BEHIND THE SCENES: Live Streaming Classes Online

When watching a video or tuning into a live stream, have you ever paused for a moment and wonder what things look like on the other side of the screen?

It wasn’t until I went from consuming videos to producing videos that I fully began to realize what that world looked like, and today I would like to give you a sneak peak into that world, what it looks like, and the tools that make it possible.


Live Streaming

It wasn’t until the current pandemic that I realized just how powerful live streaming can be. Never before have we been so physically isolated from others, however, at the same time we also have the ability to connect with others like never before.

When I hosted my first live class recently, it finally dawned on me that I was able to connect with people in a way that wasn’t possible just a few years ago. The ability to connect with people from across the globe all in real time is really something powerful.

So, I wanted to share with you how I was able to wrangle up some random pieces of technology and host a live stream where I taught hundreds of people the 3 fundamental keys to learning a new language.


Hardware

The really cool thing about this particular live streaming setup is two-fold …

  1. This setup mostly consists of things I already had and …
  2. with this setup I can stream from just about anywhere (even from a lap desk hanging off the edge of a bed)

That second point is actually pretty useful when you need to find a good location that has both adequate lighting and access to a secondary screen, which in this particular case was just a nearby TV.

The other components of this setup consist of a small laptop, a webcam, a bluetooth mouse, a lap desk, a USB-C dongle, an HDMI cable, an inexpensive USB microphone for better audio, an iPad for notes, and a stand to prop it up on.


Software

Typically, most videos require a lot of time to produce after the initial recording happens. Between editing, adding music, syncing audio, cropping, color-grading, transitions, graphics, effects, etc … it can be a long and not so fun process.

However, one really nice thing about live streaming is that there is no editing involved! (which is a great time saver, but makes the whole live stream nerve-racking)

With that said, there are really only two pieces of software that I used to produce the live stream class featured below. StreamYard and Canva.

StreamYard is a free utility that you can use to live stream to various platforms and dynamically switch between cameras, slides, co-hosts, and comments all in real time. To see it in action with the live class I did using StreamYard in the above video.

Canva on the other hand is what I use to design about 90% of all of my graphics … thumbnails, banners, blog posts, slides, and even Instagram stories. It’s currently free and is a really easy way to put together graphics.


YouTube Videos

That is great for live streaming, but what goes into making a simple YouTube video? More than meets the eye for sure! In fact, a simple 5 minute video can sometimes take dozens of hours to produce. What does that process look like?

I will show you in a future article, so if you haven’t already, be sure to sign up for our newsletters and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can stay up to date with our latest articles, videos, and classes.

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