How to schedule a LIVE stream on Facebook!

David Foster 12.02.2016 6 comments

So, Facebook just opened up the ability for pages to schedule their live streams. This was only available for verified pages when we showed you recently, but now seems to be open for all. This is great news! Looks like the are also working on the ability to BOOST live…that too would be awesome!

I am going to show you how you can schedule your live stream on your page…and in the examples, I am showing you in Wirecast and OBS. This will work with any software where you can connect via RTMP.

Which means you need to be at Level 3 or Level 4 LIVE streaming – you won’t be able to take advantage of this from your phone. If you’re not sure about the Levels of LIVE Streaming, take our QUIZ to find out what kind of LIVE streamer you are!

In THIS post:

  • VIDEO Tutorial
  • Step-by-step IMAGE Tutorial
  • Complete video show that includes the tutorial + Q&A about Scheduling Posts

Step 1: Go to your Page
When you get to your page, up on top, click “Publishing Tools”

Schedule Live Streams on Facebook

Step 2: Click on “Video Library”

Schedule Live Streams on Facebook

Step 3: Click on “+LIVE”

Schedule Facebook Live from your page

Step 4: URL and Stream Key
In this step, you will see your stream URL and key. Don’t worry about it at this point. Just click the next button.

Schedule a Facebook Live

Step 5: Write your post, add your title and tags.
This is where you will write your post, and tag anyone who may be on with you as a guest etc. Then you’ll add a video title and tags. Once you’re done with that, stay on this page and go to step 6.

Schedule a Live Stream on Facebook

Step 6: Schedule your Live Stream

Schedule a Facebook Live Stream on my Page

Schedule Facebook Live

NOTE: You can only schedule your live streams out 7 days. So, if you have a big event coming in 2 weeks, then you could create an event, and then 7 days before the event starts, schedule your live stream, and post a link to it inside your event. This would be one work around.

Schedule a stream on Facebook

Step 7: GO LIVE!
In order to go live, you just need to go to that post on your page, and select “Edit.”

Schedule Live

Schedule a Facebook Live

In this section, you can also edit the schedule if you need to.

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Now, grab the RTMP URL and Stream Key and add it to your streaming software. In the images below, I am using Wirecast and OBS…

WIRECAST:

Adding Facebook Stream Keys to Wirecast

OBS:

Facebook Live Stream Key OBS

That’s it. Now, get out there and start scheduling your Facebook LIVE’s!

Watch the Full Video + Q&A:

Have you scheduled one yet? Do you have it on your pages yet? Drop us a comment and let us know!

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David Foster

I used to be the CEO of a tech start up, and learned that I don't like the corporate environment. I like helping people brand themselves, and building REAL relationships with their customers. I also really enjoy technology. I also LOVE helping people learn new stuff. I am the lower 1/3 to Luria and have an amazing Chihuahua named Abbey. I am a Mac and I prefer Android (MOTO X) over iOS. :)

6 thoughts on “How to schedule a LIVE stream on Facebook!

  1. Thank you so much David and Luria! This post was INCREDIBLY helpful! I scheduled my live show for the first time today! Mompreneur Show wouldn’t be where it is today if it wasn’t for you two! THANK YOU!

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