Facebook Live Radio, provides a medium for you to broadcast and share live radio online directly to Facebook. This live audio stream enables you to share with anyone who can join in the conversation with a live written feed.
How to use the Facebook Live Radio
To begin the setup Facebook Live Radio process, it advised, that a user uses OBS.
The following is required;
- A computer (Mac or Windows) with Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) installed. OBS can also be downloaded and installed on your computer.
- An active Facebook page for your radio station
- A steady internet connection. As you will be streaming video and audio, thus your connection must have the capacity to upload constant speed of at least 5-10mbps
Once these three requirements have been gotten, you are on your way to set up your Facebook Live Radio.
Setting up OBS for Streaming
Once OBS has been installed, a default view will be presented. Create a scene, to start adding your webcams and audio inputs.
A scene represents a collection of your video and audio. Multiple scenes can be created for different angles and audio inputs. For this purpose, create just one scene for your broadcast. Add a video feed ( your webcam) and the output from the mixing desk where you have a few microphones and a music source
Your first scene can be created by adding sources.
- First, tap the + button in the sources box. You will be presented with a list of options to pick from. Select Video Capture Device.
- Name the device the name you desire
- After tapping OK, select your video device from the drop-down list and tap OK
- The webcam has now been added to the video space, resize this video and position it, however, you wish by tapping and dragging it around.
- Next, is the audio input, this is much like the video input, tap the + button and then tap Audio Input Capture.
- This next screen requires you to choose the audio device you wish to use. This could well be a built-in mic or external mic from a mixer. Tap OK to add it to the scene.
- Fuse in some personality into your video. Add your station’s logo in image source from the + menu
Phew!! Now you are all set up, proceed to Facebook to begin your live video set up.
Creating Live Video on Your Facebook Page
- Log into your Facebook page
- Choose Publishing Tools at the top navigation bar. In the left menu, tap on the video Library option in the video section.
- Tap the + Live button in the top right corner to begin setting up your video. Two options are given here, “Single Field” and “Separate Field”. Since you are using OBS, copy the text inside the Stream Key box under separate Fields.
Note: The link copied here, can only be used for this live video. If you desire, to add another live stream, you are required to follow these steps again to get a new link to use in OBS
Adding Stream to OBS
- With the copied stream key, proceed back to OBS. In the main window, tap on “Settings” on the right- hand side. On the window that pops up, tap stream. Change the service drop-down menu to “Facebook Live” and paste the key into the “Stream Key” field.
- Tap OK to save the changes. OBS is not all set up and ready to swing. Lastly, proceed back to your Facebook video to complete the set up before going live.
Facebook Live Radio – Completing the Video Set up
- If the window is still open, with the Single and Separate Fields, tap Next, to be given the option to add a title and tags to your video. Here, you can set up Audience Restrictions to specify the age range, location, and languages.
- Once you are ready to connect, head back to OBS and choose “Start Streaming”. OBS will then connect to Facebook after 30 seconds based on your connection’s speed. A preview will be seen when you are connected.
- Tap the “Go Live” button on Facebook to begin or schedule the live video for later if you wish to prepare beforehand.
Going Live with Facebook Live for your Radio Station
- After tapping “Go Live”, your audience can tune in and enjoy your broadcasts with you. Listeners will have access to comment in real time during your show, send their reactions and share your video. You can also view how many people are watching
- When your video is completed, it will become available in your video library. You can share it with your listeners,that may have missed your live show.