The best gear for recording live streams to, YouTube, Facebook, Periscope and Instagram from your iPhone can be found on Amazon. In the image to the right you can get a look at the equipment I've used for live streaming on Periscope, YouTube Live, Facebook Live, and whatever platform comes next.
Over time I keep up to date with the latest iPhone (currently, I'm using the iPhone 11 Pro Max – as of 2020) mics, tripods and other equipment.
When you're doing a live broadcast one thing you want to pay careful attention to is your sound quality. If you are outdoors, you can minimize background noise including the sound of the wind by using a clip-on lapel mic also know as a lavalier microphone.
Next, you should be aware of your lighting and anything that can potentially distract your viewer's attention away from the message you are trying to get across. For example, you always want the light to be facing you and not facing directly into the screen of your iPhone or Android phone. Sun glare can be very annoying for anyone watching your broadcast so think about your surroundings before you push the record button. You want your phone to be in between you and the light source.
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Apple iPhone 6 Plus 64GB 4G LTE Factory Unlocked GSM Smartphone – Gold Periscope works best on the iPhone, even though they do have an Android app. Many of the features are missing. For example, when you click on a Scoper's profile from the iPhone you will see the number of available replays. Clicking on that number takes you to a page where you can watch their latest streams from the past 24 hours.
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Here's a tutorial to get you started with live streaming on Periscope with your iPhone
Rode smartLav+ Lavalier Microphone for iPhone and Smartphones Rode also puts out a SmartLav but be sure to get the SmartLav PLUS! This mic clips onto your shirt, jacket, blouse or top. Reduce back ground noise and eliminate the sounds caused by swirling winds.
Rode Microphones SC6 Dual TRRS input and Headphone Output for Smartphones Connect two lav mics and your earbuds so you can hear the audio from both inputs.
50″ Inch Aluminum Camera Tripod + Universal Tripod Smartphone Mount + Bluetooth Wireless Remote Control Camera Shutter For Apple iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s, iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 Edge, Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Alpha, Galaxy Mega 2, Galaxy Note Edge, Galaxy S5, Galaxy S4 mini, Galaxy S4 & Many Other Smartphones + eCost Microfiber Cloth Tripods give you the option to go hands-free. I have a few of them but the one in the image above lets you adjust the height and you can't beat the price.
OtterBox iPhone 6 Plus Case – OtterBox Defender Series, Frustration-Free Packaging – GLACIER (WHITE/GUNMETAL GREY)(5.5 inch) The OtterBox is my favorite case when it comes to protecting my phone from all the times that I have dropped it. Once I dropped my phone on the concrete pavement and even though my OtterBox got a little crack, my phone remained in pristine condition. You'll love the Otterbox!
Gear for YouTube Live, Facebook Live and Pre-recorded Videos
In this video you get a closer look at the Tripod and SmartLav+ pictured above and I also introduce you to the Logitech C920 webcam. This HD webcam is the one that all the pros recommend and you will see it being used on YouTube Live and on video recorded from your desktop for Facebook Live. For even more live streaming tips and tricks watch the Best Webcam and Mic for Recording Videos