What equipment do I need for a successful Facebook Live broadcast?

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There are several ways to do a Facebook Live broadcast:

  • Go live from your phone using the Facebook app
  • From a web browser using Facebook.com
  • Using a third-party app like Restream on desktop or Switcher Studio on iOS

Facebook Live tools

Smartphone live

Some of the tools that can help if you stream from your phone and that I have bought and used:

  • Lavalier microphone for better audio.
  • A selfie stick that can also be used as a tripod. Really, holding the phone can get old, though, sometimes it’s the only way to get a shot.
  • A battery pack if you are going live for a while. Live video strains the battery.
  • Phone case. Make sure your phone is in a case because you might  drop it.

I use these tools myself but usually just end up shooting with the phone on its own. Being close enough should provide good audio. You can also use a wide-angle lens that allows you to be close for good audio and have a wide shot.

Those work well if you are out and about and need a minimal setup.

Facebook Live in office or studio

In my office, I use my studio setup, which you can shop here.

In a nutshell, I use a:

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Facebook Live outline

In addition to the equipment, think of your Facebook Live as a story with a beginning, middle and end. Often that can look like this:

  • Intro – discuss what’s going on today and share who you are, especially for new viewers. Preview what will be discussed.
  • Middle – discuss the topic at hand. Spend some time here. Minutes, not seconds.
  • Wrap up. Summarize. Open up to final questions. (Don’t be upset or disappointed if there are none.) Remind people who you are and where else they can find you. Thank them for attending.

Having good content is actually the most important piece and I’ve done livestreams in the moment and only had my phone with me and those worked just great.

Don’t wait to start because you don’t have all the equipment. Just start and add things as you go.

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