Before jumping in, you need to:
Have the latest version of Open Broadcaster Software (OBS). It is free software available for Windows, macOS, and Linux. You can get it from the official site.
Have a PC or Mac capable to run the streaming session:
- RAM: 4GB (8GB or more is recommended)
- Processor: INTEL I5 (I7 recommended)
- Internet: 10MB or more (Ethernet recommended)
A basic Live Streaming session workflow would be something like this:
OBS SCENE SETUP
To set up your OBS Scene, please follow the steps below:
1. RESOLUTION AND BROADCASTING PARAMETERS
We need to make sure that resolution and broadcasting parameters are optimized for Facebook Live. If your Live Stream feed is too high-quality, it may freeze or be rejected by Facebook.
Click on "Settings".
Go to "Video", set the resolution to 1280 x 720 and FPS to 30
On "Output" and "Audio", make sure you are using:
- Key-Frame Interval: 1 every 2 seconds
- Max bitrate: 4000 Kbps
- Rate control: CBR
- Audio Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz
- Audio Bitrate: 128 Kbps mono or stereo
Then, click on "Apply":
3. ADD SOURCE
In this example, the sources will be a microphone, a webcam, and a "Browser Source".
Click on "+" to add a new source and choose "Browser"..
Select "Create new"
Name the source so you can identify it later and click on "OK".
Copy your Flowics Public Visualization URL from Google Chrome:
4. SOURCE PROPERTIES
Paste it on "URL" within Properties:
Make sure to set the Video Resolution to 1280x720, then click "OK".
You will see your Source Added in "Sources".
Follow the same steps to add the webcam. Click on "+" and choose Video Capture Device.
If you want to customize your webcam settings, scroll down to view all of your options. For this example, leave the defaults set and click "OK".
Click on "+" to add the microphone and select "Audio Input Capture".
Choose your microphone from the drop-down menu and click "OK".
Double-check the mixer settings for any duplicate audio feeds. To avoid audio feedback, only one feed should be enabled.
Note: If you are using a microphone and webcam, you may see multiple audio feeds. Disable the webcam audio by muting it, as shown here.
Your scene will look like this:
5. FACEBOOK & OBS LIVE STREAMING SETUP
Log in to your Facebook fan page and click on "Live".
Click on "Connect" and Copy the "Stream Key".
Go back to OBS, click on "Settings".
On "Stream", select "Facebook Live" as Service and Paste the Stream Key.
Then click on "Apply" and "OK".
Click on "Start Streaming".
Go back to Facebook. You should now see a preview of the live video. You can add a title and tags to your video as well. Enter the text for your Facebook post announcing you are Live: use a creative Call-to-action to encourage your audience to join your broadcast and be part of the poll. Explain to users how to participate.
6. GO LIVE!
Click on "Go Live".