To ensure that your Socialive broadcast is produced with the highest video and audio quality, you must meet certain hardware, software, and network requirements. In this article, we will go over the following topics:
Minimum Computer Requirements
If you need help finding your system specifications, follow these steps for both PC and Mac.
What You Need
PC or Mac (Macbook Pro 15")
PC or Mac
Graphics Card (GPU)
Computers with integrated GPUs are NOT recommended.
MacBook Pro 13" and MacBook Air are NOT recommended due to the lack of a dedicated graphics card and slower processors. It MAY be possible that newer models can stream one 720p 30FPS camera feed and support up to 1-2 guest streams.
Note: It may be possible to use a less powerful system to host a Socialive broadcast. However, doing so may create quality issues with your output.
Minimum Mobile Requirements
What You Need
iPhones 6 and 7 models have 2 and 4 CPUs, respectively, so their device bandwidth will be more limited than newer iPhone models with upwards of 6 CPUs.
Best Practices for Live Video Streaming
Turn Off WiFi and Connect with Ethernet Whenever Possible
Make sure you are connected to the network by ethernet and have turned off WiFi. WiFi signals may not be consistent enough to support high-definition live streaming.
Close All Non-essential Applications and Browser Tabs
To ensure the smoothest possible live stream, close any browser tab and application that is not essential.
Use an External Webcam
External webcams have more space for lenses and other electronics, so they typically offer better resolutions, quality video, and quality audio.
Use a Headset
Using headphones helps eliminate feedback issues from microphones picking up the computer output.
Use a Computer with a Dedicated Graphics Card
Computers with a dedicated graphics card can usually broadcast smoother, higher-quality video.
Checking Your Network Connection
Click on the button below to check your download and upload speed and latency.
Checking Your Chrome Browser Version
Follow the instructions in the Google Chrome Help article to check and keep your Google Chrome browser version up to date.