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Streaming to Facebook and YouTube with only a Phone Camera

If you are only streaming to Facebook alone because you don’t have an expensive camera or computer hardware to send out your feed there’s a solution for you.

Many churches have been caught off guard by our current situation and have taken to streaming their services. Many churches have also been simply streaming to Facebook Live because it’s easy to just set up a phone on a tripod and start streaming. If you do this, it’s hard to also stream to YouTube, however I have a solution for you.

This solution will look much like my diagrams seen on the other pages of this blog. You can use a re-streaming server like the one seen here : https://timdrones.com/2020/05/01/simple-re-stream-server-instructions/. This will let you send out your stream to any services you like for Live broadcast.

Instead of just using your Facebook app on your phone to send only to Facebook, you can use an RTMP streamer from either an iPhone or an Android phone. That way you can send that feed to your re-streaming server as seen in the above paragraph and use that to send your feed to Facebook and YouTube both at the same time. You will only need a computer to tell each of them to “go live”.

I have personally tested this method with an iPhone and an Android phone. On the iPhone I have the app called “Broadcaster” and another app “Streamlabs: Stream Live”. On the Android phone I have the app called “Streamlabs”. I use each of these apps to test my streaming servers while I create them.

On “Broadcaster” for the iPhone you can fill in your server information in the middle where it says “Stream host”, you just fill in your server as such: “rtpm://<Your IP of your Server>/live/”, then under that in the part where it says “Stream Key” you put in your made up stream key like you created from the tutorial, in the part where it talks about OBS or hardware encoder. It was “test” in our example on the other page. It doesn’t really matter what your stream key is for your input to the server. Just use something easy and consistent so you can easily refer back to it if you need to.

On Streamlabs for the iPhone you can click on the “Other Platforms link at the very bottom below the options for streaming websites. that is where you’ll put in the custom RTMP setup just like above. You’ll put in the server as such: “rtpm://<Your IP of your Server>/live/”, then under that in the part where it says “Stream Key” you put in your made up stream key like you created from the tutorial.

For Streamlabs for the Android phone you use the little menu lines on the top left, to then choose Settings. In Settings you choose “Streaming platform”, at the very bottom of the list you choose “Custom RTMP server” and you put in the server as such: “rtpm://<Your IP of your Server>/live/”, then under that in the part where it says “Stream Key” you put in your made up stream key like you created from the tutorial.