamers use into 4 Levels. That helps you see where you are in the range of possibilities and makes it easier to focus on what you need to do to move forward and improve your streams. We’re adjusting those levels a bit to better address the options now available to LIVE streamers. So here’s a rundown of the NEW 4 Levels of LIVE Streaming!
Level 1: Phone
If you’re going LIVE from your phone, that’s Level 1. It’s the easiest place to begin, and a vital part of your streaming strategy no matter how you progress. Even if you’ve got a state-of-the-art Level 4 studio, you should still have a Level 1 component for what I call “Life Streams” – those random times when you go LIVE to talk to your audience from the beach, or a store, or wherever you may be. Life Streams are vital to growing your audience, so you never outgrow Level 1!
Level 2: Browser Based
Level 2 is when you are using browser-based software for going LIVE, like Facebook.com or BeLive. These are sites where you can go to a specific page, then go LIVE right from there. It’s an easy way to go LIVE with a regular show, but there are drawbacks. Check out the video for all the details on those!
Level 3: Software on Your Computer
Level 3 is when you have software on your computer (like Ecamm for the Mac) that lets you do more stuff and make more choices than a browser-based solution. But since this is usually done on a computer that you use for lots of other stuff (web browsing, email, productivity software, etc.) the LIVE software can sometimes struggle for system resources. It’s always best to have as little other stuff installed on your streaming computer as possible. LIVE streaming is VERY resource intensive! And that brings us to Level 4.
Level 4: Dedicated PC + Complete Strategy
This is a dedicated computer that you ONLY use for LIVE video. That keeps your system’s resources aimed just at that streaming task, which is super-important for putting out a top-quality stream. Level 4 is also about the strategies (not just the tech). You can have all the tech possible and still be making rookie mistakes with your strategies. Level 4 makes sure all the pieces are working together in the best way possible.
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