How to livestream with an iPhone

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(This is a response to a question about iPhone livestreaming)
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Update 2/1/14
The Atlanta snowstorm which kept my family snowed in for days provided more than a few opportunities for me to share sights and sounds of the mess with my mobile phone.


I used a few apps including Spark Camera, Qik and even edited the above video on my iPhone using Adobe’s free iOS editor VideoBite.

Livestreaming or live web broadcasting is getting more and more popular as the web has grown as a video destination.

Macy's Livestream Produced by Amani Channel

Macy’s Livestream Produced by Amani Channel

Everyone from brands like Macy’s, to sporting events like the Final Four to events like the Grammys are streamed live online.

Broadcast TV productions tend to be elaborate interactive streams, but you can also benefit by creating live video content all by yourself, and it is fairly easy to get started.

Some of the benefits of Livestreaming include: the potential to reach larger audiences, greater interaction, and brand differentiation (this post has other benefits of livestreaming).

There is a wide range of equipment and work flow options to get live video on the internet.

A simple livestream can consist of a webcam and an account with a live video platform like, JustinTV, Livestream, UStream, or Qik.

There are premium proprietary live stream platforms, or you can use Google+ or YouTube.

You can even produce a livestream with an iPhone.

For personal livestreams, I use two communities, Qik and UStream.

Qik is among the original mobile phone livestream communities, and it works with most smartphones via the app.

For the first video, I used my iPhone 4S and the Qik app with the camera’s built in mic, and shot a selfie video.

This was recorded late at night and it worked worked perfectly as you can see.

In the following video, I used a tripod, mic, and a couple of lights.

You may have noticed a slight echo in the audio which was coming from my computer during the livestream.

To livestream with your mobile device, you’ll need to download the app and set up an account on the website.

Most of the equipment mentioned in the video above can be found here (affiliate links).

Next, I’ll livestream with UStream. I’m still working through the audio configuration.

Have you shot or shared any video in the New Year? What are your video plans?

Leave a comment below, and let us know.

About Amani Channel

Amani Channel is a former news reporter, a vlogger, an award winning video producer, and an adjunct professor. He also helps organizations and companies create visual stories through VisualEyeMedia.

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  • Mike Brice

    Glad you survived the snow. I have not done much shooting so far this year, but plan to do some nature/vacation shooting this Spring. I am always looking for video projects. Maybe a project of the month or some other type of idea generator will help keep readers in practice and sharp between projects?

    • http://www.amanichannel.com/ Amani Channel

      That’s a great idea Mike Brice. Looks like we’re getting more and more interest and engagement from our community. I’ll chat with Chip about it. Do you mostly create family videos or do you have any other areas of interest or needs?

      • Mike Brice

        I think non-family videos would be best. Those are easy to do. I think assignments that get us out of the ordinary would be beneficial.

        • http://www.amanichannel.com/ Amani Channel

          I agree. We’ll be getting some giveaway items/software in soon. Maybe make some kind of contest with a prize giveaway.

  • http://www.hellomikanicole.com/ Mika Nicole

    Hi Amani, have you looked at http://www.tout.com/? It’s

    Real-time Mobile Video Publishing.

    • http://www.amanichannel.com/ Amani Channel

      Tout is a good one. There is also Social Cam. I just found out that Qik is going away too, so I guess I’ll need to share some alternate options.

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