The Complete Guide to Multistreaming
This article will cover how you can simultaneously stream your Crowdcast event to Facebook, YouTube, and other third-party services. Multistreaming is only available to Pro and Business plans. You can upgrade at any time from within your account settings.
There are plenty of social media platforms that will help you get exposure for your live video streams. However, sites like Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and Twitch don't allow you to collect the emails of your attendees, bring them on-screen, run paid events, or many of the other features we have here at Crowdcast.
With multistreaming, you can share your Crowdcast event on multiple channels. You should still ask viewers to join you in Crowdcast to take advantage of features like using the Ask a Question section, joining the chat, and coming up on-screen. By using multistream, you can start taking the audience that the social media algorithms own, and collect emails so YOU own the relationship with your audience.
You can set up your multistreams at any point before going live. On our Pro Plan, you can multistream to one location. On the Business Plan, you can multistream to up to three locations simultaneously.
Bear in mind that sites like Facebook and LinkedIn often change their live setup, so you'll need to follow their instructions to collect the stream keys you need.
Streaming to Facebook Live
Click on the Facebook button within the multistream section of editing your event, then click Create Live Stream on the pop-up, and follow the instructions on the Facebook site.
Facebook will provide you with a Server URL and Stream Key and you enter them as shown below.
Next, select the session of your event that you want to stream to Facebook and paste in the Server URL and Stream Key as shown below, and click done.
Streaming to YouTube Live
1. To stream your Crowdcast event to YouTube Live, first visit your YouTube live video dashboard.
2. Under Encoder Setup copy the server URL and stream Key.
3. Within your event options, pick the session you want to stream to Youtube, paste in the Server URL and Stream Key as shown below, and click Done.
4. You've now connected your session to YouTube! Now proceed as usual in Crowdcast to go live. When you're ready to start your event, click the Go live button in Crowdcast. Within about 15-seconds, the YouTube Live Dashboard will show in your video stream, and the status at the top will switch from Starting to Live. You're now streaming to YouTube. When you end the broadcast in Crowdcast, it will automatically end on YouTube.
Streaming to LinkedIn Live
Streaming to other live streaming platforms
Crowdcast can stream to other third-party services like Twitch, LinkedIn Live, and Instagram. If the service can provide you with an RTMP endpoint, then it may be possible to send your Crowdcast stream there. Be sure to run some tests first.
To set multistreaming up with other platforms, choose the Custom option and enter the Server URL and Stream Key they provide. When you go live in Crowdcast, the stream will start sending to the RTMP endpoint.
Your stream to third-party services will be in 720p HD (1280 × 720 pixels) for in-browser Crowdcast sessions. If the session is streaming using RTMP Studio, you can stream up to 1080p.
- If you are planning to multistream to Facebook, YouTube, or other third-party platforms, you should create the event and set up the multistream from your browser and not the iOS app.
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