So you have bought all the equipment for your live streaming setup and now it is time to make it work. You plugged everything in and now you are trying to test it out on Facebook before you go live next Sunday. What do you do?
This is not as easy as it seems. When I first set things up, my Facebook feed would time out. So I adjusted the settings and the video quality stunk. What was I doing wrong?
If you are reading this page, more than likely you are in the same boat as I was. Here are some of the things that I figured out by trial and error to get the best video feed possible with the equipment I purchased and the quality of internet connection you have at your church.
Connecting vMix to Facebook
Know Your Internet Connection Limitations
Understanding your upload and download speeds will help you set up your live stream. Think of them like water pipes. The larger the pipe, the more water can be pushed through them. Most internet connections have a larger pipe that comes to your computer and a smaller one that goes back to the internet. In this case Facebook.
Cheap DSL packages are notorious for having small capacity for uploading speed. Cable is better but you still need to be aware of the limitations. The smaller the upload capacity the less the quality of your video will be on Facebook.
If you know this limitation, then you will not waste time trying to upload the highest settings and find the one that will not time out.
Setting Up vMix To Livestream On Facebook
Once you have opened up vMix and set up your audio and video is to click on the gear icon at the bottom of your screen next to "Stream." A pop up box will appear that looks like the image to the left.
Next you will click on the button that says "Facebook Settings." This will give you a new box where you will input some data.
If this is your first time you will need to click the button that says "Login to Facebook."
There you will input your user name or email and your password and allow vMix to connect using your information.
Once done, you will see your name under the account section and your profile picture from Facebook
Next you will put a title to your livestream and a description. Our title is usually the name of the morning message and the description is the date and place the live stream is taking place. It goes something like this.
Title: Feeding The 5000
Description: Live at The Vineyard Church In San Carlos CA. 5/21/17
You can put what you want in those boxes.
The next step is to choose your "location." This is not your physical address. This is the location you want your live stream to appear on Facebook. In the image above, I have chosen our church Facebook page.
Normally in the box below location, you want to put "public." However when you are first testing your live stream, you want to set this to "only me." That way you can see the live stream but the people who have liked your page, won't see your tests and get confused or laugh at your attempts
Choosing Your Upload Speed
Once you set up the Facebook settings, you then choose the quality of the upload.
At home, I can only get 480p at 96kbps. At the church I can get 720 p at 1.5 kbps. 720p means 720 pixels and kbps means kilobytes per second.
Start low and test for 5-10 minutes. If the stream tab remains red, then you are not timing out. If it turns yellow then the stream timed out. Increase the quality settings until you start timing out. The pick the highest quality setting that didn't time out.
There you have it. Now you can test your vMix live stream to Facebook and make sure you are ready for your first live stream broadcast.
If you have any question, please feel free to ask in the comment section below.