Livestream studio requirements and home studio design tips: do's and don'ts for online fitness instructors.
The basics - our recommendations
Use a computer. Moxie works best on high-powered laptop/desktop computers on the Google Chrome browser at this time. Your computer software and browser should be up-to-date. A multi-core processor is best, and we recommend computers no older than 4 years.
If using a mobile device. At the moment teaching on Moxie is browser based, so it requires quite a lot of computing power - it works best on newer mobile devices. For iOS mobile devices, Moxie runs best on the Safari browser. For all other mobile devices, we recommend Chrome.
Use a headset. As you move and sweat around your home studio, your students will want to hear every word you say without any echo or background noise. A wireless headset or microphone will get you the clearest sound. Jabra wireless earbuds, Amazon Echo Buds, Samsung Galaxy Buds, Beats, or similar models work well.
Optimize your camera. While your built-in computer camera may work just fine, we recommend investing in an external webcam for the crispest imaging—giving your students the sensation of being in the studio right along with you!
Minimum Internet speed recommendations:
Download speed: 15 Mbps or higher
Upload speed: 8 Mbps or higher
720p streaming: 4.5-5 Mbps or higher
360p streaming: 4 Mbps or higher
You can test your device here: https://moxie.xyz/studio/test
And if you need any pointers for enabling your camera, visit our article here.
Home Studio Design Tips
When you're teaching online, it's the small details that make the difference. Like an In-Person class, your students will appreciate the effort you put into creating a visually-appealing and welcoming home studio.
Here are our top tips on designing the best gym for Livestream classes:
Tidy Your Background. Before you enter the warm-up room, take a minute to look around your space and remove unnecessary or distracting items. A busy background can take the focus off what's important—you!
Pro tip: Make sure your class notes, timers, or other details are set up out of frame. We like to put them behind our camera.
Check the Lighting. Lighting can help set the mood, or even improve your camera quality. Think about the time of day that you'll be teaching. Will there be enough natural lighting or do you need to add other light sources?
You’ll also want to make sure you're lighting from behind the camera as opposed to behind you. This helps to avoid a backlit situation which can make you look like a dark silhouette.
Pro tip: Use what you have! Lamps, candles, a window, or a simple lighting kit can help create the ambiance you want.
Frame Your Shot. Set up your camera on a stable, flat surface. Consider the angle and distance you’ll have from your camera. The best experience for students is when your camera doesn’t move at all, so if you're moving from side-to-side or jumping, make sure your entire body stays in the frame.
Pro tip: Use an external HD webcam for the clearest and most crisp image.