As discussed in part 1 of this series, Vbrick makes it easy to bridge the gap between enterprise video platforms and consumer platforms such as YouTube and Facebook Live. This also allows enterprise customers to use professional-grade sources, like video conferencing devices from vendors such as Cisco, to broadcast out to consumer audiences. Watch the live stream here.
Just like YouTube, as of mid-2016, Facebook has made live streaming available to all individual and business account holders. To access the live streaming configuration page in Facebook, go to your page, click Publishing Tools, click Videos, and click the plus box next to Live:
The resulting pop up will have stream publishing information for the live video feed. One very important difference from the YouTube setup described previously is that Facebook’s authentication key is only valid for a period of four hours. As a result, you’ll need to reconfigure the DME each time you host a Facebook live stream.
Similar to the YouTube configuration, you’ll need to transpose the information provided by Facebook to the DME. In this case, the rtmp-api.facebook.com:80 address is our target server, ‘rtmp’ is the name of the application, and the stream key is used in the target name.
Once the stream source is sending video to your DME, navigate to the DME admin page, and go to Output Configuration -> Flash Push.
Populate fields on this page as follows:
After applying your changes, within a few seconds you should see Status=Connected listed on the DME Flash Push page. Once you see this status on the DME, you can click the Preview button in Facebook and see a live preview of your feed.
Click to see a recording of our Facebook live stream from a Vbrick DME and Cisco Telepresence DX70.