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Facebook Live Stream Time Limit

Facebook Live Stream Time Limit

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. Streaming via Videolinq will bypass the 4 hours stream limitation when streaming to Facebook from a mobile device. 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. Can I stream on multiple Facebook pages? Yes. To do this setup your Videolinq channel with 1 source of the video (webcam or RTMP encoder), and 1 destination (your 1st Facebook page). You can assign the first Facebook page by login to your Facebook account (direct connect). When the channel is ready, add up to 24 more Facebook destinations. The number of destinations is limited by a Videolinq service plan. For each of the additional Facebook pages you want to stream to, you will need a unique "RTMP" path and "stream key". Generate this by login in advance to each profile, creating the live stream, and copying the values to your Videolinq Facebook new Destination. When ready, start the video source and push 'Start' on all Destinations or 'Start All". The video will stream to all the destinations at the same time. TIP: 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. If you are streaming to YouTube or Twitter, the video will reach these destinations too. Did you find this article helpful? Open a free Videolinq plan and live stream to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and many other social media platforms at the same time! #FacebookLive #Livestream #broadcasting #closedcaptioning #socialmediavideo

Best H.264 Streaming Media Encoders!

Best H.264 Streaming Media Encoders!

Selecting the right media encoder for your streaming project can be complicated. There are so many options and pricing to choose from. This article will highlight few options and use cases. Hardware or Software? There are two options to use a media encoder: use a hardware standalone "appliance", or purchase a software encoding tool and install it on your computer or tablet. The first option frees up the need to use a computer. Encoding appliances are self contained systems: you connect the source of your video, configure the system to point to a media server or streaming service, and control via external push button when the system start and stop streaming. Hardware encoders cost between $500 to $5000. Software encoders cost less than a hardware encoder. Some even are free. Software encoders depend on a capture device (cost range from $150 to $2500) to capture the video signal, insert it to the host computer (Windows or Mac), and once configured, the software encoder will stream out the broadcast to the target streaming service or platform of choice. Processing HD or 4K video signal requires lot of resources. Computers that can handle HD/4K video cost between $1000 to $4000. The most popular streaming software encoder is the free OBS Studio. Paid popular software encoders include vMix, and Telestream Wirecast. HDMI or HDSDI, HD or 4K Next consideration would be to select a streaming appliance or capture device that can connect to the video source. Low cost cameras only have HDMI ports. Prosumer cameras have normally both HDMI and HDSDI ports. The advantage of using a camera with HDSDI port is the ability to run long cables between the camera and the capture device. HDMI cables can deliver HD video up to 25 feet. HDSDI cables can run for few hundred feet with our signal boosting. Cameras that output 4K signal have both HDMI and SDI ports. To use 4K signal, you must purchase a streaming appliance or capture card that support 4K. These devices are more expensive compared to HD units. Only very few streaming providers support 4K streaming. 4K streams require 50 MBps bandwidth. Most people don't have access to this kind of network yet, meaning streaming live video at 4K resolution will not reach the majority of your audience. We recommend that you stream at maximum 1080p resolution. Buy an Encoder for next 2 years The fast pace of technology development force hardware manufactures to release new products every 1-2 years. This means that new hardware encoders access the market rapidly, force competing companies to drop prices, and make system obsolete after a short period of time. There is no need to buy expensive encoders. Plan on buying an encoder that will last for 2-3 years. H.264 Encoders Use Cases Broadcasters that stream 24/7 buy encoders that have internal cooling systems. A portable encoder without proper cooling heat up quickly and drops video quality. Matrox Monarch HD, Videon VersaStreamer, and Teradek VidiU Pro are good entry level HDMI only encoders under $995.00. Entry level encoders are perfect for House of Faith or low-end production where the budget does not compromise on the quality. Mid-level encoders support both HDMI and HDSDI inputs. These encoders also offer file recording of the broadcast to built in SD card slots (cards not included), or connected USB hard drives or LAN. Popular encoders include Aja Helo, Teradek Cube, and Matrox Monarch HDX. These encoders are popular among professional live production houses, government agencies, and traditional TV stations. Hands Free Live Stream Scheduling: most H.264 encoders don't have a scheduling feature. Use Videolinq's Scheduler to configure a H.264 encoder to start and stop a live broadcast at a specific date and time! Top of the H.264 encoders list includes systems that have extra features such as the Matrox Monarch LCS (dual channel encoder with ability to capture and mix 2 video sources), Teradek Slice (a 24/7 streaming rack mounted encoder), and the Epiphany Pearl Series (a 2-channel capture and mixing streaming appliance). These encoders are deployed by professional TV stations, universities, large enterprises, and government agencies. In Conclusion Purchase the H.264 encoder that best fit your production environment and workflow requirements. We recommend buying a media encoder appliance and not software encoders. Try to minimize risk to your broadcast by eliminating the components involved the creation of the stream. When using software encoders workflows include a capture device, a computer, and software. A streaming appliance is a standalone product that requires one time configuration and afterwards just a Start/Stop action. The less components involved, the little the risk of failure. Happy streaming! Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account to stream from your media encoder to multiple social media platforms! #Teradek #TeradekCube #Videon #MatroxMonarch #AjaHelo #H264Encoder #socialmediavideo

Build & Design Custom Players

Build & Design Custom Players

When it comes to design, the Videolinq HTML5 Player Wizard has everything you need to create unlimited number of beautiful players to post on your website, blog, or social media video site. These players have cross device and browser support, and bring many features to better serve your audience. Choose default layouts or make your own Your Videolinq plan comes with 4 beautiful fully customizable layouts. Select the layout that best fit the features you would like to see in the player and proceed to skin and control bar customization. Player Features Included The Videolinq player support: LIVE and VOD player Point to ANY HLS source hosted anywhere or by Videolinq Custom player control (features & color) Add real-time closed captioning Toggle fullscreen mode Point to custom poster image Load player in mute mode Share features - embed code, email, or share on Facebook/Twitter Insert advertising from 3rd party providers Create unlimited number of players IMPORTANT: Once you save the player and generate a copy & paste code, this link does not need to change if you make future modifications to the player layout or video source. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and design an unlimited number of HTML5 player. Video can be hosted by Videolinq or any 3rd party streaming service provider! #HTML5Player #PlayerWizard #PlayerCreator

Closed Captioning on Live Streams

Closed Captioning on Live Streams

Videos are watched on social media more than ever before, and live video has become one of the most engaging forms of content on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Twitch. In 2018 daily watch time for Facebook Live broadcasts has grown by more than 4x, and 1 in 5 Facebook videos is a Live broadcast. Closed captioning traditionally opened up videos to audiences who are deaf or hard of hearing. People who have their captioning settings turned on will then automatically see closed captions on Live broadcasts on mobile and desktop whenever they're available. Closed captioning is mandatory on live video streamed in the United States, but it is also a feature used by broadcasters worldwide. The use of captions is no longer a feature used by people with hearing impaired. Recent studies suggest that videos with closed captioning are more likely to be watched more, and for longer time compared to videos without closed captioning. Here are few reasons why: - Better User Experience: Videos with captions allow your audience enjoy content, regardless of the envirmmet they are in. - Indexing/SEO: Videos that use closed captioning can be indexed to provide better search and instant plan feature, or make key words available to search engines via SEO. - Wider Audience: Many non-native English speaking viewers may have difficulty understanding a fast pace conversation in the video, but will be able to catch up by reading the captions. - Long Attention Span: Captions grab and hold your audience’s attention, people are more likely to watch your video to completion if they have the option to turn captions on. Videolinq support closed captioning on recorded videos (VOD), and can insert closed captioning to live streams delivered to social media. Videolinq is integrated with 95% of closed captioning vendors in the market and helps broadcasters add closed captioning to their live streams at no extra cost! if you would like to add closed captioning to your live stream distributed by Videolinq read these articles. Ready to try Videolinq? Open a trial account. #closedcaptioning #youtube #facebook #twitch #captions

Stream Zoom Meetings to Social Media

Stream Zoom Meetings to Social Media

Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat, and webinars across mobile devices, desktops, telephones, and room systems. Zoom Rooms is the original software-based conference room solution used around the world in board, conference, huddle, and training rooms, as well as executive offices and classrooms. The COVID-19 pandemic made Zoom so popular that people refer to online conferencing today as a "Zoom meeting". Using Zoom requires the download and installation of the Zoom application on a computer or mobile device. The application helps participants see or listen to each other in real time. This is a typical "online conference meetings". Other scenarios require a small group or "presenters" to be able to communicate, when many other viewers are passively watching them. Looking to produce this kind of large broadcast and stream the "online meeting" to large audience on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and perhaps on your own website? Videolinq can help. Read further. Zoom added recently the ability to publish a Zoom meeting to Facebook and Youtube (one at a time), or to a "Custom streaming service". When you use your Videolinq account you can publish a Zoom meeting to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Vimeo, or to any streaming video provider at the same time!. How to stream from Zoom to Videolinq and from Videolinq to up to 250 destinations? Step 1: Login to the Videolinq media dashboard, open a channel, set the video source to RTMP and enable it. Click on the "Encoder" tab and copy the RTMP path and stream key. Step 2: Login to your Zoom account. Detailed instructions are listed on this Zoom help page. Activate the "custom streaming service" option and allow custom stream settings for individual meetings. This will allow entering the Videolinq RTMP path and stream key during meeting scheduling of individual Zoom meetings or webinars. Step 3: To enter the RTMP path and stream key to individual meetings, "schedule a meeting" in Zoom and save it first. Then scroll down too the bottom of the page and open "Configure Custom Streaming Service". Step 4: Copy the RTMP path and stream key. In the domain box enter the website of your domain. If you do not plan to stream on your website simply enter https://www.videolinq.com. Save settings. Step 5: Start your Zoom meeting and click on the 3-dots to select "Live on Custom Live Streaming Service". Step 6: When the live stream begins you will see a red "LIVE" box on the upper left corner of the Zoom application or webpage (when you use Zoom in the browser). Step 7: Your Zoom meeting is now shared with Videolinq and you will see it in the channel preview player. Now decide what you want to do with your Zoom meeting: You can add closed captioning to the live stream. You can configure target destinations and live stream the meeting on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and many more destinations at the same time! You can create a HTML5 cross platform player and post it on your website or blog. You can monetize on the live stream by adding ads insertions from 3rd party advertising platforms like Google DFP. We prepared this article using a paid Zoom account. The Zoom setup instructions are slightly different for corporate or free plan Zoom customers. (Updated March 16, 2021).

4 Steps to Live Streaming

4 Steps to Live Streaming

We receive many calls from customers who are looking to live stream the first time and need help purchasing and setting up the video/audio equipment that will help them produce a live stream. If you are looking for a low-budget solution for one single camera keep reading. For a more complicated setup with multiple cameras contact The Streaming Store. Image 1: Canon XA15 HD Video Camera How to Live Stream in 4 Easy Steps? Get an HD camera that support external audio in connection. For example the Canon XA15 comes with XLR or mini ports to connect a single microphone or the output of an analog or digital audio mixer to the camera. Get a good (wireless or corded) microphone that will isolate background noise. These units come with a transmitter and a receiver. If you plan on using multiple microphones get also an audio mixer and connect the program audio output from the audio mixer to the camera audio-in port. Connect the camera to a stand-alone video encoder. Streaming appliances do not require the use of a computer to capture, configure, and live stream video. The Magewell Ultra Stream HDMI H.264 encoder can stream directly to Facebook or any other single destination and cost under $500.00. If you need to stream to two or more destinations order a Videolinq plan. An operator will need to setup the camera on a steady tripod, connect the audio (microphone or audio system to the camera) and connect the camera to the encoder. You will need to configure most stand-alone H.264 encoders only one time with the help of a mobile phone. Later, just push the Start and Stop buttons to control the live stream. Record the broadcast in the camera on a low-cost 64 GB SD cards, or use the live stream recording option on social media platforms. Most social media platforms record live streams and make them available as video-on-demand after the live event ends. Image 2: Magewell Ultra Stream H.264 Encoder If you are looking to live stream an online group meeting with video from multiple participants - use Zoom. Read our blog post how to configure Zoom to stream to Videolinq. By using this workflow you can publish a Zoom meeting to a large audience or to multiple social media platforms at the same time. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and stream live video to multiple social media platforms!

Stream WebEx Meetings to Social Media

Stream WebEx Meetings to Social Media

The COVID-19 pandemic made online meetings a must have tool for businesses worldwide. Using WebEx requires the download and installation of the WebEx application on a computer or mobile device. The application helps participants see or listen to each other in real time. This is a typical "online conference meetings". Other scenarios require a small group or "presenters" to be able to communicate, when many other viewers are passively watching them. Looking to produce this kind of large broadcast and stream the "online meeting" to large audience on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and perhaps on your own website? Videolinq can help. Read further. WebEx just added the ability to send a RTMP stream out. The advantage of this feature are: 1. Ability to expand your WebEx audience to a much larger number of viewers. 2. Ability to add closed captioning to a WebEx meeting. Grow the audience of WebEx meetings by publishing a meeting to Videolinq and using the Videolinq platform to live stream to add closed captioning to your WebEx meeting, and to distribute the broadcast to multiple social media platforms or 3rd party streaming services! WebEx Site Administrator Enable Live Streaming Services on Your Webex Site Sign in to Webex Site Administration. On the left navigation bar, go to Configuration > Common Site Settings > Options. Scroll to the Live Streaming Providers section and select the streaming services that you want to enable. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Enable Live Streaming for Individual Users Sign in to Webex Site Administration. On the left navigation bar, go to User Management Edit User and select a user account to update. In the Privileges section for that user, check the "Enable Live Streaming" check box. Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. WebEx Control Hub Enable Live Streaming Services on Your Webex Site From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Services, and under Meeting, select Sites. Choose the Webex site to change the settings for, and select Configuration > Common Settings > Site Options. Scroll to the Live Streaming Providers section and select the streaming services that you want to enable.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Enable Live Streaming for Individual Users From the customer view in https://admin.webex.com, go to Users and select the user to change the privileges for. In the panel that opens on the right, in the Services, select Meeting. Under Webex Meeting Sites, select the Webex site to change the privileges for. Click Advanced User Settings and Tracking Codes. Under the User Settings section, check the "Enable Live Streaming" check box.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and select Update. Webex Individual User Start a Broadcast After their profile account was enabled to stream out, individual Webex Users can stream out their meeting by doing the following: Start a meeting and go to "Meeting" "Start to stream" "Other streaming providers". In the Streaming Service field copy the RTMP path from your live streaming service provider. If you plan to stream with Videolinq, copy this information from the Channel / Encoder tab. In the Target Stream Key field copy the stream key information from your streaming provider. Click "Start Streaming" and confirm you see video at your target streaming service. Streaming out from a Webex meeting increase the number of people watching your meeting. You can stream your meeting to your social media channel, or when you have a player - to your website or blog. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and test sending your Webex meeting with Videolinq to multiple social media platforms! #Webex #WebexMeetings #webexstreaming #webexrtmp #restreamwebex

Church Expand Audience In Time of Crisis

Church Expand Audience In Time of Crisis

The growing COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions of people worldwide to stay home. Countries are taking extreme measures to limit travel and forcing social distancing and curfews. While these measures are making it difficult for congregants to attend their regular religious institutions, one church is continuing its innovative approach to communications. Last week, like many organizations, the Diocese of Grand Rapids in Michigan began conducting Sunday Mass without an audience. Using Videolinq, routine Sunday gatherings were replaced by virtual broadcasts allowing audiences of thousands to pray from home as they watched sermons on the diocesan website and social media platforms. The Diocese of Grand Rapids was created in 1882 by Pope Leo XIII and today is home to 191,000 Catholics, 80 parishes and 31 Catholic schools across 11 counties of West Michigan. Amongst its many churches is the historic Cathedral of Saint Andrew. ​ On a recent weekend, as it does every week, the diocese broadcast its Sunday Mass onto its website, its Facebook page and through a local television station. To manage its digital needs, the diocese produced and sent a single, dedicated feed to Videolinq which then distributed it to Facebook as well as to the Videolinq-provided video player on the Diocese’s website. Besides viewing the original live feed, patrons can also view the on-demand video at any time on Facebook. ​ Given the current environment where gatherings are prohibited, the group expected increased online turnout but was still surprised by the actual figures. “For more than 60 years the diocese has had a televised broadcast of Sunday Mass, and for the past three years the same broadcast has been shared on Facebook. These are valuable tools to keep people connected during this time,” said Annalise Laumeyer, director of communications for the diocese. “While we expected an increase in online viewers because of the cancellation of public Masses, our online viewership is up 300% over the same time last year.” Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and stream live events to your website and to multiple social media platforms! #LiveStreaming #DioceseofGrandRapids #HouseofFaith #OnlineSermons #COVID-19

HD Video for Online Meetings

HD Video for Online Meetings

If you are a Videolinq customer, or just reading this article, we all share the same frustration when it comes to using builtin cameras on our laptops. Unlike their distance cousins - the mobile device high end cameras - computer cameras tend to offer limited settings and color control, resulting in low-end video you are forced to broadcast to the world. So how do you get to look great like an Instagram influencer? Simple: use a HD camera, tripod, and professional microphone, instead of your laptop camera and $30 earpiece. There are dozens of cameras out there. How to select the right one? It depends on your budget. HD cameras prices below $400 may not have what you need. Expect to pay at least $1000 as you look for DSLR or HD cameras offering 1080i resolution and 20x zoom. By nature, a camera with this configuration would require a mid-level CMOS sensor. Confirm the camera has HDMI or HDSDI output port. Get a proper tripod to add stability to your video. Good microphones cost from $200-$2000. We recommend wireless microphone kits that will make you portable and cord free. For best results connect the output cable from your audio receiver to your camera audio in port. Confirm the audio kit you buy can plug to the camera you buy. Some DSLR and HD cameras do not have an audio in port. Now that you have a camera to make you look good, and professional audio to improve your sound, the next step is to capture the video to a computer. For this we recommend the Magewell HDMI or HDSDI to USB Capture ($299.00). These pocket size capture devices work flawlessly with Windows or Mac computers. Plug the HDMI or HDSDI output of your camera to the HDMI or HDSDI device and connect to your computer. Open your favorite live streaming software and in 99.9% times it will auto recognize the source video. No Streaming Software? No Problem Don't have a live streaming software? Create a new source in your Videolinq account and use the Webcam option to bring the video from the Magewell device to your live streaming channel. Add target destinations, and live stream the video from your camera via your computer in just few clicks! Using Online Meetings? No problem If you are using Zoom or Webex to join a group online meeting, the Magewell capture device will be recognized as a video source, and help you capture awesome quality video! Now: The Good Stuff Want to add real time closed captioning and publish the live meeting to multiple social media platforms? We wrote blog posts explaining how to use features in a Zoom or Webex meeting. In few words (a) point your Zoom or Webex meeting RTMP output to your Videolinq channel (b) contact a closed captioning operator and ask them to send real time captioning to your Videolinq channel. Videolinq will merge the closed captioning with your live stream.. In the channel add target destinations and grow your audience by streaming a limited seat online meeting to everyone (really?) on the web. Last but not least, your audience does not need to join a Zoom or Webex meeting (your account may not have enough seats). In the Videolinq media dashboard channel page you will find a "Player HLS" URL. Copy this link, open the Player tab in the console and create a new player. Put here the player HLS link and create a new player. Copy the iFrame code generated by the player wizard and post it on your website or blog. Now visitors to your website can see all participants of your online meeting. Did you find this article helpful? Open a video trial account and send your online meeting to multiple social media platforms! #closedcaptioning #livestreaming #zoom #webex #capturedevices #mediaencoders

Black Friday 2020 Sale

Black Friday 2020 Sale

Looking to both live streaming to multiple social media platforms at the same time, and save money? Now is the time to act. Take advantage of our one-time per year Black Friday special sale and get 50% list price deals on all hosting plans when you order the plan for 12 months * To get this sweet deal discount, do the following between November 27 - 30: Go to https://videolinq.com/pricing. Select the Starter, Professional, or Enterprise plan and click "Order". Select the 12 months (annual) option and checkout. Scroll down the page and enter coupon code # 20DS50FF. The total price due will be discounted in 50%. Complete your purchase and checkout. * Black Friday discount deal is only valid for new or returning customers. Live streaming to multiple social media platforms at 50% off. Don't miss our BLACK FRIDAY SALE between November 27-30! #BlackFriday2020 #socialmediavideo #livestreaming #BlackFridayDeals #FlattenTheCurve #marketing #digitalmarketing #streaming #video

G2 Rate Videolinq Among Top 10 Live Streaming Companies

G2 Rate Videolinq Among Top 10 Live Streaming Companies

G2 is a peer-to-peer review site specializing in software products. G2 rates products and vendors based on reviews gathered from user community, as well as data aggregated from online sources and social networks, and apply unique algorithms to this data to calculate the satisfaction and market presence scores of companies and their products. In Spring and Summer of 2021, Videolinq was rated by G2 among the top 10 software companies in the Live Streaming category.

And The Winner Is...

And The Winner Is...

Today we wrapped our Spring 2021 Give Away and announced the winner of a free Apple iPad 10.2": Lee D. from WPRI was among hundreds of customers who participated in the contest by completing a detailed survey reviewing features and benefits found in the Videolinq platform. The answers we received will help us improve Videolinq and make it better. Pictured: Lee D. in the WPRI studio. Thank you to all participants. Stay tuned for an email announcement with the details of our Fall 2021 Give Away Contest - coming soon!