Create a Wowza ClearCaster Live Stream for Facebook Live

Important: Your Wowza ClearCaster™ device must be registered with Wowza and paired with the Facebook account from which you'll share the live video stream.

This article describes two methods for broadcasting a Wowza ClearCaster live video stream to viewers from your Facebook Timeline, Group, Event, or Page that you manage. It refers to the following controls on the front panel of the ClearCaster device.

A. Power button
B. Network connection status
C. LCD (display)
D. Facebook connection status
E. Video connection status
F. Broadcast status
G. LCD menu controls

The connection status lights on the ClearCaster front panel will illuminate to indicate positive connection status. Do the following to get started:

  1. On the ClearCaster device, press the power button (A), and then verify the Internet connection (B).
  2. Turn on the video source that's connected to the SDI/HDMI input port, and then verify the video connection (E).
  3. Sign in to the Facebook account you'll use for your broadcast at www.facebook.com, and then verify the Facebook connection (D).
  4. Go Live with your broadcast from Wowza (method 1) or Facebook (method 2).

Method 1: Go Live with your broadcast from Wowza

  1. Sign in to the Wowza ClearCaster Admin webpage at clearcaster.wowza.com with your Wowza account.
  2. Click Go Live.
  3. Under Post Location and Privacy, choose where you want the live stream to appear (your Facebook Timeline, a Group, an Event, or a Page you manage). If the location is Timeline, choose the audience (Public, Friends of Friends, All Friends, or Only Me).
    Notes:
    • You can only configure the audience for posts to your Timeline. The audience for a post to a Group or Event  is, by definition, already limited to those who can see the Group or Event.
    • Wowza ClearCaster is configured with a default privacy ceiling of Friends. This is used as the default audience for your posts from Wowza ClearCaster and is the most public audience you can use. If you set a post's audience to a level that's more public than the privacy ceiling, the privacy ceiling audience is used instead.
    • If you choose to post the live stream to a Page, you can click Audience Restrictions to further define your intended audience by gender, age, and location.

     
  4. Click Post Title and Description, and then enter a title and description for the live video stream.
  5. Click Advanced Options, and then select from the following options:
    • If the video source connected to the ClearCaster device will produce 360-degree video, select This live stream is a 360 video. If the 360-video source uses an ultra wide-angle (fisheye) lens, be sure to select This live stream is single fisheye.
    • If you choose to post the live stream to a Page and the broadcast will have an unlimited duration, select Publish this as a continuous live video. This prevents the live stream from being recorded to a file for viewing later. (Note: When you select this option, notifications aren't sent to followers and video insights for peak concurrent viewers aren't collected.)
    • If you choose to post the live stream to a Page and you want the post that contains the video to be deleted immediately after the broadcast ends, select Unpublish after live video ends.
    • If you want to embed the video into your own webpages, select Allow embedding. After the stream is created, a Video Embed Code window is displayed with the embed code inside an <iframe> tag.
  6. Click Preview to connect the live stream to the Facebook Live API and preview the video.

    You can also preview the video in the Talent View monitor connected to the ClearCaster. It may take a few seconds before the preview video is created.
  7. Click Go Live to start the live stream.

    After you Go Live, you can verify the broadcast connection status (F) on the ClearCaster device front panel.
  8. After the live event is finished, click Stop to finish the broadcast.

Method 2: Go Live with your broadcast from Facebook

Video tutorial: Go Live from Facebook

Go Live from Facebook

  1. Go to facebook.com/live/create.
    Note: If you're signed in to your Wowza account at clearcaster.wowza.com, you can click the link to start the broadcast setup from Facebook instead.
  2. Click Create Live Stream.
  3. On the Post tab, choose where you want the broadcast to appear: your Timeline, a Group, an Event, or a Page you manage.
    If you chose to post the live stream to your Timeline, you can choose the audience: Public, All Friends, All Friends (with exceptions), Specific Friends, Only Me, or Custom.
  4. Select the option to use a Paired Encoder.
    Then on the Settings tab, in the Paired Encoders list, select the ClearCaster device that you'll use to deliver the live streasm.
    After you select the ClearCaster in the Paired Encoders list, you can preview the video in the Talent View monitor connected to the ClearCaster or on the Facebook Live webpage. It may take a few seconds before the preview video is created.
  5. When you're ready, click Go Live to start the live stream.
    After you Go Live, you can verify the broadcast connection status (F) on the ClearCaster device front panel.
  6. After the live event is finished, finish the live stream.

Notes:

  • Your viewers can send comments, emojis, and reactions during the broadcast. You can view this information in the Talent View monitor connected to the ClearCaster but you can only respond to your viewers from the Facebook Live streaming broadcast page.
  • For details about the statistics that are available during the broadcast, see How to monitor Wowza ClearCaster live stream health.

More resources

How to change and view Wowza ClearCaster live stream audio level

How to create a Wowza ClearCaster square video stream for Facebook Live mobile feeds

How to stream Wowza ClearCaster high-motion video


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