Streaming to Facebook Live

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Overview

This article will walk you through setting up a stream target in the Customer Portal to simultaneously publish your live stream to Facebook Live.

Prerequisites

  • You must be an Admin.
  • You must have your Portal login.
    Contact your Customer Administrator or HDOnTap Support if you need assistance with your Portal credentials.
  • Customer Control must be enabled for your stream.
    Contact HDOnTap Support if you are unable to edit your stream.
  • Stream Targets must be enabled for your account.
    Contact HDOnTap Support if you need to enable stream targets for your account.
  • Your stream must have audio, or be configured to provide silent audio.
    Contact HDOnTap Support if you need assistance with providing silent audio.
  • You must have a Facebook account.

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Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Log in to the HDOnTap Portal and navigate to Streaming > Streams:
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  2. Click the gear icon HDOnTap Streaming Service and click the stream target icon image for the stream you would like to CDN to Facebook:
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  3. Click Add New Stream Target and select Facebook Live from the drop-down menu:
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    Enter the Stream Target Name you would like to use. This is for internal use only and it is recommended that you follow the format "[Camera] [Company Abbreviation] [CDN Target, ie: "FB" for Facebook]".
    For example: "Redtailhawk HDoT FB"

  4. Click the link to Create your Facebook Live Event, which will take you to your Facebook account. Click Create Live Stream.
    Note: You must be logged into your Facebook Account. There are several different ways to create a Facebook Live Event - this is just one of them, however, understanding how this method works will cover all methods.
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  5. Facebook should automatically select the Connect option. Select (1) where the post should be broadcast, (2) enter your post copy, (3) add a title for your live stream, and (4) add optional tags (only available when posting to a business page). (5) Copy the alpha-numeric code in the Stream Key.
    Note: Do not copy the Stream Key until you have selected where the post should be broadcast. The Stream Key will change when you change this option.
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  6. Return to your Portal tab and paste the stream key from Facebook into the Facebook Stream Name field. Click Add Target.
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    After your target has saved, you will see it in your Stream Targets list:
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    You can toggle the stream target on/off (Note: This will stop pushing your stream to Facebook), update your Stream Target Key or delete your stream target(Note: This will stop pushing your stream to Facebook).
     

    • Return to your Facebook tab. You should now see your Stream Preview. Click Go Live to broadcast your stream to Facebook:
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  7. You will now watch your live stream, interact with commenters, or stop your live stream using the Finish button:
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