These days, there are plenty of social media platforms to get exposure for your live video streams. However, sites like Facebook, Youtube, LinkedIn, and Twitch don't let you collect the emails of your attendees, pull them on screen, run paid events, or many of the other brilliant Crowdcast features.

Using our multistream functionality means you can stream your Crowdcast event to multiple sites. You can still ask them to join you in Crowdcast for additional benefits like using the Q&A functionality, joining the chat, and coming up on-screen. By using multistream functionality you can start taking the audience that the social media algorithms own and collect emails to own the relationship between you and your audience.

In this document, we'll explain how multistreaming works, and the information you need to input into your Crowdcast event. Sites like Facebook and LinkedIn often change their "live" set up, so you'll need to follow their instructions to collect the stream keys you'll need.

On the Pro Plan, you can multistream to one location. On the Business Plan, you can multistream to up to three locations.

You can set up your multistreams at the same time as creating your event, or at any point up to before you go live.

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Streaming to Facebook Live

Click on the Facebook button within the multistream section of editing your event, then click Create Live Stream on the popup, and follow the instructions on the Facebook site.

Facebook Live Stream Page

Facebook will provide you with a Server URL and Stream Key as shown below.

The server URL and stream key

Then select the session of your event that you want to stream to Facebook and paste in the Server URL and Stream Key as shown below and hit save. 

GIF of the multistream section of edit event within crowdcast and pasting the server URLs and stream keys

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Streaming to YouTube Live

  1. To stream your Crowdcast event to YouTube Live, first visit your YouTube live video dashboard.

2. Under "Encoder Setup" copy the Server URL and Stream Key.

Encoder setup within YouTube where there is a server URL and stream key

3. In your Crowdcast event Edit options, pick the session you want to stream to Youtube, and paste in the Server URL and Stream Key as shown below and hit save.

The YouTube section within Multistreams on Crowdcast

4. You've now connected your session to YouTube! Now proceed as usual to get ready to go live.

When you're ready to broadcast, hit the "Go Live" button in Crowdcast and in about 15 seconds the YouTube Live Dashboard will start showing your video stream and the status at the top will  switch to "Starting" and then "Live". You're now streaming to YouTube live. When you end the broadcast in Crowdcast, it will automatically end on YouTube.

The Youtube interface when a stream is starting
The Youtube interface when the stream is live

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Streaming to LinkedIn Live

Follow our guide here → 

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Streaming to other live streaming platforms

Crowdcast can stream to other third-party services like Twitch. If the service can provide you with an RTMP endpoint then it may be possible to send your Crowdcast stream there but you would need to test it first. 

To set it up on other platforms, choose the "Custom" option and enter the Server URL and Stream Key they provide. When you go live in Crowdcast, the stream will start sending to the RTMP endpoint. 

The custom stream key option within multistreams on crowdcast

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Streaming to third-party services is in 720p HD (1280 × 720 pixels) for in-browser Crowdcast sessions. If the session is streaming using RTMP Studio, you can stream up to 1080p.


Have questions or suggestions? Email us at [email protected]. Happy Crowdcasting! 🎥

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