Premium and Enterprise customers have the ability to push any of their streams on Livestream to Facebook Live or YouTube Live, allowing for higher potential viewership with lower effort.
Important: Customers wishing to do this should ensure they are using encoders that support this feature.
To enable this feature, log in to your Livestream account and navigate to your account settings. Click the 'Simulcast' tab.
Click the blue 'Add' button that corresponds with Facebook to connect your Facebook account to your Livestream account.
Important: Due to Facebook Terms of Service restrictions, it is not possible to use Facebook Live for Livestream and use YouTube or a Custom Destination at the same time. You must choose one or the other.
Tip: You will first see a message from Livestream notifying that if you intend to stream to any audience beyond your friends at any point, you must select 'Public' during the initial connection steps. You can adjust this at a later time if necessary. See more details here.
Next, a new window will open from Facebook. You will be prompted to log in to your Facebook account if you are not already. If you are logged in already, click 'Continue.'
Select your audience, keeping in mind the notice above. Then click 'OK.'
Facebook will then request permission to manage Pages and Groups you manage. This will allow you to stream to Pages and Groups of which you are the administrator. Click 'OK.'
A new window will open prompting you to complete your setup. Choose where you will stream to, such as your personal profile or a page that you admin, and choose your event privacy. These settings will apply to all of your events (although you can also disable this on an event-by-event basis).
'Show Advanced Settings' reveals additional Facebook options, such as Facebook embedding and Continuous Streaming.
Once you save your settings, any events you create from here on out will automatically simulcast to Facebook. For events you have already created, go to that event's settings to enable simulcasting.
Make sure your event is published and not in draft mode. Otherwise it will not simulcast to Facebook.
Now if you go live to your event, the stream will also appear on Facebook.
You can always disable this feature by navigating back to Settings > Simulcast and toggling off the switch next to your Facebook account. Please be advised this will also disable access to your Facebook viewership data in the Analytics tab.
Click the blue 'Add' button next that corresponds with the YouTube logo to log in to your YouTube account.
A window will pop up prompting you to log in to your Google account. Either select your account or enter your credentials to log in.
After logging in, you will be prompted to grant Livestream permission to get certain information from your YouTube account. Scroll down and click 'Allow' to proceed.
A new window will pop up that will allow you to change your YouTube privacy settings. The options are Public, Unlisted, and Private.
Choose your desired privacy setting, then click 'Save and Finish.'
Your simulcast settings will be updated. Any new event you create from here on out will also simulcast to YouTube by default. If you want to simulcast to a previously created event, go to that event's settings > Simulcast to enable it.
Before streaming to your event, be sure to check YouTube's recommended streaming settings. Livestream's encoders (e.g. Livestream Producer) have preset qualities that match many of these:
- HD = 720p
- High = 480p
- Normal = 360p
- Mobile = 240p
Please note that Livestream only supports simulcast streaming up to 1080p at this time.
Now go live to your event. The stream that appears on Livestream will also appear in YouTube.
Make sure your event is published and not in draft mode. Otherwise it will not simulcast to YouTube.