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Streaming Simultaneously to Facebook and YouTube from TriCaster® Advanced Edition

October 26, 2018 by Chuck Baker


TriCaster® models prior to the TriCaster TC1 have one streaming encoder. However, that single live stream can be directed to more than one receiver on TriCasters running Advanced Edition software. Grant Whitehead of Wallfly Productions recently produced a tutorial demonstrating how to stream simultaneously to Facebook Live and YouTube. Rather than creating a YouTube Live event, this tutorial uses the Stream Now option on YouTube. The production system used is the ultra-portable TriCaster Mini with Advanced Edition.

Since there is only one encoder and stream, when doing your setup you need to set the format of the stream to one that both networks you wish to stream to can support. For this tutorial, Whitehead uses 1280x720 1280k. You will notice that when you start the stream, because of the differences in each network for receiving and processing a stream, one network will start displaying the stream sooner than the other. This is expected. The stream is going simultaneously to both, but they are not going to appear simultaneously and play in sync.

One caveat with respect to YouTube: a recommended best practice is to start live streaming a few minutes before your advertised start time so that you confirm the stream is working and resolve any problems before start time. You must not use the common practice of putting up a static graphic or image during that time, as that is specifically forbidden under YouTube live streaming rules. They want active live content during the entire stream, even a preliminary test period ahead of a scheduled live stream. They test streams to detect static images and text, and ban users for periods of a month or more for having static content for any period of time at the beginning of or during a stream.

Like to learn how to create a YouTube Live event? See this tutorial How to Stream Live to YouTube from TriCaster®

We hope this video has been helpful for you. If you have suggestions for other topics you would like covered in a Facebook Live or 2-Minute Tutorial, or you know of a tutorial using NewTek products that you would recommend we share here, please send us a message. We will see you next time.

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