Field59’s live streaming feature allows you to stream to many platforms, including your website, mobile apps, and OTT apps like Roku, AppleTV and Fire TV.
Field59 can also deliver your stream to other platforms that have their own streaming infrastructure and distribution, such as Facebook. By following the steps in this article, you can stream content on Facebook while also streaming through the Field59 player, simultaneously recording your stream to create a video archive in your Field59 account.
In order for Field59 to deliver your stream to Facebook, you will need the following:
First, navigate to the Facebook Page on which you wish to live stream. Select Publishing Tools from the navigation options near the top of the page.
Then select Video Library from the left-hand menu.
Click the gray + Live button near top right.
A Create Live Video popup will appear. Copy the stream server and key information from either the Single Field or Separate Fields and send this information to Field59, shortly before the start of your Facebook Live event (If you need to find the credentials closer to the time that you’ll be going live, they are also available by editing the post in Video Library).
Please note: Facebook only allows the Server URL and Stream Key to be used for a single Live preview/post connection. These credentials are only valid for 7 days, so you’ll need to update this publishing information with Field59 within a week of your event.
Select the Next button at lower right on the popup. Craft an announcement post for your broadcast, such as the Facebook post text and the Video Title. (You can edit any of this later if desired). If your encoder is already connected and sending video to Field59, and your account has been updated in the Field59 live cloud, you’ll see a preview of your stream. Please note you must send the publishing credentials to Field59 in order to preview the stream at this point.
At bottom right, click on the down arrow button and select Schedule Live… You must select Schedule Live, otherwise you will run into issues where Facebook will discard your post if you close it. You also have to go live within 5 hours of previewing a video if you’re not using the Schedule Live… function.
Set your Scheduled Start Time and then hit the Schedule button at lower right.
At the conclusion of your event, Facebook will save a copy of your stream for playback in your Facebook post (unless you chose Continuous Live Video in the Advanced settings when you created your post. Continuous Live Video is not recommended because it does not create an archive, does not notify your followers, and doesn’t come with any built-in Facebook analytics.)
If you wish to stream through the Field59 player and record your stream into your Field59 account at the same time that you are streaming on Facebook, follow our guides to publishing live stream events and setting events to record in the Field59 manager.