The most important element of running a smooth live stream is a reliable internet connection. You'll also need a fast computer running the Google Chrome or Firefox web browser, a webcam (built-in is fine), and a microphone. There are more details on each of these requirements below:
Reliable internet connection: If you can plug directly into a router, plan to do so for your live stream. Do not set up in a space where people share a Wi-Fi connection (like a cafe or library). Faster internet will give you smoother video. For a high-quality live stream, we suggest 2Mbps upstream bandwidth. You can test your internet speed here.
Webcam & microphone: While built-in webcams and microphones will work, higher-quality USB webcams and microphones make for a better experience. You can also try using headphones with a built-in microphone for clearer audio. Use the test option in Kickstarter Live to conduct a private stream and test your equipment, no matter what you decide to use.
Computer: Live streams must be conducted from a computer (we’re working on making Kickstarter Live mobile friendly). Make sure your machine is plugged into a power outlet while you’re streaming.
Use the Google Chrome web browser: We've found Chrome to be the best performing browser for live streaming. Firefox is our second choice, but broadcasting from Safari or Internet Explorer does not work.
Test your setup in advance: Make sure to test your live stream setup at least a day before the live stream. The test should be conducted with the same computer, browser, microphone, webcam, internet connection, and at the same time of day and location you plan to use for your real broadcast.
If you are planning to have co-hosts or guests broadcast during the live stream, make sure they read this guide, are invited to the live stream, and run a test with you. The more of these requirements you test out beforehand, the more likely you’ll run a smooth live stream for your viewers.