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Live streaming for activists

How to livestream your protest online
Last update: Apr 22, 2022

As the world increasingly moves online, more and more activists are using live streaming to reach larger audiences and get their message out. While live streaming can be a great way to connect with supporters, it also comes with its own set of challenges. In this guide, we'll explore some of the best practices for live streaming as an activist, including how to reach your audience, how to stay safe online, and how to make the most of your live stream.

Livestream setup

From your phone (single camera)

For YouTube, you will need to fit the requirements. Check out the guide on how to go live on Facebook. Also make sure the live stream options on Instagram.

Multiple cameras, different locations

If you want to live stream an event with multiple people streaming their video from different locations, you have various options:

  • Connect to video call (easy & cheap): For example, join in a Jitsi video call and connect it to a Youtube Livestream (see illustration and video below).
  • Stream from streaming apps to switching software (advanced & cheap): For example, record live video using VDO.Ninja to another computer running OBS Studio. You will need a fast computer to do this.
  • Professional live streaming software or hardware (advanced, more reliable & expensive): For example, read this article.

Multiple cameras, single location

You have several options for video stream inputs:

  • From your phone: For example, use OBS Camera to live stream from your phone to OBS on your computer using a cable or over WiFi.
  • From your webcam: Add your webcam to OBS Studio.
  • From a camera: Share your video stream from a DLSR camera to OBS Studio using a capture card like the Elgato Cam Link.

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