Know When You’re Live With Frame-Accurate Starts on Facebook

November 20, 2017 by

Whether it’s a radio show, a TV production or a Facebook Live stream, dead air is a broadcaster’s worst nightmare. Not knowing when you’re live results in awkward pauses, false starts and “are we on?” situations. At best, this can kill on-screen talent’s momentum; at worst, it can tank your entire broadcast.

Here’s an example of the problems that can happen when your Facebook Live streams don’t have frame-accurate start times:

Professional Facebook Live streamers need the Wowza ClearCaster™ appliance: It eliminates awkward pauses and “hot mic” moments with its frame-accurate countdown clock. Just connect an external monitor using the HDMI output, and the Talent View will show you exactly what your followers see. Best of all, when you start your stream, the “3-2-1” countdown cues the exact moment you go live.

The Talent View notifies you during and after the broadcast, as well. You’ll see a “LIVE” icon while the stream is running, and an “OFF AIR” message when it ends, so you can avoid #FacebookLiveFails. Whether you’re in front of the camera or behind it, you’ll know when you’re on.

But that’s not all the Talent View can do. It also displays real-time comments and Live Reaction emojis on-screen, so you can directly interact with followers and create more engaging broadcasts. Of course, you can also see which viewers to block or flag in situations such as these:

Whether you’re teaching your audience to cook a turkey, live-streaming a parade or just sending some holiday greetings, ClearCaster can help you bring cheer to your followers this season. Want to learn more? Discover three new ways to engage your Facebook Live audience, or find out how ClearCaster helps video production professionals create better broadcasts.

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