The Future of Live Video: 26 Influencers Share Their Thoughts

Live video came into its own this year as a social media staple. The past year in live video has changed the way we interact with brands, artists, and organizations. Producers are reaching new audiences with tools like Facebook Live and Livestream’s Mevo camera.

The new year ahead of us will mean incredible things for the future of live video. What do thought leaders predict for this powerful new medium? Livestream asked 26 live video influencers to share their thoughts:

Jesse Hertzberg, CEO, Livestream: “I believe the focus in the livestream industry will shift to the content creators more so than the content distributors. Tools to make this possible, like Mevo, will continue the march of progress, and quality “TV” will move further and further away from the rarified confines of the broadcast booth.”

Al Roker, Weatherman and Entertainer, Roker Media: “Livestreaming is NOW; unique, interactive, attention-grabbing, newsworthy, and tailor-made for a #FOMO generation.”

Sam Sheffer, Creative Producer, Mashable: “One billion people use Facebook on a daily basis, and now a large portion of them can go live at a moment’s notice, and share what they’re seeing. And what you see is what you get. It’s raw. It’s real.”

Brian Tong, Host/Editor, CNET: “Live video is the ultimate form of engagement.”

Stephanie Leke, Media Relations Manager, New Republic: “In 2017 we’re going to see a major uptick in the use of live video as an added revenue stream for brands and media organizations.”

Susan Piver, Founder, Open Heart Project: “The beauty of live video is the human component.”

Chapin Clark, EVP/Managing Director, R/GA: “Video isn’t reliant on written or spoken words to tell an affecting story. It’s universal.”

Alicianne Rand, Former VP of Marketing, NewsCred: “In 2017, video will take center stage as the format of choice.”

Michelle Morrison, Organizer/Host, Designersandgeeks.com: “Technology continues to break down the barrier between people’s highlight reel and what they experience in the moment.”

Mark De Couteau, Product Manager, EDGESport/WME: “Success will come to companies who are able to make improvements quickly by listening to their users.”

Sarah Lacy, Founder/Editor-in-Chief, Pando Daily: “I still don’t see a world where everyone is a highly paid ‘life-caster’ ever emerging.”

Max Haot, Founder, Livestream: “Now anyone can create professional quality live video content.”

Will McInnes, CEO, Brandwatch: “Take everything that’s addictive about real-time social and add moving sound and color – bada bing! Is it any wonder consumers love it?”

Amora Brown, Operations, Hack Reactor: “Expect live video to become as common as texting in 2017.”

Kathryn Minshew, Co-founder, The Muse: “Live video is a phenomenal medium for engagement because of the rawness, immediacy and authenticity of it.”

Toby Daniels, Founder, Social Media Week: “Live — powered by social media — has the potential to reach more people, faster and on more devices and screens than ever before.”

Jason Lemkin, CEO/Founder, SaaStr: “Look at how your kids (or your friends’ kids) use YouTube. The enterprise will be like that.”

Danielle Bullen, Founder/Designer, Diasporadic: “The line between consumer and creator is becoming more and more blurred.”

Mark Kornfilt, Founder/SVP Product and Technology, Livestream: “Consumers are more and more expecting brands, organizations, and the companies they work at, to communicate through livestreaming.”

Max Altschuler, CEO, Sales Hacker: “Live video is the next best thing to face-to-face conversation.”

Michael Krigsman, CEO/Founder, CXO Talk: “Video activates our senses – sound, visuals – and brings us into a scene, making it come alive.”

Sherna Lee, Marketing Director, MOJO Marketing and Media: “Brands that nail live video will be those that figure out the type of content that works well live versus just going live.”

Niv Dror, Social Key, Product Hunt: “Facebook Live and Periscope matured from being new apps for early adopters to utilities that anyone can use in the mainstream. Mobile networks have really improved to make this possible.”

Keegan Forte, Director of Marketing and Business Development, Ceros: “It’s a natural next step for those social channels to become smarter on how to monetize live video streaming with brands.”

Dayanada Nanjundappa, Founder/General Manager of India and SVP Technology, Platform Products, Livestream: “I believe the solutions we offer at Livestream will play a pivotal role in providing a complete solution for producers to showcase their events live.”

Phil Worthington, Founder, SVP, Research and Development, Video Products, Livestream: “New tools will emerge that simultaneously lower the creation barrier while at the same time driving production values up in new and ever more intuitive ways. ”

For more information about the state of live video – including in-depth predictions, raw data, and resources, visit our 2016 Live Video Retrospective.

Key Features of Livestream Studio: Demo Video

Livestream Studio gives you all the elements of a professional live multi-camera production in a Windows-based switcher software. Think of it as a way to elevate your production quality with the ability to include multiple cameras, added graphics, green screen, pre-recorded video – and then some. Let’s address some of the most commonly asked questions and key features of Livestream Studio.

How to get started on Livestream Studio

There are three ways to use Studio: subscribe to a Livestream plan, purchase a Livestream Studio hardware unit, or Livestream Studio Software. If you choose to purchase our Studio Software online, you’ll receive a USB Dongle which will activate all the features of Livestream Studio when you plug it into the computer.

Key Features of Livestream Studio

Autofade capability (5:13-5:30 of the video below): Don’t like a hard cut? Then use the autofade functionality, based on the transition you’ve set, and manually control how fast you want it to autofade.

Graphics capability (5:30-6:20): This is one of the more important functionalities to include in your broadcast. Livestream Studio gives you the ability to add logos, lower-thirds, or build a picture-in-picture graphic. Once your graphic is set, you can preview it, push it into program view, and pull it when you’re done.

How to create a graphic overlay track or lower-third (6:29-9:52): Graphic overlays can be used to enhance your live video presentation. With Livestream Studio, you have the option to use three graphics overlay channels – all of which can include multiple layers of static or data-driven graphics.

How to build a picture-in-picture graphic (15:55-17:00): During a multi-camera production, you may want to show two or more camera shots at the same time. Livestream Studio gives you the ability to show any number of cameras you’d like within a picture-in-picture graphics layer.

How to use green screen (17:00-19:18): The use of green screen (also known as chroma key) has become popular lately. It is used to remove a color from your video, or the background of a video scene, to replace with an image that will serve as your background.

How to integrate a Mevo with Livestream Studio (27:55-28:34): To bring a Mevo into Livestream Studio, make sure they’re connected to the same internet network. You can also bring other sources into Studio wirelessly over a direct RTMP stream.

How to use a bonded connection (31:40-32:35): If you’re streaming to Livestream, you have the capability to bond multiple internet networks (multiple ethernet connections, WiFi, or cellular modems) together. You can also designate certain connections as primary and others as backups.


To learn how you can bring out the best in your live event with key features of Livestream Studio, watch the video below.