Two Ways To Improve Your Facebook Live

Facebook Live is a great way to engage with your audience. It’s the easiest way to reach a lot of people with a few clicks, especially since Facebook prioritizes the live stream, getting more eyes on your content. More and more companies are using the tool to interact and participate with their audiences in real-time, and then repurpose the content for a more professional presentation afterward.

If you’ve ever streamed live on Facebook, you’ll understand that using your phone’s camera or laptop can be lower quality than you would like in certain circumstances, like in lower light or when great audio is critical. Here are two different ways to bump up your streaming quality using your Canon DSLR to stream live.

Below we will explore alternatives to your phone which include using a DSLR (or multiple DSLR’s) or a full professional camera. In both examples, we assume you will have a feed from a professional microphone or from a sound board as well.

1. Using a Canon DSLR to stream from Facebook Live

First of all, you’ll need these apps:

Second, Launch Camera Live and connect your DSLR via USB and turn it into video mode.

Then Launch Cam Twist. Double click on Syphon, then select “Camera Live” as the server.

Go to your Facebook page, click on Publishing tools, then Video library, then +Live and copy your “Stream Key”, click Next.

Now launch OBS, click Settings, then Click on Stream and paste in your stream key, make sure you select FB Live as the service, Click OK.

Make sure you set the resolution to 2560×1440 and the Output stream to 1080p (standard video size for web), Downscale Filter to Bicubic and FPS Values to 30.

Then click OK and then “Start Streaming”.

Now your video should be up on Facebook and you can click “Go Live”.

This method was found on Reefbum.com, for more detailed info visit: https://reefbum.com/photography-videography/how-to-use-a-dslr-for-facebook-live/

You can even set up multiple cameras with this method so you can create a even more dynamic and engaging live stream. Utilizing the first camera as a wide shot and the second as a close up will give your stream a more professional look.

 

2. Shoot on a fully professional camera and run a converter box into the computer.

If you don’t have a Canon camera you can alternately use one of these easy HDMI converters and you will still be able to hook your camera up via USB. Then follow the above tutorial.

Blackmagic Design UltraStudio Mini Recorder 

Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle USB3.0

Thanks for reading and if a DSLR or professional camera is overkill for your production, consider a few tools to use your phone to make your production quality better as well. Check out this tripod or mic that you can use directly with a phone. Give us a ring or email [email protected] for any questions.

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