In this article, you will learn how to:
- Set up your broadcast for multi-streaming
- Change/remove broadcast destinations
- Interact with your audience through comments
With Simulcast, you can stream to 2 destinations simultaneously. This can be a combination of the following:
- Your Facebook timeline;
- Facebook pages or groups you manage;
- Your YouTube channel.
Here's a quick guide on how to sign up for a BeLive account.
Setting Up Destinations
Start by selecting your preferred broadcast destinations:
- Click Set Destination on the top left section of the studio.
- You will see the Schedule Stream button under Destinations. Leave the toggle grey if you are setting up a stream to go live now. If you wish to schedule a broadcast for an upcoming show, enable the toggle. You can learn more about scheduling with Simulcast here.
- Select your broadcast destination. Select Facebook to go live on your timeline or any page/group that you manage (to learn more about how to go live in groups, check out this article). Select YouTube if you wish to broadcast to your channel (don't forget to verify your YouTube account first).
Remember to add your broadcast title and description. (Note: Title and description will be the same for both destinations.)
At the moment, it's not possible to stream to 2 YouTube channels simultaneously. You can only go live on one YouTube channel at a time.
- To select your second destination, click the plus button (+) on top of the menu window and repeat step 2.
- Hit Save.
Changing or Removing A Destination
To change your broadcast destination, simply re-select from the dropdown menu. To remove a destination entirely, click Remove:
Now that destinations are all set, connect your camera by clicking the Camera button:
Once you connect your camera, you'll see it in the staging section. To move yourself to the broadcast, click "Show in Stream" on your camera source:
(Note: You can learn more about how to check settings in the production studio here.)
Finally, click Start to begin your broadcast:
To end your broadcast, simply click the Stop button:
And that's it! You've successfully finished your broadcast! Easy as 1-2-3!
Interacting with the Audience Through Comments
You can see comments made by viewers under Public chat on the right side of the studio. There are indicators to show whether the comment was made from Facebook or YouTube. If you hover your cursor over the comment, you would also be able to see where it was made:
You can comment on this box at the bottom of your public chat. Note that you can only post comments on YouTube channels and Facebook pages (due to Facebook restrictions). You can choose if you want it to be posted to both destinations or only to a specific one:
You can check the number of reactions and viewers on your broadcast below. When you click the arrow on the upper right side, you will see reactions from Facebook. NOTE: YouTube does not provide the name of the users who liked your broadcast:
Here's how to display viewer comments during the broadcast:
And that's it! You're all set!
To set up your branding, check out this article.