How to livestream to facebook using obs or vmix

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Facebook Live is a great way lớn connect with friends, family, customers, and clients alike. In this post, we’ll walk you through how khổng lồ stream on Facebook in 2022 through your browser, di động device, live streaming software, or hardware encoder.

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Sheer reach makes Facebook impossible to ignore as a platform for promoting your business or side project. But while there’s been an effort to lớn make out-of-network live đoạn phim more discoverable, to lớn many users it’s still a social truyền thông media platform first. If your goal is to lớn reach new audiences, live streaming on YouTube may be more suitable (or, better yet, streaming khổng lồ multiple platforms). But Facebook can’t be beat when it comes to reaching people you’re already connected with: existing customers or clients, your local community, hobby groups, and so on.


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Four ways khổng lồ stream on Facebook

You can live stream on Facebook through a:

Which avenue makes the most sense depends on your goals. Web, mobile, or streaming software will probably do the trick for the average social streamer, while gamers will want lớn opt for streaming software or a hardware encoder. Consider a hardware encoder especially if you’re live streaming for your business. (Businesses should also look into subscription-based business live streaming platforms to access advanced features related lớn monetization, analytics, & lead generation.)

Note that Facebook imposes a live stream time limit of eight hours whether you’re streaming through a website browser, smartphone device, streaming app, or hardware encoder.


Facebook limits most live streams to 720p. Only members of Facebook’s level Up Program (which targets gaming creators specifically) and managed partners can stream in 1080p. If you’re not using an tài khoản or a device with 1080p streaming enabled, Facebook Live will downscale any 1080p signal you send to 720p.

Ultimately, if your goal is to put out the highest chất lượng live stream, YouTube is your platform. YouTube allows not only 1080p live streaming for most users but also 4K.

Still, don’t let Facebook’s lack of universal 1080p live streaming stop you from considering it as a viable live streaming platform. For Facebook specifically, 1080p live streaming is a nice-to-have rather than a need-to-have. Reason being, most Facebook users access the platform on their mobile phones. Those who vày use a computer will probably watch videos in a tiny window off to the side while scrolling through their news feeds anyway. Under these circumstances, most Facebook users won’t care whether your live stream is in 720p, 1080p, or 4K – because the difference is imperceptible.


Streaming encoder caveat: RTMP vs. RTMPS

If you’re keen on live streaming through a software application or hardware encoder, make sure the application or device you have your eye on supports streaming through the secure Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMPS). Don’t mistake this for the Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP) without the “S”. Many encoders are capable of streaming with RTMP, but not all support RTMPS.

This distinction is important if you’re looking to stream on Facebook. Facebook Live migrated to lớn RTMPS ingest in mid 2019 khổng lồ better protect users’ live streams from cyber threats. Unlike YouTube, which still allows streaming over RTMP, Facebook is RTMPS only. (tieulongnu.com.vn Pearl Nano, Pearl Mini, & Pearl-2 all tư vấn live streaming over RTMP và RTMPS.)


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One of the simplest ways lớn live stream on Facebook is straight from your website browser using a built-in or external USB webcam.

A webcam may be all you need if your only aim is to cốt truyện your thoughts và engage with your audience in real time. (If you’re in the market for one, be sure to kiểm tra out our blog on the best webcams for streaming.)

It’s also possible lớn live stream through your browser with a higher-end camera, such as a digital camcorder or mirrorless camera. To vì so, you’ll need a HDMI-to-USB adapter to bring the đoạn phim signal into your computer. Then Facebook can recognize the camera as if it were a plug-and-play webcam.

Once you’re all phối with a camera, here’s how khổng lồ stream on Facebook through your website browser:

Log in to lớn your Facebook account and access Facebook Live from:Your News Feed – Click on the camera icon that says “Live video” below where you’d enter text for a post.A Facebook Page you manage – Click on the “Live” button in the “Create” box near the top of the feed.Choose whether you’d like to go live now or make an sự kiện of it with the “Create live đoạn phim event” option. If you’re going live now, be sure khổng lồ toggle “Create a demo broadcast before going live” before you hit “Select.”Choose “Webcam” under “Select a đoạn clip source” at the top.If prompted, give Facebook and your browser permission to use your camera & microphone. (If you don’t see this pop-up, you may have khổng lồ go into your browser settings khổng lồ enable camera/microphone access.)Select your camera và microphone from the “Camera controls” box.Where it says “Add post details” on the right, customize the stream to your liking: give it a title and description, upload a thumbnail image, decide if you’d lượt thích to cross-post khổng lồ any other Facebook Groups (that you manage, or that allow live video), etc.In the “Create live video” pane on the left, confirm where you’d lượt thích to post và when (“Now” to lớn start as soon as you hit the “Go live” button, or “Later” to schedule a stream for another time).Within the same pane, enter the “Interactivity” submenu and determine if you’d like to use any of the features there (i.e., Polls, Questions, Graphics, Prompts).Hit “Go live” or “Schedule live video” at the bottom of the pane on the left side of the screen. (If the button is greyed out và unclickable, confirm that your camera is connected and that you’ve filled out your post details.)

That’s it. Remember lớn press “End live video” at the bottom of the pane on the left side of the screen when you’re done.

Facebook will post a trả lời to your Timeline soon after. This way, viewers who missed it can play back your live video. You can prevent this by clicking the red “Delete video” text on the session kết thúc screen. From the same screen, you can also trim your video or make a clip.

To see and manage all your current, scheduled, and past live videos, click the three-by-three cluster of dots in the top nav and then find “Creator Studio” in the drop-down menu (under “Professional”).


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Mobile live streaming is ideal for spur-of-the-moment audience engagement & dynamic events where freedom of movement is key lớn a compelling webcast.

Facebook live streaming on a thiết bị di động device is pretty simple:

Download the Facebook phầm mềm from the tiện ích Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).Open the app, log in to your Facebook account, và access the “Create Post” menu from your news feed or a Facebook Page you manage.Select “Live video” from the menu of options below the text field.Grant any permissions Facebook needs for live streaming (camera, microphone).If you accessed Facebook Live from your timeline rather than a page, phối your audience (public, friends, certain friends, friends of friends) by clicking on the downward arrow alongside the “To:” field in the top-left corner of the screen.Tap the text field at the bottom of the screen and add a description, tag other users, etc.Click the hamburger thực đơn at the bottom to địa chỉ a location to lớn your post, địa chỉ cửa hàng up to lớn three other users lớn your stream, and/or set up polls for engagement.You can also create & schedule a live event from here by tapping the calendar icon khổng lồ the right of the “Go Live” button.When you’re ready khổng lồ start, press the blue “Go Live” button.

Now you’re ready for some untethered live streaming. There are a bunch of fun options to explore (filters, masks, etc.), which you can access from the magic wand icon at the đứng đầu of the screen before the stream starts, or from the ribbon at the bottom while streaming. These are fun to play around with, particularly for social streamers. If you’re not looking to địa chỉ cửa hàng some visual flair (or chaos) khổng lồ your live stream, ensure you don’t have any of these options toggled before going live.

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When you’re done, hit “Finish” in the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then decide whether you’d lượt thích to post a trả lời to your Timeline. Press “Next” at the bottom of the screen, or hit the bin icon lớn the right of it to trash the recording. If want to lớn edit the details of your live video clip replays after the fact, the easiest way is via Facebook’s Creator Studio through your browser.


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Use live streaming software if you want to access extra production features or use multiple cameras or clip sources. Open Broadcaster Software (OBS), XSplit, and Wirecast are just a few of your options.

Any streaming software should automatically detect any USB-based cameras connected lớn your computer. You can also bring non-USB video clip signal into your computer through a USB capture card. Your streaming software should then recognize the camera as a USB video clip class (UVC) device.

The exact process of live streaming on Facebook with a software encoder will depend on the software you’re using, but it should look a little something like this:

Download và install your preferred streaming software.Log in to lớn your Facebook account và access Facebook Live from:Your News Feed – Click on the camera icon that says “Live video” below where you’d enter text for a post.A Facebook Page you manage – Click on the “Live” button in the “Create” box near the đứng đầu of the feed.Choose whether you’d lượt thích to go live now or make an sự kiện of it with the “Create live video event” option. If you’re going live now, be sure lớn toggle “Create a chạy thử broadcast before going live” before you hit “Select.”Ensure “Streaming software” is highlighted under “Select a đoạn phim source” at the top.In the “Streaming software setup” box, copy the stream key to lớn your clipboard. (Keep this string of characters private.)Open your streaming software và paste the “Stream key” — and, if required, the “Server URL” — from Facebook into the appropriate field. Refer to lớn the user documentation for the software you’re using if you’re not sure where to look.If vps URL is required – On Facebook, mở cửa the “Advanced Settings” menu under the stream key lớn find the server URL. You can also establish a backup stream here using the toggle và then the separate stream key that appears.Start the stream via your streaming software. Back on Facebook, check that the live video preview looks good.On Facebook, where it says “Add post details” on the right, customize the stream to lớn your liking. Give it a title và description, upload a thumbnail image, decide if you’d lượt thích to cross-post khổng lồ any other Facebook Groups, etc.In the “Create live video” pane on the left, confirm where you’d like to post and when (“Now” khổng lồ start as soon as you hit the “Go live” button, or “Later” lớn schedule a stream for another time).From the same pane, enter the “Interactivity” submenu và determine if you’d lượt thích to use any of the features there (i.e., Polls, Questions, Graphics, Prompts).Hit “Go live” or “Schedule live video” at the bottom of the pane on the left side of the screen. (If the button is greyed out and unclickable, confirm that your streaming software is connected & post details are filled out.)If you scheduled your Facebook live stream for later, mở cửa your streaming software before the phối time and turn on streaming.

End your stream through your streaming tiện ích once the show’s over. A trả lời will appear on your Timeline soon after for anyone who missed your live stream. You can review and manage all your live đoạn clip replays through Facebook’s Creator Studio.


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What’s a hardware encoder?

A hardware encoder is an appliance purpose-built for video clip streaming, capturing, recording – or all three.

Running your Facebook live stream through a hardware encoder offers a number of advantages over using a website browser or mobile device. These benefits make hardware encoders the best option for businesses shooting high-stakes events (e.g., concerts, sports matchups) and anyone who wants lớn elevate the look of their live streams.

Essentially, hardware encoders make it easier khổng lồ produce polished, multi-camera live streams that are sure lớn impress & engage your audience. How? Flexibility is one of the major benefits. A lot of hardware encoders include multiple inputs for đoạn clip and professional audio, letting you connect và stream HDMI and SDI cameras, laptops, tablets, XLR or TRS microphones, & more. & as dedicated devices, hardware encoders often perform better than software encoders. That’s because software encoders have to chia sẻ resources with your computer’s operating system và any active processes. (Check out our post on the advantages of hardware vs. Software encoding if you’d lượt thích to learn more.

There’s a wide range of live streaming hardware on the market, which makes it impossible khổng lồ write a definitive guide lớn making hardware encoders work with Facebook. For that reason, we’ll walk through how to lớn stream on Facebook using our Pearl encoder hardware. If you’re not using a Pearl system, we encourage you to review the user documentation for your appliance or reach out lớn the manufacturer.

Pearl Nano, Pearl Mini, or Pearl-2

For an in-depth look at how khổng lồ configure Pearl Nano, Pearl Mini, or Pearl-2 for optimal live streaming, kiểm tra out our live stream beginner’s survival guide. Also see Facebook’s đoạn clip format guidelines for live streaming.

Here’s how to lớn live stream on Facebook using an tieulongnu.com.vn Pearl system:

Log in to lớn your Facebook account and access Facebook Live from:Your News Feed – Click on the camera icon that says “Live video” below where you’d enter text for a post.A Facebook Page you manage – Click on the “Live” button in the “Create” box near the vị trí cao nhất of the feed.Choose whether you’d lượt thích to go live now or make an event of it with the “Create live clip event” option. If you’re going live now, be sure khổng lồ toggle “Create a chạy thử broadcast before going live” before you hit “Select.”Ensure “Streaming software” is highlighted under “Select a đoạn phim source” at the top.In the “Streaming software setup” box, copy the stream key lớn your clipboard. (Keep this string of characters private.)Log in lớn the Pearl web UI. In the side nav, select “Streaming” under the channel you want to live stream.Paste your “Stream Key” from Facebook into the “Stream name” field.Click “Apply.”Back on Facebook, click open the “Advanced Settings” thực đơn under the stream key to find the server URL. Copy it. You can also establish a backup stream here using the toggle and then the separate stream key that appears.Flip back to the Pearl website UI & paste the vps URL in the “URL” field under the channel you want khổng lồ live stream.

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Press “Start” in the top-right corner of the Pearl website UI streaming menu. Return lớn Facebook và ensure the stream preview looks good.In the “Create live video” pane on the left, confirm where you’d like to post và when (“Now” lớn start as soon as you hit the “Go live” button, or “Later” lớn schedule a stream for another time).From the same pane, enter the “Interactivity” submenu và determine if you’d lượt thích to use any of the features there (i.e., Polls, Questions, Graphics, Prompts).Hit “Go live” or “Schedule live video” at the bottom of the pane on the left side of the screen. (If the button is greyed out and unclickable, be sure that your encoder is connected và that the post details are filled out.)If you scheduled your Facebook live stream for later, start streaming on your appliance before the phối time.

You’re live on Facebook! Select “Stop” on the Pearl web UI when your stream is over.


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Learn more about how tieulongnu.com.vn Pearl Nano, Pearl Mini, and Pearl-2 hardware encoders can help you take your live streaming to lớn the next level.

First published on November 26, 2019, this post was updated on July 26, 2022, khổng lồ reflect new information & changes in the Facebook desktop and mobile UIs for live video.


Michael Monette

With over a decade of diverse professional writing experience, Michael has deep insight into the giải pháp công nghệ needs of public and private companies across a broad range of sectors. He’s covered numerous technologies as a copywriter and marketing nội dung creator – from AV hardware and cloud công nghệ to cryptocurrency and blockchain.