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Tools and software for live video continue to evolve. Ecamm Live is the latest kid on the block to allow users to go live on Facebook Live from their desktop, providing a host of quick easy-to-use features.
When I heard about Ecamm Live, I was already using another service that the company offers called Call Recorder, a tool allows you to record conversations via Skype or FaceTime.
Being both familiar and a fan of the company, I was excited to see the latest product from Ecamm.
While I had been using a Logitech webcam and OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) for live videos, OBS has a slight learning curve and requires a little tech knowledge, so I was looking forward to seeing if Ecamm Live was a little easier to use.
It is! You don’t have 30 different options on your screen to choose from. Just a few. That makes what you need to do super intuitive.
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I want to make this even easier for you to get started so I’m going to walk you through what to do. That way, you have no excuse to give it a try and get started.
First, go to the website and download the software.
Accept the user agreement.
Connect to your Facebook account. There are 1 or 2 subsequent screens you need to click through as well.
Notice that my images are dark and grainy. This is because I took the screenshots late at night in my living room while watching movies with my husband. The lighting was horrible (but then again I was supposed to be watching the movie – bad wife, I know).
My advice: Don’t film under these conditions. If you watch the video at the top of this post you will see the stark difference in your picture quality when you have good lighting.
Decide where to broadcast and who’ll you show your broadcast to before you go live. In order to practice, I suggest you broadcast to yourself.
But hey, if you like to do live tests then broadcast to the world via your profile, a group you manage or a page that you admin.
Click on the arrows and you will see a drop down with your options.
Name your Facebook Live. If you hate your title, after you’ve finished broadcasting you can always go into Facebook and change the title and description of your video.
You want to do this anyway in case you forgot relevant keywords.
Click the big blue Go Live button in the middle to start broadcasting.
This is what your screen looks like once you are live.
You have 4 things to choose from at the top of your screen.
Want to share your screen? Maybe you’re teaching a tutorial and you want to share a checklist with people. It’s simple to do with a click of a button.
Click the monitor icon and BAM! your screen is visible to your viewers.
Want to add a text overlay? Click the upper right icon of the “T” and the image and add your text.
This is what it looks like when you add text.
This is what it looks like when you add an image.
In my Facebook live video I used a lower thirds for my show as an image to give it a more professional look. You can do that or just show any image you want to share.
You can play pre-recorded videos easily within your Facebook live. Click the film icon in the top and find a video file to play within your broadcast.
This is what that will look like.
What I think about Ecamm Live
The company offers a 7-day trial, so I was able to test out the software on a Monday broadcast before completely committing.
When I filmed the video above on the Wednesday following, I knew that I didn’t need more time to make up my mind.
Software that’s easy to use and implement is a no-brainer.
Hopefully the peeps at Ecamm will update the program to allow for that feature.
Other than free, I’m not sure that you can beat a price point of $29.99.
If you’re using third-party software like Live Leap, you can syndicate your awesome desktop multi-feature live video to your profile, other groups and pages. However, I don’t believe live comments from the secondary feeds will show up on the screen while you are live.
I’m still testing the theory.
While some other platforms are free, I’d rather pay a little bit of money for a platform that is easier to use, than having to spend my time trying to figure out how to use the ‘cheaper’ option.
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