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Hi, my name is Mindy and I’m obsessed with Periscope. I’ve been using the platform for a few months now and I’m more in love with it than ever. My Wednesday wedding chats have become one of my favorite parts of my week. There’s just something about the live broadcast format where I feel like I’m really connecting with people. I hope you’ve been enjoying my scopes as much as I love doing them!
I’m always looking for ways to enhance the Periscope experience for my viewers, which means I’ve studied other scopes and tested a few things. I’ve come up with my 5 favorite tools for Periscope that have really stepped up my scoping game. I’ve also included some Amazon links to the products I have recommended. Sometimes a small investment can make a big difference! I know it did for me.
1. Katch.me – Katch is a third-party website that will link to your Periscope account and retain your broadcasts. On the native Periscope app and website, your broadcasts are deleted after 24 hours, so linking your account to Katch means your broadcasts will live on! Katch also records the comments left by viewers during your broadcast, although instead of popping up on the broadcast screen, they are simply listed off to the side of the video. Just a warning, Katch seems to be a little buggy as far as stats (viewer and heart counts) but the video replay is the important thing. I highly recommend connecting Katch to your Periscope and Twitter accounts and start saving your broadcasts foreverrrrrr!
2. Tripod – If you’re doing scopes where you’re talking to your audience, a tripod is a must. It will not only make it easier on you but a steady image will make it a better viewing experience for your audience. I already owned a tripod for my DSLR (this one right here) but I had to buy a new phone holder that accommodated portrait mode. This one, Square Jellyfish Spring Tripod Mount for Smart Phones 2-1/4 – 3-5/8″ Wide, screws into a standard phone tripod and can be rotated to either portrait or landscape angles. If you need a small, desktop tripod, Square Jellyfish sells this one separately. But I highly recommend investing in a larger tripod because it’s very versatile.
3. Wide angle lens – I first looked into purchasing a wide angle lens when I tried to do an interview with my friend Adam and I had a tough time getting us both on the screen. This won’t be a problem in landscape mode, but sometimes a wide angle lens can still come in handy (like if you’re broadcasting from Disneyland, for example, and you want to show as much as you can on the screen). I bought this lens set from VicTsing® and I’m very happy with it. Sure, you can tell it’s a $15 lens kit but I just couldn’t justify the expense of the Olloclip, which is what all the “big” Periscopers seem to use. Maybe someday!
4. Microphone – I don’t use a microphone when I’m doing scopes in my office, but I try to use one whenever I’m outside so the sound doesn’t get lost. Especially at Disneyland, there is so much distracting noise and I want to make sure my viewers can hear me okay. All I use right now is a pair of earbuds with a mic built into the cord. (These ones specifically.) However, eventually I want to get one of these cool Rode lav mics. It’s on my wishlist for sure!
5. External battery pack – Periscope is a battery suck, so if I know I’ll be doing some scopes when I’m out and about, I’ll bring an external battery with me. My favorite is this one from MyCharge. I love that it has two USB ports so my friends can connect as well.
Have a favorite Periscope tool I didn’t mention? Please tell me about it in the comments! And be sure to follow me on Periscope @mindyjoym!