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It’s easier than you think! Everyone always wants to know how to Live Stream on Facebook with DSLR. By the end of this post, you’ll be ready to go.

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You may need a capture card if you don’t already have one. The cheapest and best way I’ve found is with the El Gato CamLink. CLICK ON THE SHOPPING TAG ON PICTURE TO VIEW ONLINE!

   

(See below for continued Instructions) It’s a Plug & Play HDMI/USB capture card that works GREAT for Live Streaming to almost any platform. Once you have your Cam Link you’ll want to download OBS: Open Broadcast Studio Download | Open Broadcaster Software *PRO TIP* When live streaming, remember to be authentic. That’s not to say that you have to be personal. Maybe your page isn’t personal at all. Maybe it’s specifically comedy or everything anyone ever wanted to know about cats. Just be true to your focus. If you know me, you know that I always try to weave in some life lessons whereever they fit.

 

    Check out one of my most popular posts: 7 Great Life Lessons and Oprah Agrees    

 

    Once you download OBS, you’ll open it up. There is a slight learning curve with OBS, but you’ll get it quickly! On the left bottom corner, you’ll see plus and minus signs. You’ll use these to either add or remove scenes from your stream setup. You may only have one scene, your camera’s view. Now, I like to get a little fancy with my live streams, so I use several scenes. Don’t worry about the scene names that you see below. You can name each scene whatever you want.    

 

 

I film myself in front of any green screen and use an image as a scene source. To remove the green screen, follow this example. For each scene, you’ll also need to set up your sources in the small window directly to the right of scenes. I like to set up the main scene and then modify it. You’ll notice in my “GGB” (as I named it, Golden Gate Bridge) scene below I had connected a Mic, added a logo overlay, my camera (Video Capture Device, connected to the camera) and my background image.

         

Note, that in the screenshot below I was not yet in front of my camera so I’m not visible. If I moved in front of my camera I’d be in front of all the before mentioned items. Now, to remove that green screen, right-click on the scene. Then click on filters. Then click the + button on the bottom left of the pop-up screen. Click Chroma Key. Now you’ve removed your green (or blue) screen from your background and can use any image instead.


 

Now that you know what hardware and software to use, and have an idea of how to set up your stream, it’s time to go live! Head over to https://www.facebook.com/live/createFollow the instructions on the screen.

When you get to the part where Facebook gives you your Live Stream Key you’ll copy and paste that into your OBS software. Be sure to keep your key information safe and private. Do not give this to anyone you don’t want streaming from your page. On the right bottom corner of your OBS software, you’ll see the controls window. Click on settings.

 

 

Now you know how to Live Stream on Facebook with DSLR!

Choose your service in the stream tab (Facebook), add your key, leave Server as default and click ok. Now, back in the control window, click start streaming! You’re all set. See, wasn’t that easy? If you found this helpful, don’t forget to share. If you read through this and found yourself wondering how you’d switch from scene to scene without fumbling around during your live stream, here’s a bonus! Adding the El Gato STREAM DECK to this setup you customize up to 15 buttons to be used as you need them. You could set up different scenes, transitions, backgrounds, etc. I absolutely love my Stream Deck. It was one of my favorite tech purchases. View it online HERE or click on the picture!

How often do you live stream on Facebook? Share in the comments!