Your First Time Around With Ecamm Live

See also the First Facebook Live tutorial for the bare essentials from first-run to your first Facebook Live broadcast.

Upon opening Ecamm Live, you’ll be greeted by the Main Window, and several smaller windows.

The Main Window

The Main Window is your monitor of what your audience sees, except the tools we’ve laid on top of this window—and your cursor—which are only visible to you. You can resize the main window by dragging from any edge or corner of the window.

The smaller windows are for control of Sound Levels, Scenes, Overlays, and Comments and Reactions. If you dismiss any of these windows, you can bring them back by visiting the Windows menu at the very top of your Mac’s display. Additionally, each of these windows has a keyboard shortcut assigned for easy access.

At the center bottom of the Main Window is a blue Login button, which will allow us to connect you to Facebook, YouTube or Periscope.

Note: If you’re not going to use Ecamm Live with Facebook, YouTube or Periscope, logging in is optional. You can still record to your Mac, and stream to services that use RTMP.

Figure: Annotated Main Window with tools labeled

Tools within the Main Window

At the top left of the Main Window is the Scenes pull-down button. The text of the button shows the name of your currently active Scene. Any other Scenes you’ve created are listed within the menu, giving you fast access to switching scenes during a stream or recording. Reference our section on Scenes for more details on what Scenes are, and how to use them.

At the top center of the Main Window you’ll find Ecamm Live’s three primary modes— we call them Sources— you can use in your broadcast.

Camera

Screen Share

Video File

The top right of the Main Window contains two icons, the Sound Levels button, and the Overlays button. Both show or hide the windows for each tool.

Sound Levels

Overlays

The five links above go to the manual’s sections for each source and explain each in detail.

The bottom right corner holds menus which control where your broadcasts go. The options here are dependent upon which settings you’ve selected.

If you’ve picked Facebook, YouTube or Periscope as your Destination, you’ll see various options of where to broadcast. You can choose who can view your broadcast within Facebook or YouTube, and control when to broadcast.

If you select Custom Stream Key, a sheet will appear over the window with the settings required to stream to services other than Facebook, YouTube and Periscope.

Lastly, if you select Record Only, all the other options fade away, and you’re now set to capture a recording only to your Mac.

The bottom center of the Main Window holds the big blue button which depending on the destinations settings can read,

Login
If you’re not logged in, but have the Destination set to Facebook, YouTube or Periscope.
Go Live
If you’re logged into Facebook, YouTube or Periscope and have the relevant Destination picked, or if you’re using a stream key.
Record
If your Destination is set to Record Only

When using Facebook Live, the bottom left corner of the Main Window includes a location pin and description field.

Text entered in the description field will become the text of the post that accompanies your Facebook Live, YouTube or Periscope broadcast.

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