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How to Use Live Online Broadcasts

Lesson 14 of 21

Mevo Camera & OBS Broadcast for Facebook LIVE


How to Use Live Online Broadcasts

Lesson 14 of 21

Mevo Camera & OBS Broadcast for Facebook LIVE


Lesson Info

Mevo Camera & OBS Broadcast for Facebook LIVE

When I invite people onto my broadcasts, I tell them you're going to be on a broadcast with me and they come on and they know that they're getting into a broadcast. So I haven't had a release signed ever since I did my reality show back in 2007 and for that we we did them. But even then I don't know why. Because they were all friends and they were obviously walking onto the set of a show that cameras everywhere should have been a clue to them. The tools that we can use so we can leverage the open a p I. That Facebook is put in place because they've said yes. We want you to stream from your devices, but we're also going to allow you to stream from your desktop or external cameras so that you can leverage the power of the tool we've created for you. So, in examining what you conduce do with some of these tools, this is Ah, these are my friends Vincenzo Landino on Amy Schmidt Tower. They do a show for their agency after Mark and this is all on Facebook live using some cool production tool...

s. They've got multi cameras. They've got a picture of a video showing in another frame. They've got lower thirds, they've got a logo, and this is all being pushed through Facebook life. The question is, how do you do this? While there's free ways to do it and there's paid ways to do it, the freeway to do it is using on open source piece of software called O. B s Studio, the website where you can download it is O. B s project dot org. The software is available in three flavors. Windows either for 78 or 10 Mac OS 10.8 or above, which should be all your current operating systems should meet those requirements. Or for Lennix, it's totally free. It's open source. There's a lot of people working on the latest updates. I don't see that anybody is gonna be charging for it. I use it frequently for doing these types of broadcasts where I want to bring the production values up to the next level. The other piece of software is, I believe, don't quote me on it. Last time I looked $499. It's a very professional piece of software called wire cast. It's put out there by Tell a Stream a tele stream dot net. This is more sophisticated software. It's more powerful. It's it's more stable. There's more features and functionality. There's just a lot that you can do with it. So what I would like to do is go live once again, and I want to demonstrate from the laptop. If you would be Obi s software gets a little technical here. I'm going to keep it as basic as I can to show you how this works. And I actually have a website that you can refer to as well on my blawg. If you'll go to Joel com dot com and look for broadcast to face back Live, live and find this article. This actually takes you step by step through getting started. I'm gonna walk you through a little bit of it here, but for a repeat, this this might come in handy for you. What I really want you see, is what we can do with this. So I've got it. I want to add a scene in the scene that I want to add is my camera. We're going to use my standard video capture device, which is my webcam. And the device is my camera. There I am. Okay, so this is the camera that we want to use, and I'm gonna say, OK, now I can resize this so I can maybe put me in the corner, or I can keep me. Let's give me full size for the moment. And let's add another source. For the sake of this, let's add an image. And I'm gonna look here for some images, and we're gonna go to about a picture of my coaching button. There we go. You can already see we're already doing mawr for this. Then you conduce you with the standard Facebook live software. We can obviously put pictures in pictures. If I had Skype running right now with Mari, I could tell it. Pull that Skype window in and I could place her wherever I want on that screen. Whatever we're producing in this tool is what we're gonna push to Facebook live, pull up a couple more things to show you a bit more what we can do about text. Well, just get leave it with the name that it is right there. And welcome to creative live with will come And we could change the font here. And let's, uh well, I don't know what we got here. Doesn't really matter. I don't even know what this is gonna look like. Let's just pick that on and we'll say, OK, and there's the text right there. Okay, If I wanted to change the color on it, I could do that. If I want to resize it from right here, I can do that. I can drag it down here to the bottom. I can put behind it some color. I'm not a perfectionist, but I am all about typos. So let's fix that. A live live aereo there. We all feel better now, right? And I can resize myself. Basically, it's a drag and drop type of interface whips me too far. And the goal here is to show you what's possible not to create a highly professional production. Now, how do we stream this content to Facebook? So if once you've got this information, you bookmark um, the page that I showed you when I click start streaming Actually, when I click my settings right here, there's ah place where I can go to my stream. And this is where I pick the service that I want to stream to using O. B s and wire cast. I can pick. Where do I want to do this? Third party stream and what we're looking for right here is Facebook live. I could also go to YouTube. I can go to twitch, which is Ah, very popular site that computer gamers used to broadcast their live computer games streams which, yes, millions of people watch this stuff. It's amazing. Huge industry. Just like there's YouTube stars. There's twitch stars. So we're gonna go Facebook live. Now it's asking me for a stream key. Well, what is a stream key? A stream key is the special code string of characters, which makes absolutely new set. No sense that Facebook uses toe let you know that this stream could be broadcast to this page. Okay, Now, we have not connected this account yet. And so let's see, since I just installed it here. There we go. Uh, that's set. All right. I'm gonna go to my Web page where I have a button installed that tells me Aiken, stream to Facebook. Live again. This is you don't have to understand all the house and wise of this right now showing you that it can be done. I want to share a video on my own timeline. Notice we have a Facebook interface right here. And what it's gonna do is it's going to give me a stream key that gives me permission when it's supposed to do. There it is. Okay. Demonstrating O. B. S on Facebook live. I'm giving my video a title. Now, see, Right here. It's a stream key. I'm gonna copy this and I'm gonna go back toe O B s and I'm gonna paste it right in here. That's a validation. That saying this person's Facebook has permission to post and use this software. It's how it makes the connection. Now, when I click, start streaming. If all goes well and again, it is the first time I've done this on here. It should pick up the video stream from O B s and show it to us right there. So what? You see, an O. B. S is going to be pulled into the stream right here, and when I click, make sure muted. Here, here, here all I have to do now for it to go live is click go life and we will validate cases. It says it's live now. So what we're gonna do is I'm gonna switch back just so O. B. S is on the screen. That's what's happening here. Now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go on my phone to Facebook and look, and we're going to see is my video indeed. They're in fact, for you, Joel, With this software, when you go to face when you do streaming on Facebook, does it start from the beginning of when you started dreaming? It starts from when I click that go live button So you have to click start streaming and third party software in order to send the signal. And then you saw the signal came up where tested were good, got video, got audio. Now I can click to go live. And so when I go to my phone and you guys got it up there Excellent and scroll down. There it is. We are live on Facebook showing everybody here creativelive that we're alive and demonstrating the basic functionality of O. B s studio. So now we have the power noticed a few things here. This video is landscape native video on Facebook is the square right? On periscope, you can do portrait or landscape and you'll see why I actually prefer landscape for many my videos. When we repurpose one, people are here watching again. You could see the likes. The comments that shares the views are starting to come in. And really, you're only limited here by the tool in your creativity I can bring in screen shares. I can show you through O b s, you know, website and push it through Facebook life. So think of any traditional newscast. We have the picture in picture. Or I could bring a guest on and put them in this frame right next to me. I could put text images and so forth. Yes, much a question. Can you, uh, streamed this for a specific group of people? Yes, just like any other Facebook live video. You can pick where this is going to post to so I can push this to my personal page to my business page to a group page to an event, or just like any other post, I can put it to a specific list. I want to post just two people in Denver, for example, if I have a Denver list on Facebook, I can select for them to be the only ones that see this feed in. Next up, we're going to do the me Evo, and that's gonna be super fun because I'm gonna wrangle some people in with me to help. All right, catch you guys later. Then I click stops streaming done. Now let's go and flip back to the phone for a moment. Refresh this browser and it should have. It's at the very end of it because I'm still talking. There's the delay. Do we have audio on this? Okay, very safe brought. That's it. I was done. Said industry. Oh, no, I didn't. I got up close What I did that. Didn't we just have a lag here? There comes alike, but see the comments and engagement or they're just the same. The people watching the Facebook live get notified just the same. There's not the only thing. Different is the tool that you're using to create the content. But as far as people are receiving it, what they're getting is a more professional production Okay, so it looks like part of there is more of a delay here is well, using O b s. I I use O b s on my PC. I've never used on my Mac before, but you see, even not having used it, how quick and easy it was, I literally installed it just before we started today. Okay. Is this where I'm saying goodbye? I think so. Technology. You might want to make sure you know that your stream is ended before you change your clothes or something like that, right? I think, should the cameras off of you. In fact, it's I believe, that it may be considered beta still on, um, on the Macintosh. So if it did have an issue there and wasn't stopping properly yet says it's not responding. So we're just gonna go ahead and crash that out there and force quit. That happens to my friends. That happens as well. Okay, let's jump back over here for just a moment and then we're going to go back. So on this slide, please, let's talk about another way that we can broadcast to Facebook live. You see a lot of gadgets up here we're about to pull out one of them, and I'm gonna put myself on the spot. I have used it before. My goal here is to show you how easy it is for you to use. And with that intent, I'm hoping that it goes right the first time. And if not, we'll just work through that. This is called a mevo. The mevo is the live event camera. It's a tiny little device right here, very small, very lightweight. And it's made by the people at livestream dot tv, which is another live streaming service. And when they made it, they initially made it so that people using life stream TV could leverage the power of this camera. Facebook then opened up their A p I. And they said, Oh, if we make this available for Facebook users as well, we're going to sell a lot more cameras and I think is the result. They are. I bought one. Why is this so special? Well, it actually comes with a production tool, an application on your phone. I think what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna said it right here is we're gonna use it facing this way and we're gonna attempt to go to Facebook live using the mevo camera. So, uh, first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna push him a lower this. And this is another device we're gonna use. Um um we're gonna push the button on top of it, which wakes it up. It is plugged in already. And you see there's a little white ring on it that's going okay, I'm awake now. Find me well, when you mean find me. Well, I'm gonna go to the mevo app on my phone, which is right there. And this is the app right here. The device is switched on, and it knows it. Now it's saying I need to go to my wife, I to connect to the device so it really leads you through this intuitively. And if all goes well, Amy va will pop up right there. See it? Me, bo 71716 We tap on that. Now it's connecting to it. So the phone is talking directly to the camera. Now we're gonna go back to the mevo, and it says I have to update the firmware. All right, well, we're going to do that, then it looks like a quick update, so it's probably gonna reset it, Um, which you know whenever you see a firmware update, usually take it because it means we fixed something or we've modified or we've made it better, right? It's kind of like the $6 Million Man. We have made him better. We can improve him. What you'll love. What you'll discover here with this production tool is this camera was created four live events for more than having one person on screen when there's different activity going on. One of the shortcomings of the live video tools we have is that the pictures always on the same person, unless we're showing something else. It is us talking to the screen with the Mevo. It actually operates where it pretends there's a lot of cameras in there, and it focuses in different places. So, like production, professional production, just like your creative life, they're switching from camera to camera to keep it fresh. Interesting show different things with the Mevo. You can do something very similar when I'm broadcasting live on my on my page. I immediately shared time. Personal page. Do I still get the same reach with both of those. If I'm sorry, if you post it to your it's someone that's posting to their business page and then they immediately share it to their personal page. Are they captive? Capturing both Reach page in their personal page. Facebook doesn't tell us exactly how shared reach works, so but you can't really posted organically in two places at the same time, unless you're using two devices which I have tested, by the way, I've had three of my devices set up, and one of them I had doing the live video to my personal. Another to my fan page, Another two group page. It's really three videos posting natively Teoh each group. If you don't have multiple devices, your only other option is to share from wherever you're posting it to another one of your locations. Whether or not Facebook gives at the same amount of reach really depends on how much interaction and engagement there is on that shared post. Yes, I was wearing. If you could comment on a Facebook live video with the Facebook Life video, you know how you put like comments in in your video. Like if you're looking at a video and he said, Hey, this is great. What says I couldn't actually record myself and comment. You know, YouTube allows you to do that to comment on your own stuff. Oh, not our mountains of someone else's stuff yet. Well, it's great comments. Great. I mean, comments using a video is that? Oh, so I've actually not tested that a lot. You know, a lot of times when people come in, they post links in their own videos and other people's stuff. It kind of feels like you're trying toe commandeer, you know, in grandstand on their page. So there's a certain amount of etiquette to that, and you want to respect other people's space, so I'm not gonna necessarily condone it. I'm also not going to say don't test it. All right, We're going to try one more time to do this. And if their firmware update has actually there it is, say, if your phone were update has actually destroyed the ability to use it, I'm not gonna be happy, all right? It's trying to connect. It is connected, and it should recognize it. Good. Now we click, connect on it, and excellent. That looks really pretty ability there. We have Mevo. Kate, can I recruit you and say, uh, helper here for this? In fact, I think I can open this now that it's out of the way and we need you up here clearly. So stand right over there. And so what we're gonna do now? Well, let's let's stand back a little bit and let's space it out a little bit more because I want to be able to see, even go a little bit that way. The on screen. I want to have a little separation. So as we're talking now, this uses the microphone in the phone, or you can use the microphone that's here in the medieval. Oh, I believe the one in the phone gives you better quality, which is why I own two of the Lava Lear microphones that people can wear. So if I intend toe interview a guest, we could be sitting together, each with a lava Lear that goes into a Y adapter into the phones of both feet and at the same time that we were getting better quality audio. So what I can do here notice on their faces, huh? There's a little blue box it's doing facial recognition. It saying I see a human being there. We might want to focus on them now. I'm not live yet, but I can take this blue box and pinch on it and you'll see over here in the production. See how it's automatically zooms out. See the upper right corner. So this is my studio, and what we're seeing in the upper right corner is what would actually go live. In fact, let's just click and will say Facebook live. We're just gonna take this on the fly and I'm gonna say this. I'm gonna say, Where's my audio? You can't. There's no voice. Others demonstrating the mevo event camera at Creative Live done gonna be two words. Like it or not, mobile data rates apply. Okay, so we're working off of the camera, ladies going step forward, just space yourself a little bit so that we could do the facial recognition. And so ideally, we are on Facebook and it should be pumping to the system right now. And if somebody wants to go to my Facebook channel and check that it should show me in the lower left corner when it goes live, but whether or not it actually does right now isn't the biggest concern. When I want to do is show you some of the features of this. First, I can manually drag around and go other places like this or I can focus here or I can focus here or I can go back that wide. So we are live perfect. Can you? Ah, can we catch that from one of the cameras there to show since I'm not broadcasting, that is the actual broadcast that that is now going live and we become a producer here. So if you've got an event where there's, say, a concert, right and you want to be able to switch from the drummer to the singer to the whole band, right, if there's a play, if there's a ah workshop or a panel happening on stage now, you can use Facebook live. So they're saying no audio, and that might be a function of all the things we have connected here, and that's fine. We're not going to try to resolve that at the moment, but let me show you a few of the features here. This a to bottom shows you the scenes it's automatically picking up on. So all I have to do for the production is tap on one of these, and that is what's actually being broadcast. At that moment. We're switching between the different camera angles that the Mevo thinks it sees. Then some other features we have in the bottom, right? Thes triple dots. Here we can click on this one and tell it toe autopilot. So right now with set to find faces. Okay, it's looking for faces, but I could do live. Follow is Well, so now as im is, we're moving around. You're gonna walk back and forth a little bit. You've done the meat a little bit, noticed it. Hands off. See the red box following it's targeted on her now it just went to full again. It tries to determine intelligently, to switch back and forth and keep it fresh. We're not gonna put you guys out of job, I promise. It's just chose to focus on me now. Yes. Grab your microphone. Heart likes on the metro, so you don't see hearts and likes here. You would have to go on to your Facebook page to see them. But this is this is just 1/3 party tool that is pushing it to Facebook live. Let me. I'm going to switch to the Mirbeau for those of you that are watching now, you should see there's audio meters down there. I can select the IPhone on the Mevo, I think because we've got this plugged into the audio, Jack, it's killing the microphone. But when I switched to the media, you can see the meters bumping on it. So those of you that are watching you should now be able Teoh to see this. So again, we're just pumping third party video directive Facebook the same as we would if we were using the APP. Yes. Exposure. Okay, well, let's take a look here and see some of the things that weaken Dio. So we did that. And right here we have some filters. So if you want to play with it a little bit, we want to go into a black and white vivid or C p a town. Excuse me, because we are, you know, the Old West or something here right where we're So there's that. I don't see that they've got too many tools beyond that. This gives us. I'm assuming full screen of this. Let's a share or air drop of video, and our settings are right here that we can set up which account were streaming to on Facebook live and on Livestream. It's still this is the first generation of it for being a first generation. It's pretty impressive a lot of people like this if you want to do the type of streaming that would have more than one person or some other kinds of activity and wanting more professional production than amigos. A pretty cool way to go. I believe I bought it in pre order. I I think there to 99 there. 3 1990 They were to nine. And then there you go. So if you go to an event, you might be able to save some money, and I thank you both. Give him a hand for helping out here and being track. Yes, you could on your PC, have your Facebook live streaming, so you could, if you were by yourself, have questions. Yes, absolutely. I can pull up my browser and show this stream of my brother. It's just not up right now because we're just showing the interface. Absolutely. I have done it myself and you can watch what you're doing. That way you can see the comments and the likes as they're coming in. And so to end the broadcast. I'm just going to click the, uh Okay, so there's people that are watching down there, and I'd only guys sorry that the audio wasn't working in the beginning. It's because we've got an output Jack plugged in to and it's cutting off the mike. I switched it to them Evo, and it seems to be working. And now it's focusing on Cape over there. Isn't that cool? I just I think it's pretty darn cool. There's actually a Net SD card in the back here. So if I wanted to save it to that and take that video for later and I'm actually going to do that, I'm not gonna keep it in the feed. But they might want some B roll for this production for later. And I'm gonna have that here on the mevo that they can pull from and I'm gonna click done. This comes from weighed in our chat room, and he's asking, do we? Until a broadcast the broadcast allies over, which is usually 15 20 seconds before you shut down. Or will it automatically continue until it ends? I've noticed that a lot of Facebook lives seem to cut off. Rytas, the speaker is saying about That actually does happen. It's an excellent point, Wade. And if I was conscientious about it, which I usually am not, I would wait a few more seconds before ended it. It's not a bad thing, Teoh. Keep in mind, I just always forget to do it. I think very logically broadcast is over. Hit Stop. But there is potentially a lag there. And you might want to wait a few more seconds before you finish it. More proof that I am just not perfect. But I do love this stuff. Okay, so that is the move. Oh, great little gadget. Lots of fun.

Class Description

"Great introductory course to live online broadcasting and the huge opportunities in this space at the moment. Especially useful to anyone interested in using live online broadcasting to market their business. I'm confident and excited to start live broadcasting!"Tracey Lee (CreativeLive Student)

If you are trying to establish yourself online as an expert, authority, author, or thought leader, then building your online community is crucial. Great ideas and even great products are not enough anymore. And it can be intimidating.

How do you stand out? How do you rise to the top and achieve the visibility and success that you know you, your product or brand deserve?

Live video broadcasts can position you as an expert in your field and finally help to get you found in the sea of noise. Joel Comm will break down the process in easy, manageable steps so you can get the most engagement on your videos.

In this class you'll learn how to:

  • Use platforms such as Facebook Live, Periscope, and
  • Storytelling techniques to use in your videos
  • Get the right gear to go live including, cameras, software, and apps
  • Applications and techniques for including guests in your broadcast
With this class you will have all the skills and a plan so you can hit that live button and broadcast to your audience. 


Tracey Lee

Great introductory course to live online broadcasting and the huge opportunities in this space at the moment. Especially useful to anyone interested in using live online broadcasting to market their business. I'm confident and excited to start live broadcasting!

a Creativelive Student

Joel is a great teacher and really walks through everything you need to know about Live Broadcast. This is brand new content, never shared before and it is only going to get more important in the coming years as video gains popularity in the mainstream. Take this course if you are serious about sharing your message by leveraging the power of live broadcasts. He also shares some really neat tools available in the market place such as Crowdcast and Allie Camera.


Joel Comm is the King of live broadcasts on social media. This is a fully packed course of information that will help you get up and running fast. He provides great tips for both intermediate and advanced users too. The 4th segment of this course provides a ton of valuable and time-saving information to help you market your broadcasts and videos. I totally recommend this course, and you can't beat the price.