Live Streaming with a Smartphone

Live-streaming is easy, especially since we're all carrying around cameras in our smartphones.

So you’ve decided you want to start live streaming to Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitch, or any of the other number of platforms out there. You have your laptop, you’ve got your video camera. But what next?

Here's a quick guide to get started:

1. High Speed Internet

First, making sure you have a solid high-speed Internet connection is a prerequisite. Any video stream will require as much bandwidth as you can get.

2. Live Streaming Equipment

The things you will need to get started: 

  • Tripod/ Gimble

  • Light!

  • Microphone suitable for good clean voice recording (optional but highly recommended)

3. Live Encoder Settings

Almost all laptops do not have a video input, making a video capture card (or device) a necessity.

4. Professional Online Video Platforms

Certain services may have resolution limitations and connectivity requirements that will limit your hardware options. Some popular services include Facebook Live, Instagram, Youtube, Zoom and Twitch!

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Audio Source

A live broadcast that has no audio can be painful to watch. Enhance your audience viewing experience with these specialised microphones. 

Find out more below!

Audio Jack

Take note of the the audio jack of your phone whether its is lightning compatible or Type-C compatible when buying your microphone. Of course, other microphones that are designed for digital audio recorders or DSLRs can be used too but you will need a TRS to TRRS adapter to plug them in. The most popular option that works well in a variety of situations is a lavalier mic (they clip to your shirt, allowing hands-free use) but there are a few shotgun-style mics that plug into the headphone jack as well.

Dynamic

Vs

Condenser

Condenser microphones are quite popular in vocal recording, meaning they are a typical purchase for streamers. This is because they are built with accuracy in mind.

The issue with their accuracy, though, is that they may be too sensitive in rooms that aren’t adequately treated, meaning they’ll pick up unwanted sounds like echo, air conditioning, or the dog barking across the street. We recommend looking into condenser microphones ONLY if you have a quiet or treated space to record in.

Dynamic Microphones work opposite of Condenser Microphones in a few ways:

  • They’re more durable

  • They’re not as sensitive (making them better for untreated environments)

  • They don’t require Phantom Power

  • They are typically cheaper

To put it simply, Condensers may give you a more “accurate” and full sound of your voice and is great if you plan on doing some singing on stream or if you are quite a range-y speaker. Without the proper recording environment, be prepared to do some tinkering around to avoid unnecessary noise coming in. If your focus is more level headed discussion such as podcasts and you are going to be doing more “spoken word” style of speaking; Dynamic may be the way to go. 

Microphone Pickup Patterns

Omnidirectional

Perfect for: interviews, moving subjects

Omnidirectional mics record audio from every direction. Typically you will want to use an omnidirectional mic when recording audio that you can’t control very well (like ambience, a press conference, or a moving talking head).

Cardioid

Perfect for: documentary recording, weddings, events

A cardioid pickup pattern is a highly flexible pickup pattern that is great for all-purpose use.

Hypercardioid

Perfect for: on-camera mics, documentary recording, and instrument recording

A hypercardioid pickup pattern is a directional pickup pattern that is great for isolating audio.

Supercardioid

Perfect for: reality television, scripted content

Supercardioid mics are the most popular types of microphones for indie filmmakers because they give users the ability to isolate audio while still allowing for a slight margin of error. 

Unidirectional

Perfect for: narrative film, controlled sets

Bidirectional

Perfect for: podcasts, radio interviews

A bidirectional microphone is a mic designed to pickup audio equally from the front and back of the mic. Typically, bidirectional microphones are used for radio interview recording or podcasting.

Number of Inputs

To hook up more than one microphone, you’ll need that number of inputs on your interface to supply all those microphones with connectivity. Some brands offer dual microphones to cater to such needs. Alternatively, you can get an audio mixer to control few microphones at the same time.

Microphones (iOS)

ZOOM iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices

ZOOM iQ5 Stereo Microphone for iOS Devices

S$144.00Price
Rode VideoMic ME-L Microphone

Rode VideoMic ME-L Microphone

S$109.00Price
Boya BY-M2 Clip On Microphone

Boya BY-M2 Clip On Microphone

S$49.00Price
Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

S$219.00Price

Microphones (Type-C)

Boya BY-WM4 PRO K3

Boya BY-WM4 PRO K3

S$210.00Price
Boya BY-M3D Dual Lavalier Microphone

Boya BY-M3D Dual Lavalier Microphone

S$79.00Price
Boya BY-M3 Lavalier Microphone for Type C Device

Boya BY-M3 Lavalier Microphone for Type C Device

S$49.00Price
Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

Boya BY-PM700SP USB Microphone

S$219.00Price

Microphones (3.5mm Jacks)

Rode smartLav + (Smartphone Lavalier Microphone)

Rode smartLav + (Smartphone Lavalier Microphone)

S$89.00Price
Rode VideoMic ME Microphone

Rode VideoMic ME Microphone

S$79.00Price
BOYA BY-M1DM Dual Omni-Directional Lavalier Microphone

BOYA BY-M1DM Dual Omni-Directional Lavalier Microphone

S$39.90Price
Boya BY-A7H Microphone

Boya BY-A7H Microphone

S$39.00Price

Microphone Accessories

Rode SC6-L Dual TTRS Input & Headphone Output for Apple Device

Rode SC6-L Dual TTRS Input & Headphone Output for Apple Device

S$99.00Price
Rode SC6 Dual TRRS input

Rode SC6 Dual TRRS input

S$35.00Price

Tripod

Keep your images stable and avoid shaky images with a tripod.

Yunteng YT-228 Mini Table Tripod

Yunteng YT-228 Mini Table Tripod

S$38.00Price

Tripod

Manfrotto Pixi Evo l Pixi Mini

Manfrotto Pixi Evo l Pixi Mini

S$48.00Price
Sunnylife Phone Clamp + Tripod + Extension Rod Set for OSMO Pocket

Sunnylife Phone Clamp + Tripod + Extension Rod Set for OSMO Pocket

S$59.90Price
Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod w/ Hybrid Head

Manfrotto Compact Action Aluminum Tripod w/ Hybrid Head

S$99.00Price

Gimbal