Live Stream to YouTube and Facebook Simultaneously Using Wowza Streaming Cloud

November 5, 2018 by


Simulcasting to multiple platforms is easy with the Wowza Streaming Cloud™ service and the Wowza GoCoder™ mobile app. Get your content to where your viewers are, no matter which social media network they’re viewing it on.

Distributing content to multiple online allows you to reach more — and more targeted — audiences. We designed our Stream Targets functionality to simplify the encoding workflow and optimize network resources.

In this video, Justin will walk you through the basics of simulcasting to several different targets. Make sure you downloaded the free Wowza GoCoder app for iOS or Android before getting started.

Don’t have Wowza Streaming Cloud yet? Start a free trial today so you can easily stream to YouTube and Facebook at the same time.


Full Video Transcript:

Justin Miller: Looking to stream to multiple social media networks at the same time? In this video I’m going to show you how to stream to both YouTube and Facebook using Wowza Streaming Cloud. We’re also going to use Wowza GoCoder, which is an app that’s installed on my phone over here. It is free and available on both IOS and Android.

We’ll start by going into Wowza Streaming Cloud, and under Live Streams we’re going to choose to Add a Live Stream. I’m going to call this stream “Live From Denver,” and I’m going to choose the closest location to me, which is US West. Next, I’m going to choose my encoder, which as I mentioned is Wowza GoCoder. I’m not going to make any other changes. I’m just going to click next through all of the following pages. You can always make changes to these settings later, but I just want to create my live stream.

Once it’s created, I can scroll down and get the connection code. This is the code I am going to use to connect Wowza GoCoder, to Wowza Streaming Cloud. So I’m going to open GoCoder on my iPhone here, and using the cog in the top right-hand corner, I’m going to choose to connect to Wowza Streaming Cloud. Here, I can enter my connection code. Once I’ve done it, I’ll click Done. We’ll get this confirmation. Success! Connection configured successfully.

Now that it’s been configured, we’re also going to go into Wowza Streaming Cloud and I’ll configure YouTube and Facebook as our stream targets. Under Advanced, we can go to Transcoders. Under Transcoders, you’ll see “live from Denver “right there. Just click on it. Over to the right, you’ll see outputs and targets. We are going to use the top one, the pass through to add some stream targets. We’ll start with YouTube, which is basically sending an RTMP stream to YouTube. That means basically you can use any social media network that accepts an RTMP stream, in the exact same way as we’re going to do for YouTube. I’m going to call this “YouTube.” I’m going to, for the provider, choose RTMP. Now, all I need is the primary URL, and the stream name.

To get that information I’m going to go over to YouTube, and I’m going to access creator studio. In creator studio, you’ll find this information right under live streaming. Once you’ve gone into live streaming, and everything’s loaded, you can scroll down and you’ll see the encoder setup information. I’m going to take the server URL, and copy this first over to Wowza Streaming Cloud. Under primary URL, I’m just going to delete that RTMP:// because it’s already here. The stream name is going to be my stream key. I’m going to take this information, and paste this over as well. Now, I will add it in.

Okay, so now we’ve added YouTube as a stream target. The next one we’re going to do is add Facebook Live. Now, Facebook Live is already here ready to go. All I need to do is login to Facebook Live and continue as myself. I’m going to choose to make this public for everyone to see, and I’m going to click okay on this last confirmation. Now that I’ve added it in, I’m going to call it Facebook. I can choose my video destination, which I’m going to use another page. I’ll click Add, and now it’s ready to go.

Now that both of these are ready to go, all we need to do is go back to live streams. I’m going to go into live streams by clicking on Live Streams, and you go to “live from Denver.” Here, I can start the live stream. Now, once I begin, this is when you start accruing charges. Just remember to turn it off when you’re done. If you don’t turn it off, it’s just going to keep running, and continue to transcode. You definitely want to turn it off.

Okay, now this does take a few seconds here. But, once we are ready, we are not actually streaming quite yet live on YouTube or Facebook. We are just, we just started the instance for Wowza Streaming Cloud. Now, all we need to do to go live, is go back over to GoCoder, and hit the red button, and go live. Now the stream’s started, and we’re streaming. Hi everybody. I am now on Facebook and YouTube, but just to verify this we’re going to go over and check it out.

As you can see, our video thumbnail is showing me there, as well as in the inbound statistics. I probably have to go back here to be able to talk more for you guys to see me, but let’s check this out on both YouTube and Facebook now.

I’m going to go over to YouTube, and under YouTube I can see it running right there. If I go over to Facebook as well, I can go over to videos, and there I am live.

Apparently you can even hear me talking. There is definitely a little bit of latency in this process. There’s about a 10-12 second latency. But, that’s pretty much it. Hey, thanks for watching. If you’re interested in trying out our services, please go ahead and just get a trial. All right, my name is Justin Miller from Wowza Media Systems, and you have a great day.


About Traci Ruether

As a Colorado-based B2B tech writer, Traci Ruether serves as Wowza's content marketing manager. Her background is in streaming and network infrastructure. Aside from writing, Traci enjoys cooking, gardening, and spending quality time with her kith and kin. Follow her… View more