June 15, 2020

Going live

By jfbethlehem
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You have set everything up exactly as you like it to be. You have the ideal scene setup, all logo’s are pixel-perfectly placed and that intro video…it’s amazing. And, to top it all off, it’s time to live stream.

You need to test the live stream before you go live on Sunday. How else do you know if it will work or not? Is your bandwidth good? Is your Pastor not hidden by the slides? Are the lyrics readable? You can only really see that if you are streaming.

I’m going to show you how to go live on the various platforms. You can do this best by either using a test account or by setting the video to be private so people will not be surprised to see your face, or a clock on the Church YouTube, Twitch of Facebook pages. Let the stream run for a few minutes and check your OBS statistics (the second tab of the main screen or go to the View-Docks-Stats menu options). If you see a lot of dropped frames in the ‘Stream’ row, it means your internet connection is not good enough. You will want to stop the stream and lower the stream bandwidth.

Twitch

  1. Go to Twitch.
  2. Click on your profile icon on the top-right.
  3. Click ‘Creator dashboard’.
  4. Click ‘Go to Stream manager’
  5. On the right, click ‘Edit Stream Info’ and add some information, categories, title, etc.
  6. In OBS, click ‘Start Streaming’ in the bottom right ‘Controls’ panel.
  7. You are live. Now let your Pastor and P&W team be amazing.

Facebook

  1. Go to Facebook.
  2. If you want to stream on a group or page, go to the group or page and click the “Live” button.
  3. If you want to stream from your profile, click the three dots under “Create post” and click “Live video”.
  4. On the producer page, click “Use stream key”.
  5. Optionally, you can select “Use a persistent stream key”  so you do not need to do the previous steps every time you want to stream. If you accidentally publish this stream key, others will be able to stream to your profile or page.
  6. Under the box “Live API” you see the server URL and the stream key. Copy those two a text editor for reference.
  7. In OBS, click ‘Start Streaming’ in the bottom right ‘Controls’ panel.
  8. In Facebook Live, click the ‘Go Live’ button on the bottom right.
  9. You are live. Share the Word and let your team shine.

Youtube

  1. Go to YouTube.
  2. Click the “Create video or post” icon in the top-right.
  3. Click “Go live” in the popup.
  4. Click “Stream” on the left.
  5. Give the stream a name, set the correct category.
  6. Select if the stream is made for children or not.
  7. Click the “CREATE STREAM” button.
  8. In OBS, click ‘Start Streaming’ in the bottom right ‘Controls’ panel.
  9. In YouTube Studio, you will see your video stream pop up in a few seconds. 
  10. Enable ‘Auto stop’ to be able to stop the live stream from OBS instead of from YouTube. This makes life easier.
  11. Click ‘GO LIVE’ at the top-right.
  12. Your live stream is now live. Now let your Pastor know and spread the Word to all the nations.

To lower the bandwidth used by OBS, there are some steps you can take. You will need to go to ‘Settings’. Here you will be able to change a few settings to lower the amount of data OBS uses. Some things to look at are:

  • Output: Lower the Bitrate to something that gives more room between what your ISP gives you as maximum upload speed and what you use. If your ISP gives you 5mbit, choose 2500. If your ISP gives 1mbit, consider uploading manually instead of streaming.
  • Video: If you lower the Output resolution, the amount of data required will be less. 1920×1080 takes more data than 1280×720. 1280×720 takes more data than 640×480.

If you still have issues with bandwidth after lowering the settings, again, consider recording the video beforehand and upload them to the service and make them public on Sunday.