How Do I Create a Live Video on Facebook?

By Annaliese Henwood

Facebook is the leader in social media live streaming. You’ll want to join in if you’re trying to attract a larger audience and engage your existing fan base.

Did you hit a roadblock when trying to get started?

This week’s FAQs article will give you a basic overview of the logistical steps you’ll need to take to create a live video in Facebook’s desktop and mobile platforms.

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Creating a Facebook Live Video on Your Computer

For a while there, you could only create live videos on mobile devices, not your computer. Thankfully, that has changed, and you’re now able to record from your desktop or laptop computer. This is especially helpful when you’re recording a virtual interview or trying to record something without a distracting background.

Now for the instructions…

Finding the Live Video Option

Although it depends on what page type you’re working with, you should be able to find the “Start a Live Video” option from the menu at the top of your page. You’ll see a collection of actions Facebook recommends for you, and it’ll be ordered differently for each page type. However, you’re likely to see the option shown prominently in this menu no matter what your page type is.

Allowing All the Permissions

When this is your first time recording a live Facebook video, you’ll need to grant permission for the site to access your webcam and microphone. If you’re using Chrome as your browser, you’ll see a popup appear on the top left of your browser, and you’ll need to select “Allow” to give proceed.

Getting Everything Set Up

Once you’ve granted the necessary permissions, a video preview will appear. You’ll want to do a few quick things to make sure everything is set up as it should be, including:

  1. Write a clear, descriptive message that explains what your video will be about. Most importantly, keep the description focused on the “what’s in it for me” approach where you give viewers a reason to watch.
  2. Make sure you’re sharing from the right source. Facebook allows you to choose from a variety of sources, not just your page, so make sure you have your page selected. If you are an admin for multiple pages, it’s even more critical that you check the source before proceeding.
  3. Check and double check your camera and microphone. Look at your video preview and confirm that it’s how it should be. Test your audio both from the preview and an external source, if available. If you’re using a headset, make sure you don’t have it muted. You’d be surprised how often this mistake is made.

Go live when you’re ready.

Best Practices for Desktop Live Video

Check your lighting and test your sound before going live. If you wait, you’ll have a rush to fix the issue, and you’ll have an audience watching you while you do. When it comes to your video’s sound quality, you don’t want to simply accept the bare minimum. Make sure your audience can not only hear you but also understand every word.

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Source:: Business 2 Community

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