Are you looking for the best live streaming gear for smartphones? Well, whether you’re on an iPhone or an Android in this article we’re gonna run through the best smartphone set up. So that’s things like microphones, tripods, and other live streaming gear to help you get the best results on your Facebook Lives, your YouTube Live or your preferred streaming platform.
Whether you’re using YouTube Live, Facebook Live or you’re streaming to another platform, your iPhone or your Android smartphone can be one of the best tools for the job. And even better, with just some simple smartphone accessories, you can quickly level up the quality of your live stream with no extra work.
The first piece of gear we gonna look at is a tripod. Now, a tripod is one of the easiest ways to make your live streams look more professional, because it’s going to remove any shake or jitter from handholding your phone while you’re live. So wherever possible I would say try to get your phones out of your hands and into something like a tripod to hold it steady. Now, if you don’t have a tripod then use a book case, rest it up against something, sit it in a tree if you have to, whatever it takes, get your phone out of your hands to get a more professional looking live stream. Now, obviously with tripods they’re a great way to do it. Now, they obviously come in all different shapes and sizes. So for a small, portable tripod, I would recommend something like the Arkon Tripod. So the idea with a tripod here is to set it up at the correct height, whether you’re gonna be standing or sitting and get your hands off the device.
The second thing we’re gonna look at is the audio. Now, what I would say is that audio is actually probably more important than the video itself, so definitely pay attention to your audio. If you’ve got bad audio it’s gonna make it really hard and really distracting for your viewers to stick around and to watch your live streams. Now when it comes to microphones for getting good audio on your smartphone, there are a heap of options and you’ve got a few different types of microphones. You’ve obviously got the built in microphone, which will work if that’s all you’ve got. But I would strongly recommend that you other options to really take things up a notch and to help remove a lot of those distractions or things like background noise that can ruin your audio. So you’ve got different microphone options like, you’ve got shotgun or directional microphones and you’ve also got wireless options as well. Now, the beauty of phones these days is that we can pretty much connect almost any microphone to our smartphones for getting great audio. So no matter what the microphone is, there will be some sort of an adaptor that you can get to connect through. Now if you are on an iPhone, anything from a seven and up and with the newer phones then obviously you will need to use that lightning to 3.5 mm or lightning to headphone jack adaptor that came with your phone.
Now, lighting is another one of those critical elements of video, as not only does it help your shot look good, it can also help your viewers consume your content by making it more aesthetically pleasing or easier for them to watch. So the idea with lighting is you can get really complicated and I will put a link to some lighting videos that we’ve got, up in the cards, but the overall, fundamental key, or the most important part of lighting is to make sure that your subject, or whoever is speaking or presenting in your videos is lit well, so that your viewer can connect with them and the message that they are delivering. So there are multiple really great options, small, portable lighting options that are great for filming with your smartphone because they’re small, they’re light, they’re easy to travel with and they’ve got decent battery life as well. Now obviously, if you don’t have any lighting then you can always use whatever you have around, use a desk light, use a lamp, whatever you’ve got to get your subject or yourself lit well. If you got nothing else, then sit in front of a window or use sunlight, just make sure that you are lit well for your videos and for your live streams.
The next category is really additional gear, extra stuff that you can use to take your live streams up a notch. Which is a gimbal stabilizer for your smartphone. For both iPhones and Android phones and it’s essentially a stabilizer, meaning if you’re gonna be walking around, it’s gonna hold your phone rock solid and take any shake or any jitter out of it. So if you are doing live streams when you’re walking around and talking to your audience and connecting with them that way, then this is an awesome addition to your toolkit.
Now, another piece of additional gear that you can use to take your live streams up a notch is a wide angle lens. Now just clipping a wide angle lens onto your smartphone camera is gonna give it much wider shot, which is actually a lot closer to what you would find if you were using a DSLR or another camera and creating videos that way. So these are perfect if you’re going to be doing something where you wanna show off some really nice scenery and you wanna get a heap of it in there, or maybe you wanna show off a room, and get a lot of that in there, it’s perfect for real estate and things like that. But also if you’re gonna have multiple people in your live stream then a wide angle lens is gonna give you so much more room and flexibility so that you don’t have to, pretty much sit on top of each other in order to both be in the shot.
And the last piece of additional gear, it’s not really gear, it’s an app and I’m sorry for iPhone users, this one is only for Android users and it’s an app called Oratory. Now this thing, if you’ve got an Android phone is an absolute game changer, so much so that if you’ve got an iPhone you may wanna consider getting an Android phone just for this app. It is an amazing app and it is a real game changer because what it lets you do is turn your phone into a teleprompter, yeah we’ve got that on iPhone too, this will let you convert your phone into a teleprompter with an overlay of your script or your dot points, or the things you wanna cover off in your live stream and move it up next to your camera and still have your Facebook Live, Instagram Live or any other app open and running underneath it. So there’s no other app out there that lets you do this and there’s no app that comes close to doing anything like this on iPhone or on iOS. Now for me I think this app is an absolute game changer whether you are used to using teleprompter for your videos or whether you just wanna have a couple of dot points on there, maybe you’re doing a live stream about a product or a product launch or something where you really don’t wanna miss anything, you don’t have to look away at notes, you can have your dot points right up there underneath the camera, and really if you wanted to write out a full script and read it word for word you can position those dot points right up against the camera lens so that you’re able to read word for word and your viewers will still think that you’re looking and talking directly to them, so, an amazing app, unfortunately for right now it is only for Android users and it’s called Oratory. So those are our top recommendations for live streaming gear and apps for live streaming from your smartphone.
These things are compounding, and the more of them that you can tick off, and the more of them you use that you can improve in your live streams, then your live streams are gonna get progressively better that way.