There is no denying the fact that videos have taken the digital world by storm!
And as a digital entrepreneur, your job is to ensure your social media subscribers receive a decent number of engaging content on a regular basis. And surveys suggest that the most engaging content is video.
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Creating new video content is not usually as simple as text content. Videos typically take more time and resources.
But, I have a solution for you. A trick of sorts.
Well, in this article, you will learn how you can LIVE stream existing videos to a Facebook page.
2020 Update: I have found Onestream to be a better alternative than OBS. The free plan let you schedule videos up to 5 GB, and 5 minutes. The paid plan starts from $10/month and offers a lot more features to amp up your live video marketing.
5 Top Pre-recorded Live stream software:
Recently a lot of new software has come out that let you stream existing videos on Facebook, and other channels as well. Here are some of the best pre-recorded live stream Software that are available.
Onestream is the most budget-friendly cloud-based tool that let you stream pre-recorded videos. They also offer a free trial, which is good enough for you to try out before you actually spend significant money.
LiveReacting allows uploading pre-recorded videos and schedule streams to Facebook live. It’s fully cloud-based, so no third-party software is needed.
Besides simplicity and the ability to schedule your pre-recorded videos to go out automatically, LiveReacting provides additional unique features like adding your logo, lower third, and scrolling text right inside of your stream. You can also supplement your pre-recorded streams with countdowns, quizzes, and other fun, interactive elements to increase engagement even more.
Restream was started as a multi-stream tool (One video to multiple platforms), and now they do support option to live broadcast or reschedule existing videos for live streaming. The platform is easy to use, and they are offering $10 as a joining bonus.
4. Ecamm live:
This is idle for solopreneurs, influencers, or anyone who is looking to live stream from the desktop. Ecamm is a desktop-based software that let you live stream existing movies/videos from your desktop to Facebook pages, profile, and a few other platforms. There are various plans that you can pick from. For an individual, Ecamm live is perhaps the best solution. I’m currently using Ecamm live.
OBS is the only free solution that let you stream pre-recorded videos on Facebook. The configuration part is not as simple as the above three, but at the price of zero, we have nothing to complain. My tutorial below will help you learn everything about OBS, and how to set up for Facebook live streaming.
Because live videos get more visibility than regular videos, you will make your existing content reach more people.
Just follow the steps below to live stream any of your existing videos from your desktop to your Facebook page.
How To Stream Live On Facebook Page From Desktop Using Pre-Recorded Videos:
The first thing you need is the “Stream Key” from your Facebook page. This is a unique key that every page has. It enables us to use the streaming software we need.
Here is how you can get it:
- Go to your Facebook page and click on Publishing Tools > Video Library > +Live.
You will see a pop-up. Copy the “Stream Key”.
As per Facebook: Keep the Stream Key a secret. Anyone can use them to stream videos to your post. This stream key is valid for seven days. Once you preview the video, you have up to 5 hours to go live. If you need more time, create a new stream key.
- Click on Next. You will see the “Create Live Video” screen as shown below.
Do not close this window. After we configure the streaming software, we will use the screen above to go LIVE.
Configuring Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) For Streaming Pre-Recorded Videos As ‘Live’ Video On Facebook:
- Download and install Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) for your computer’s OS (download link).
- Open the OBS application.
- Click on Settings > Stream and then paste the stream key in the Stream key field.
- Click on OK.
Now, click on the + icon in the Sources field and select VLC Video Source.
Now, we need to create a playlist. This playlist could consist of one video or more. It depends entirely on your goal. For this tutorial, I’m streaming only one video.
- Give a name to the playlist and click OK.
On the next screen, you should configure how you want the stream to happen. For example, live streaming should work only when the software is running in the foreground, or you can set it to stream even when the software is minimized.
In my case, I’m letting it stream even after the video is minimized by using the option “Always play even when not visible”.
You can add as many videos as you like by clicking the “+” icon.
- Click on OK to add this video to your streaming list.
- Mute the Mic/Aux.
- Click on Start Streaming.
- Now, go back to the Facebook window and click on GO LIVE.
If you have followed all the steps mentioned above, you will see a screen like this:
You should test this first as a trial video to get the hang of how OBS and this whole “pre-recorded live streaming” thing works.
However, there are a couple of issues that you may face:
- You need to end the live stream manually. If not, the stream will continue in a loop.
- Streaming video from the 0.00-second mark on Facebook: You can overcome this by configuring the streaming delay in OBS Settings > Advanced.
OBS is indeed one of the best free solutions for live streaming pre-recorded videos. There are also many other solutions that offer advanced features which could be better for any digital marketing companies acting on behalf of a client.
Here are some popular (paid) solutions:
For a blogger or startup who is looking for a free solution, OBS is the best bet.
Go ahead and stream some of your existing videos on your Facebook page. It may take 2-3 times before you get the whole process right, but if you follow these instructions, you should have no problem.
After you try, come back and let me know how it goes. I look forward to hearing about your experience!
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