How to Live Stream to Facebook Live Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

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How to Live Stream to Facebook Live Using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS)

Streaming To Facebook Live With OBS

Facebook now has live streams to their pages, which means if you have your own Facebook page, you can start streaming directly on Facebook. There are some limitations for now, so you may have to play around with it a bit to make sure this feature isn’t locked on your page. Nevertheless, when you wish to live-stream to Facebook Live, the process is simpler than it might sound to some people.

What Do You Need to Get Started With OBS?

To take full advantage of the Facebook Live feature and OBS, your computer does have to meet certain requirements. These include:

  • 240-minute maximum length (not including continuous streams)
  • A key-frame interval of one every two seconds
  • A maximum bit rate of 4000 Kbps
  • Video resolution: maximum 720 p (1280 x 720) resolution, and 30 frames per second (FPS)

Fortunately, these settings are no problem for most computers. Unless your computer is super old, in other words, you should have no problems meeting these requirements.

Let’s Start Streaming

To start a stream, you can do one of two things. First, you can click on Live Video at the top of your Facebook page. Or, if you have a page you’d like to live-stream on, you can click on Live in the right-hand sidebar. At the top, Live Video will be to the right of Photo/Video Albums. Neither of them is difficult to find, in fact. At this point, the background on your page will turn dark and a popup will appear that will try to use your webcam right away if one is already connected to your computer. If this popup doesn’t appear, you’ll see a black square in the middle of the screen that says Unable to Find Camera. Above that will be two buttons: a Camera button on the left and a Connect button on the right. Naturally, you’ll want to press on that Connect button.

Once that Connect button is activated, you’ll see a blue box with a few more options. At this point, you’ll need to copy the Stream Key then paste it into the Stream Key section in the settings of OBS. Again, this is easy to find, but you’ll have to remember a few important tips, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever done this. They include:

  • The Stream Key you get can only be used for a single Live preview/post connection.
  • Both the Key and the URL will expire 24 hours after you create them.
  • You have to use the same URL and Key to both preview and post. In other words, you cannot preview, then stop the stream, then resume the stream at a later date. It all has to be done at the same sitting.

At this point, you have to make sure that all of your settings are ready. This is especially true for the Audio setting. Before you go live, your Scenes and Sources configuration have to be completely set up properly. If, for instance, you accidentally stop your stream when you didn’t mean to, you’ll have to create a brand-new live video, then copy over the new Stream Key into the OBS settings. When you’re ready, you can start streaming in OBS. For right now, the stream will be visible only to you on that particular Facebook page. This will remain true until you click on Go Live. But for now, your screen should have a message that says Preview/Fetching video stream/This can take a few seconds.

Now, you can go ahead and enter a Post message, then give the Video a title, add your tags if you like, and even tag people if this is something you want to do. You have to do all of these things before you go live. After you start your stream in your software, you’ll get a popup window that allows you to check all of your settings, including your Audio settings. You’ll notice other options, of course, such as Allow Embedding, Activate Continuous Video, or Automatic Unpublishing After the Video Ended.

After you double-check your settings and you know you’ve entered everything correctly and that your stream is now online, the Go Live button will appear blue in color. All you have to do at this point is click on the Go Live button. Or, you can click on Schedule if you want to set up a starting time for the video to go live. Either of these options will work. Once you go live, the preview of your live stream will change, and you’ll even notice a red timer in the top left-hand corner of the screen. Also, you should go ahead and mute the preview so that no looping of the audio occurs.

Here, you will be able to see comments as your video is going live, and you can even comment yourself if you like. Once the Stream is complete, you can click on the Finish button so that you are no longer Live on Facebook. Pretty soon, the video will be saved and will even appear in your Video Library on that section of your Facebook page.

You’re Done

At this point, you’re essentially done with live-streaming to your Facebook Live page. Live-streaming using OBS is super easy, especially once you do it the first time. OBS is a free but very powerful tool that you can use for both live-streaming and real-time audio/video mixing. You can add screen recording in between your videos or as part of your video, and you can pause in between your live sessions if you need to do so.

Using OBS for live-streaming to Facebook Live is a great way to get a professional look even when you’re a professional. Their website can help you quickly download the software, and you can also check that site at any time you need to in case you need any troubleshooting information. There are also numerous YouTube tutorials you can use in case you run into any significant problems. All in all, it is super easy and relatively fast to live-stream to your Facebook Live page with OBS, and now you know a little more about how to get started.

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