RTMP Syndication through vCloud Syndication allows your broadcasts to be pushed to Facebook or Youtube in addition to the vCloud site. These social media platforms can be a great way of reaching other audiences and allow for your broadcast to be streamed to multiple sites. The addition of these different endpoints requires data to be input on a per broadcast basis. Facebook and Youtube have different procedures, so we have steps for walking you through each. 


FACEBOOK


First, you will need to navigate to Facebook and choose from the "What's on Your Mind" option, as if you were making any other post. Clicking on the three dots will expand your post options and you will see an option that says "Live Video". 


   


You will then be taken to the Live Producer page. On the left hand side of the page in the sidebar you will select the Schedule a Live Video. Facebook requires that the Schedule a Live Video option is at least 10 minutes in the future. 


 


In the right hand side choose the time you wish the broadcast to go live. The broadcast and post will appear on your page at this time, regardless of what is occurring within the actual broadcast. 


Under Getting Started, by default you will likely be on Camera, select that option and from the dropdown select Use Stream Keys. You will also see a preview of what your post will look like. 


Additionally, under settings there is an option to End live video if stream stops option, we would recommend disabling this feature if you anticipate poor internet connection or interruptions. 



Note: Facebook is phasing out, it's older live streaming platform (see below), if your Facebook live-stream settings do not look like those above and look like the image below, you would copy and paste that information in the same manner described below.  



Now on vCloud or within Production Truck, on your broadcast creation page, go down to "Syndication", and click "Add RTMP Push Endpoint". 



You are now presented with two fields on vCloud. Under the URL field you will input the URL that Facebook provides, it is also below for your convenience.  Then under the Stream Name/Key you will input the Stream Key that Facebook provides. 


Facebook URL: rtmps://live-api-s.facebook.com:443/rtmp/


We would recommend setting the Quality Setting in vCloud to 720p specifically for Facebook. 


Below is an example of what that would look like in vCloud.


Note: The URL will always be the same, but the Stream Name/Key is unique per broadcast. 



Once this information is typed in correctly, go to the bottom of the broadcast creation page and click Save


Now when you start your BlueFrame stream in Production Truck, it will begin sending the video stream to Facebook Live at that time that the live-stream is scheduled on Facebook. Additionally, even if you are in Test Mode at the scheduled Facebook time, the broadcast will push this footage to the post. 


Note: After Scheduling the Live Video, a new option will appear in the bottom right hand corner of Facebook, entitled Enable Manual Mode. If you wish to manually push the livestream post within Facebook, you can enable this option.



YouTube


Once you are logged in on Youtube, click on the video camera icon with the plus in the top right. This will generate a drop down menu, where you will then select the "Go Live" option.



You are now in Youtube Studio, you will go to the left center of your screen where you will find two options titled "Stream" and "Manage". Choose "Stream" in order to setup the broadcast on Youtube. 



Once you select Stream, fill in some basic details about your particular broadcast. Your stream will then be created, you will likely then receive a pop-up entitled "Stream Setup Help", we will need this information. 


Once on the "Stream Setup Help" popup, you will want to copy both pieces of information displayed, the Stream Name/Key.




Now on vCloud or within Production Truck, on your broadcast creation page, go down to "Syndication", and click "Add RTMP Push Endpoint". 


Paste the Stream Name/Key from YouTube into Stream Name. The Stream URL will be the Stream URL that Youtube provides, it is also below for your convenience


Youtube URL: rtmp://a.rtmp.youtube.com/live2


Below is an example of what that would look like inputted into vCloud. 


Note: The URL will always be the same, but the Stream Name/Key is unique per broadcast. 



Click Save at the bottom of the broadcast creation page. Now when you start your BlueFrame stream in Production Truck, it will begin sending video data to your YouTube event. You WILL need to manually send the broadcast live from YouTube's end, and click to end it. 


Note: If you make changes to RTMP information during a stream, you will need to stop the stream and restart it in order for the RTMP information to update.