Taming the Tech for Your Live Stream Videos – Ep 109

Are you uncertain about how to use the technology to have a smooth live stream on social media? We give you practical tips and tools to tame the tech.

In this episode, we’ll share the video, audio, light and live streaming technology we use for Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. Plus, helping you to start with what you have, even on a budget.

You only need 4 things for a great live stream: 

  • Video Camera
  • Audio
  • Light
  • Platform to stream

Links to our favorite Gear (various price points)

Tips to Tame the Tech


  • Most smartphones have a great video camera, so start with that and prop it up or buy a small tripod that holds your phone. 
  • You can use a DSLR camera or a camcorder if you have one. 


  • If you want to get fancy, you can buy a mic that’s not incredibly expensive. 
  • You can use your wired earbuds for audio as long as they aren’t bluetooth. Some people have even used airpods, but we don’t recommend it since you might have a drop in your sound. 
  • If your phone doesn’t have a headphone jack (Androids do), it should come with a dongle to hook up headphones or a mic up to your phone charging port (iPhone).


  • Sit in front of a window with the light on your face, not behind you. 
  • If you don’t have access to a well lit area, you can try using a ring light for your phone. 


  • Unless you have a guest, you can go native with Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and now even LinkedIn. 
  • There are tools that make it easier to bring on guests and make the experience better overall. Our current favorites are Be.Live and Streamyard. Read our full review of Livestreaming Software in Episode 80, Best Live Streaming Apps for Facebook, YouTube, Periscope, and Instagram LinkedIn Live

Ninja Tip: Get some help from a friend or virtual assistant during your live stream so that you can focus and deliver great content.

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Take Action

Choose one tool that you already have for each of the four areas and do a live stream. Tag Madalyn Sklar (@madalynsklar) and Kami Huyse (@kamichat) in whatever social network you choose to use and we will come watch.

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How to reach Kami:

If you’d like to learn more about Kami Huyse, visit her website at www.zoeticamedia.com. You can contact her by email at kami@zoeticamedia.com or tweet to @kamichat.

How to reach Madalyn:

If you’d like to learn more about Madalyn Sklar, visit her website at www.madalynsklar.com. You can contact her by email at madalyn@madalynsklar.com or tweet to @MadalynSklar.

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