Instagram is testing the new Live Producer a tool that allows broadcasters to live stream from their desktop using streaming software such as OBS, Streamyard and Streamlabs. The Meta-owned company told TechCrunch that the tool is still in testing and not yet fully deployed.
“We’re always working to make Instagram Live a meaningful place to share experiences,” a Meta spokesperson said in an email. “We are currently testing a way to allow broadcasters to go live with streaming software with a small group of partners.”
Instagram says the new integration opens up production features beyond the phone’s traditional camera, including additional cameras, external microphones, and graphics.
In order to use the new tool, you first need to choose which streaming software you will use for your live broadcast. You can start by opening the interface of the streaming software and looking for a place to enter the URL and broadcast key. Instagram says that the broadcast URL and key will allow you to broadcast the streaming software setup directly to Instagram Live. Next, you need to open the desktop version of Instagram, click the “Add Post” button, and select “Live” from the drop-down menu.
You can then enter a title for your live video on the “Go Live” screen and select your audience. If you select “Practice”, your live video will not be broadcast to anyone. If you choose “Public”, you will be streamed to your subscribers like a normal live video. You will then see a screen containing your unique URL and stream key, along with instructions on how to use them.
In the Live Producer viewer on instagram.com, you’ll see a preview of what your broadcast will look like. The Live Producer preview should reflect what you’ve set up in your streaming software.
Instagram notes that if you end your broadcast on the streaming software before you end your Live Producer broadcast, the live video will continue displaying the last frame received from the streaming software. The company recommends that users first end their broadcast in Live Producer before they end their broadcast in streaming software to ensure their live video ends smoothly.
In addition, broadcasters will only be able to view and respond to comments in Live Producer. Other Live features, including Live Rooms, Shopping, Fundraising, Pinning Comments, and Q&A, are not supported by Live Producer. Currently, moderation is also not supported by Live Producer, the company says.
Instagram notes that you can view, share, and download the completed broadcast to Live Archive. However, you can only share and download a finished live video from a live archive if you have it enabled. The live archive can be accessed in the Instagram mobile app from your profile.
The company did not say when it plans to roll out the tool to all users.
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