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The Best Live Streaming Apps for 2022: Reviews and Rankings

The Best Live Streaming Apps for 2022: Reviews and Rankings

Live streaming has become one of the most popular ways to share events and experiences with friends and family. Whether you're live streaming a concert, a wedding, or just your everyday life, there are a number of great live streaming apps that allow you to do so. 

In this post, we will rank and review the best live streaming apps for desktops and mobile devices. We'll look at features, pricing, and ease of use to help you decide which app is best for you.


What is Live Streaming?

Live streaming is a process of sharing live video and audio content from a device, such as a computer or mobile phone, to another device, such as a computer, television, or mobile device. A live feed can be extremely useful for digital marketing. Live broadcasts of live events have the ability to turn social media channels into a place of raving fans if done properly. There are many social media networks that have the live streaming ability, such as YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Instagram Live, and LinkedIn live.

What is the Best App for Live Streaming Video?

Here are my top picks for the best live streaming apps.

Switcher Studio

Switcher Studio is an iOS-only app for creating professional-looking mobile live streaming videos that can be easily shared on social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook Live, LinkedIn Live, and Twitch. The app has a number of features that make it ideal for live streaming, including the ability to add multiple cameras, graphics, and overlays. Switcher Studio also allows you to record your live stream so that you can share it later.

Key Features:

  • - Multi-camera support - can add up to 9 iOS devices 
  • - Can Import pre-recorded videos
  • - Ability to Add Graphics and Overlays
  • - Ability to invite guests with a simple link
  • - Direct integrations with Facebook Live, YouTube, LinkedIn Live, Twitch,   Microsoft Stream, and more — or use custom RTMP 
  • Live Selling via the Cartr app on Shopify

Ease of Use: Switcher Studio is relatively easy to use, though it does require some setup time to get everything configured.


Pricing: Switcher Studio has a free trial and offers three pricing tiers: Lite ($25/month), Pro ($50/month), and Elite ($250/month)

Dave says "This is my GO-TO mobile solution. I can set up a 5 camera live stream in minutes! And anywhere!"

ECAMM (MAC Only)

ECAMM is a live streaming app for Mac that makes it easy to live-stream your desktop screen or webcam to social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook Live, and Twitch. The app has a number of features that make it ideal for live streaming, including the ability to add multiple cameras, graphics, and overlays. ECAMM also allows you to record your live stream so that you can share it later.

ECAMM Key Features:  

  • Easy to use
  • Support for multiple cameras (webcam, DSLR, GOPRO, iOS)
  • Ability to add graphics and overlays
  • Stream your computer screen
  • Recording live stream capability

Ease of Use: ECAMM is very easy to use, with a straightforward interface that makes it simple to get started live streaming.


Pricing: ECAMM has a 14 day free trial and offers two pricing tiers: Standard ($20/month), and Pro ($40month).

Dave says "This is my number one choice for at-home live streams. I have it on my iMac Pro and can connect multiple cameras and pro audio. Super easy to learn and works great with the Elgato Stream Deck!"

OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) - PC & Mac

OBS is a free and open-source live streaming app for Windows and Mac. The app has all the features you need for live streaming, including the ability to add multiple cameras, graphics, and overlays.

OBS Key Features:

- Free and open source

- Support for multiple cameras

- Ability to add graphics and overlays

- Recording live stream capability

Ease of Use: OBS has a learning curve. There are some great "Getting Started" tutorials on YouTube by its users, however. 


Pricing: OBS is free.

Dave says "My son wanted to stream video and record his gaming on the PC. I found that most people doing that used OBS. One because it's free, and also it didn't slow down the PC when using it. My 14-year-old son loves it!"

Wirecast (MAC and PC)

Wirecast Studio is a multi-camera, live streaming application that is available for both Mac and PC. Its user-friendly interface and ability to easily switch between cameras, and add graphics, and videos make it a great choice for live streaming. 

Wirecast Studio Key Features: 

  • Unlimited inputs
  • 2 remote guests via Wirecast Rendezvous
  • Built-in, animated lower thirds title library
  • Greenscreen keyer
  • Advanced audio mixer
  • Integrated Stock Media Library
  • Unlimited Destination Outputs
  • 1-4 slot Multi-viewer output

Ease of Use: Wirecast is getting better at having a very straightforward user interface. It does take a little time to learn the flow but once you do it's very powerful.

 

Pricing: Wirecast has a free trial and offers two pricing tiers: Wirecast Studio ($599 Lifetime License), and Pro ($799 Lifetime License). Wirecast Pro also offers subscription plans starting at $49/month.

Dave says "Wirecast was actually the first app I used to do live streaming. I was able to connect the Sony broadcast camera to it and live stream the football games at the high school I taught at. Wirecast has come a long way since then and is still a top choice"

Streamyard 

Streamyard is a live streaming studio in your browser. The app makes it easy to go live on social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook Live, and LinkedIn Live. Streamyard also allows you to record your live stream so that you can share it later. 

Streamyard Key Features:  


  • Host up to 10 people with just a click
  • Brand your videos with your logo, colors, and more
  • Ability to change your background
  • Multistream
  • Ability to add graphics and overlays
  • Stream your computer screen or webcam
  • Record live stream capability

Ease of Use: Streamyard is very easy to use. The interface is straightforward and makes it simple to get started

Dave says "If you are looking for a browser-based app for live streaming that is simple to use yet powerful enough to look like a pro then Streamyard is the way to go!"

Summary

Live streaming doesn't have to cost heaps of money anymore. With the right app, you can start your journey today. Don't let having the perfect camera or microphone set you back. Content is key. Create shows that are interesting and interactive. 

Let us know in the comments what apps you are using to live stream. And don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more helpful tips and tricks!

Note: Some links may be affiliate links where we get a small percentage of the purchase. 

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