Starting with version 4.2, it is now possible to stream to multiple providers at the same time using Livestream Studio.
Your video is only encoded once, so CPU demands for this feature are similar to those for streaming to just one provider. However, bandwidth requirements will be higher. Multiple streams will use as much bandwidth as the qualities selected for each provider.
Example: If 720p + 480p + 360p + 240p (4862Kbps) Stream Quality is selected for Livestream and ‘Highest Quality’ is selected for Facebook (in this case, 720p), then the total outgoing bitrate will average 4862 + 2128 = 6990Kbps. We always recommend having twice the upload speed on your network as the selected bitrate, which is about 14Mbps upload speed in this case.
Start by clicking one provider’s logo to add it to Studio (this example will use Livestream).
Log in to the selected provider to configure your stream settings.
Choose your stream destination (i.e. which Livestream event, RTMP server, etc. to which you want to broadcast), then click ‘Select.’
Now add a second provider by clicking the ‘+’ button in the lower left corner of the Stream module.
Select a second provider to stream to from the list (this example will show Facebook).
Log in to that provider; allow any permissions that the provider may request in order to use that provider with Studio.
Configure your stream’s destination for that provider, i.e. which profile is streaming, to which page or group, and your desired audience.
You can click ‘Advanced Settings’ to configure further settings for that provider if you wish. Then click ‘Done.’
Configure additional settings for your stream, such as title, bitrate, and aspect ratio.
If you need to change a setting for a particular provider, hover the cursor over provider’s icon at the bottom of the screen, then click the gearwheel in the pop-up that appears.
Note: You can also double-click the icon to make the menu pop up.
Click ‘Go Live’ in the bottom right corner to start your stream.
The Stream module in Studio will show the streaming status for each provider, as well as the overall outgoing bitrate.
Open a web browser and go to your selected stream destinations. You will see the exact same live content in each player.
You can deactivate a provider by hovering your mouse over its icon and unchecking the checkbox in the upper left corner of the popup box. If this is done while you are streaming, that will stop the stream on that provider only.
You can reactivate that provider at any time (live or not live) by checking the checkbox.
When your event is over, click ‘Streaming’ in the lower left corner to end the stream.
Studio will let you know that the stream has ended and display the maximum viewers your event had and the stream duration.
Certain providers may have actions for you to take after the broadcast. For example, Livestream will ask if you want to post the video on demand, save it as a draft, or delete it (‘Save draft’ is selected by default.) Choose your desired option, then click ‘Done.’
If you want to remove a provider from your workflow entirely, hover your mouse over the icon and click ‘Delete.’ You can add it back at any time.
It’s important to note that Facebook will not stream alongside any other streaming provider besides Livestream. Facebook will have to be disabled in Studio prior to streaming to YouTube, etc.
If you wish to stream to Livestream and Facebook but have limited bandwidth, you may want to look into Facebook Live for Livestream on the Livestream Platform.