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22 Apr 2019

You may already have some experience editing and uploading videos to YouTube, Instagram, or other popular video sites out there, but have you ever broadcast yourself or an event for an audience to watch live? Like, in real time?

It's easier than you might think, thanks to the popular live video broadcast tools available today. You don't necessarily need any fancy equipment as long as you have a working camera and microphone built in to your computer or smartphone or connected as separate devices.

The following popular tools are used by individuals, business owners, and event holders who want to broadcast live video over the internet to their audiences.

Facebook Live

Facebook encourages you to "broadcast live to the largest audience in the world." With Facebook Live, anyone with a Facebook profile or Page can reach a live audience on iOS and Android devices and Facebook Mentions. While a broadcaster is live, the video appears in the News Feed and on the broadcaster's profile or Page with a "live" indicator. When the live broadcast ends, the video is still viewable on the Page or profile for people who missed the live broadcast. The creator can leave it up or take it down at any time.

IBM Cloud Video acquired Ustream in 2016 and transitioned broadcasters using Ustream to the new IBM Cloud Video service. The IBM Cloud Video Streaming Manager — the equivalent of Ustream Pro Broadcasting — is a cloud-based platform for the delivery of live video and on-demand content. Primarily a business-oriented service, IBM Cloud Video is designed for large audiences for event streaming or marketing launches. 

IBM offers a 30-day free trial of the Pro Plan which accommodates 100 to 5,000 viewer hours, 720p broadcasting, ad-free broadcasting, channel password protection, and customization.

The Enterprise plan is customized for your business. It has all the same features as the Pro Plan plus 1TB video storage, 1080p broadcasting, dedicated event support, multiple bitrate streaming, live analytics, multi-device compatibility and much more. 

Instagram live video

What We Don't Like

  • Video is available for only 24 hours unless you share a replay.

  • Length limit of one hour.

  • No way to add text to video.

  • Limited analytics.

People with established Instagram accounts can share a live video with their followers in real time. When the live video is over, it is no longer viewable on Instagram.

The Instagram live video interface displays the number of viewers and comments. The broadcaster has the capability to respond to comments or to turn them off altogether.

Live video generates a colored ring around the broadcaster's profile picture. The video doesn't appear on the profile grid. At the top of the broadcaster's followers' Feeds, the broadcaster's profile pic with the colored ring indicates a live video. Followers can tap it to see the video. 

The live video can be seen only by an approved follower for private accounts. For public accounts, anyone on Instagram can view the live video.

Youtube live 


What We Like

  • Continuous stream up to 36 hours.

  • Streams in 4K.

  • Dashboard shows viewers in real time.

  • Allows ads in livestreams for large accounts.

What We Don't Like

  • YouTube must verify your account before livestreaming.

  • No desktop streaming app.

  • YouTube claims access to your content for its advertising.

Even though youtube is known for providing all types of videos that are previously recorded, edited and uploaded, it offers a broadcasting feature for live video that you can access by clicking on "Live events" found in the Video Manager of your account. After you verify your account and enable live streaming, set up your webcam and engage with your audience in real time as they watch your broadcast. You'll be able to answer questions or reply to viewer comments live. 

YouTube provides professional controls for your broadcast and allows you to monetize your videos with ads if you so choose. 

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