What are Switchboard Templates?
Templates act as the metadata for your multistream. They are designed for you to pre-set and change/update the metadata (title & stream description) when you are going live to your destinations. With the template feature, you no longer need to copy and paste the same metadata for each individual destination. You can save yourself time by creating one template that contains the Title, Description, and metadata for your upcoming live broadcast and then apply it to a destination group.
The template page is broken down into sections.
Internal Information located at the top, Stream Information located at the bottom of the Template page. The Template List located on the righthanded side.
The Internal Information is private and is only visible to you.
Template Label: The name of your template is entered here so that you can easily identify them when you add them to a destination group.
Description: In this section, you can provide a note with instructions so that you'll know how the template should be used.
The information in this section is public and will publish to the destinations in the group. Your viewers will be able to see the information that you provide in this section.
You can use the top field to provide the same stream title for all of the destinations that have been placed in the same destination group.
However, we've created different fields for flexibility depending on the character limits set by Facebook and YouTube. The stream title character limit is 254 for Facebook and 100 for YouTube.
Important Note: The stream title and description will not publish to Custom RTMP destinations within the same destination group.
Choose a category from the drop-down menu to classify the content.
Write a description so that your audience knows what the video is about. You can include hashtags and URLs. What do you want your audience to know about your streaming content?
Simply type in a tag and press ENTER after each tag.
Check the box to enable Low Latency for your YouTube live videos.
This feature reduces the possibility of steaming delays and helps support real-time streaming.
Creating a New Template
Open the templates page. Select the Main menu Top Left.
Click the "PLUS ICON" located at the top right-handed side of the templates page to create a template.
Fill out the information, such as the stream title, description, and tags.
Congrats! You have successfully added a new template to your Switchboard Account. Please note, there isn't a save button. Templates are automatically saved and are immediately listed alphabetically on the right-side panel.
Next, you'll need to apply the template to a destination group so that all of the information that you've created gets published during the live video broadcast.
Click here to learn How to Apply a Template to a Destination Group.
Creating a copy of the template is a great way to keep a basic template in your Switchboard Account as a reference for future live streams.
Click the "Copy the Current Template" button located on the top right of the Templates page.
Give the duplicated template a new name so that you can identify it later.
Fill out the information.
Every so often it is a good idea to delete the templates that you are no longer using.
On the right side of the Template Page, hover over the template you want to delete and click the Trash Can. Select Yes, to confirm the deletion.
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