- Do you really need to stream the event for a large audience who will likely tune in for the live stream? If practically the event can only command a few remote viewers, consider using a web meeting instead, such as Zoom.
- If you have a live stream of an event, through a camera to the internet, anything that happens will be on the web, and likely forever. You may think there will not be problems or inappropriate behavior among on-ground attendees, but you probably cannot control that.
- If you have promoted the event as a live stream, you have potentially invited individuals to a live-camera event, and they may have different ideas than you about how the event should go. (Read point 2 again!)
- Even if you can control attendance on-ground, and are quite certain that your attendees there will act appropriately during the live stream, there may be unanticipated embarrassments you cannot control for. (Again, read point 2.)
- One of the core benefits of the web (versus television) is the ability to watch on demand. This is usually more important to potential viewers than live coverage. So if you record and post the event as a recording anyone who could have attended the live-streamed event, and may more people besides, are able to view it (repeatedly.
- If you record, instead of live-stream the event, dangers presented by points 2-4 are greatly reduced. You have the options of editing the resulting video, or not posting it altogether. It is also easier to craft introductory graphics, captions, and so on, as part of the editing process.
- If you post the event as a recording anyone who could have attended the live-streamed event, and may more people besides, are able to view it (repeatedly.)