Live stream from home

You may have found yourself in a situation that requires you to host your live stream from home. Like many organizations or individuals, whose work requires them to be engaged with their audience or followers in a personalized manner for an appointment, events or activity, are currently facing a challenge to carry on with their professional duties due to social distancing norms and lockdowns due to the pandemic. Most people are forced to make the transition to virtual platforms like streaming to carry their activities mostly or completely virtual. Read on for some simple tips and tricks you can use to make your live stream from the home look and sound sharp

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Go for a clean and simple look

You might want to consider using a clean background to simplify the look of your video. A cost-effective way to accomplish this is with inexpensive photo paper and video light. It will help you since it won’t burn a hole in your pocket, and you can pick just about any color you want for your background. If you don’t already own lighting, we recommend looking into the lights that you can attach to your laptop, or ring light, if you’re using a phone or external camera.
Modern LED light systems are lightweight and battery-powered which allow you to set the white point and color via a smartphone app. The freedom and ease of use of such a LED light system is great. It will reduce your stress level while you can focus on creating your live stream. One front face light, and one to two lights for the background and you have true sophisticated studio setup, which can be build in minutes.

Setting Up Your Background

If you plan to live stream from home, then the background of your video can set the tone of your presentation. But you probably don’t have a ton of resources to create a professional setting to live stream from home. Here are three easy ways to enhance your video’s background at home.

Create a natural-looking backdrop

Make use of the existing furniture and pictures that you already have to add some elements to the frame. This way you can create a set that’ll look a lot more interesting than just setting yourself up against a plain wall. Find items in your home that match your personality and fit the tone of your show. Also, make sure to pick a room with good natural lighting.

Live stream with a green screen

For creative or practical purposes, you may want to use a completely virtual background. Video conferencing software like Zoom makes it fairly easy to create your virtual background, but if you’re going for a more professional look, check out our article on Green screen for more information.

Looking Good On Camera

Regardless of where you’re streaming, the quality of your presentation matters more than your background. Here are three super simple tips to look your best on a virtual live stream:

Address the camera directly to maintain eye contact with your viewers. 

Add some directional lighting, and avoid positioning yourself in front of bright windows and other major light sources. 

Keep your camera at eye level (it’s generally a more flattering and realistic angle). 

Audio Matters 

How you sound on a live stream is just as important as how you look. The microphones on your laptop and phone can technically get the job done, but your viewers may want more than the compressed, echoey, or “underwater” sound you get with those audio sources. If you want to improve the audio quality of your live stream, you should look into using an external microphone. One of our favorite external mics comes bundled in our Shure MV88+ video kit.

The MV88+ pairs perfectly with Broadcaster, our iOS streaming app, making it the fastest way to stream in HD with professional audio. It also works well as a voiceover or vlogging mic, so you can record high-quality audio wherever you are

You are set to go

As a beginner in the video streaming world, it is good to start with these simple and small steps and eventually advance to special tools and technologies to keep your audience interested in your content and at the same time host your shows professionally. Happy Streaming! 

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