You have now purchased all the equipment you need to stream live. Now it is time for it to work. Now that you have all the equipment, you want to ensure it works on Facebook before going live next Sunday. What are you going to do?
It is not as simple as it looks. My Facebook feed would stop working when I set it up for the first time. I changed the settings, and the video quality was terrible. I didn’t know what was wrong.
You are probably in the same boat I was when you read this page. These are the things I learned through trial and error to get the best possible video feed with the equipment I bought and the internet connection at my church.
Learning how to use Facebook Live and vMix together can be confusing. These three tips help you get started using Facebook live and vMix together.
Connecting vMix and Facebook
Know your internet connection limitations
Your upload and download speeds are key to setting up your live stream. These are like water pipes. The bigger the pipe, the more water can be pushed through it. Most internet connections have two pipes: one that connects to your computer and another that returns to it. This is Facebook.
DSL plans are known for being limited in upload speed and have a low price. While cable is more reliable, you should still be aware of its limitations. The less you can upload, the better your video will look on Facebook.
This limitation will be known so that you don’t waste time uploading the highest settings.
Setting Up vMix To Livestream On Facebook.
After you have opened vMix, click on the gear icon near the bottom of the screen next to “Stream.” This will open a pop-up box that looks similar to the one to the left.
Next, click on “Facebook Settings” to open a new window where you can enter data.
If you are logging in for the first time, click on the button that reads “Login to Facebook.”
You will need to enter your username, email address, and password. Then, vMix will connect to your information.
Once you have done this, your name will appear under the account section. Your profile picture will also be displayed on Facebook.
Next, add a title and description to your live stream. The title is typically the name of the morning message. The description is the date and time the stream takes place. It looks something like this.
Title: Feeding the 5000
Description: Live at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos, CA. 5/21/17
These boxes can hold whatever you need.
Next, choose your “location.” This is not your actual address. This is where you want your Facebook live stream to appear. The image below shows me selecting our church’s page on Facebook.
You should generally put “public” in the box below your location. However, when you first test your live stream, ensure it is set to “only me”. This will allow you to see the stream but not the pages of people you have liked. They won’t be able to see your tests, and may get confused or even laugh at your efforts.
Selecting your upload speed
After setting up your Facebook settings, you can choose the quality of the uploaded video.
At home, I can only obtain 480p at 96kbps. At 1.5 kbps, I can get 720p at the church. 720p is 720 pixels. 720p refers to kilobytes per sec.
Start low and continue testing for between 5-10 minutes. If the stream tab stays red, it means that you are not timing out. The stream has stopped if it turns yellow. You can increase the quality settings until it starts timing out. Next, choose the best quality setting that didn’t get timed.
Connecting vMix To Facebook
That’s it. You can now test your vMix live streaming to Facebook.
These tips should have helped you get started using vMix. However, we understand that they might be unable to answer all your questions. You can reach their support team at [email protected] to talk to one of their experts about streaming to Facebook using vMix.
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