BoxCast has the ability to easily broadcast to Facebook Live. This is sometimes referred to as simulcasting - you'll be simultaneously broadcasting to both the BoxCast video player on your website, Apple Tv /Roku and Facebook Live. If you are trying to stream to a Facebook group or page click on this link here to learn how.
Read below to find out more! Or check out our video tutorial below.
Before we get started, here are some common questions and answers about streaming with Facebook Live.
1. Why is it linking my personal account?
- It will link your personal account and allow you to steam to any pages you are an administrator for on Facebook. Meaning, if you are an admin of multiple pages through your personal Facebook login then you will have access to those pages (as long as you grant BoxCast permission) via that same single login. Once an integration is configured your Dashboard will display the pages that Facebook says your account is allowed to manage.
2. Can I stream to Facebook and YouTube at the same time?
- Currently, with our API integration for both platforms, you cannot stream to Facebook and YouTube at the same time.
3. Can I stream 1080p to Facebook?
- No. Facebook limits each stream to 720p.
4. My Facebook Account is linked in the BoxCast Dashboard but my stream did not go to Facebook. What happened?
- You must link each broadcast to Facebook Live if you plan on streaming there. Follow the steps below to make sure you are scheduling the broadcast correctly to go to Facebook Live.
5. Can I stream to a Facebook Group not a page?
- Yes! Please use our other RTMP option to stream to the group. Follow those instructions here.
Follow these steps below to configure your account for Facebook Live streaming.
*If you logged into the dashboard with your Facebook Account already, skip to step 4 to see how to schedule a broadcast to go to Facebook Live.
1. Click on settings in the bottom left corner of the dashboard, click on add integration and then click Link Facebook Account.
2. Enter your Facebook credentials to log in securely through Facebook.
.This gives BoxCast permission to post the live stream on your Facebook timeline or the timeline of any pages you manage.
- The pages you can post to will be under "Pages Managed" If you do not see the account you want to stream to, please check to make sure you are an Administrator NOT an editor of that page.
-You can only post to business or personal pages with Facebook's direct integration. If you would like to send to a group page you must use the Other RTMP method (found in question 5, above).
What restrictions are there when broadcasting with Facebook Live?
- Note that Facebook's API will automatically use the login information stored in your browser cache. To use different login information you must go to Facebook, log out, then log into the page you want to manage, and THEN go back to BoxCast and setup the integration.
- Facebook Live only supports streams up to 720p. This means if you’re streaming in 1080p through BoxCast, the stream will be a lower quality on Facebook.
- If using the direct Facebook integration you CANNOT send to other social media destinations. You can still send to your own website but you cannot send to Facebook Live AND other social destinations at the same time.
- Facebook Live's transcoded bit rates are usually lower than BoxCast's, which may reduce quality for your Facebook stream's viewers.
- Facebook Live frequently sums stereo audio to mono.
- Facebook live broadcasts cannot be longer than 8 hours. If your BoxCast stream is longer than 8 hours the event will no longer be broadcasted on Facebook. We will continue broadcasting the stream on BoxCast, however, and you can re-enable the Facebook Live broadcast through the "Edit Event Details" section of the video by removing, saving, then re-adding your Facebook Live destination (which will create a new video on Facebook).
For additional questions, contact the BoxCast Support Team at email@example.com