This support article will go over the step-by-step instructions for connecting a scheduled Facebook Live broadcast using a persistent stream key.
- You can use Facebook Live Producer to schedule live videos 24 hours in advance.
- For live videos further into the future ( past 24 hours) follow the steps in this support article to learn how to schedule future Facebook Live Events.
- Use a persistent stream key for recurring Facebook Live broadcasts.
The Benefits of using Facebook Live Producer
- Cross-posting to other Facebook Channels.
- More platform control when used with Facebook Live Producer.
- Add polls and questions.
- Charge fees and fundraise.
Streaming Tip #1 - First you will set up the scheduled steam inside of Facebook Live Producer and then you will use the Stream URL and Stream Key to create a Custom RTMP in Switchboard Cloud.
Streaming Tip #2 - Keep in mind that Going Live from Switchboard to Facebook as a custom RTMP is different than Going Live from Switchboard to an authorized Facebook destination. You must first set up the stream in Facebook Live Producer so that it knows to expect a video from Switchboard Cloud.
Log into your Facebook account and navigate to the scheduled Live Event.
Live events can be found on the shortcuts section of the left-hand side menu, or use this link: Facebook Live Producer
Enable the automatic start button ahead of time.
Grab the Facebook streaming information.
Select the Streaming Software option.
Open the Advanced Settings drop-down menu.
Make sure to enable the "persistent stream key".
Add the Facebook Destination as a Custom RTMP destination.
Open a new browser tab and log into your Switchboard account.
Navigate to the Destination Group that you want to add the Facebook Destination.
Press Add Destination button > Choose New Destination.
Select RTMP from the list.
Copy and paste the Facebook Stream Key and Server URL information into the appropriate fields inside Switchboard.
Rename the Custom RTMP destination
See this article for directions on how to rename a Custom RTMP Destination.
Press the blue info button. Type in a new name. Press save.
Test the connection
Send content from your encoder into your Switchboard account and press the green GO LIVE button next to the destination that you've just added.
The Facebook preview window will display the content being sent from your encoder.
Ready to Go Live!
Start sending content from your encoder into your Switchboard account.
Press the Go Live button next to the Facebook Custom RTMP Destination.
Video will display on the Facebook Preview window.
The Live broadcast will automatically start at the scheduled time if you enable the button ahead of time, or you can press Enable Manual Mode.
End the Broadcast
At the End of the Broadcast
Stop the encoder to end the broadcast.
Switchboard Cloud - hit the red button "STOP STREAMING"
Facebook Live Producer - hit the red button "End Live Video"
NOTE: If you have the Switchboard Autostart feature enabled, Switchboard will stop sending content to Facebook.