How To Broadcast Facebook Live Video to Profiles, Pages, Groups
By Mike Allton
It was, perhaps, inevitable that Facebook live video would be supported across the board. Whether you want to go live to your personal profile, Facebook Page, or to a Facebook Group, you can (or will be able to soon).
While the capability and certain features are being rolled out (so don’t be alarmed if you’re missing some of these), I thought it would be a good time to start noting how and where you can begin a live video broadcast.
For those of you wondering, “How do I broadcast live video from my Facebook profile or Facebook Page or Facebook Group?” – this article is for you.
To Facebook Profiles
Currently, initiating a live video broadcast from your smartphone to your Facebook personal profile is perhaps the easiest of the methods. Simply open your Facebook app and look for the “Live” icon just below the status update field.
When you tap it, you’ll have an opportunity to type in a description for your broadcast, as well as tag others, change the audience, or set a location. And of course you’ll see yourself as you will appear to your viewers so you can make sure that the video quality is acceptable before you begin.
PRO TIP: Avoid extended mobile broadcasts off WiFi as they’ll consume a lot of your data plan (not to mention battery life).
Facebook is currently rolling out “Split Screen broadcasts” where you and one other user are able to broadcast simultaneously. If you initiate your broadcast in landscape (sideways) and are able to invite someone else into the broadcast, the video will appear as two squares side-by-side. If you initiate your broadcast in portrait, the invited guest will appear inset like a picture-in-picture.
Jeff Sieh broadcasting with Peg Fitzpatrick and myself about how busineses can use Facebook Live’s split screen video.
To start a broadcast to your profile from desktop, simply go to your profile and click on Live Video.
Type in a meaningful description, as well as review your audience setting. You can tag other people, check in, or even add what you’re feeling.
To Facebook Pages
To broadcast live video to your Facebook Page, you currently have two options (or will, once it’s released to your account).
First, using the Facebook app, tap the hamburger Go to the full article.