How to Stream IRL to Facebook Live with Restream Studio
IRL (in real life) streaming is becoming ever so popular nowadays, with people being able to live stream to almost any social network with just a click of a button. And if you want to grow your audience with a single stream to multiple platforms, Restream Studio is one of the most popular software services you can use to do that.
If you want to live stream IRL (in real life) on Facebook Live, you can do that either directly from your phone using the native app or you can use a software service like Restream. Read below for a step-by-step guide on IRL live streaming on Facebook using Restream Studio. You will also learn best practices and how to avoid any software or Internet connectivity issues.
IRL Streaming to Facebook Live Using Restream - Requirements
The essential IRL live streaming equipment includes 4 must-have elements:
- the camera(s) - dedicated (like a GoPro, for example), computer webcam(s), your smartphone's camera
- the streaming device - smartphone, laptop, desktop computer
- the software to live stream IRL with - Restream, in this case
- the stable Internet connection - we recommend using an additional smartphone with a cellular data plan. You will be able to use two connections together at once with Speedify to hit your target bitrate and avoid flaky Internet problems.
Depending on what and where you're live streaming IRL to Facebook from, you will need additional accessories, such as external battery packs, dedicated microphone, waterproof case / lenses for the camera, extra lighting, etc.
Step-by-Step Guide on How to Live Stream IRL Using Restream to Facebook
Here's what you need to do in order to start streaming IRL to Facebook with Restream:
STEP 1 - CONNECT ALL AVAILABLE INTERNET SOURCES TO YOUR STREAMING DEVICE
Internet connectivity is what makes or breaks a successful IRL live stream. That's why it's important to get it right and use all available connections at once - it will help you avoid issues if one of your connections becomes unstable or even drops.
So, if you're streaming from your smartphone or tablet:
- connect to a Wi-Fi network or to a Wi-Fi hotspot you create on your second smartphone
- also connect to your own cellular data connection
If you're streaming from your computer, use one or multiple of the following:
- wired Ethernet connection
- Wi-Fi hotspot
- tethered smartphone
- external USB 5G / 4G LTE cellular adapter
STEP 2 - GET STABLE INTERNET BY BONDING YOUR CONNECTIONS WITH SPEEDIFY
If you don't have a Speedify subscription yet, you can get it from our website store, the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
Run Speedify and log into your account. All the active Internet sources you connected at step 1 should be recognized by Speedify. All you have to do now is choose a server to connect to.
STEP 3 - CONFIGURE RESTREAM
Follow the instructions on the Restream website to get started for your IRL streaming session on Facebook Live.
Among other things, you will need to link the Facebook account you want to live stream to with Restream.
STEP 4 - FINAL CHECK, GO LIVE
Before going live with your stream, make sure:
- you are in the Restream Studio in your browser and are able to see the video you want to broadcast in the preview window
- audio is working
- Speedify is running, and it combines the Internet sources you're connected to.
Whenever you're ready, just start the IRL live stream and broadcast to your Facebook audience.
You will get the best Internet connectivity by running Speedify, which prioritizes your IRL live stream over other Internet traffic. Thus, you are avoiding issues such as low quality, choppy and laggy videos, buffering and even disconnects from the streaming server.
Why Include Speedify in Your IRL Live Streaming Tech Stack
Streaming IRL to Facebook Live using Restream should be all about focusing on what you stream. You shouldn't have to worry whether you'll get in an area where your Internet connection will drop. Unfortunately, this is the case for most live streamers out there.
This is where Speedify comes to the rescue. It is the only app that can combine multiple internet sources into one bonded super-connection for more stable and secure live streaming, video calling, online gaming and web browsing.
With Speedify, your IRL live streams will be prioritized over other types of traffic on your streaming device. You can be sure your Facebook Live streams get the bandwidth and stability they need to provide the best video quality even if your computer or phone decides it's time to update its apps or run a backup job.
Now you know how to stream IRL using Restream to Facebook Live successfully! Next steps: put that into practice and ping us on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with your latest IRL streams!