using periscope at an event

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Periscope is a streaming video app that can be used on smartphones or tablets to broadcast live from events. Periscope is designed to share the view of an event ‘through someone else's eyes’, using instant live video streaming direct from the location. When used in the right environment it can be very engaging.

The periscope app is free and works on both Apple and Android devices. It can be integrated with Twitter, so if you are already an active tweeter, periscope might be something for you to branch out into. Read the RPS periscope user guide to find out more about using the app.

What to remember when using periscope at an event:

Is the event appropriate for periscope?

  • Have you informed the event speakers that you intend to live stream the event with Periscope? Have they given their approval? Have you also got the approval of the event organisers?
  • Do you have access to a wifi network? Live streaming uses a lot of bandwidth so 'scoping' could prove costly if you have a limited data plan.

What should you film?

  • Public presentations and speeches only – think about privacy
  • Short streams are recommended  (five - 10 minutes) – this will help conserve your phone battery power. It will help conserve your device storage capacity too (if you are also recording your live video stream).

How will people see my 'scope'?

  • The app will alert your periscope followers when you are streaming and provide a link to the stream
  • You can also set periscope to automatically tweet a link to your Twitter followers when your 'scope' is live
  • Your video stream will remain accessible through your periscope account for 24 hours after filming (unless you delete it).

Top Periscope tips

  • Ensure everyone you are filming (speakers, chairs, audience etc) is aware that you will be live streaming the event. You may wish to tell the chair/speaker who can inform the audience
  • Ensure that whatever you are sharing on periscope is in the public domain and everyone is happy to be filmed
  • If you are planning to scope an event, remember to have your camera charger with you to avoid running down your phone battery
  • If you wish to keep a copy of your scope, save the broadcast to your device
  • Try to get a 'front row' seat at any event you are scoping so that viewers get a good close-up view. You will need to access good audio as well as visual recording for the ‘scope’ to be a success 
  • Keep your device as still as possible. Use a tripod to do this if necessary
  • Give your scope a proper full title before you start so that viewers know what they are watching
  • Viewers will comment on your broadcast, so lock it down to your periscope followers only if you want to control who can comment. You have the option of blocking anyone making nuisance comments
  • Technical difficulties do happen with periscope so be prepared for this. If you get a number of comments alerting you to technical problems with the scope you should stop filming and start again
  • Don’t try to respond to comments while you are filming
  • A good wifi internet connection is recommended.
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