What livestream app is right for you?

Union offers three different apps to use for your livestream setup; Union's Broadcaster App, Larix Broadcaster App, and OBS (Open Broadcaster Source). Let's help you navigate what will work best for you and your company! 

It starts with your setup... the first question you need to answer is, what is your setup? Are you a studio who is using one phone in one location? If yes, then you may want to use Larix. 

Or are you a teacher who livestreams remotely for a studio and rarely will be doing one-off recordings? If yes, then Union's Broadcaster app is a perfect match for you! 

Are you looking to get a little more technical with your livestreams? If the answer is yes, then OBS with be the platform you want to use. 

Union Broadcaster App

Union Broadcaster app works well for teachers who are livestreaming content that's tied to a specific class (or performance). In order to stream a class (whether live, private, or just a replay) an event must be created. The great thing about the Union Broadcaster app, is it's tied to one teacher! It's a direct link from from their Union account to their streaming device (no stream key required). 

Union Broadcaster can only be used for iPhones. Recommend iOS 14 or higher. If you're an Android user, you will want to use Larix or OBS.

Feedback from clients who are using Union Broadcaster:

  • Setup is quick, easy, and painless. Anyone with an iPhone can get started!
  • Navigating the app is easy and straight forward.
  • Running a speed test is painless! It's built into the app!
  • It does take some additional setup from an admin if only a replay is needed from a teacher. Meaning, you can't just open the app and begin a stream. An event is required to be built because the app is tied to a specific Union account. 

Get started with Union Broadcaster:

Visit our Standard Gear Recommendations to see what products are recommended for this setup! 

From start to finish, please visit Livestream with Union Broadcaster: The Complete Guide when you're ready to get started! This article provides you the opportunity to follow a setup that matches the gear you're using.


Larix Broadcaster App

If your streaming area will be in a centralized location (i.e. studio location with many teachers) you will want to download use the Larix Broadcaster App. You will also want to use the Larix Broadcaster app if you or your teachers will be using an Android device. 

Larix is also helpful for individuals who plan on "streaming on the go" or creating replay content on the fly. Larix provides you with the opportunity to simply open the app and start streaming without needing to much admin work in Union. 

Larix states it supports iOS 12.0 or Later for iPhones and supports 4.4 and higher for Android. 

Feedback from clients who are using Larix:

  • It's quick and easy to stream whenever they want and can create video content quickly.
  • The app is easy to use and allows flexibility for customization (i.e. zooming in audio input/output). 
  • If they're in a place where their internet isn't stable, they have the ability to record the stream for back up. 
  • Teachers don't need to sign in and out, it's one app that is perfectly in sync with their Union Org. 

Get started with Larix Broadcaster:

Visit our Standard Gear Recommendations to see what products are recommended for this setup! 

From start to finish, please visit Livestream with Larix Broadcaster: The Complete Guide when you're ready to get started! This article provides you the opportunity to follow a setup that matches the gear you're using. 


OBS (Open Broadcaster Software)

OBS is a free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. This platform provides high performance real time video/audio capturing and mixing. Please know, OBS can be a little more technical to setup and requires a Macbook Pro 2016 or later, Macbook Air, iMac, or a Mac Mini on Apple Silicon. To see all of Union's suggested gear for an OBS setup, please see below.

Feedback from clients who are using OBS have included: 

  • They like the control center because it's on their computer verses the phone. 
  • They like seeing themselves in real time. 
  • They have more flexibility with multiple cameras. 
  • They don't have to deal with dongles and everything is a little more centralized. 

Get started with OBS:

Visit our Gear Recommendations for OBS to see what products are recommended for this setup! 

From start to finish, please visit Livestream with OBS: The Complete Guide when you're ready to get started! This article provides you the opportunity to follow a setup that matches the gear you're using. 

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