UPDATE 1 FEBRUARY 2017 – Huzza is acquired by Kickstarter and will cease operations on 1 March 2017. Read about this change and six learnings for live streamers.
Some weeks ago I wrote about the live stream platform Huzza which allows multi person live streams. To enable this feature you need to invest in one of their paid plans.
To learn about how to get started live streaming with Huzza read this tutorial.
A new feature that they announced today is the ability to simultaneously live stream to Facebook. To access this feature even on the free plan you need to set your profile to be a beta user.
You are not able to set up the live stream to Facebook Live in advance – you need to start your live stream on Huzza first so my suggestion is that you ensure your audience on Huzza knows what you are doing in the background as there will be some feedback and it takes a little time to get the stream live on Facebook.
Then make sure that you are logged into Facebook.
If you have a co-host then of course they can put themselves on mute while they are setting up the live stream on Facebook. You will find the button to stream to Facebook on the left of the screen.
Once you start your Huzza live stream, you can then click to live stream to Facebook. Note the ‘warning’ that Huzza have on the top of the page, referencing the Facebook Live policy that they do not allow simulcasting. My recommendation therefore would be to have viewers join you for the live stream on Facebook not Huzza to comply with this policy. You can read details of the terms in the Facebook platform policy. Huzza however would be the enabling platform for the multiple people on your live stream.
Once you enable the live stream from Huzza to Facebook you will then have the option to choose the location you wish to stream to – your personal profile, a friends profile, a Page you manage or a Group.
Then you will get a prompt to open up the Facebook Live preview.
At the next step you will then be able to:
- change the privacy setting if you are streaming to your profile
- add an event description
- add your event title
- add the video tags
- access the embed code so you could embed this on your website.
Once you click the ‘Go Live’ button you will receive a notification that you are live streaming on Facebook. You can refresh your browser and see that you are live streaming – just take care not to click to hear the audio as you will get feedback.
This method of multi person live streams is far simpler a solution that many of the other options available where you have to use a third party tool such as OBS Project or Wirecast so I am sure it will be of interest to many small businesses (amongst a number of live stream software solutions) – resources for which are detailed below.
Of course if you only want to live stream your own content to Facebook Live and are looking for landscape orientation, there are a number of mobile apps available that you can use for iOS and Android devices which I cover in my training and mentoring programmes. And remember that Facebook is bringing out multi-person live streams soon – though it is likely to be only available to verified Pages in the first instance.
Do let me know how you get on using Huzza to live stream your multi person events to Facebook Live.
Advanced Resources To Help You Learn More About Live Streaming To Facebook
Facebook Live resources on Facebook
Read the Facebook Platform Policy here
Access details of how to live stream using the Facebook API
Details of the Facebook Live API for your developer
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