Live streaming is one of the latest new GoPro’s features. It allows us to connect to a large audience in real time and broadcast whatever we want to say. It is not just for content creators or social influencers but GoPro Live Streaming is a feature that can be used by anyone with skype, Xoom, Youtube, etc.

By the end of this article, you’ll learn how to live stream with your GoPro… Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

 

Live Streaming with GoPro


The most asked question is, whether or not you can live stream directly from your GoPro? Well.. Yes you can.

The new models GoPro MAX, HERO8 Black, HERO7 Black support this feature. You do need to download the GoPro App for Android or iOS. If you have a GoPro Hero 3 or 4 camera, you can broadcast live right from the Livestream iOS app.

Currently you can Live Stream on below platforms :

  1. Youtube
  2. Facebook
  3. or by using RTMP URL you can stream on:
    • Twitch
    • Vimeo
    • HUYA
    • Douyu
    • BILIBILI
    • INKE

How to Live Stream on Different Platforms


Live streaming is pretty easy and interesting to setup. You can broadcast either via RTMP (Real-Time Messaging Protocol) or using the platform’s official API (Application Programming Interface) for most platforms like Youtube, Facebook etc. The basic equipment which you’ll need to do the setup is :

  • Source – For video or audio content (your GoPro)
  • An Encoder – For converting content into appropriate format.
  • A reliable data connection ( On an average, live streaming consumes 600MB to 1.5GB of data for every hour, depending on your video resolution).
  • A streaming website or a platform where people can watch your stream.

YouTube

For Live Streaming with YouTube, first you need to enable live streaming on it. You can do the same by going on YouTube > Features > Live Streaming. Click “Enable” (The same is activated within a period of 24 hours).

Then Follow below steps :

  1. Open GoPro App and choose “Live” in preview mode.
  2. Select the platform ‘YouTube‘ and Tap Set Up Live.
  3. Next, connect the channel by approving permissions.
  4. Make sure you have a good WiFi connection, turn it on and form a connection.
  5. Choose the audience you want to share it with say, Public settings.
  6. Name your stream and add a description.
  7. Choose location.
  8. Choose your resolution: 480p, 720p or 1080p. 1080p only available with Hero8 Black. Remember that the higher the resolution, the more data will be used.
  9. You can opt for the option of saving your stream if you wish to.
  10. Finally, tap “Go Live” (or press the shutter button) to begin your live stream.

Facebook

Facebook is a famous social networking site and you can share your live updates/videos here to connect with multiple people in real time. Follow the below steps :

  1. Open GoPro App and choose “Live” in preview mode.
  2. Select the platform ‘Facebook‘ and Tap Set Up Live.
  3. Next, connect the channel by approving permissions.
  4. Make sure you have a good WiFi connection, turn it on and form a connection.
  5. Choose the audience you want to share it with say, Public settings, Friends or Only Me
  6. Name your stream and add a description.
  7. Choose location.
  8. Choose your resolution: 480p, 720p or 1080p. 1080p only available with Hero8 Black. Remember that the higher the resolution, the more data will be used.
  9. You can opt for the option of saving your stream if you wish to.
  10. Finally, tap “Go Live” (or press the shutter button) to begin your live stream.

With RTMP URL

If you want to live stream to a platform other than Facebook Live or YouTube, you will need to:

  1. Find and copy the platform’s RTMP URL (in the streaming options on your platform).
  2. Select RTMP instead of Facebook Live or YouTube. You’ll see a field for entering the URL and the stream key. Both components will be combined into one, separated by a forward slash (“/”).
  3. Next, go to the GoPro app and choose “Live” in the preview mode.
  4. Select “Other” Platform and Tap Set Up Live.
  5. Choose your resolution: 480p, 720p or 1080p. 1080p only available with Hero8 Black. Remember that the higher the resolution, the more data will be used.
  6. You can opt for the option of saving your stream if you wish to.
  7. Finally, tap “Go Live” (or press the shutter button) to begin your live stream.

The stream name, description, location, and visibility settings can be set inside of your platform.

Pro Tip: Use 1080p for the best quality output. 720p may be best if you’re using a mobile hotspot. Try lower resolutions if bandwidth or data are weak, or if you want to save storage space on your SD card.

Live Streaming using a GoPro is a pure delight. GoPros are known for their picture quality and durability. They are waterproof and easy to port hence, with a good data connection you are all set to showcase your live adventures and stories to the world!

Pros and Cons of GoPro Live Streaming


There are always a few Pros and Cons to live streaming with GoPro cameras… let’s have a look at them here below.

Pros

  • Easy to setup and interesting in use.
  • Showcases footage from one’s POV in real time.
  • Captures your real time moments and keeps the audience more engaged and connected.

Cons

  • You can’t schedule your live broadcasts in advance.
  • You can’t play pre-recorded videos and audio or highlight comments from your viewers in your live stream.
  • You can’t bring in remote guests into your live show.

 

Final Words


GoPro is known for filming your best moments, whether it is while mountain climbing, snowboarding or in the depths of water. It is a reliable gear and never disappoints when it comes to stable, high quality footage. You can now focus on showcasing your real-time experiences with the world in a more exciting and fun ways. With GoPro Live Stream, you are now able to live show your adventures easily to the world!

 

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