Livestream's simulcasting feature allows customers to send their stream to Livestream, which then distributes it to different streaming providers. Below you will find instructions on how to find RTMP information for popular providers as well as links to each provider's bitrate requirements.
In order to use this feature, you will need the RTMP URL and Stream Key from the provider you wish to stream to. Below is a guide on where you can find this information for some of the popular providers that accept RTMP.
Please note that Livestream only supports simulcast streaming up to 1080p at this time.
YouTube has two methods of streaming to your channel. Both start with logging into YouTube and navigating to the Creator Studio.
On the left side menu, click the 'Live Streaming' tab to open the live dashboard.
One method of streaming to YouTube is via YouTube's 'Stream Now' beta option. Simply scroll to the bottom of the Live Dashboard to find your RTMP URL and Stream Key.
Alternatively, you can use YouTube's more established Events option. Click 'Events' under the Live Streaming option.
Create an event if you haven't done so already. Events already created will populate here. Click the 'Live Control Room' button that corresponds to the event you wish to stream to.
At the top of the page, click 'Ingestion Settings.'
Under Select Your Encoder, choose 'Other Encoders.'
The Stream Name and RTMP URL will populate underneath. Copy and paste them into the appropriate fields in Livestream's 'Simulcast' menu.
YouTube's recommended stream settings are available here.
Tip: By default, YouTube will save your stream as a VOD on your YouTube channel. You do have the option within YouTube's Stream Options settings to 'Make archive unlisted when complete.' This will still post the VOD to your channel but no one will find it via search.
You can stream to your profile via RTMP from Facebook's Create Live page. Click Create Live Stream.
Select where you stream gets posted, then click Next.
After a moment, your RTMP URL and Stream key will populate. Copy and paste these into the Custom RTMP fields in your Livestream Account settings.
When you start streaming to your Livestream account, your stream will populate. Click Go Live in the bottom right corner to send your stream to your configured Facebook destination.
Facebook Pages can also accept streams via RTMP via Publishing Tools.
When you log in to your Facebook Page, select 'Publishing Tools' from the top navigation bar.
In the left sidebar, select 'Video Library.'
In the upper left corner, click '+Live.'
Facebook will offer both Single Field and Separate Field options; Livestream utilizes Separate Fields. Copy and paste the Server URL and Stream Key into the respective fields in Livestream under 'Settings' > 'Simulcast' > 'Custom Destination.' Be sure to save your settings in Livestream.
Go back to Facebook and click 'Next' in the RTMP infomation window. This will open up a Create Live Video window.
You can configure a handful of other settings such as a video title, tags, privacy settings, etc. Once you start streaming to a Livestream event page with simulcasting enabled, a preview of your stream will appear. Click Go Live in order for the live video to appear in your timeline.
Recommended live video specifications such as supported bitrates and resolutions are detailed on Facebook.
The RTMP URL for Twitch can vary depending on your location, as they have multiple ingest servers around the world.
Twitch provides a list of RTMP URLs based on location here. Choose the RTMP URL that reflects the closest geographical location to where you are streaming from. Paste it into Livestream's RTMP URL field under 'Simulcast.'
Next, you will need to find your stream key. Log in to your Twitch account and navigate to your Dashboard.
Click 'Stream Key.'
Then click 'Show Key.'
A message emphasizing that your stream key should not be shared with anyone will pop up. Click 'I Understand.'
Your stream key will then populate. Copy it to your clipboard and paste it into the Stream Key field in Livestream's 'Simulcast' menu.
Twitch provides more information about recommended encoder settings here.
Currently, streaming to Periscope via RTMP is only available via Periscope Producer, which is an invite-only beta application for the iOS and Android Periscope apps. If you have the app, you have access to your Periscope account's RTMP information.
In the Periscope app, navigate to Settings > Advanced Sources.
The 'Primary Source' is your RTMP URL. Underneath that is your Stream Name. Input both of these into their respective fields in the 'Simulcast' menu.
Please be advised of Periscope's streaming specifications.