Regardless of how you livestream, here are some general best practices:
- Ensure you're on a strong internet connection. Test here and ensure an upload speed of at least 7 (ideally 10+) mbps. The faster the better!
- An ethernet cable will provide a faster and more reliable internet connection than Wi-Fi, and Wi-Fi is generally faster than using cellular data. If you use cellular data, ensure you have enough high-speed data for the entire experience.
- Ensure your device(s) are plugged into power or have more than enough battery for the experience.
- Restart your device if you haven't done so recently.
- Close other applications and tabs (if streaming from a browser). Streaming can consume a lot of CPU and you don't want to compete with anything else.
- Ensure you're running up-to-date versions of all relevant software, including your operating system, browser, and/or encoder.
- If you use a VPN, turn it off.
- Use Chrome or Safari (if streaming from a browser).
- Do a test stream ahead of time to check video and audio quality so you can make adjustments.
If you're streaming from an encoder, here are some additional best practices and input limitations from Brightcove, which we use for livestreaming.