PHONE Apps, aCCESSORIES, & RECOMMENDED CONFIG
Phone streaming is currently the most common form of IRL. The following are my recommended software, configurations, and accessories to make your phone IRL stream shine.
In my experience, it is better to prioritize a stable stream than good quality. With phone streaming, if you're relying on a single sim/modem, there is only one point of failure. If that drops, your stream goes offline and so does your momentum and attitude.
Here's my recommended specs for your first IRL stream:
- 1721kbps (Anything under 2mbps really)
If the stream is stable, and you're returning to that location for a second stream feel free to increase the bitrate and then maybe the framerate to 60fps.
If you get drops and your chat complains then go 360p and 1000kbps. This is still a watchable stream and a good place to start. If you have the cash, I'd also recommend doing research into other carriers that may serve the area you're in better.
US Phone Carriers
After my own testing in running sims with the backpack and IRL'ers, this is the carrier breakdown from best coverage to worst in the United States.
Verizon > AT&T > T-Mobile > Sprint
This should change with the next generation of phones taking advantage of T-Mobile's newly acquired 600MHz spectrum.
If you're starting to encounter issues with throttling, I'd recommend UnlimitedVille sims as they provide a true non-throttled pocket wifi plan vs going carrier direct.
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Red = Verizon, Blue = AT&T, Pink = T-Mobile, Yellow = Sprint
You can also use sites like OpenSignal.com to see if the area you want to stream in is good for your carrier.
Micover Stickover-Mini Windscreens
These are the same windscreens I use on the backpack. When it's windy outside, the windscreens cover the microphone areas and diffuse the loud noise from reaching the stream, while still sounding great for anything else.
Just google where the microphones are located on your phone and place these windscreens over them.
Selfie Stick w/ integrated tripod stand
These are my favorite sticks for IRL. Being able to deploy it as a Tripod is my favorite feature, but it's also light weight and comes in at just $20 on AMZN.