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Studio Five CorpBy Studio Five Corp|25 November 2021|In Livestream|0 Comments

10-Ways to Improve Livestreaming

Livestreaming is a brand new way to market your business and self-branding. Studio Five will educate you how to achieve better quality and consistency when streaming video from online. While your video streaming experience will ultimately depend on the speed and strength of your Internet connection, there are a few things that you can do to cut down on buffering and improve livestreaming.

1. Equipments (Mobile Devices)

Your mobile phones and devices may be one of the important factors to Livestream. When using a much more advanced mobile phone or device you will get a better quality and a smoother live.Depending on your mobile phone’s RAM. While it is possible to live stream with a smartphone alone, especially if it is one with a high-quality camera like one of the new iPhone 13 Pro, there is a bit of equipment that you can invest in to improve the quality of your end result. Here is the shortlist of the ideal kit and setup for mobile live streaming:

  • A compact on-camera microphone
  • Handheld smartphone gimbal
  • A multifunctional octopus tripod with ball head
  • Portable lighting gear
2. Limit the number of ongoing tasks for the streaming item.

This simply means ensuring that you aren’t downloading programs or keeping unnecessary programs (or even tabs in your browser) open while streaming.

  • For example, you should close any background programs (e.g., Whatsapp Web, Steam, iTunes,web browsers, etc.) that you aren’t explicitly using while streaming video.
  • If your computer, phone, or console is currently downloading items, consider waiting for the downloads to finish (or pausing them) while streaming.
  • Turn off on-going Youtube videos or Spotify in the backgrounds
3. Use Ethernet Network and NOT Wifi

If you use a wireless signal from your router to connect to the Internet, try using a physical connection instead. Not only does this increase your connection speed and consistency, it also prevents your streaming item from dropping the connection (unless your router goes offline) and negates any obstacles between the streaming item and the router.

  • If possible, use a shielded Ethernet cable if your router is across the room from (or in a different room than) the streaming item. Doing so will minimize the chances of damaging the cable.
4. Temporarily disable other Internet connections.

If other computers, phones, and so on are using your Internet connection while you stream, you’re sharing the connection with those items as well. To minimize the number of “distractions” for the network, turn off the Internet connections for as many other items in the house as possible.

  • If your streaming item is the only thing connected to the Internet, your streaming quality and speed should improve.
5. Check your Internet speed.

You should know the approximate download speed in megabits per second (mbp/s) for which you’re paying your Internet Service Provider (ISP). If the Internet speed test proves that you aren’t reaching something close to that speed, you can call your ISP to address the problem.

  • If your download speed matches or comes close to the advertised download speed, the issue is most likely on your end rather than the ISP’s.

How to check your internet speed ?

Go to speedtest.net and check your internet speed.

6. Reset your router(if necessary).

If you’ve never reset your home network in the time that you’ve had it, doing so will likely have a positive impact on your Internet speed.

  • Restarting the network, also known as “power-cycling”, clears the network’s cache.
  • Resetting the router itself restores the network to its default settings, but also removes any connected phones, tablets, computers, and other items from the network.
7. Update your streaming item.

Whether you’re streaming video on a computer, a phone, a console, a smart TV, or your refrigerator, your streaming item needs to have the latest update available. The easiest way to ensure that your item is up to date is by checking for updates before streaming each time you use it.

  • This rule has some limitations, namely regarding operating systems; if you’re streaming on an older item (e.g., a three- or four-year-old Windows laptop), it might not be able to handle an operating system update.
  • When streaming through an app such as Facebook or Instagram, you’ll want to make sure that you’re using the most recent version of the app.
8. Use Open Broadcast Studio (OBS)

One of the best tools to stream on YouTube or Twitch is Open Broadcast Studio (OBS). If you want to get started with streaming yourself to audiences worldwide, OBS is a great entryway.

Learning how to use OBS, however, is a journey unto itself. You’ll want to be familiar with the broadcasting application before you start opening up livestreaming. Here’s how to get started with OBS and some useful OBS tricks.

How to Set Up OBS

Step 1: Download OBS from the official site. Install it as you would any other application. If you’re feeling generous and feel like you’ll be using OSB a lot, consider donating to the open-source developers.

Step 2: Right-click the OBS shortcut and select Run As Administrator.

Step 3: Before you connect OBS to your streaming platform of choice, you’ll want to select your stream’s parameters. To do so, click on the Settings button in the bottom right-hand corner, and access the Video tab on the left-hand menu.

Step 4: Choose the resolution you’ll capture footage and stream at, as well as the frame rate you want to broadcast at. If you’re not sure, YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook have guides to help. You also need to make sure that your internet’s upload speed can handle it. If you’re not sure, find out your upload rate using an internet speed test.

Step 5: ccess the Video tab using the left-hand menu and select your desired video BitRate.

9. Use your router’s 5 GHz channel instead of the 2.4 GHz channel.

If your router is a “dual-band” model, you’ll have two different types of channel: 2.4 GHz, and 5.0 GHz. The 2.4 channel is more commonly used than the 5.0 channel, so try using the 5.0 to limit the number of connections that you have to share.

  • Most routers that have two channels will provide you with two Wi-Fi networks when you go to connect to them; the 5.0 channel’s name is usually a variation of the regular Wi-Fi channel’s name.
  • Keep in mind that 5.0 channels allow for faster Wi-Fi but do not have the same range as 2.4 channels, meaning that your streaming item will have to be closer to the router.
10. Adjust your streaming service’s quality.

Unfortunately, you may have to compromise on quality to get the video streaming consistency that you want. Most streaming services and video players have a quality setting (typically indicated by a gear icon) that you can adjust from “HD” (or anything including “720p” and up) to “SD” (or “480p” and down).

  • Many streaming services, such as Youtube, will optimize your video quality for your connection at the time of setup. This means that if you started with a high Internet speed and the speed dropped, Youtube may still try to use the high-quality streaming even though it’s not ideal on your current connection

That concludes our 10-ways How To Improve Livestream.If you are interested to read our The Importance of Live Streaming. If you find this article helpful in any ways, please give us a share and spread the knowledge. =)