Streaming live to Facebook should normally work very well. But there can still be some hiccups. If you're having difficulties, here are some things to look at.
For step-by-step instructions on setting up a Facebook live broadcast, see the article linked below.
As of May 1, 2019, Facebook requires all video streams to use the RMTPS (secure RTMP) streaming protocol. The latest version of SlingStudio Console supports RTMPS streaming. There is nothing you need to do to specify RTMPS streaming; SlingStudio Console and Facebook negotiate this automatically when you set up your Facebook video stream.
But to get RTMPS streaming, you must be using the latest version of the SlingStudio Console software. Older versions of SlingStudio Console don't support RTMPS streaming and won't work with Facebook.
You can download the latest SlingStudio software here.
For Facebook live broadcasting to work:
When you're done, the Internet LED indicator on the SlingStudio should be glowing green. If it is glowing amber, then your SlingStudio is connected to your network but not to the Internet itself. You'll need to investigate your network to determine the problem. If the Internet indicator is off, then double-check the Wi-Fi connection process or Ethernet cable.
Within SlingStudio, you can log into Facebook from the Project Settings dialog box when you set up your project. (You can also do that later, by tapping the file icon ... the three horizontal lines in the upper-left corner of the Console app ... and then choosing Project Settings).
At the bottom of the PROJECT SETTINGS box, tap LIVE BROADCASTING to turn it on, and then tap Select a Destination. You can then log in.
Using the SlingStudio Console app, check the upload speed that's available to you with your network. To do that, connect the Console app to your SlingStudio, then tap the Dashboard icon (the meter icon in the upper-left corner of the Console app) to open the Dashboard. There, under the INTERNET CONNECTIVITY section, tap Upload Speed and wait a moment for SlingStudio to determine the currently-available upload speed.
Note that it's best if your network has an upload speed of greater than 8Mbps.
It is important that the Program Output Bit Rate that is chosen for the Facebook broadcast is lower than the upload speed of your network connection; otherwise, the Facebook broadcast is likely to have quality problems.
To check video bit rate settings:
You're ready to broadcast!
You can do that in either of two ways.
First, make sure that you're streaming video. Then:
For more information about the Live Broadcast Quality Indicator, see the links below.
It is critical that you not include any copyrighted music in your Facebook live broadcast. Facebook monitors this very closely. If this happens, you might see a message like this:
Your video was not posted because it may contain music, audio or video that belongs to someone else.
Please consult Facebook Help for more information on including music in a Facebook live broadcast.
If you're finding that Facebook Pages and/or Groups aren't being shown, then take a look at these things:
With some Groups/Pages, you can choose the Publish Now option but the option to Schedule Post is not available. The workaround for this is setting up a custom RTMP arrangement. Here's how:
If you don't see either the Publish Now or the Schedule Post options, compare the version of SlingStudio Console that you're using with the latest at the Apple App Store. Very old versions of SlingStudio Console can have this problem. The only solution is updating your SlingStudio software.
If you still continue to have problems, please contact the SlingStudio Support Team.
For more information on working with custom RTMP streams, see the link below.