#187: How to use Facebook Live to get results

Anyone can point a smartphone and hit the Facebook Live button. But can you put on a real SHOW through Facebook Live? IN this episode, Kevin talks with Wade Sutton and Amanda Jones about how they used Facebook’s streaming video feature — and a whole lot of planning and practice — to turn a live concert into a genuine online event

You can find out more about Amanda and her music HERE.

You can check out Wade Sutton’s company HERE.

  • wiFI

  • This was a great ep btw, keep it up!

  • kbreuner

    Thanks!

  • Glad you found it useful, Drew!

  • Raymond Naylor

    Thanks for this podcast. I’ve been producing a YouTube show out of my home for almost 3 years called “The Performing Songwriter”, which is recorded and edited, not live. But, I’ve been thinking about also doing a Facebook Live show and wanted to watch this video blog. A couple of things that I learned I wanted to pass on. First, people really need to pay attention to lighting. I’ve seen a lot of YouTube videos and livestreams where the lighting is poor. It’s not that hard. Even a clip lamp from Home Depot works. Good audio. I do disagree with using the mic in the Iphone, camera, computer, or webcam. People are more forgiving of poor video than they are of poor audio. It seems counter-intuitive with video, but it’s not. An iphone or ipad does not have an “audio in”, but you can use an iRig to hook that up, with a mic or from the board or mixer. If you use a laptop or regular computer, you can hook up both webcam and audio directly into the computer. Definitely use a tripod. Even with a smart phone or tablet, you can get devices that will hold the devices, which can then be put on a tripod or mic stand. Another more advanced thing is to download a free application called “Open Broadcaster Software”. It’s like a mini TV studio where you can use multiple webcams, show video or stills, have opening and closing slides, whatever. There is a learning curve, but it’s not that hard, especially with Facebook Live, as they have a settings template already set up for that.

    Anyway, good video blog.

    Ray Naylor, raynaylor.net

  • jiveaces

    You can use the data, if you have good signal but you also run the risk of cell congestion too, especially at large festivals in the middle of a field.

  • jiveaces

    How did you stop the audio from sounding terrible from a moving phone in the crowd?

  • Scott Williams

    Run the audio from your mixing board into the iPhone. That’s
    what I do and it’s clean. Cuts out all the crowd noise too and gives
    you control. Of course you can’t move around much, unless you get a long cable.

  • Scott Williams

    Why not run the audio from your mixing board into the iPhone? That’s
    what I do and it’s clean. Cuts out all the crowd noise too and gives
    you control.

    And WHY vertical video? I do horizontal video on
    Facebook Live (iPhone 6+) and it’s fine. No black bars. It’s the
    preferred way. I hate vertical video (can you tell?)

  • jiveaces

    Ok but wouldn’t that take some fancy hardware and a long cable trailing through the crowd? Can you specify exactly how you get the board audio into your phone please?

  • Scott Williams

    not that fancy at all. I take my 1/4″ stereo outputs and run that to RCA inputs on an interface device like a BEHRINGER U-CONTROL UCA202 ($30 on amazon right now) which then converts the signal to a USB. Take that USB and plug it into a USB / Lightning camera adapter ($40). That goes into your phone. Get the camera adapter that has the power port because it will suck your phone battery fast. So you have to keep it plugged in or use one of those power packs. So for mobile use, not great. But I had thought most of the footage was on stage which you could easily do. Or have the cameraman just right up front. It makes for pristine sound that one of my fans used at a dinner party. And I’m a quiet musician. If you have a loud band the main speakers will probably exceed the limits of the iPhone mic and it distorts, rendering the whole thing useless.

    And I wonder how mobile you could make it. Take the outputs from the mixing board and send it through a bluetooth device to your mobile cameraman armed with the Behringer and power pack.

  • jiveaces

    OK thats very helpful, thank you Scott, I will look into that.

  • Scott Williams

    Sure thing! As musicians we want to give people the best possible sound, and if we have mixing boards why not use that as the audio. And if you want crowd applause, aim a mic at them and mix it in between songs.

  • Scott Williams

    I’m going to try that ‘Open Broadcaster.’ Thanks for that. And also for the suggestion of not using the crappy iPhone mic. There is no need for using that these days.