Is this an appropriate place to ask just how do you make this Facebook Live thing work? I've figured out Zoom, but it seems that just about everything I hear about that I'd be interested in watching is on Facebook.
A little background: I'm not interested in doing podcasts myself, but lately I've been enjoying performances by friends and should-be-friends as half to hour long, usually solo or duo (with a regular partner due to the difficulty in getting a band together) mini-concert of old time string band music. No great production, usually just sit and play tunes. I don't think anyone's making any money at it - most have a tip jar and many donate tips to a local support organization like a food bank.
I have to say that as a pro audio guy, I'm far more impressed than I should be with the audio quality that people get using only a smart phone for these podcasts. Some use an arrangement for an external mic, often a handheld recorder used as a USB interface, and too many of them seem to have trouble with connectors, cables, setup, etc. Sometimes channels are reversed left to right, sometimes there's an intermittent connection, and, because this is all live, often a show starts late or is interrupted after a couple of tunes based on comments coming in through Facebook like "can't hear you." And the really dumb one is video reversed left to right so it looks like everyone's playing left-handed when I know they're not.
I've thought about putting together a tip sheet or maybe full set of instructions on how to set this up correctly and how to avoid dumb mistakes, but I just can't figure this Facebook Live thing out. Maybe it's because I don't really participate in Facebook (I don't even know if I have a "feed") or maybe it's because I don't have or want Facebook on my phone, and the simple stuff is for phone users. I did see a "how to" video that started off the section on using a computer, that referenced Facebook Business, so maybe that's why all my cheapskate friends use their phones.
Anyway - I'm hoping to find my way through at least trying it out and seeing what I can do wrong, which would tell me how to do it right. Can I get a good starting point?
One thing that I learned was possible that I think everyone should do is set up the podcast so that only you can see it. This would allow for a "dress rehearsal" so it wouldn't be necessary to futz with the tech stuff for the first several minutes of the show.