Instagram has revealed new tools for its live video function, in a bid to catch up with rivals such as YouTube and TikTok: a broadcast can be scheduled for a later time, as well as establishing a practice mode before beginning to broadcast.
In addition, the practice mode will allow creators to double-check that everything is in order before going live, especially useful when guests join the show. The event schedule will allow followers to be informed when the gathering begins.
Instagram adds scheduling and practice mode features for Live creators
It is already possible to plan a show for later on most platforms that allow live video streaming, but not so on Instagram. Until now, broadcasts began without warning, but the new broadcast scheduling tool changes that.
It’s already available for everyone, and it may be accessed from the side panel when you activate Instagram’s live functionality. By clicking on it you can set the title of the video and the start time, which can be anywhere from an hour to three months later.
After you’ve filled out the boxes, you may publish the data as a blog article using any video or photograph of your own choosing. This post includes the details of when the live video will start, with the ability for your followers to sign up to receive a reminder.
Another new feature related to living videos, but not yet available in the practice mode, whereby guests invited to a broadcast will be able to join a scheduled event ahead of time to check that everything is in order, such as lighting, Internet connection, and so on.
The Practice Mode option may be found in the Audience menu, which also appears in the sidebar and allows you to select between public or practice mode.
Selecting this option means that no one but you will be able to view the broadcast, and no one else will be told about it until you change the audience to public.