Stream a Multi-Camera Production to Facebook Live

January 25, 2019 by


Looking to stream a live multi-camera production to Facebook Live? Do so reliably and in high quality by using the Wowza ClearCaster™ appliance, the AJA Io 4K Plus, and a MacBook Pro with Wirecast Pro.

In a world saturated with video content, a single smartphone camera setup fails to impress. Improve the quality of your live videos by combining multiple camera angles.

In this video, Justin walks you through broadcasting professional live videos to Facebook in a snap.

Full Video Transcript:

Justin Miller:

Let’s look at how to do a live three-camera production directly to Facebook Live using Wowza ClearCaster, the AJA Io 4K Plus, and a MacBook Pro with Wirecast Pro installed. In fact, I am using all of this right now in order to record through Wirecast Pro. I have my three cameras set up so I can go to camera two, which is how everything is connected here, and then jump to camera three.

Now, I am going to start by showing you all the connections for the hardware. Then we’re going to look at all the settings on the computer. And finally, we are going to stream live to Facebook.

So, let’s first start by going to take a look at what is connected to the AJA Io 4K Plus and the Wowza ClearCaster. Camera one, camera two, camera three are set up here on these channels: channel one, channel two, and channel three, via SDI. We have channel four via SDI outputting to the input for Wowza ClearCaster, and we also have a Thunderbolt 3 connected directly to the MacBook Pro.

If you look at Wowza ClearCaster, you’ll see we have an HDMI connection that’s going to the monitor behind me so I can see comments and previews, and I also have my Ethernet connection so we can go out to Facebook Live.

Now if we jump back over to my computer, I’ll switch over to the AJA multichannel config and we’ll see that we have channel one, channel two, and channel three connected via SDI to cameras. These cameras are sending a 1080p 30 frame-per-second signal. And channel four is set as an output, and that output format is 1080p 30 frames per second. And we currently have 4K options disabled.

If I jump then over to Wirecast, you can see everything is running here — Hey everybody. This is camera three.

Everything has already been set up, but if I wanted to add these again, I’d click on the plus, and you can see under Video Capture the AJA Wirecast multi-input for channel one, channel two, channel three.

And then if I go to the top, we can see under output IO 4K Plus channel four is set for the output. That’s currently sending out at 1080p 30 frames per second.

Okay, now that we know all of this is working, set up, and as you can see, I am even at the top recording there, we’re going to go and now send this out to Facebook.

So, I’m going to go to my browser, and under my browser you can see that my ClearCaster is called ‘Production Hub Nine.’ It’s paired with my account already. All I need to do is set up for broadcast. So, under Broadcasts, I’m going to choose to Create Broadcast. I’m going to choose to share on my ‘Eighteen Frames’ page, which I manage. I’ll click create. And then on the next page, I’ll need to verify which ClearCaster I’m using, which again is ‘Production Hub Nine.’

Now I could add a title. I could add a description. I’m not going to worry about that right now. I’m just waiting for my preview to be seen here, and then I will go live right away. Once it’s live, I’m also going to show you it behind me so you can see the countdown. And here we’re live so I’ll click Go Live, jump over to Wirecast, send it to the countdown, and there you saw the countdown behind me.

I would love for you to see the comments right here, so what we’re going to do is we are going to and jump back to my screen, and I’m gonna go under Chrome, and as you can see, I can choose here to View on Facebook, which pops me over. It’s not actually playing here because that would be using a lot of bandwidth, but I can go over here … Uh, I can choose to play, of course, if I want to but I’m not going to because I just want to write the comments. I’m going to say, “Hi. How’s it going?” And then I am going to jump back to Wirecast so you can see what’s behind me. And as you can see, there it is for the comments.

Alright. Well that’s all I got for you today. One thing I want to remind you is when you’re done with your broadcast, you definitely want to go back to and choose to End Broadcast.

Alright. That’s it for me. Happy streaming.

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 content delivery. In addition to writing, Traci enjoys cooking, reading, gardening, and spending quality time with her fur babies. Follow… View more