Live Video Lighting 101: Brighten Up Your Productions

By Dan Petrik on Feb 6, 2019 12:00:00 PM

Let’s face it: If a video doesn’t look great, you tune out. Good lighting is one of the key components to creating better-looking video. If you shoot without thinking about lighting, the end result can be full of contrasting colors, shadows, and a range of other lighting problems.

To give you an idea of what I mean, here is what Switcher's studio looks like before and after we add lights:

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Livestreaming Gear: Basic Tools for a Killer Live Video

By Jimmy Burns on Jan 8, 2019 3:36:58 PM

Whether you’re a veteran livestreamer or a beginner leveling up your video game, it’s important to consider the tools you need to create truly exceptional live videos. These days, a smartphone is really the only gear you need to pull off a live broadcast. There are dozens of platforms making it increasingly easy to go live directly from your phone.

Not all live videos are created with equal production value, however. Who hasn’t watched a video whose creator didn’t think to stabilize their nauseating hand-held camera? Or one in which the person talking is so far away from the camera that you can’t even understand what they’re trying to say? Or, my personal favorite, one in which the video starts out vertical and ends up sideways after the first 5 seconds? Then you have to lock your phone’s screen rotation and hold it funny so it keeps playing — I mean, are we all just supposed to lay on our sides to watch this?

With a few best practices, it’s not hard to create awesome videos with your smartphone, ones that will make your audience keep watching rather than throw their phones against the wall. Below I’ve covered the basic gear you need to create great livestreams, but don’t worry if you’re not ready to invest in any gadgets yet — I also convey several free ways to improve your videos.

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How to Go Live on YouTube and What to Know First

By Angela Nicole Holbrook on Dec 12, 2018 3:10:53 PM

Most social media platforms contain a live video component these days. From Facebook to Instagram to Twitter, platforms that started as a way to share thoughts and photos are now being used to share live videos with family, friends, and fans.

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RTMP for Live Video: What is it and how do I set it up?

By Dan Petrik on Dec 10, 2018 12:57:17 PM

Whether you're an active livestreamer or just learning about livestreaming, you may have seen the term RTMP and not known exactly what it means. Don't let the acronym intimidate you — RTMP is easy to set up. 

Before we set up an RTMP stream, however, we need to understand what RTMP actually is, what it connects with, and how it works.

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How to Go Live on Facebook from the Phone App or Your Computer

By Dan Petrik on Nov 30, 2018 10:47:30 AM

Going live on Facebook is an amazingly fun way to connect with your friends and followers, but if you've never done it before, you might not know what to expect. Here I'll walk you through the two simplest ways to go live.

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How to Build a Live Video Content Strategy: Getting Started

By Kate Brannen Smith on Nov 28, 2018 12:44:55 PM

You can learn a lot about a person from their search history — like where they live, what their interests are, and what kinds of problems they’re trying to solve on any given day. I, for instance, have been searching for fingerless gloves today. This reveals a problem I’m trying to solve: My fingers feel like ice, but I need them to type.

Your audience also has problems, problems that you or your organization can solve through products, services, education, offerings, or whatever it is that you create and share with the world. And, like me, your audience members are searching the internet for solutions. Ensuring that they find you — and that they find you helpful — is what content strategy is all about.

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How to Livestream from a Drone in Switcher Studio

By Dan Petrik on Oct 31, 2018 1:46:27 PM

Switcher Studio's iOS screensharing feature has infinite use cases, expanding what's possible in your productions. Basically, if you can show something on your iOS device, you can show it in Switcher just by connecting your phone or iPad as a video source. From green screen and scoreboard apps to system setups and video games, the sky's the limit for what you can screenshare into your productions. 

Literally — because today we're talking about drones. Sorry, I had to.

Topics: Tips & Tricks
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Controlling Access to Your Live Videos

By Jimmy Burns on Aug 24, 2018 12:16:59 PM

Anyone making videos for Facebook, Youtube, Twitch or any other platforms can agree that one of the biggest goals of “video content creation” is to grow your audience and get as many viewers as possible. Most of the advice and strategy you’ll read about social video is likely helping you discover new ways to make your videos standout and crank up that view count.

Topics: Tips & Tricks
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Pairing Microsoft Stream with Switcher Studio

By Jimmy Burns on Aug 8, 2018 11:09:59 AM

Creating video content for your organization just got easier. Microsoft recently announced a new feature for Office 365 and Microsoft Stream called "Live Events". Now users can create live video experiences for people within their organization. Videos are automatically annotated so they become searchable. Switcher Studio is proud to be a launch partner with Microsoft for the announcement of these new features. Check out the video below to see how easy it is to pair your live event with Switcher Studio.

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How to Build a Content Calendar for Live Video

By Whitney Mattingly on Jul 18, 2018 1:30:00 PM

Live video is a versatile tool. However, because it offers so many possibilities, you might not know where to start. Whether you’re planning your first live stream or are looking for engaging news to feature, creating a top-level content calendar is a great way to prioritize topics.

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