Picking the right app for live-streaming video

by Rachel Wise
Oct 30, 2018 in Multimedia Journalism

It’s never been so easy to just hop on a live video stream and broadcast to the world from wherever you are. So now that anyone with a smartphone can do this, the question is which tool makes the most sense to use?

In this episode, we compare three different live-streaming services — Facebook LiveKanvas for Tumblr and Periscope. We also take a look at what YouTube has in development for going live.

For more information:

  • Facebook Live works from both the Facebook mobile app and website.
  • Facebook offers a look at videos streaming in real time around the world on its live map feature.
  • Periscope first launched in March 2015, about a month after its earliest competitor Meerkat debuted. Both apps integrated directly with Twitter, but Meerkat failed to keep up with Periscope and called it quits earlier this year.
  • Tumblr launched live-streaming capabilities in June. The platform allows streaming only through third-party services, including KanvasYouNowUpclose and YouTube.
  • For some, the appeal of Kanvas is the creativity it allows and the ability to add effects, filters, GIFs and drawing overlays.
  • In June, YouTube announced it would begin rolling out a new mobile live-streaming option for select users. Currently, any user can stream live to YouTube from a desktop or laptop computer.

Rachel Wise is a senior editor at the Reynolds Journalism Institute and editor and co-producer of the weekly Futures Lab video update.

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