Live streaming during a storm chase is one of the best ways to engage with your audience and let them experience in real-time. If you don’t have a laptop & video camera setup, using a GoPro camera connected to a mobile hotspot is a quality cost-effective way to live stream. It also keeps your smartphone free to use for radar, navigation, etc.
GoPro Cameras that Support Live Streaming
You can live stream with many GoPro camera models using the GoPro Quik app for iOS and Android.
Here is a detailed guide on how to live stream GoPro cameras. To Live Stream your storm chase on Highways & Hailstones, you will use the RTMP setting in the instructions.
To Live Stream your storm chase with a GoPro, here is what you need:
- Free Highways & Hailstones Chaser Account
- Personal RTMP URL from Highways & Hailstones
- GoPro Camera
- Make sure you update your GoPro camera to the latest software before each chase, preferably on wifi
- Supported SD Card with a lot of storage
- Select an SD card with a lot of storage and fast write capabilities to save a high-res video of your Live Stream
- GoPro Camera Power Cable
- Connect your GoPro camera to a power source as the battery will not last an entire chase
- GoPro Camera Mount
- Decide on the best placement for the GoPro camera to face and find a mount that will work for your vehicle. GoPro has a great Suction Cup mount
- Mobile Internet
- You can hotspot your smartphone or have a dedicated mobile hotspot device
Considerations When Live Streaming with a GoPro Camera
After many tests live streaming with a GoPro camera, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure it works well for your storm chase.
- Check for software updates for your GoPro camera and GoPro Quik on your home wifi before going out on your storm chase
- Have your H&H RTMP Stream URL handy on your smartphone as you will need to copy and paste it into the GoPro Quik app Live settings
- Make sure you have a good data plan as you should expect to use up to 2GB of data per hour
- Make sure you use a mobile hotspot with good cellular coverage and not too many devices connected at the same time
- The live stream can end due to poor cellular service, so watch the status of your live stream and reconnect ASAP if it ends
- Use a GoPro Camera Mount that is secure and allows you to move the camera so you can capture your storm at any angle
- Select the Save A Copy setting in Quik to save a high-res version to your SD card to publish to your Chase Log later
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