How to Broadcast to Facebook Live with Wirecast
Looking for the Facebook Live button to go live with Wirecast or OBS Studio? It's moved!
Just click the button below to scroll down...
In this article, I show you how to broadcast to Facebook Live from your computer to your Facebook Profile, Pages AND groups using Wirecast
UPDATE: Wirecast now supports broadcasting live videos to Facebook groups directly from the tool
I wrote an article recently on How to Broadcast to Facebook Live from your Computer using the free software OBS Studio.
This free software works really well, runs on Macs, PCs and under Linux and you can stream to your Facebook page, profile and groups.
However, there is another tool on the market that is highly recommended, and that is Wirecast from Telestream. There's no question, this is the professional live streamer's tool. Wirecast Studio costs $449 and Pro costs $699.
I'll be giving a full comparison of OBS Studio and Wirecast soon, but for now I wanted to walk you through how to broadcast from your computer to Facebook Live using Wirecast. Many marketers are choosing Wirecast as their main tool including Mari Smith, Guy Kawasaki, Joel Comm, Jeff Sieh and Mike Stelzner.
Going Live from your Computer?
Facebook Live launched last year with a feature to stream live video from your phone. It started rolling out to verified users first, and then to iOS users and Android users have begun to receive access to Facebook Live on their profiles recently. It's also possible to go live to groups and pages from your smartphone.
But, Mark Zuckerberg has his sights on something much bigger. At the recent F8 Facebook developers conference, Mark Zuckerberg displayed drones, 360 cameras, studio set ups and more - all of which integrate with Facebook Live. Combine that with Facebook acquiring virtual reality headset company Oculus VR and the future of Facebook Live is very exciting!
You can now broadcast live from your computer, using multiple cameras, webcams, share your screen, apps and even your smartphone to all your friends, group members and business page fans.
You can do this for free using OBS Studio (see my guide here) or using the professional software Wirecast here.
#1 Download and Install Wirecast
Wirecast is paid tool (starting from $495) however they do have a free trial. I highly recommend trying both Wirecast and OBS Studio to see which one is going to best for you.
Wirecast allows you to stream to multiple sources including Facebook Live, and you can capture any of the following:
- Multiple webcams
- DSLR cameras
- Monitor displays
- App windows
- Images, videos and media files
- Your smartphone display
Like, OBS Studio, Wirecast supports multiple displays at the same time (including picture-in-picture) and you can easily set up keyboard shortcuts with slick scene transitions. In fact, Wirecast has more varied scene transitions than OBS.
#2 Set up for your Profile, Page or Group
Like OBS Studio, Wirecast supports Facebook Live out of the box. Wirecast in some ways is a little easier to set up than OBS Studio, as you can just click a button to connect to Facebook as opposed to fiddling with stream keys.
Until recently, Wirecast did not allow you to broadcast live video to your Facebook groups.
In a recent update, however, Wirecast allows you to broadcast live video to your Facebook groups as well as your pages and profile. However, I've kept the alternative way of broadcasting to Facebook Live using the RTMP protocol because it does allow a bit more flexibility. If that means nothing you don't worry, just choose the easy option!
Go Live with your Profile, group or Page...
There is a "go live" feature in the publishing tools section of our Facebook pages, but you don't need to use this with Wirecast. You can connect your Facebook account with Wirecast directly.
Click Output settings:
Then select "Facebook" from the Output Destination drop down:
Enter the name of your Facebook Profile, then click Authenticate:
Log in to Facebook in the pop up browser:
Enter your Facebook Live video title and description, then select your profile or the page/group you want to go live to:
If you are going live to your Facebook profile, you can also select privacy settings to share publicly, with only your friends or just with yourself.
I recommend sharing only with yourself while you are testing, so you can watch later, just to make sure everything is working properly:
Click Refresh, then click OK.
Once you've set up your webcam or screen sharing you are ready to go live. Skip to #3
There is a different way to stream to Facebook Live from Wirecast. In this you can create the post on Facebook directly and mention other profiles and pages.
This uses a similar method that I outlined in my previous article on How to stream from your computer to Facebook Live.
We're going to connect with Facebook using the Facebook Live Video API. In Wirecast, we'll choose the RTMP protocol and you'll need a "streaming url" and "streaming key".
That’s fine for developers, but it's not easy for the rest of us. Where do you get the streaming url and key?
I’ve made it easier for you all by creating a button that connects to Facebook Live using the official Live Video API. All you need to do is click the button at the top of this article.
Click on the "Broadcast on Facebook Live" button above (at the top of this article).
Then, you need to select where you want to post the live video - your own timeline, a friend's timeline, a group or a page you manage:
If you chose a group or a page, start typing the name of the page or group, click to select, and then click next:
A pop-up window should appear. If it does not, you'll need to check your pop-up settings in your browser to allow pop-ups.
In the pop-up, enter your update text and video information:
You can't go live yet, since you'll need to enter the stream url and key into Wirecast and start your stream so that Facebook can receive it.
Once Facebook receives your stream it will no longer display "OFFLINE" and display your stream preview.
Now we need to give Wirecast the correct settings so that it can connect with Facebook.
Click Output settings:
Then select "RTMP Server" from the Output Destination drop down (should already be selected):
Then, paste in your stream URL (from the previous Facebook Live pop up window) in the address box...
Enter your Stream Key into the "Stream" box...
And click the "Set Credentials" button:
Enter in your Facebook username and password into the pop up window, then click OK.
Once you've set up your webcam or screen sharing you are ready to go live!
#3 Start Streaming
It's now time to go live.
If you are streaming the normal way to your profile or page, Wirecast makes it easy:
Click Output, then "Start/Stop Broadcasting" then click your Facebook Live stream that you created earlier.
You are now live!
If you want to stop your broadcast, simply click Output, then "Start/Stop Broadcasting" then click your Facebook Live stream.
For going to live using the RTMP method, it's a little different...
Click Output, then "Start/Stop Broadcasting" then click your RTMP Server Stream that you created earlier.
Now, return to the Facebook Live pop up that was launched from the "go live" button above.
You should see a preview of the stream Facebook is receiving from Wirecast:
Enter your update text and the video title and optionally some video tags.
Now, it's your moment of glory. Click the "Go Live" button to go live:
When you want to stop your broadcast, simply click Output, then "Start/Stop Broadcasting" then click your RTMP Live stream.
I can not transmit some help me do not load the program. Thank you
Are you using Wirecast? What error are you getting? If you can give me further information, I’ll try and help you.
Thanks for the article, I’m able to authenticate FB and go live on my profile, but i can’t go live on any of my Pages that i admin. Any ideas? It keeps giving me a server error: unable to go live.
Also, i would use the RTMP stream but that also fails as fb&wirecast does not recognize the url & stream key. Facebook now requires a secure RTMPS url, so how are all of you continuing to use RTMP?
Sorry to hear you are having issues. Have you contacted Wirecast about this? Best to log out and log in again. I do know that FB is a bit
thank you the article! tutorial to help me start my first Facebook Live Event. Thank you so much
So glad it was helpful for you!
Love the article! Myself and my three+ friends are trying to launch a podcast, but we’re looking into trying to have multiple cams on site since logistically it seems the better option than trying to get all 4 of us in the same room. Any ideas for a picture in picture for 4 folks?
Hi Marc, glad you liked the article. Are you using Wirecast? If you are all on the same network, you could use a technology called NDI (which Wirecast supports) – that way you can all share your video into Wirecast running on your computer. Or, use a simple service like Zoom. You could either save the video within Zoom (and Zoom also has inbuilt live streaming) or capture this into Wirecast. Hope that helps!
Uff , some days its ok , but many times is imposible the conection!!!
What issues are you having? Is this your internet connection? Or is the connection failing with Facebook Live? Ian
Hello why ins’t the page BROADCAST TO FACEBOOK LIVE uploading? thanks
Thanks for letting me know. For now, please use this page: https://iag.me/socialmedia/broadcast-computer-facebook-live/
I’ve fixed the issue. Thanks for letting me know. Ian
A well written and detailed tutorial to help me start my first Facebook Live Event. Thank you so much 🙂 I am about to get my hands on Wirecast for the first time. Hoping to learn it faster. 🙂 Cheers.
Thanks, Robin. Great stuff! And make sure you get the 30% discount they’re running right now!
And, if you need some help learning how to use it, I’m currently offering 40% off my Wirecast
[…] For a step by step guide on how to broadcast to Facebook Live using Wirecast, check out my sister article – Click here to view. […]
I can not transmit some help me do not load the program
Hy Lymm, you’ll need to give me much more information for me to help you.
What issues are you getting? Can you not load the program at all? Are you getting an error message? Are you using a Mac or a PC? Tell me exactly what is happening and I’ll try and help. But you also might be best to contact
How i can upload the video after done streaming ?
Once it has completed streaming it remains as a video included among all your other videos
Thanks, David. Yes, that is the case. Ian
Can’t Load URL: The domain of this URL isn’t included in the app’s domains. To be able to load this URL, add all domains and subdomains of your app to the App Domains field in your app settings. Pls Help me…
Ian, We just started using Wirecast to take our Sunday Services live on Facebook. We are a non-profit and set up with Facebook Payments, so we really want to add the Donate button on the Live feed, but can’t figure out how to do this from inside Wirecast. If you have any suggestions, we would be grateful.
Hi Tammy, great to hear from you. Really interesting question. I’ve not played with Facebook payments yet. Does this work through Facebook messenger? I don’t think there is a way to add a button by the video, but you could embed a call to action on your video to direct people to the Facebook payments link. Or even better (if this is possible), use a Facebook messenger bot – and say that people can find out more about donating by using a trigger word. If they use that word in the comment, they will be sent more information and a link by Facebook messenger. Hope
Ian, thank you so much for taking the time to reply. You can totally add a Donate button into your live video from inside Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/help/377796675887629), but you have to do it before you go live, which is where the conundrum comes in. We go live in Wirecast, so we can’t add the button before going live. I was hoping you might now if Wirecast has that functionality. I wrote their tech support but never heard back. I’m not familiar with the Facebook messenger bot, but I’m going to totally explore that. Thank you!!!!
Hi Tammy, ah, that’s great – thanks for that. From looking through the documentation, it looks like this is only available from mobile – Android or iOS. And that means you have to broadcast from mobile too. So no Wirecast or any other software. It’s a bit difficult for me to test on my page because I’m not based in the US and have a valid page (a charity) to test. I’ll check with the Wirecast team, but if you can’t edit the video from desktop to add the call to action, I don’t think this will be possible. Sorry!
Is there a way to produce multiple streams to engage an audience through facebook live? Think of a panel discussion where multiple experts speak on one topic and push out the stream through facebook live. Possible?
Hi David, I may not be understanding you correctly, so please do give me more details so I can help. But, you can technically stream multiple streams to Facebook – to the same page or different pages at the same time. You’d need multiple computers streaming separately to get the best results. Wirecast Pro also has the ability to stream different audio tracks at the same time, but that’s more for streaming different language tracks at the same time.
Hi again! When clicking on “Broadcast on Facebook Live” I receive the following error: This page isn’t working
www. facebook .com is currently unable to handle this request.
HTTP ERROR 500
Will this be fixed??
Hi Dinorah, As I have mentioned to others, could you check again? I tried this a couple of hours ago and it worked fine for me. It could have been a temporary glitch? It certainly affected a few people yesterday.
it doesnt work so good. For a replay of video, it NEVER starts from frame 1 of the video. It is always a bit down stream. Bad. Fewer people will click a replay if it doesnt have a great thumbnail opening screen which I can not get to show
Hi Bob, thanks for your comment. There is often a slight delay at the start of the stream. It’s a little difficult to get it perfectly timed. I often start with a pre-show slot – with a countdown timer. And then I’ll play the intro video. But another way would be to start with an animated graphic for a couple of seconds and then play the video. And remember, you can always change the thumbnail for your replay viewers afterwards – just by editing the video on Facebook. Hope that helps. Ian
Great article! I have been using your “Broadcast on Facebook Live” for a few months now and it has worked perfectly with Facebook however, for the last few weeks, whenever I click “Go Live” the window just disappears. When I go to end the broadcast I can’t click to post it. Any ideas?? 🙁
Hi Dinorah, Earlier last year, the window closed when you clicked “Go Live”. Then Facebook kept the window open to allow us to view information about the broadcast and the ability to end the broadcast. However, I noticed a few weeks before Christmas, it reverted back to the old way. It is frustrating because you have to go to the live video post and edit it and then stop the broadcast. I’m going to submit a bug request to Facebook about this. You are the second person to let me know about this. Thanks for letting me
What’s else works with Wirecast in terms of cameras. Can you use my android and it will still be good quality?
Sorry I missed your comment, Mark. You can use Android and iPhone cameras. The quality probably won’t be as good as decent webcams, but it might be worth trying.