Live streaming has become an incredibly popular tool for everyone from artists, musicians, and other content creators to brands that want to connect with their audiences on a more authentic level. There are dozens of platforms that allow people to live stream videos, many of which have additional features. However, remote guest platforms that make live streaming easy are a little harder to come by.
1. Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams is generally thought of as a collaboration tool used in business settings. However, with the help of Epiphan Connect, it can be turned into an easy-to-use virtual studio that makes it easy to live stream with guests remotely.
This presents an ideal scenario in which producers can use simple, directly integrated tools to manage the stream, while guests can simply join using whatever devices they have in the same way that they would any Microsoft Teams meeting. Eliminating technical issues reduces distractions and boosts guests’ confidence.
2. Skype or Zoom
Many live streaming platforms allow producers to bring on guests using separate tools like Skype and Zoom. These two platforms are nearly as popular as MS Teams, so it’s usually easy for guests to use them. However, producers will need to do some extra legwork.
To make a Zoom or Skype call look professional enough for live streaming, separate computers must be set up for each speaker. From there, producers can full-screen and pin each feed, then run the computers into a hardware encoder and convert the individual computers into video sources that can be laid out for optimal viewing.
Restream is a multistreaming platform that is used primarily for social media crossposting. However, live streams can also be broadcast to websites, which gives the platform a little extra utility. Producers who opt to use this live-streaming option can invite remote guests via secure links. The guests will then enter the stream via the same browser-based platform.
Beginner-level live streamers find that Restream is a good option for learning the ropes. Multistreaming capabilities and integration with over 30 platforms make it possible to get aggregated streaming data, and recordings of streams can be saved for later use. However, the lack of a white-label hosting solution takes Restream out of the running when it comes to truly professional-looking options.
4. Ecamm Live
Ecamm Live is a program designed specifically for Mac, and it’s considered one of the most powerful live-streaming apps for that system. The Pro mode of Ecamm Live makes it easy to invite guests via the web by offering an Interview mode, although standard users will need to rely on Skype.
Unfortunately, Ecamm Live doesn’t have built-in multicasting features. Users need to rely on another integrated program such as Restream or Switchboard Live. Despite this pitfall, it’s still a good option for Mac users who need to produce quality live-streamed videos with remote guests.
Start Exploring Options
No one remote guest platform for live streaming is perfect for every user. Consider factors such as ease of use for the producer and level of confidence in the required technologies, how familiar the guests will be with the program, and what the viewers expect in terms of quality. Some platforms offer free versions or free trials, so don’t be afraid to start experimenting. Just keep in mind that a paid version will likely become necessary.