How to Use OBS to Livestream on Facebook

Are you wanting to use Facebook to create Livestreams for your organization? Here’s part 2 of a tutorial to help you get started using Facebook Live. This tutorial focuses on connecting OBS to Facebook.

What You Need

  • A laptop or desktop computer with internet access
  • A Facebook account with administrator access on your organization’s page
  • A computer program called OBS downloaded, installed, and configured on your computer
  • A video camera and and audio interface connected to the computer and setup in OBS

Connecting OBS to Facebook Live

  1. Start the OBS program. At the bottom right click “Settings.”
  2. Notice the tabs on the left. Click “Stream.”
  3. For the Stream Information, make sure the Service is set to “Facebook Live.” Then you need to copy the Stream Key from Facebook as follows:
  4. Open your internet browser and go to your organization’s web page. Where you would create a post, click “Live.”
  5. If you are creating a new Livestream, in the section at the right called “Live Stream Setup” find the “Stream Key” and click “Copy.” Skip to step 8.
  6. If you are getting the stream key for a scheduled Livestream, on the left under Live Producer click “Upcoming Live Videos & Events.”
  7. Find the scheduled Livestream you need the Stream Key for. Click “Edit Post.” Then on the right under Stream Key Setup, find the Stream Key and click “Copy.”
  8. Go back to the OBS program. In the box labeled Stream Key, if there’s any text in the box, right-click and choose Select All. Then right-click again and choose Paste.
  9. To close the settings, at the bottom right of the Settings window click “OK.”

Starting and Stopping the Livestream

  1. To start the Livestream, at the bottom right, click “Start Streaming.”
  2. To stop the Livestream, at the bottom right, click “Stop Streaming.”
  3. There’s also an option to Record the stream. This option may automatically Start and Stop. You can also manually Start and the Stop the Recording.

How to Schedule a Livestream on Facebook

Are you wanting to use Facebook to create Livestreams for your organization? Here’s a short tutorial to help you get started using Facebook Live.

What You Need

  • A laptop or desktop computer with internet access
  • A Facebook account with administrator access on your organization’s page

Scheduling a Livestream on Facebook Live

  1. On the computer, open your internet browser. Go to Facebook and log in to your account.
  2. Go to your organization’s page. Where you would write a post, click “Live.” This brings up a new page for scheduling the video.
  3. There’s a section on the left called Live Producer. At the top of this section click “Schedule a Live Video.”
  4. Down a little under the heading Announcement Post, choose the date and time. You can also give your video a title and description.
  5. If you want to use a specific picture, click “Select an Image” and upload the picture. By default it will use your page banner unless you upload a different picture.
  6. In the middle of the page there’s a section called Setup Options. Using a persistent steam key is recommended so you don’t have to change the stream key in your streaming software for every new video.
  7. The Settings and Badges sections have more advanced options but for a basic video you don’t need to change these settings.
  8. On the right there’s a section called Stream Key Setup. This is where you get your stream key to copy into your streaming software. There’s also the Announcement Post Preview section which just shows what the Announcement Post will look like.
  9. Once you’ve set all the settings, click “Schedule Live Video” at the bottom left. You can always come back and change the settings later if needed.

Change Settings for a Scheduled Livestream

  1. If you need to change the settings later, log in to Facebook and go to your organization’s page. Where you would write a post, click “Live.” This brings up the page for scheduling the video.
  2. On the left, click “Upcoming Live Videos & Events.” In the middle of the page find the post for the scheduled video you want to make changes to and click “Edit Post.”
  3. If you want to cancel the video, don’t click “Edit Post.” Instead, click the three dots at the top right corner of the post. Then click “Cancel Broadcast.” If you’re sure you want to permanently delete the scheduled video, go ahead and click “Cancel Live Video.”