Remote Live Production – A Beginners Guide

Remote Livestream Production

When live streaming there is so much to be paying attention to including your run of show, graphics on screen, guest and comment management, internet connection, technical support and so much more.


To have a successful and professional live stream you need to have all the bells and whistles, but oftentimes it can be distracting trying to manage everything that goes into a live show and can result in a lower quality production, important things being missed, and a general bad live stream.

This can all be solved by having a live stream producer. But what is a live stream producer? What should they be doing? And what would this look like for you and for them?

What is a Remote Live Producer?

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A livestream producer is responsible for organizing and managing the execution of a show. They handle all the details including when things happen, who shows up when, sponsorship attention, words that are said, what the shot looks like and more. 

A remote livestream producer does all this BUT for a live streaming show remotely. So you can be in Arizona doing your live show, but your producer can be in Texas making sure everything flows smoothly.

With the right Remote Live Producer you will be able to create great live streams, training videos, podcasts, and more. Gone will be the days where you are responsible for everything so you can focus on creating great content versus worrying about frustrating, but necessary details.

What should a remote live producer be doing?

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Your livestream producer is in charge of making sure everything goes off without a hitch while you live stream. They work side-by-side with you to make sure tech is working right, that your guests are present and prepared. 

They work with you to put together your run-off-show to make sure all your talking points are in order, sponsors are recognized, guest information is there, and that you have the right cues and call outs for the show. 

They are responsible for using your ROS to make sure graphics are created and organized in your live streaming software and when it is time that they are putting them on screen. They make sure your guest has good internet, lighting, and sound before bringing them onto your live stage to answer your questions.

They are also there to manage your audience. Bringing up comments and questions, reporting or blocking inappropriate messages, rolling polls, and sharing information or links during the conversation.

Over all, you can expect your live stream producer to make sure the details that matter in a live stream go off without a hitch resulting in a successful live stream for you.

What does it look like to be the Remote Producer?

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Think of it like you are conducting an orchestra making sure each section of the music piece is happening at the right time to bring the performance together into beautiful music.

You know that each piece is necessary and requires preparation. And if each piece isn’t working right the music is all messed up.

As the Remote Producer everything starts and stops with you. You have to make sure that not only everything happens smoothly DURING the live stream, but also leading up to and afterwards. You are responsible for details like internet connection, graphics, spell check, guest preparation, setting up the live stream correctly, giving live notes and feedback, and ultimately making it look easy for the host even if the back end is a mess.

Ultimately, as the producer you are responsible for making sure the final video is good quality.

My biggest tip for any producer is that YOU will need amazing internet. Meaning fast upload and download speeds and always using a direct Ethernet connection not WiFi.

10 things a Remote Live Producer needs to do for each live stream.

  1. Work with the host on the ROS
  2. Connect with any guests about expectations. Make sure to also include housekeeping tips about internet connection, recommendations for camera and background setup, and what to do for good sound.
  3. Create all supporting graphics
  4. Schedule the live stream
  5. On the day of the production, arrive before everyone to make sure all overlays, videos, and backgrounds are ready and working correctly
  6. Test video, internet, and sound quality for host and guest and do any necessary tech support.
  7. Start the live stream
  8. Follow the ROS with the host through the live stream. The Producer will need to put graphics up when cued to do so, bring on guests, show comments, and other needed tasks throughout the stream.
  9. Manage audience comments
  10. End broadcast and do any necessary post production including downloading the video, editing, message management, show notes, and more.

 

A Remote Live Producer is a game changer for any live stream, but what really helps make a live stream super polished is great on screen graphics aka Overlays.