How Do I Set up an RTMP Stream to My Livestream Event?

Enterprise customers have access to stream their events using an RTMP encoder (not sure what this means? See here).

To use this feature, navigate to the event you wish to stream. Click the Editor icon in the upper right corner to open the edit drawer.

Click the 'Live Tools' menu.

Scroll to the bottom to find the RTMP Input option. Click the 'Get Link' button.

You will be presented with a Stream Key and a Server URL along with a few additional options.


Before copying any of the given information, decide whether you want to send notifications to your followers when you go live, whether to save a recording of your stream to Livestream, and whether to publish that VOD immediately after you stop streaming.

Click 'Copy' next to the Server URL and paste it into the URL field in your encoder's RTMP Output settings (the below example is using Open Broadcaster Software).

Click 'Copy' next to the Stream Key. Most encoders have a field for Stream Key or Stream Name; paste this key into that field.


Keep your stream key private. Giving someone else your stream key will allow them to stream to your event. Click 'Reset Key' if you become concerned about this.

If your encoder does not have a field for this, put a forward slash (/) at the end of your RTMP URL, then paste the key immediately following it with no spaces). 

Encoder Setup Recommendation: If you send a stream at a lower bitrate, Livestream cannot convert it to a higher bitrate. In other words, if you send a stream lower than 2000Kbps, the highest possible quality for your viewers will be 480p.


To get the maximum use of the cloud transcoding feature, configure your encoder to stream at a minimum of 4000kbps at 1920x1080.

Once your encoder is configured, start streaming; your event page will show the live player immediately with four different viewing qualities available. You can end the stream from your encoder at any time.

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    Gavigan Group

    Great advancements

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    First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks

    So excited to hear that you added this. :)

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