Testing the Studio
It's always a good idea to test the things before starting using them so that you 100% sure how it actually works, and also to be better prepared for your upcoming show! Good news - you can see how everything in the Studio works without starting your broadcast.
First of all, you need to open the Studio.
In the center, you will see a preview window - this is what your viewers will see once you go live. You can test all the features and immediately see what they would look like on the live broadcast.
On your left, you will see a panel with icons each representing a different feature or functionality:
- Start. Allows you to start or end your broadcast.
- Camera. Allows you to connect your camera to the Studio. Once done, you can test different camera resolutions and check if the mic and camera are working. You can find more details about the camera/mic settings here.
- Guest. Allows you to invite a guest anytime before or during the broadcast. Here is an article on how to add a guest.
- Share Screen. You can check how screen sharing feature works and how your viewers will see it. There are a few options for screen sharing; you can see more details here.
- Add Media. Upload images and videos from your computer or Facebook albums. You may also share an .mp4 video via link or share a YouTube video. Learn more about adding media here.
- Live Sales feature. Do you want to sell your products? Then Live Sales is perfect for you! Here is a guide on how to use it.
- Widgets. Extra features to make your broadcasts more fun.
- On-screen updates (Agenda/Text/Crawler). These updates will allow you to organize your broadcast content more efficiently. More information here.
- Branding. Here you can select your custom branding: add a background, logo, theme, and overlay. All the changes will be visible in the broadcast area right after you apply them. You can check out this article for more details.
You can play around with all of these features and see what the live broadcast would look like in the preview window.
Record a Test
You can set your destination to TEST and record your test stream and then download it to see what it looks like on the video.
Once you set up your camera or any other video source, click Record, test different features and finish the recording.
Your recording will be ready within an hour. Download it from “My broadcasts” in your BeLive profile.
Testing is a great way to see yourself in action and ensure your mic settings are in check.
Testing with Facebook
If you want to test how broadcasting to Facebook works, you can go live to a separate private group or change the privacy settings so only you would see the broadcast. You can find more detailed instructions here.
Testing with YouTube
With YouTube, select “private” or “unlisted” privacy for the broadcast in the destination settings and your live show will not be visible to your subscribers. You can find more information in this article.
Other things to know
If you only see information from a previous broadcast and cannot start a new test, what should you do?
This is how the studio works. All past broadcast information (destination, title, description, etc.) is saved to eliminate the need to set it all up again for your next broadcast.
To start a new test, click the Reset button to clear all past data. Don't worry - the reset button will NOT delete any of your scheduled broadcasts. It will simply reset the broadcast destination.