How to Remote Produce a Live Show

How to use Ecamm Live to produce a live stream broadcast whether or not you're on camera.

Updated over a week ago

Good news! It is possible to produce a live show remotely in Ecamm Live, so if you're looking to be behind-the-scenes and not on screen, here's how.

Step one:

Plan out the content of your show using Scenes. Are you going to run an intro video? Do you need lower thirds for guests? Take some time and plan it all out so that you can easily flow through your show when it's time to go live. 

Did you know you can share scenes? Just drag them from the scenes menu on your desktop and you can email them to other Ecamm Live users.

Step two:

You'll need to connect with the people who you're going to have on screen (a host and/or guests) so you can bring their video feed into your live stream. To accomplish this in Ecamm Live, you'll need to use Skype. Here's how to connect in with guests via Skype.

Once you've connected with the people you want to bring on screen, simply add each in using the Video Source Switcher at the bottom of your main window. You can have up to six guests on screen at the same time. 

It's always a good idea to do a test with everyone before you go live so that you can troubleshoot any sound or video quality issues. You'll also want your host and/or guests to be wearing headphones to cut down on any feedback.

Please note: your guests DO NOT need to be using a Mac or Ecamm Live in order to be on your live show. They just need to be called in via Skype.

Step three:

Flow through your preset scenes. You're in control. You can bring both the host and the guest into the same scene, switch between them, or run a PDF presentation and put your host into picture-in-picture.

Step four:

Make sure your microphone is muted in Ecamm Live if you're not on screen. You can also choose whether or not to mute your microphone in Skype. If you mute in Ecamm Live, but not in Skype, your guests will still be able to hear you if you need to speak directly with them. 

Keep the sound control window open so you can immediately see if you're unmuted or if any sound issues. 

Step five: 

If you're an Ecamm Live Pro user, you can use the Virtual Cam to share the live broadcast with your hosts and guests through Skype. This will make it easy for your host and guests to see any comments you bring on screen so they can engage.

Don't panic! When you turn on and activate the Ecamm Live Virtual Cam in Skype, your own camera image will be mirrored. It does not look like that for the people on the other end of the call. No action required. 

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