To successfully stream a live event, there are a number of steps to take. It is important to prepare for the event in advance so that any problems may be prevented. (This guide assumes that you already have selected and understand how to use a streaming platform. BigMarker can successfully be used as a streaming platform.)
Before the event:
First, you need to get the correct equipment. To stream on BigMarker, you are going to need a:
~ A fast, consistent Internet connection
Most PCs have a built in webcam and microphone but just in case, there are several we suggest:
Or for physical conference room purposes we ourselves use:
Before making a purchase, decide exactly what you type of equipment you require for your events. It is also important to be sure that the device is compatible with your pc.
Now that you have your gear, you will want to do a test run. You will want to test everything in the area that you are hosting the event in. For example, if you are streaming a speech from a banquet hall, you will want to do the dry run with a speaker and in the banquet hall. This is so that you can make sure everything looks and sounds right.
Check that the routers and internet devices on site are up to date at your broadcasting location. It is advisable to use a hardline as opposed to a wireless signal for your event if at all possible, as wireless connections are more prone to crashing.
Consider also where you will be sitting during the event in order to get an accurate as possible result. Remember, lighting is extremely important and you will want to ensure that your presenter is readily visible. We suggest trying to get your webcam and microphone as close as possible to the speaker. This will make for a clearer broadcast.
In the past, we have found that having a second or third computer is always good. Also, we have seen that people like knowing that the event is being streamed live. If you have a television that you can project the stream on, this always creates buzz to what is going on.
During the test run, make sure to go over who will be responsible for what task.
Who is in charge of:
~ Setting up and breaking down the equipment?
~ Audio and video?
~ Hitting record?
~ The chat feed?
Day of the event
Allow plenty of time to set up and end your stream. You don’t want to be under pressure beforehand and may wish to allow extra time afterwards in case you run over your assumed time.
Start your event on time, but refrain from beginning your presentation for a while. This will allow time for any latecomers to join and you can safely assume your audience will not be completely punctual. Make sure to click record right when it starts.
During your stream, pay close attention to your audio and visual to make sure everything is running smoothly. Also, make sure to watch your internet connection. If you need to, it is acceptable to stop the presentation to fix any technical errors.
After the presentation, allow time for questions. If you have had your followers direct questions to a particular page in advance or during the talk, start with these.
Make sure you turn off the recording button when you are finished and congratulate yourself for a job well done! Then it is time to begin packing up.Read More