How to Host an Interview Using Facebook Live with Wirecast

Learn how to conduct an interview on Facebook Live using Wirecast and Skype on one computer.

Tools used in the video: Wirecast 6, Skype, iMac


1. First, startup Wirecast. In the video above we are on a Mac and  Wirecast 6.

2. Add a shot of your camera.

3. Then you’re going to open up Skype. Ensure you are using the latest version of Skype. If updating is needed it is best to update, close out Skype and restart your computer all together. (Pro Tip: This is an important tip for your guests as well if Skype is not cooperating with you.)

4. If Skype is updated, create a local desktop presenter shot. Go to the sources menu at the top of your screen, choose local desktop presenter shot, choose window from the drop down menu, check capture audio, and select your window, which for the purpose of your interview is Skype.wirecast desktop presenter

5. Add the desktop presenter shot to the same layer your camera is in.wirecast desktop presenter

6. Start your virtual camera by clicking on output in your top menu, click virtual camera out and make sure both HD 720p and Virtual Microphone are checked, then click Start wirecast virtual camera

7. Now setup your Skype camera/mic. What we’re doing here is allowing your guest to see and hear what is happening live, versus simply looking at your face, which gives him or her context to the conversation. Setup your Skype camera and mic as seen on the video above under your Skype applications preferences.wirecast skype

8. Adjust the sound on your shots to have both your mic and the guests’ mic checked on each shot.wirecast shot

9. Now, click the mic off on the far right hand side so it is no longer highlighted in white.wirecast mic

10. As a bonus, let’s make sure the Skype shot looks nice. Command E on your shot to pull up the edit screen to scale and crop your guest.

11. Call your guest on Skype. When you’re just starting off be sure to have a few people practice with you beforehand testing out the steps we talked about and recognizing any potential risks involved.

12. Be sure to test your sound.

And as a BONUS 😉 bring in extra media (or b-roll) to offer depth to your conversation, making it visually appealing and ensuring people will stick around longer. Both your guest and yourself should be able to see and hear the extra media. Beware of using copyrighted material on live broadcasts.

Please note that this process should be given ample time for troubleshooting and should be practiced with colleagues, friends or family sitting in as your guest. I would give myself at least a week to troubleshoot and practice before talking to a guest using this method over Facebook Live.

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