Best Facebook Live Stream Software for Mac and PC? Late 2017 Review!
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Best Facebook Live Stream Software for Mac and PC? Late 2017 Review!

– Are you ready to up
your Facebook Live game with software for your Mac or PC? Then here’s our take on
the best Facebook Live streaming software available
right now to help you decide. (lighthearted music) Hey, it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. We release a ton of content to help you get better results with
your videos faster. If you’re new here, then make sure you click that subscribe button, and all the links to everything we mention in this video you can find linked in the description box below. So let’s jump into it. Now, there’s a lot of Facebook Live software options available out there, and we’ve reviewed a bunch of
them individually in the past. We’ve also played around with
a lot of other ones as well. The landscape, though, is always changing with constant updates. So in this video, we put
all the major players head to head, comparing
the pros and the cons to help you decide which is the best for your Facebook live streams. So whether it’s multi-person interviews, live screen sharing, or onscreen chat, or just fancy branding or animations, third-party Facebook Live software can unlock a huge range of functionality that you just can’t get
with Facebook standard apps. So in this video, we’re going
to tap on my top solutions for the most popular types
of Facebook Live streams, including two-person,
more than two-person, and live with screen sharing capabilities. And make sure you stick around to the end because I’m also going to
give you my number one tip for automatically sharing
your Facebook Live links to get more of your audience onto your live streams
the moment you go live. So these are in no particular order, and they range in price from free to $695. What’s best for you will depend on what you’re looking to achieve, the platforms and devices
you’re using, and your budget. So make sure you stick
around to hear the full six so that you don’t miss out. So straight off the bat, the first one that we need to mention
is the Facebook website. The easiest way to go
live in a lot of cases is just to use the Facebook
website with your webcam, choose to create a new
post and click live, and then you’re broadcasting live directly from your laptop or computer
with just your webcam. So it’s probably the
easiest way to go live from your desktop without the need for any other software or platform. So the biggest advantage with this is that you don’t need anything else. You’re not paying for any subscriptions. You’ve literally got all that you need in the Facebook website. And with a recent
update, you can now share your computer screen
on your Facebook Lives just using the Facebook website as well. So the biggest disadvantage is then that you don’t have any advanced controls, so you don’t have the ability to bring anyone else in or
to really do anything fancy with your live streaming on Facebook. Option number two is to
use live broadcasting or live streaming software like OBS or Open Broadcaster Software,
and Wirecast Studio. Now, both of these are
fairly complex solutions. These will give you a
professional range of tools for creating professional-looking
live streams, things like being able to
bring in multiple camera angles and seamlessly switch between them, to have multiple screen shares, to really have a full range of control and customizability
over your live streams. We have done a full comparison of OBS and comparing it to Wirecast, and I will link that up in the cards now if you’re interested in that. But one of the major
differences between the two is the price. OBS, which runs on Mac, PC, and Linux, is free, 100% free. Wirecast Studio, on the other hand, which runs on both Mac and PC, currently sells for $695, which just actually had a
decent price increase from $495. The biggest difference,
though, between the two is the level of control
and customizability and also the ease of use. Wirecast at that price
point is much, much easier to set up and use, and it’s actually one of my go-to solutions for
professional live streams. It’s what we use for
all our client projects. In the latest update,
though, from Wirecast, where they got their
price increase as well, they’ve actually announced
a really decent feature, a really cool feature which
lets you bring in guests to interview them live seamlessly using the Wirecast software. So it would be similar
to bringing someone in on a Skype call so that
you can bring someone in and interview them and go
live through Wirecast as well. Now, you can do a similar sort of thing with OBS and bring in
guests using applications like Skype and screen
sharing that Skype call, but it can get pretty
complicated and pretty messy, especially when you’re trying to sort out your audio issues and
removing echo and, yeah. It’s possible, but it’s
definitely complicated. And that’s probably the
biggest thing with these two. They’re not for the fainthearted. You definitely need to invest some time into OBS or Wirecast to get up to speed because you’ve got so much control over your live streams in there. But both of these will
not only let you broadcast to Facebook Live, they’ll both let you also broadcast to other
live streaming platforms like YouTube Live, Twitch, Periscope, and a heap of others out there as well. So both great solutions if you want a really professional-looking live stream with multiple cameras and,
yeah, complicated setups. Solution number three is a piece of software called Ecamm Live. Now, Ecamm Live will work on Mac only, and you can pick it up for
$29.99, so crazy cheap, especially when you’re comparing
it to Wirecast at $695. So what Ecamm Live will let you do is broadcast live currently
just to Facebook Live, but they have announced
that they will have RTMP or opening up their
broadcasting capabilities to other streaming platforms like YouTube, Periscope, and others
as well very, very soon. They’ve also just announced
that they’re going to be integrating Skype
into Ecamm Live as well. So you will have that ability to use Skype to make calls and live interviews
without all the headaches that you can have using Wirecast and OBS. So that is an amazing feature. And it’s crazy that you’re getting all of this for under $30. It’s actually one of
the most complete ways or most polished ways to go live on Facebook Live and to be able to see and monitor all your interactions and hearts and comments
and things as you’re live that you wouldn’t normally get on the Facebook Live mobile app, to go live from the app. So it is amazing that you
get this in a desktop app. Again, it’s currently Mac only. Hopefully somewhere in the future they’ll also release a PC version. But if you’re on Mac, this piece of software is
an absolute no-brainer. Ecamm Live also lets you easily
share your computer screen or play back videos as well. So if you’ve got videos queued up that you want to play in your live stream, with the click of a button
you can be playing those out. And it also supports local
disk recording as well. So whatever you’re broadcasting live, you’re also saving that
live stream to your computer with a one-click upload to YouTube once you’ve finished your
Facebook Live stream. So that’s pretty cool. Solution number four is a really popular web platform called BeLive, so the website’s So what this lets you do is run everything from your web browser so you don’t need to download any software
or install anything, which means that you can use this on pretty much any computer. It seamlessly connects through
to any webcam or microphone that you’ve got set up and
running on your computer but also makes it really, really easy for you to bring guests
into your live stream. So no one needs to download
or install any software. You literally just send out the link. People can join a waiting room where you can see while you’re live that they’re there waiting,
and you can invite them on. So you’re not limited to
just bringing one guest on. You can actually have two guests on, so three people live on your
Facebook Live stream currently. You also get some amazing control over your Facebook Live stream. So once again, you get to see from the BeLive interface
all your Facebook comments. You get to see how many
people are watching. You can actually promote
or feature comments on your live stream. All you have to do is when
someone’s made a comment that you want to feature or promote, you click on it, and it will be made big on the live stream for everyone to see. So that’s an amazing feature, especially if you’re going
to be doing live Q&As with your audience. You can bring up the
question or the comment that you’re going to be addressing. So a really cool feature. And it’s so easy to use. This is probably the easiest app out of all the ones we’ve mentioned and going to be mentioning
besides number one, the Facebook website itself. This is the easiest one to use. It’s the most intuitive interface. It’s really for anyone,
beginner through to advanced. BeLive also lets you
share your computer screen easily as well. And there’s also templates that are set up or presets that are set up in BeLive. So when you click them, you
can change what the view or the display is like for your viewers. So with the click of a button, you can switch between a
full-screen view of yourself to a 50/50 screen split with yourself and someone that you’ve
got on your live stream or you can easily split
to a three-way split where you’ve got three
people side by side. So not only is this an amazing
platform for going live, it’s also really amazing
how easy it is to use. To set up something like
this in OBS or in Wirecast would take a huge amount of time to set up but also to manage while you’re live. Now, there’s four pricing
options for There is a free plan
which gives you 20 minutes free broadcasting twice a week. There’s a lite plan for $12 per month which lets you do things
like add a custom logo, branded colors, and you’ve got a limit of 16 broadcasts per month. Then above that, you’ve
got your standard package which is $20 per month. And here the biggest difference is that it’s unlimited
broadcasts per month. And you also get access
to the advanced features like screen sharing,
custom branded frames, and also early access to new features as they become available. And the other plan above
that is the enterprise plan, which at $500 per month is probably going to rule this out for a lot of people here with the additional features listed as telephone support, custom graphics, and custom formats as well. So I would imagine for most people, the lite plan or the standard plan would be what you’re after. Number five is Zoom. Now, Zoom is another online platform, but this one has the big
advantage of being able to bring in a heap of guests
into your live streams. Live streaming to Facebook
and YouTube from Zoom is actually a relatively new
feature that they’ve added. It did start out as video
conferencing software. And now they’ve brought in some more webinar-style tools as well, which obviously let you go live on places like Facebook and YouTube. In Zoom, you get a heap
of advanced controls over the people that you’re
bringing into your call, whether it’s just you and you’ve
got other people as guests or whether you want to
bring other people in as panelists or co-hosts, whether their webcams are
on by default or muted, where you can control all of
that while you’re live as well. It’s also got built-in polling. It’s got a built-in chat window so you can interact with your
audience while you’re live from inside the Zoom call as well. One of the big advantages with Zoom is how easy it is to create
the live call or the live link and get that sent out to your participants or guests that are
going to be on the call, so you have the call
automatically scheduled and entered into your calendar. So there’s a heap of really
professional functionality and reminders that are built in all around scheduling the call and making sure that your guests are there and in the right place and also helping them test their audio and their webcam as they join the call to make sure that everything is working. One of the other really
powerful features of Zoom is not only does it let
you record your call or your live directly
to your local computer, but it also gives you the
ability to record your calls and save them in the cloud as well. And when you enable the cloud recording, it actually records two files for you. It records the speaker view,
which is the default view, which changes based on whoever is talking, so it’s the full-screen version of whoever is speaking and
switches automatically, but it also gives you
the gallery view as well. So if you’ve got a few people on there, then it would show everyone on the screen for that recording. So to have that ability that you’re able to record in two separate files the two different camera views is amazing. So in regards to pricing, in order to use Zoom for live streaming, you need to be on their pro plan, which costs $14.99 per month, but you’re also going to need to add the webinar add-on
to actually go live, which costs an additional $40 per month. So in order to go live
on Facebook with Zoom, you will be spending $55 per month. So now on to number
six, which is Crowdcast. Now, Crowdcast and Zoom are fairly similar in regards to product offering. Both of them will let
you have live polling so you can ask questions
to your people watching and see the results in real time. They’ll both have chat. They’ll both handle questions. But Crowdcast is probably
a more polished solution at least for webinars, anyway. What you get in Crowdcast, though, after your live stream is
some really advanced detail and analytics about the
people that were there, how long they stayed for,
where they came in from. So the level of analytics and data that you’re able to capture in
Crowdcast is pretty amazing. Crowdcast also has integration
with Zapier and with Drip, meaning you can get some great
data and analytics through from your live calls into your CRM, which is a really cool feature. Crowdcast also has a multi-stream feature which is actually what you’ll need to be able to broadcast
your Crowdcast call or meeting onto Facebook Live. But this multi-stream feature
also lets you broadcast to multiple live platforms as well. So whether that’s multiple
Facebook Live pages, accounts, groups, events, or you could broadcast live to Facebook and YouTube at the same time. In regards to pricing, Crowdcast
has three pricing options. The first is their live
package at $49 per month. Then they’ve got a professional
package at $89 per month, and that’s actually the one
that you’re going to need if you want to be doing lives to Facebook Live or YouTube Live. And there’s also a business
plan as well for $195 per month. So it’s definitely not on
the cheaper end of things. So the main difference
when you’re comparing the professional package
to the business package is the number of live attendees. It goes from 250 up to 500, and the cost for an
extra live attendee goes from 30 cents down to 15
cents on the business plan. But keep in mind that
these numbers for attendees aren’t in relation to Facebook Live. This is only for people
that are attending your call or your webinar on the actual platform. If you’re going to be using
this for Facebook Live, which is what we’re talking
about in this video, then there may not be anyone
that’s actually attending on the actual platform. They’ll be watching and
interacting with you through Facebook Live. So if all you’re interested in is using Crowdcast for Facebook Lives, then you’ll definitely be able to get away with the professional plan. So those are our top six solutions for creating awesome Facebook Lives, whether it’s bringing in screen share, bringing in one guest, two guests, or a heap of guests
into your live streams. Now, as we said, there
was a huge range in price. There’s also a huge range in features and capabilities for
the different solutions. Now, before we get to my number one tip to automatically getting
more of your audience on your live stream as
soon as you go live, let’s do a quick recap of the options and who I’d recommend each for. So if you just want to
go live on Facebook, the simplest and easiest way
with no additional guests, then you can just use
the Facebook website. If you’re after the most amount of control for your live streams and you want to bring in
multiple screen shares, multiple cameras and
guests and things as well, then you can look at OBS or Wirecast as a professional solution there. If you’re on a Mac and you’re looking for a really cheap and easy way to create a professional live stream where you get the full interaction with Facebook comments and interactions, then check out Ecamm Live. If you’re looking for a really easy way to do a two-person live,
a three-person live, and again, be able to monitor the comments and feature your comments, then might
be the answer for you. And if you want to do a Facebook Live with two people, three
people, four people, or a lot more, then you can
look at something like Zoom, which is a cheap alternative to Crowdcast which will also let you do the same thing, but it’s also going to
give you more analytics and integrations with things like Zapier. So now for my tip to help
you get more of your audience onto your Facebook Lives automatically. The solution is to use Live Leap. Now, Live Leap is a service that helps you automatically share
out your Facebook Lives automatically the moment that you go live. So whether you’re going live to a Facebook page, a group, or an event, it’s automatically going to
share it out to your audience on whatever pages, groups, Twitter even, or even put a link on your website saying that you’re currently live on Facebook. So this is something, if you’re serious about doing Facebook Lives that I can’t recommend strongly enough. It is the easiest way to
automatically share out your lives the moment that you go live without you needing to do anything across a heap of different
social platforms, including your website. So I’ll put a link down
in the description below if you want to check out Live Leap. Now, if you’re going live on Facebook from your smart phone, there are some simple, low-cost gear that can help you get much better results. Check out the video linked on screen now for the best Facebook Live gear for both iPhone and Android. I’ll see you soon.

49 thoughts on “Best Facebook Live Stream Software for Mac and PC? Late 2017 Review!

  1. Hi Justin, it is really a nice video, but I prefer OBS studio it is free and open source , I made Tutorials about it on my channel

  2. Another super-thorough review from you Justin! Thanks for comparing all 6 solutions! I appreciate that you talked about the different package pricing options as well.

  3. Solid Gold review Justin – As Always! Question about LiveLeap – you said it will allow me to go LIVE on multiple groups/pages at the same time and are these only groups/pages that I admin or that I belong to. Thanks my friend.

  4. Amazing Video! Thanks a lot. Right pace for giving an overview and showing the top-features! Cool production with talking head and screencasts. Subscirbed!! I wish you a good week 🙂

  5. #AskJustin
    Hi Justin, I was using Open Camera on my android device (6.0 marshmallow) but I can't see where is the default storage of the app. I want to change it so I can change the default storage to SD Card. Can you help me? Thanks

  6. Thanks for the video. What do you use to add the colored lighting on your wall behind your book stand and lamp? Thanks for the video!

  7. Hi Justin, thanks for this thoroughly explained show I have a question , please while we are live can we insert show video or play music and show that during live chat or interview and please guide me step by step as i am planning to go with your software. Thanks a lot Blessing

  8. Such awesome information, Justin! So very appreciated. One question – for those of us who already have a gotowebinar subscription, is there a way to go live with that?

  9. Hi Justin,Thanks for your videos,I am using Wirecast Pro 8.3 but when i want to go live on facebook page It pop up an error "Facebook Server Error" Please how can you help me?
    Here is my email: [email protected] @Justin Brown

  10. Obs has a problem… When launching the live lags…. Also starts playing automatically when captures signal from the source…. The synchs can take few seconds which mean when I go live I already lost few seconds from the beginning. Obs doesn't have play at will feature which is bad specially if you are streaming live music sets.

  11. Dear Grace I use to watch your videos at any time. But I just want to know that your camera model that use to make this video because of look very nice resolution! thanks.

  12. Great video, but is Ecam Live a bait and switch? I downloaded the trial version to be certain it would work with my hardware. Once confirmed, I went to purchase it, and suddenly the price went from $29 to $79. That certainly doesn't indicate that the company has an ethics in their business practices. Has anyone else had this issue?

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