Below is a list of the must-have tools and equipment for Facebook Live Videos.
One thing to remember, you can use the equipment for Facebook Live Videos as well as for other videos you create for Facebook, Periscope, Blab, YouTube or any other video platforms, so think of it as an investment in your business.
Besides having a mobile device, the first tool you’ll need is the Facebook Pages Manager App. Without it, you won’t be able to create Facebook Live Videos on your Page.
If you like, you can also use the Facebook mobile app instead when creating Facebook Live videos.
Another tool you’ll need to help you create better Facebook Live Videos is a tripod.
Personally, We are using the Manfrotto Pixi Evo Tripod.
We chose this tripod for our Facebook Live Videos because not only is it portable, but you can raise and lower it. This way you don’t have to crouch down to get in front of your camera. It can also be converted into a great selfie stick and the head rotates so that you can switch between horizontal and vertical Facebook Live Videos.
Do you notice how some Facebook Live Video broadcasts shake? This is because chances are, the person filming doesn’t have a stabilizer. Not only can a stabilizer help your videos not shake, but some of them can help you expand your usage of Facebook Live Videos as the needs of your business grow.
The Facebook Live Video tool we use to stabilize our videos is the Neewer 2-Axis Handheld Smartphone Stabilizer
As I mentioned, it can help to stabilize my videos. It can also hold my phone when I’m broadcasting to my audience and be used to house other equipment listed below.
In order to attach your mobile device to any tripod, you’ll need a way to mount it. Because technology changes and we tend to get a new mobile device every couple of years, we like to use a piece of equipment that can adjust to different devices.
For that, we use the S1 by Shoulderpod in order to hold our phone and attach it to my tripod.
While you can purchase one for around $5, it’s usually poorly constructed and breaks after a couple of uses. We made the investment in a quality mount because it’s holding a phone that costs between $200 and $500. This mount is also made of stronger materials and it expands and contracts to fit different types of devices.
Now that you have a way to increase the height of your camera, another one of the Facebook Live Video tools we recommend using are lenses. While the one on your mobile device will get the job done, you can improve it. Not only can you improve the rear camera, but if you’re using the front camera for live video as most users are, it’s typically very low quality.
By adding a lens kit such as the Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens Kit, you can give your Facebook fans and customers better quality video.
For example, the kit we mentioned gives you four lenses; fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15x macro. This way you can use them for different types of Facebook Live Videos you may be broadcasting. The macro lens is great for showing the details of something up-close, such as jewelry. If you’re in real estate and giving a tour of a property, you may want to use the wide-angle lens instead to give viewers a better idea of what the place is like.
Whenever you’re broadcasting Facebook Live Videos, it is important to have optimal lighting. Having extra lighting makes for a better viewing experience. If you’re going to be on-camera, your audience can also see you better. This way they can build a deeper emotional connection with the person that they are watching.
One of the Facebook Live Video tools we use for adding lighting to our videos is the Genaray LED light. You can also check out the Manfrotto Lumimuse 6 LED light as well. Both are extremely portable and they attach to the R1 Pro stabilizer by Shoulderpod that we mentioned earlier.
If there is two things that can create a poor experience with viewers, it’s a video that is too dark and poor audio. The onboard microphone for nearly all mobile devices isn’t that great. Audio is scratchy, hollow, and it picks up every little noise, which can distract from your live videos. This can lead to your Facebook Live Videos being difficult to hear.
To fix this issue, I recommend you get an external microphone. The microphone we use is the Rode VideoMic Me + Windshield.
Because it is a shotgun microphone, it captures audio that’s in front of it. If you’re going to be on-camera, you will come in loud and clear and it will sound fantastic to your viewers. This particular microphone also works with both iOS and Android devices and it’s extremely portable and lightweight.
Do you want to be able to start and stop videos? We always keep a bluetooth remote with us.
This one by Hisy, is about the size of a quarter and can help you get your videos started without needing to keep adjusting your camera and microphone. It also works great when you want to take a group photo or start recording a video and the video camera is far away.
If you plan to use live video a lot in your business, one of the essential Facebook Live Video tools you must have is an external battery. Any type of livestreaming uses a lot of battery. That’s why you should always have an extra battery with you.
Personally, we use a MyCharge portable battery.
This one in particular is 12000mAh and includes all of the cables you need to charge an iOS or Android device. It also has a USB port to be able to charge a third device such as a tablet. It is important to get a bigger external battery for Facebook Live Videos because most of the smaller batteries you get only charge part of your device. This one charges your device as well as other devices.
As you can see, there are a number of Facebook Live Video tools that can help to improve the quality of your video and audio. You’ll want to have a carrying case so that you can take this equipment with you (it’s extremely portable).
We are a big fan of the Manfrotto Professional Shoulder Bag 30. It’s sturdy and has enough space for all of your Facebook Live Video tools that you need to carry with you.
Source: Social Chefs