In this video, I am going to show you how to live stream using Facebook Live from your desktop without any complicated software. Stay tuned.
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Facebook has just begun rolling out the ability for you to start live streaming from your desktop, so you no longer need a smart phone in order to start broadcasting on Facebook Live. So let’s go over to my computer now and I will walk you through exactly what you need to do to get up and streaming.
So in order to access Facebook Live from your desktop without using any software, you need to open up your Facebook page. And if you don’t see the Facebook Live Icon in these little thumb nails here, you may need to click on “see all” and this will bring up the “start a live video” icon.
And you want to click on that and then you want to write down the title of your Facebook live broadcast, so I am going to write “testing Facebook live from the desktop.” You obviously would usually write something a bit more attractive and catchy than that, then click next and you really need to do this on Chrome, I found that it just doesn’t play well with safari or Firefox.
Then you need to allow it to use your camera and microphone and it will usually only ask you to do this once time. So this then brings up a preview of what your Facebook Live is going to look like. Now, by default it will probably use your computer’s webcam, but if you have an external webcam like me, I like to use the Logitech C920 it’s a really good HD cam that gives you a really good quality video.
And I also want to use an external microphone so that it’s not picking up the broadcast from my computer microphone which isn’t great. I’d rather use the condenser microphone that I’ve got here.
So in the top right hand corner you will see a little camera, so click on that, where it says “this page is accessing your camera and microphone continue allowing” just leave that alone you don’t need to click on it and the second one “block” just leave it as it is.
Where it says “microphone” you are able to choose the microphone that you want. So default is typically your computer microphone or your built in microphone which is your computer one. I’ve got my Blue Yeti Pro which is the one that I’m choosing here. And the camera that I want it to use is the webcam so I’ve switched it there and that allows you to choose the camera and microphone that you live stream with and that’s fantastic as opposed to just being stuck with the default settings.
So then I click “finish.” Now, when I click “go live” this will start broadcasting to my Facebook page just like a regular Facebook Live broadcast from my phone. So let’s click go live so you can see what happens. There is a count down and I’m live and I am able to see people pop up and conversations happening on the right hand side. I see the live icon at the top here and hello to anyone whose watching, as you can see there I can write a comment here and respond to people and when people send through their comments I’m able to see them on the right hand side. Whereas on the phone it’s a little bit harder for you to manage and respond on the phone at the same time. So I really like this option that Facebook has to use Facebook Live from your desktop without any additional software.
If you have problems getting this page to load there are a few things that you can do. 1 is to make sure you have Adobe flash installed. 2 is to clear all of your cookies. I find that if you have a dirty cache and cookies sometimes this can cause issues with things. So that helps and 3 is to run it from Chrome, so log into your Facebook page using your credentials but do it from Chrome. It seems to like Chrome better than safari and Firefox.
Once you’ve finished the broadcast you click “finish” and then it will end the broadcast. Then you click done and it will take you back to the page in the video section. If I scroll it will down, I’ll see the video appear in my “all video” section.
If the Facebook Live was just horrible and I want to delete it, as all of my videos I can click on it, and then on the top right hand corner here I can click on these 3 dots and press delete and that will get rid of the video so that it will never have to see the light of day again. So that’s how you access Facebook Live from your desktop.
So there you have it a step by step walk through of how to start streaming on Facebook live via your desktop. If you found this video useful make sure you give me a thumbs up and subscribe to my channel so you can stay updated with what’s working right now to help you get more leads and sales.
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Equipment used in this video:
Camera – Canon 80D
Lens – Canon 18-55 Lens
Microphone Rode Smart Lav+
Microphone adaptor – Rode SC3 3.5mm TRRS to TRS Adaptor
Lighting – Halo Prismatic Ring light
Tripod – Manfrotto Compact Advance
Webcam – Logitech c920
USB microphone – Blue Yeti Pro
This video edited with Screenflow 6 on a Mac
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