Facebook became in 2018 the largest online platform for User generated social media video. Broadcasters use Facebook Live to reach and grow their base of followers. The platform helps brands and individuals announce new products, stream games concerts and live events, or just speak out what's on their mind. Most Facebook Live broadcasts last 1 hour or less. Here are few best practice suggestions how to live stream on Facebook.
What will be the time limit of my live stream?
When live streaming to Facebook you fall under two categories: live streams that originate from a mobile device such a phone or tablet are limited to 4 hours total. Live streams that are created by a hardware or software media encoder are limited to 8 hours long. When you live stream to Videolinq and configure your stream job to use a specific Endpoint (Facebook Live), your stream will run for up to 8 hours.
Can I stream on Facebook 24/7?
No. To those who remember - there was a time that live streams on Facebook never stopped, but all this has changed. Today, live streams on Facebook are limited to 4 or 8 hours long, depends on the source of the stream.
When setting up a new stream in Facebook Live Studio Creator, check the "Use a persistent stream key" box. Checking this option will allow you to reconnect to the same stream without the need to re-generate a new one.
Here’s how to do this:
Login to your Facebook profile and look for the "Publishing Tool" or "Videos" links.
Click on the "LIVE" or "+Live" links to enter the Facebook Live Studio Creator. Use your camera as video source, or select the "Connect" tab to use a media encoder.
Check the "Use a persistent stream key" box.
Copy the RTMPS path and stream key to the Videolinq Endpoint profile and Save.
When you start your media encoder, the live stream will reach Facebook Live (the Endpoint), and allow multiple Start/Stop actions.