Live streaming used to be just a simultaneous video and audio recording and transmission over the web. Nowadays, however, this cutting-edge technology is a whole new beast. With dozens of amazing additions to the original technology, live streaming opens up new possibilities for content creators and businesses. Today, we want to focus on one specific feature — a split screen.
While the trendy split screen feature is not necessarily fresh, it is simply vital when it comes to live interviews and interactions with the audience. This is especially true because of the terrible coronavirus pandemic and the inability to conduct interviews in person. So without further ado, let’s go through everything you need to know about split screen live streaming.
What is a split screen?
A split screen used to describe a special technique in movies and television, where two different pieces of film are simultaneously shown at the same time. In regards to live streaming, a split screen is a feature that allows you to have two or more adjacent (can be also overlapping) live videos on one screen.
One of the main reasons behind the popularity of this feature is the low technical requirements. Generally speaking, anyone can use the split screen option, as long as their device is able to live stream in the first place. Just keep in mind that your internet connection matters the most. It should be both stable and fast. And by “fast” we mean your upload speed should be high enough to transfer the data without any hiccups.
When to use a split screen
The split screen feature allows you to add guests to your live stream as broadcasters. This is a perfect way to set up professional live talk shows. Not only is it time-consuming, but also engaging and entertaining for the audience. How so? Viewers can interact with broadcasters: leave comments, ask questions, and communicate with each other in chat.
🎙 Host live interviews and Q&As
One of the main reasons for using a split screen is to host live interviews and Q&A sessions with guests you otherwise wouldn’t be able to reach in person. You might be working from your office in New York, while your guest can be virtually anywhere else. They simply need a device to stream from and a good internet connection. Both parties should also have an app that supports the split screen, like Facebook Live or Restream Studio.
🕺 Interact with the audience
When your goal is to maximize audience engagement, the split screen feature is a way to go. Such live streams allow your viewers to communicate in real time with both the host and the guest. Moreover, the nature of live streams combined with the split screen option creates a strong sense of presence, as if the show is happening in one room.
🤑 Promote your business
Split screen interviews are trending at the moment. And as you probably know, taking advantage of popular trends can really boost your business. For instance, you could invite an expert in your field, host an insightful interview, and mention your business here and there a few times. With the split screen feature, you can easily raise your business awareness.
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How to go live with a split screen
There are a few ways to apply the split screen to your live streams. You can go for the Facebook Live app for two-person broadcasting and if you plan to be streaming exclusively on Facebook. But if you are looking for more flexibility, simplicity, and functionality, Restream Studio will surely satisfy your needs. Let’s look at how to use the split screen via Facebook Live first.
- Go to your Facebook Live app and start live streaming. To do so, tap the Go Live button, which is located below the What’s on your mind? status bar.
- Add an engaging description of your live video.
- Choose whether you are going to stream in landscape or portrait mode. Keep in mind, you cannot change this during the live stream. We recommend the landscape mode, as it allows for a 50\50 screen share between you and your guest.
- Start your live stream and swipe left to see your viewers. You can now select a person you want to add to your live stream and send them the invitation.
- Your guest’s picture orientation should match yours for them to be able to join.
- If you want to kick your guest out of the stream, just tap the X icon right next to their name.
🤩 Restream Studio
With Restream Studio, inviting guests to your stream is as easy as making a phone call. Moreover, it allows you to stream your live interviews and talk shows on multiple platforms simultaneously. In just a few clicks you could be streaming to whatever platforms you like, including Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitch, Twitter, etc. This way, you can truly maximize your audience reach, promote your brand, and build your community.
Unlike Facebook Live, Restream Studio supports more than two broadcasters at the same time. In order to invite guests to your live stream, all you need to do is press the Add Guests button below your camera preview. There, you will find a unique link you should send to your participants. They will join your live stream instantly after following this link.
Let’s wrap everything up
The split screen feature allows you to add participants to your live stream and host live interviews, talk shows, and live commentary. This option is especially useful when you are not able to meet with your guest in person.
Enabling the split screen for your live streams is super easy. You can use the Facebook Live app if you are planning to stream solely to Facebook. Otherwise, we recommend trying out Restream Studio to experience professional live streaming without any limits — multistreaming, Full-HD live streams, custom overlays, video pre-rolls, and many more amazing features!