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Broadcast Live Video from Desktop / Notebook, Access Streaming Software from Facebook Profiles

As of Wednesday, March 22, Facebook now let people around the world broadcast live video from the desktop or laptop computers. “While it’s been possible for people to go live to Facebook from mobile devices since last year, desktop or laptop computers provide a stable camera setup that can be beneficial to many types of Facebook Live broadcasts,” stated team facebook.

To get started with live broadcasting from a computer, just click “Live Video” in the top of the News Feed or Timeline, and then follow the prompts to add a description and choose your audience.

Broadcast Live Videos from PC/Notebook
Broadcast Live Videos from PC/Notebook

In addition, a new feature thatvallow people to use streaming software or external hardware from their Profiles, when going live from a computer is added as well. This capability previously was only possible through a Page.

You can go live with streaming software or external hardware directly from News Feed, your profile, or the direct link here.

With this update in place,”‘people can now seamlessly share screens, insert graphics, switch cameras, or use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos,” facebook said. Additionally, an option to broadcast to Facebook Groups, Facebook Events, or Facebook Pages is also availabe.

For gamers, this feature makes it easier for them to stream PC gameplay to friends and followers and engage with them while play.

Follow these steps to getting started with live streaming on Facebook (verbatim):

Before you can live stream to Facebook, you’ll need to download streaming software.

  1. Go to https://www.facebook.com/live/create.
  2. Click Create Live Stream.
  3. Choose where you want your live stream to appear: your Timeline, a group, an event, a Page you manage or a friend’s Timeline. Click Next.
  4. Copy and paste the server URL and/or stream key into the settings of your streaming software. A preview screen will appear.
  5. Write a description, Video Title and Video Game tag.
  6. Click Go Live.
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