Facebook’s video streaming broadcast tool known as Facebook Live has been rapidly evolving since its debut. Now that some of the more broad features and capabilities have stabilized, Facebook has been rolling out ways to enhance the quality of your Facebook Live videos, including providing a ‘fix’ for that backwards text.
If you are new to Facebook Live, you can find out everything you need to know about going live in this post. If you are familiar with Facebook Live and want to learn some cool hacks to improve your video, keep reading.
How to Edit your Facebook Live View
When you click to start your next Facebook Live stream, notice the magic wand icon in the top right corner. Tap on that to bring you to some editing tools.
The hack I’m most excited about I learned in Molly Mahoney’s Facebook group, and member Sara Campbell. Have you ever watched a video where you see the person on camera holding up a sign that’s backwards to you as a viewer? There’s a way to fix that backwards text on your Facebook Live videos. You can now horizontally flip the screen for your Facebook Live stream so that doesn’t happen when people watch your videos.
The horizontal and vertical flip functions – plus the brightness button – are located under the Tools icon (screwdriver and wrench) located at the bottom of your screen. Granted these particular photos are with a forward-facing camera, but both flip features work when you have your camera in selfie mode, too.
The 2 masks icon at the bottom of your screen gives you options of funny faces or masks to “wear” while live streaming on Facebook.
You can choose a color of ink and use your finger to write or draw on your screen. This is found by tapping on the pencil icon.
The icon at the bottom left that looks like a donut provides you with several filter options for your screen.
Given the importance & focus of live video for Facebook, I’d expect these features and functionalities to continue to grow. Right now, a small number of US-based iOS users (and all of Australia) can go live on their Facebook profiles and invite another guest into a split screen live session.
If you’ve connected your Facebook Group to your Facebook Page, there’s now an extra step required for going Live inside as your Group as yourself (instead of as your Page). Here’s what you need to do if you are going Live on mobile. Click on the down arrow located next to your Page name. You’ll then be taken to a screen where you choose if you are going to publish your Live as yourself or as your Page.
The longer Facebook Live is around, the more it will evolve. What other Facebook Live hacks do you use?