Best LIVE STREAM Software for Mac – REVIEW!

Best LIVE STREAM Software for Mac – REVIEW!

– In this video, we'll look at the latest Mac livestreaming software, a roundup, and a review of the leading options and my pick for the best livestreaming software on Mac right now (upbeat electronic music) Hey it's Justin Brown here from Primal Video where we help you amplify your business and brand with video

If you're new here, make sure you click that subscribe button, and all the links to everything we mention in this video will be down in the description box below Let's jump into it Now whether you're looking to go live on YouTube, Facebook, Periscope, Twitch, or pretty much any other major platform, there are a lot of software options right now to help you do it They're also constantly updating and improving, which is awesome So in this video, we're gonna run through a quick review of the leading options right now one by one including the strengths, the weaknesses, the pricing, my recommendations, and everything that you need to know to pick the best option for you

So I'm gonna start off first by covering off on the software options, the programs that you'll actually download and install on you computer, and then make sure you stick around because after that I'm gonna show you some newer options that just run in your web browser, and some of these are an absolute game changer So with that 2D landscape of all of these options is getting very saturated, but we'll jump straight into the shortlist, and we're gonna ignore the options that aren't worth your time So our shortlist for best livestreaming software on Mac includes, OBS, Ecamm Live, Wirecast, Zoom, BeLive, StreamYard, and Lightstream, and we'll jump in and take a look at each one of these now So the first option is OBS, or Open Broadcaster Software

Now this is totally free, and it's available on both Mac and PC Now this is probably one of the most popular solutions out there when it comes to livestreaming software maybe because of the price but also because of the feature set This is definitely on the more advanced side of things in regards to the level of control and everything that you have over your livestream That's not to say that it isn't good for an absolute beginner as well, but there definitely is a learning curve as the overall user interface and experience isn't really intuitive Now, OBS make it easy enough to set up different scenes for your livestream, so you might have a scene where it's your webcam fullscreen, a second scene might be your computer screen share

So they make it easy enough to set these up and tailor up the look and feel but also to switch between them easily while you're live So OBS gives you lots of advanced controls over the setup of your livestreams but there's no wizards or step-by-step setup pathways There's also no presets or templates that you can quickly use and apply for broadcasting to places like YouTube and Facebook with the recommend settings You actually have to and do a little bit of research and look and see what those settings are and what YouTube recommends, and what Facebook recommends, or Twitch, or any other platform, and key those in manually into OBS So it's not a deal breaker, but it definitely doesn't have a lot of the presets and templates and those sorts of things that make it much easier to get up to speed than some of the other options that we're going to cover

But in saying that as well, a lot of the other options that we're gonna cover that have those presets and set templates don't have the level of control that you can customize things up as much as you can inside of OBS Now one big advantage with OBS, though, is that you've got a massive plugins library, so have all these bolt-in tools and add-ons that you can get to take your livestreams up a notch adding in things like social media integration and interaction so that you can bring in your comments from places like Facebook or YouTube and overlay them easily into your livestreams Some of the other options we're gonna cover already have some of those things built-in, but just know that there is a massive library of plugins and bolt-ons for OBS to really be able to get more power out of it and to be able to customize it up for what you're looking to achieve And also given that it is such a popular option and that it is opensource, there's also an amazing community there for support if you've got any issues So if you're an absolute beginner, or someone who just wants to get up to speed livestreaming fast, OBS could be a little bit overwhelming, and you definitely will need to put in some time to learn where everything is and to get everything set up

The next option we've got is Ecamm Live Now this one is Mac only, there is no PC option of this But I would say this is one of the best bang-for-buck options out there right now The amount of advanced features and functionality that they have packed into this while still keeping it really, really intuitive and really, really easy to use is just insane This is one of those programs where even if you're an absolute beginner and someone who's not so tech-savvy, you could easily up to speed really, really quickly and be livestreaming and have an awesome looking livestream

Having the ability to bring in comments from people on YouTube or Facebook, to be able to interact with them live, to be able to pick up and move titles and things around, but also to be able to easily bring in guests into your livestream There is direct integration inside of Ecamm Live with Skype, and this will allow you to bring in up to five guests And you could easily change the layout and switch things up while you're live literally with a click of a button But just like OBS, you also have the ability to set up and customize up different scenes to switch between different scenes while you're live Now, one of the stand out features for me besides everything that I've already mentioned is while you're screen sharing, you also have the ability just to pinch-to-zoom on your track pad or on your mouse to zoom in on certain areas of your computer screen to really make it easy for your viewers to follow along with what it is your showing them if you're sharing your computer screen

That is a huge feature To do that in some of the more advanced and more professional software, like Wirecast, which we will get to, you've really gotta dive into menus and things to be able to scale it up while you're live, which makes it very clunky, but with this, it's literally a pinch-to-zoom on your mouse, or on your track pad, and you're able to do it Now, we are definitely not gonna cover off on all the features inside of Ecamm Live We have done a full walkthrough on Ecamm Live, and I will link it up in the cards, but just know that it is one of the best bang-for-buck livestreaming programs out there right now Now in regards to pricing, they've recently moved from a one-time fixed fee to a subscription-based model

You can pick up the standard license for $12 per month or the professional license for $20 per month, which is crazy cheap And really, unless you need those specifically need some of those advanced features, I would say most people would easy be able to get away with the $12 per month For me personally though, I go with the Pro plan because it's got the virtual camera out but also 'cause it's got the realtime bandwidth monitoring as well which the inner geek in me really likes So Ecamm Live will be perfect for anyone, whether you're an absolute beginner and never livestreamed before, right through to someone who is a professional livestreamer, just given the ease of use but also the amount of features and control that you have in there The next option is Zoom

Now, Zoom will work on both Mac and PC Now, it's not really livestreaming software, instead it's more video conferencing software that can livestream Feature-wise, it probably has the least amount of features of all the options we're covering, but that also means &it's going to be really, really easy to use You can easily stream to places like Facebook and YouTube, and you can share your computer screen But probably the biggest feature is the ability to not just bring in one or two guests into your livestream, but because it's video conferencing software, you actually can instead go live with your entire call of up to 100 people who are on live with you

So if you're creating livestreams where you wanna be able to bring people in easily and not be restricted by numbers, then this is really the best option While you're live, you'll get to choose between a Speaker View, which is where it'll automatically switch between the active speaker or whoever is speaking, or a gallery view, which is really a Brady Bunch style view with a number of people displayed in a grid on-screen all at once As for the downsides, besides the limited controls and functionality, probably the biggest one is while you can stream out of Zoom, you can't read or respond to comments or interactions from your streams from within Zoom So you'll need to head over to Facebook, or to YouTube, or to wherever you're streaming to be able to see all the comments and all the interactions and to interact with your viewers there So it's not a real deal breaker, but it would be awesome if the chat was integrated inside of Zoom as well

Now, in regards to pricing, to be able to livestream from Zoom, you will need the Pro plan, which is 1499 per month So Zoom is gonna be perfect for anyone looking for something easy to use where you can easily bring in and manage multiple guests on the stream without all the bells and whistles included in a lot of the other options The next option is Wirecast Now, this is definitely more on the much more professional end of things than all of the other options so far

The interface itself is, actually, really easy to use It's pretty easy to get your head around how it all works and how to get up to speed and setup and running with it fast I've done a lot of high end corporate livestreams in my time, and Wirecast has been a rock-solid solution for all of them One of the big advantages with Wirecast, and I did just touch on it, is it's got all of these advanced features and things, which is awesome So you really know that you're covered, and you've got a complete solution with Wirecast

But it's also really, really intuitive and easy to find things, and I think that is a critical distinction between something like Wirecast and something like OBS, which also has a heap of advanced control and functionality, but if you're at a pinch and something goes wrong while you're live, and yes, this stuff does happen, it's much quicker, much easier, and much more stress-free finding and fixing these things in Wirecast than it is something like OBS where you're just going through menus and menus just trying to find and fix things So that is a massive advantage as far as I'm concerned for Wirecast Now in regards to pricing, you've got a few different options There is actually a free version called Wirecast Play I don't recommend that one

That one is YouTube only, and there's some big limitations The ones that I'm talking about are Wirecast One, Wirecast Studio, and Wirecast Pro Wirecast One sells for $249, and that will let you broadcast out to one destination, like Facebook or YouTube The next one up from that, Studio, which is the one that I would recommend for most people, is $449, and that would unlock a heap of extra features and also have the ability to bring in two guests So Wirecast does have its own guesting feature to be able to bring in guests to your livestream

And above that is the Pro license for $699 letting you bring up to seven guests and unlocking all of the advanced features, that's advanced audio processing, PTZ, camera control, instant replay, and a whole heap of other really advanced features So Wirecast is gonna be a great option for someone who is looking for something that is easy enough to use but still has all of the advanced professional broadcast features to be able to do some really high end stuff But even if you're just looking to create more straightforward and more simple livestreams, this is gonna be a rock solid solution that's gonna be easy enough for you to use and to master and to get really comfortable with So that's it for Mac livestreaming software that you actually download and install on your computer The next ones that we're gonna cover are browser-based, ones that you run on your internet browser, and these are pretty exciting

So the first one we're gonna cover has been around a little while now, but it's called BeLive Now, this one is probably one of the simplest livestreaming programs to use, full stop You literally just sign up and log into the website, and then you're presented with three streaming modes, or three streaming options You can choose to go live Solo, by yourself where you still got the ability to share your computer screen, you can do an interview livestream where you're able to bring someone in with you, or you can select to do a Talk Show where you can bring in multiple guests

And the cool part about this is your guest to come and join on the livestream doesn't need to have an account or anything They can join from their mobile or from their computer If you wanna bring more than one person into your livestream, that's when you'll be selecting Talk Show, and you can have up to four people on the livestream at one time, yourself included But you can also have up to 10 guests that are waiting in the lobby, like the green where you can switch people in and out Now it's really easy in Be

Live to bring up any text on-screen or titles on-screen You can actually create all the titles ahead of time before you go live, and then you just click on them and they'll be featured on-screen It's also really easy to bring in and feature comments from your views on Facebook as well This was on of the first platforms that had this feature to be able to bring in and feature comments live on your livestream You literally just click on the comment, it's featured on-screen, and you click on it again to hide it, and it's gone

Now, as for downsides with BeLive, up until recently you could only use it to broadcast live to Facebook Live and no other platform, but right now, they've also added integration for Twitch So you can't use it with YouTube, you can't use it with any other platform, you've got Twitch and Facebook, and that is it for now Now in regards to pricing, there is a free plan, which gives you two 20 minute broadcasts per week, totally free There's also a Lite plan at $16 per month, which doesn't include screen sharing, but it does let you do 16 broadcasts per month, or there is a Standard plan $25 a month, unlimited broadcasting with screen sharing capabilities and some custom branded frames as well

So BeLive is a solid option for someone, whether you're a absolute beginner, first time livestreamer, right through to someone who is a seasoned pro but someone who is not looking for all the bells and whistles Someone who literally wants to click a few buttons, go live, maybe bring a few people in, this will be a great solution for you Now, if you're looking for something similar but with more advanced control, that's what the next two options are So the next option is StreamYard, and it is very similar to Be

Live but really on steroids You got so much more control over the look and feel of the broadcast, you can totally customize up the titles and the branding and everything to really make it look like your brand Unlike BeLive, you can use StreamYard to broadcast to more places, things like Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, as well as Facebook and Twitch as well You can also have up to six people on your livestream with you

10 of them can enter what they call the Broadcast Studio, or the green room, and be swapped in and out, but you can bring on up to six on-screen at a time One of the features I really like in StreamYard is that it is kind of theme and template based, similar to BeLive where you've got the ability just to click on some different presets like 50/50 camera split, or like you off to one side and your screen share on the other side There's templates set up for different scenes, but it literally is click of a button and it's going to change your scene to those things Now, they're not highly customizable at all, but this is the next level on that scene integration and swapping up things while you're live than you get in Be

Live, and it is super powerful in StreamYard In regards to pricing, there is a free version, which will add a watermark or branding onto your livestream You can remove that if you upgrade to the Basic plan for $20 per month You can also then customize that up and add in your own logo, and you can also add overlays and backgrounds and those sorts of things in there as well Up from that they have a professional plan for $39 per month, which really just gives you access to priority support

So this is a really great option, again, for someone absolute beginner right through to advanced, someone who is looking to be able to bring in guests easy, to easily be able to set up your livestreams and go live without too much technical knowledge or without a heap of advanced features I think this is a really powerful option And that brings us to the final option which is Lightstream Now, this one I think is also a bit of a game changer Compared to all the other ones we have covered, this is closest to StreamYard, but I would say that I has more features and more advanced features and control than StreamYard

Now, just like BeLive and StreamYard, this one runs in your browser as well But you do also have the option to download this software, or their local client, as they call it, to unlock more advanced features Just like StreamYard, you're able to go live to pretty much all the major platforms out there, Facebook, Twitter, Periscope, YouTube, you name it And also like the others, it is super easy to invite and bring guests into your livestream as well

Now, you can currently bring in up to seven additional guests, making it a total of eight people live on your livestream There's also a really cool feature with Lightstream where you're able to login from your phone and control your livestream to be able to start and stop the stream, to be able to switch the different scenes that you've got set up all from your mobile device, so you're not touching your computer while you're live Now, this is a fairly new offering, and they're still rolling out new features There is currently no full HD, no 1080P, but you can do 720P at 60 frames per second, where they've said that 1080P will be out soon And they'll also be very shortly adding in the ability to stream your video files as well, so you can playback a video live in your livestream, which was a feature they had, but they've removed it, but again, they've said that they're coming back soon

Now in regards to the amount of control and customizing out the look and feel, especially compared to BeLive and StreamYard, you'll actually get a lot more control in Lightstream than the other two You can really dial everything in and customize it up and make it look amazing, and also, make it match your brand as well So while this is kind of the new kid on the block in this space and it is missing a couple of features, like your full HD livestreaming and the ability to playback videos in your stream, out of these last three, this is the one that I am the most excited about I really like what they're doing, and I think this is the one to watch

Now in regards to pricing, Lightstream is free Now, I'm gonna read this out so I don't mess it up Streaming with Lightstream is free and will always remain free, but premium features may arrive with a price point in the future So Lightstream is going to be good solution for someone who looking for a simple but advanced livestreaming platform that you can run from your web browser without the need to get caught up in a heap of settings and technical stuff to be able to bring guests in and set up your livestream and everything As I said, I really think this is the one to watch moving forward, especially when they bring out full 1080 support and also bring back that video file streaming feature as well

So that's the roundup of the top livestreaming programs on Mac right now Now with anything like this, I would strongly recommend that you grab eh trial versions and at least try out a couple of these that you think are going to be the fit for you, and it really is just a matter of finding the right tool to get the job done So test a couple, see which one is a fit for you, and use that There is no right or wrong with this stuff And again, we've got the links down in the description below to where you can grab those trial versions

But for me, personally, when I'm livestreaming on Mac, hands down, I'm gonna be using Ecamm Live I just really think it's the complete package, and that's coming from someone who has used Wirecast and really advanced software for a long time My go-to now is Ecamm Live And I just think it is the crazy, awesome package, best bang-for-buck by a long shot But I'm also keeping a close eye on Lightstream, and I really think that that is going to be an absolute game changer as well

So those are the best options for livestreaming right now Now, one of the great ways to maximize your livestreams is to repurpose your content after you have been live Check out the video linked on screen now showing you the best ways to repurpose your video content for portrait for places like Instagram TV, and I'll see you in the next one