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How to Stream Recorded Videos via Facebook Live

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The live streaming industry is started influencing a majority of online platforms either using Meerkat, Periscope or FabebookLive. I’m a real fan of live streaming services and I’m 100% sure it’s going to take over text in a very broad way in near future. So if you are an Internet marketer then you have to take an advantage of it & create strategies to produce best results from same.

I do periscope to tell my stories but I fall in love with FacebookLive. Facebook Live help you to leverage your existing audience, which is best baked-food you can ever get. Recently I observed few of influencers on Facebook Live, going live with their pre-recorded content. Which made me surprised. I did some study and got a lucrative solution. If you want to stream your pre-recorded video content via facebook live, then you can do it in a very simple way and FREE of cost. if you want it quickly then by paying a very nominal price. Follow below guidelines.

stream prerecorded videos facebook live

Tutorial to Stream Pre-recorded video with FacebookLive

Solution 1: Very Easy to Use but cost a Little Money (Recommended for Non-Tech Users & Brands)

We all live in a superfast world where time and resources are very valuable. If you are brand and want to do facebook live activity of existing videos. Then we recommend you to choose this superfast and non-technical way to stream your pre-recorded videos via Facebook live.

Livereacting is one of the useful service available on the Internet which will do everything for you. Livereacting  tool is very handy for:

  1. Social Media Agencies
  2. Online Brands
  3. Internet Influencers

Key Features of Livereacting:

  • Very easy to use (just upload video and click one button to start)
  • Don’t require third-party software (OBS).
  • You don’t need to keep PC running the whole time and your stream will work fine even if your internet connection is bad.
  • You can upload video and schedule specific date to start a live stream

How to use Livereacting service:

  1.  Sign up for Livereacting using your Facebook account & grant access to your profile and pages you manage.  Livereacting-fb-access
  2. Log in to your profile, now you need to purchase 1 credit of just $3.99 to use facebook pre-recorded video template for a single video. Do it according to your requirements as its super cheap !!!
  3. Now choose “Stream pre-recorded video” template.                                                Livereacting-facebook-template
  4. Choose where you want to go live (Profile/Page)with your pre-recorded video. livereacting page access
  5. Before you upload video, you should consider few pre-requisites of Livereacting.
    1. They support only .mp4 files. If you have another file format you can convert it to .mp4 using online converter
    2. Max file size = 1000 MB
    3. Your video must have audio and be longer than 1 minute.
    4. Max length of video 240 minutes/1 credit, if you have a long video you need more credits.
    5. Video contents are liable to follow facebook terms and conditions as Livereacting is just tool to help you out. Your uploaded data is not used by anyone & will get purge from a system after Facebook Live gets over.
  6.  Either choose Facebook Page or Facebook personal profile.                      Livereacting tool facebook
  7. Upload your video and see its preview before posting to  Facebook.FB Live Prerecorded LiveReacting
  8. If everything is OK then simply click on a POST to FACEBOOK to go live. If you are doing it from a page then you can schedule it as per your time. BlogSaays Facebook Live using LiveReacting
  9. After going live you will see “Dashboard to control your LIVE stream” like below. Use it accordingly & enjoy hassle-free FB live.                            Livereacting Fb Live dashboard control
  10. The best part of Livereacting is you can plug your video into their system and enjoy your coffee till it will get over. Their support is very helpful if you face any issue with the live stream.
  11. You can also provide your suggestions for them to see more new features into their web-tool. Livereacting not only provides facebook live solution but also many more tools for internet marketing agencies & brands. We recommended it to all Digital Marketing Agencies.

Solution 2: Complicated to Use but FREE !!!

1. Download OBS Studio according to your OS platform& install it, OBS is Open Broadcaster Software which you need to configure a streaming host on your machine.

2. Get your STREAM KEY  using your Facebook Page, to do it simply navigate.

Your Facebook Page ->Publishing Tools->VideoLibrary->LIVE+

Facebook Live Video Library

3. Keep note of Streamkey and hit Preview, so you will see following OFFLINE screen, keep that tab open. To enable GOLIVE button to stream our pre-recorded video please follow upcoming instructions.

Facebook Live stream Offline

4. Open OBS software, navigate to Settings->Stream->Select “Facebook Live”->Enter StreamKEY you noted in above step.

OSB FacebookStream Setting

5. Now it’s time to select a pre-recorded video in OBS.

Navigate to Sources->Add->VLC Video Source->add a playlist to stream by selecting video files. You can do lots of configurations in config panel like looping videos or playlist etc. That’s it, now you are one click away to stream your selected video.

VLC Source in OSB

6. Now go to the dashboard of OBS and disable “Mic/Aux” to avoid outside distractions when you go live.Only keep VLC source audio in ON state. Hit START STREAMING.

VideoStremingOBS

7. Now navigate to FB page & your will able to see PREVIEW of the stream, Simply hit GO LIVE.

Congratulation !!! you are now live with pre-recorded video 🙂

FacebookLiveBarodCastPreview

FB-LIVE

How to go LIVE in Groups/Own Timeline using Pre-recorded videos:

In above process we go live using facebook page, but what if you want to go live using your personal profile & in groups?

See following interesting method to do it.

1. To do that just navigate to this page https://goo.gl/7l5gyp or https://goo.gl/V1fp6b & enable pop-ups in chrome . Hit green button “CreateLiveVideo

CreateVideoStreamFacebookPage

2. You will get a popup like below screenshot, select the appropriate option to GoLive.

Option to select live broadcast facebook

3. I selected to GoLive in a group.

GoLiveGroup

4. After clicking NEXT you will get same windows like in point 3, now you have to note down StreamKey & have to use it in OBS software as mentioned in 4th point.

5. Now follow all steps from a 5th point and go live either on your timeline, groups or pages.

I hope you will utilize it for a good purpose and deliver very good content to your audience. Please do let me know in comments if you face any kind of issue.

Livereacting

$3.99/Credit
9.6

UI & Navigation

9.5/10

Live Stream Quality

9.9/10

Tools Features

9.6/10

Follow Facebook Live Policies

9.7/10

Support & Help

9.2/10

Pros

  • One Click Go LIVE
  • No Software & tech knowledge Needed
  • Best for Brands & Digital Marketing Agencies
Saurabh
Saurabh Mukhekar is a Tech Blogger from Pune, India. He is also thinker, maker, life long learner, hybrid developer, edupreneur, mover & shaker. He's captain planet of BlogSaays and seemingly best described in rhyme. Follow Him On
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93 Comments
  • Cyril Maithily Gupta May 30,2018 at 9:09 pm

    You could try Livecaster. This is an app on your PC, so you won’t be dependent on a server. It will livecast any video to Facebook or YouTube right from your computer.

    • Saurabh May 31,2018 at 2:38 am

      Sure… you can ping me more details of it

  • Bilal Chaudhry Feb 1,2018 at 2:07 am

    Have you tried onestream.live ? I think its pretty cool.. Dont have to install any software.. previously i was using OBS but onestream is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy easier.

  • Farwina Faroque Nov 11,2017 at 9:44 am

    You’re a life-saver, Saurabh. Thank you so much.

    • Saurabh Nov 13,2017 at 5:21 pm

      Haaa.. that’s crazy. I hope you enjoyed live streaming using pre-recorded video in FB-Live

  • Mike Nikolson Nov 8,2017 at 4:44 pm

    There is an easier way: livereacting.com/stream-pre-recorded-video-facebook-live
    No need OBS or any other software

    • Saurabh Nov 24,2017 at 2:07 am

      Nice to hear, we will include it in our post

  • David Sep 21,2017 at 2:30 am

    This works but when I play it back on facebook later the audio is not there. I have made a video live and need to know what to do to make sure the audio is there. Can you help?

    • Saurabh Sep 23,2017 at 12:09 am

      Hi David,
      Sorry to hear about it, can you please share me FB Live URL? It may be happened due to misconfiguration of VLC source plugin where you muted audio of video stream. This is something new I heard but will surely assist you to solve it.
      Also, give me following info:
      1. Speed of internet
      2. File format you used in VLC source
      3. Do u use any VPN?

  • Nico Aug 19,2017 at 9:14 pm

    My OBS does not have this VLC Video plugin. Where do I get it and how do I get it into OBS?

  • sillyking Jul 15,2017 at 4:22 pm

    Hello
    after going to the link to go live from my timeline, i press the next button, but nothing happens, the next button just turns grey.

    • Saurabh Jul 15,2017 at 11:50 pm

      hey, it’s due to some internet connectivity issue or browser script issue. Please try again using incognito mode

  • Abraham Jul 15,2017 at 5:03 am

    How can you see and respond to comments on the Facebook live while you are streaming pre recorded content?

    • Saurabh Jul 15,2017 at 2:27 pm

      Hi Abraham, you can see it as normal video comments in real Facebook live. Pre-recorded means only your content is not live content otherwise everything is same as you see in real Facebook live.

  • Steve Jun 14,2017 at 3:25 am

    Hi there.
    Thanks for all the information, everything works great.
    But how do i get a pre recorded video to start playing from the beginning once the fb Iive stream is going?
    By the time the stream is active the vlc video is already half way though.

    • Saurabh Jun 17,2017 at 12:45 am

      Thanks, Steve, Here is solution, while adding file to VLC source make sure you have chosen right option https://imgur.com/a/51KCU
      This will help you to do Facebook live streaming w.r.t correct time

  • Giovanni Cerri May 5,2017 at 3:58 am

    Thank you, good tutorial

    • Saurabh May 5,2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks, Giovanni !! LiveStreaming is really important

  • Jeet May 4,2017 at 2:48 pm

    Well, OBS drove me really crazy, so I looked online for alternatives. I found something called Livecaster, so if anyone else has problems. You can check it out 🙂

    • Saurabh May 5,2017 at 2:14 pm

      That’s good to hear Jeet, I heard about Livecaster but didn’t use.

    • JanGi Jun 2,2017 at 5:44 pm

      I have Livecaster and so far am not liking it. I thought it would have the ability to loop the videos, but I see this is not possible. Once the video is over, that is it.
      You can use the scheduler and it will repeat the video in the future, but that is not the same thing as looping.

      Have you found alternate solution to this?
      Thank you.

      • Saurabh Jun 6,2017 at 11:43 pm

        Till now there is no application yet, but soon will have it.I’ll keep you update.

        Have a great day!

  • Joe Hammond May 3,2017 at 9:26 pm

    If i want to upload it ahead of time but have it broadcast at a selected time is that possible?

    • Saurabh May 5,2017 at 2:15 pm

      it’s not possible as frame rate and broadcasting time should be a synch.

  • Andre Mohat Apr 25,2017 at 8:23 pm

    Hi Saurabh I followed your instructions and you did a good work of making it very clear what to do and thank you for that, my one problem is that the live stream is very slow it shows one still frame rather than moving video, I tried different size video the same issue can you help me with this ?

    • Saurabh Apr 30,2017 at 2:34 am

      Hi Andre,
      I suggest to check with your internet connection first and if it still exists. Try to use some VPN service.Many time FB live server may have load from your region, so due to data center occupancy, it may lag. But trying from VPN will help. Let me know if it works for you

      • Andre Mohat May 8,2017 at 1:05 am

        Thank you Saurabh you were right it was internet connection that was slow.. However I want to ask id there a way I can stream from a page I created not (personal page) to group ? as the page and not my personal profile

        • Saurabh May 9,2017 at 12:50 am

          Hi Andre,
          Thats awesome your issue resolved, to go-live using your page simply navigate to https://goo.gl/7l5gyp and select “share on the page you manage” option from a drop down. Its already mentioned in above tutorial how to do facebook live using your page. Hope it’ll help you.

  • Tharun Apr 25,2017 at 2:08 pm

    how to stream with pre recorded video in android

    • Saurabh Apr 30,2017 at 2:39 am

      Tharun sorry to say its still not available & its hard to coz streaming apps consume more memory, processing, and battery. hope to see it near future

  • Jahanzeb Mar 31,2017 at 2:45 pm

    Hi Saurabh , amazing work. It is really helpful. I need help with this though. I am getting “Connecting..” after I click start stream and it is not connecting. Is it due to slow internet connection?

    • Saurabh Mar 31,2017 at 6:41 pm

      Thanks for your kind words,
      Yes it may case due to slow internet or you can use some VPN, may be your IP might get blocked etc.

      let me know if it works for you.

  • Alex Mar 29,2017 at 11:22 pm

    Can you do this so it does it automatically and you don’t have to hit Record or whatever? It would be nice not to have to go back to work at 7 PM just to hit record on a pre-recorded FB live video.

    • Saurabh Mar 29,2017 at 11:37 pm

      Hi Alex, for automation you have to build software in a separate way. It’s very hard to do it from our side.
      You can ask someone ay Upwork.com to do it for you.Let me know if you need any more insights

      • Angela Mooney Apr 27,2017 at 8:51 pm

        Hello did we ever figure out the automation issue? I need to schedule lives everyday and need this automatically

        • Saurabh Apr 30,2017 at 2:31 am

          Hi Angela,

          You have to build a custom application for this as getting API for everyday’s facebook live using robots is not possible as FB kept that api restricted.But yes in near future we may see it. If this happen it will steal BW of FB servers and hence FB live become TV shows.
          I guess this is the reason why FB kept it secretly.

  • Adam Mar 23,2017 at 9:45 pm

    This tutorial was great!

    One question I have is: I am able to create a successful Facebook Live video feed from a premade piece of video content, but the audio for that premade video does not play during the Live event. Any ideas on how to solve this issue?

    • Saurabh Mar 23,2017 at 9:59 pm

      It should not happen. Can you please check with your OBS audio settings and also audio codecs of your system.
      Let me know if you still face this issure

  • Renz Mar 12,2017 at 1:50 pm

    The link is missing. I want to live using my personal account or group. can you please send me the alternative link? thanks a lot.

    • Saurabh Mar 14,2017 at 3:34 pm

      Hi Renz please use this link https://goo.gl/7l5gyp and go live easily. Thanks for informing about it. We just updated link of going live using facebook profile and groups.
      let me know if you face any issue

  • Erik Mar 7,2017 at 5:57 am

    Any way to do this via instragram stories live streaming

    • Saurabh Mar 10,2017 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Eric for Instagram live videos its really hard as their api is having some issue. I’ll check and get back with you if it work

  • Kellylafon Feb 10,2017 at 6:39 am

    Is there a way to control the video? I stream video on Facebook Live using OBS. If there is an issue and I need to unexpectedly start my live stream over can I return to the same location on the video where I left off instead of having to play the video all the way from the beginning again? I can’t find any video controls at all. I was hoping that using VLC would help but I still don’t have any control over the video using that either from what I can tell. The video automatically begins playing when I open the file and I can’t find a way to control where I want it to start play from. If I wanted to play the video at a point near the end of it or any point other than the beginning is that possible ? Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

    • Saurabh Feb 13,2017 at 12:04 am

      Kellylafon there is no facility or controller available in OBS as of now to start it from a specific location. What I suggest, you should trim already broadcasted portion using some video trimmers & save it in new file and start broadcasting it.

  • Jack Feb 8,2017 at 4:20 pm

    Hello,

    I tried to do this but my video doesn’t stream. I go live but it’s just black. Is there certain requirements the video needs to be? I have high speed internet and the video was only 3 minutes long (100mb in size)

    I plan to stream a seamless 1 hour of music in the future. Would you suggest splitting the video up into small videos or can it stream a large video file without problems?

    thanks

    • Saurabh Feb 13,2017 at 12:12 am

      Please check your settings again from OBS, also you don’t need to split files into several parts. Simply push one file. That’s fine

  • Water Feb 5,2017 at 6:57 pm

    great information’s
    thank you very much

    • Saurabh Feb 8,2017 at 2:41 pm

      Thanks Water, I hope it helped you to start live streaming of Pre-recorded videos of video

  • Christine Jan 26,2017 at 9:49 pm

    Hello! First off thank you for your great instructions! 🙂 When I downloaded The Broadcast software on my Mac it didn’t give me the option for VLC Video Source. I have to use Media Source to make it work. My only issue is that the video is not starting from the beginning. Is there a way to fix or control that so that the pre-recorded video doesn’t start a minute in? Thanks!

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2017 at 5:31 pm

      Please check with VLC video source Plugin for OBS . That will nullify your issue

  • David B Jan 20,2017 at 12:41 pm

    Hi Saurabh, how many hours of pre recorded videos can be uploaded ? can i upload 12 hours of pre recored video ?

    • Saurabh Feb 2,2017 at 5:25 pm

      Yes but you have to make it in chops in VLC source

  • Zahoor Gojri Jan 17,2017 at 8:15 pm

    I have done with all your given steps, everything is okay even internet connection too is high speed but at last i recieve an error message after tried more than 10 times. The following error,
    “Could not access the specified channel or stream key, please double check your stream key. If this is correct, there may be a problem connecting to the server”

    • Saurabh Jan 19,2017 at 2:44 pm

      it might be the server issue in your locality, What I suggest you use FREE VPN service like https://www.hotspotshield.com/vpn/vpn-for-windows/ and again try the process. Many people faced this issue and resolved it after using VPN (USA server). I hope it will help you. Let me know if you face any difficulties in this

  • Ali Jan 13,2017 at 7:42 pm

    Hey Saurabh Offline button is constantly their and GOLIVE button isn’t showing what do i do. I need help

    • Saurabh Jan 13,2017 at 7:52 pm

      Make sure u entered correct key inside of OBS software and startedbroadcasting from OBS

  • karan vazirani Jan 10,2017 at 11:57 am

    stop when not visible and start when visible OBS video source.. what does this mean?

    • Saurabh Jan 13,2017 at 7:53 pm

      Hi Karan, can u please tell us in brief what exact issue ur getting?

  • wayne Jan 1,2017 at 10:14 pm

    4. After clicking NEXT you will get same windows like in point 3, now you have to note down StreamKey & have to use it in OBS software as mentioned in 4th point.

    ….this is the part im stuck with… no stream key given after waited for long time clicking the button NEXT…. please advise….

    • Saurabh Jan 1,2017 at 10:30 pm

      Make sure you are not using any unsecured VPN. Because of unsecured VPN or some network issue i.e BLACKLISTED IP FACEBOOK dont allow to take any access their LIVE API. I suggest use some good vpn like these https://www.blogsaays.com/4-free-tools-unblock-block-websites-india/ Tryit again, hope it will fix all your problems

    • wayne Jan 1,2017 at 11:14 pm

      finally, i’ve fixed it… the link u gave was not responsive.. not blockers, just not responsive.. stood long enough to realize it wont work so i make a new one instead plus the manual setting on OBS and now im ready all set to go… cheers…

      • Abdul Rehman Abid Jun 10,2017 at 10:58 pm

        Dear iam still stuck in this part please help me with that

        • Saurabh Jun 11,2017 at 12:52 am

          Hey Abdul, what issue you are facing? Can you please brief me about it.

      • Mysteek Naturals Nov 22,2017 at 11:29 pm

        do you have the updated link?

        • Saurabh Nov 24,2017 at 1:55 am

          updated links to what? Can you please let me know so that I’ll provide it.

      • Andre mcwilliams Nov 30,2017 at 9:50 am

        How did you make a new link ?

        • Saurabh Dec 9,2017 at 10:25 pm

          New link of what? can u please explain in details Andre

  • Jan Willem Paasse Dec 9,2016 at 8:06 pm

    Is it correct that the video already starts playing when it’s uploaded in the OBS playlist? I want the video to start only when I say so, or is that not possible?

    • Saurabh Dec 9,2016 at 8:31 pm

      Please check VISIBILITY BEHAVIOUR option while adding any video in VLC PLAY LIST

  • Prithveen Dec 3,2016 at 2:15 am

    Iam able to do everything.When I play the video in the OBS its perfect but in the preview section and also after I click go live the video lags too much! But when I check the OBS the video is running perfecetly without any lags.
    Help please??

    • Saurabh Dec 9,2016 at 8:16 pm

      Its happening because of slow internet connection or maybe u kept FPS rate higher than it should be

  • donvito Nov 20,2016 at 7:24 am

    I you have problem in windows and if u have x64bit windows download VLC x86 32 bit and OBS no need for plugins

  • Hector Mora Nov 18,2016 at 2:47 am

    I am using a Macbook Pro. When I install the plugin should I be installing the 32 bit or 64 bit? When I try to open the 64 bit, it asks for an app to run the file, what should I select?

    • Saurabh Nov 18,2016 at 2:51 am

      For Mac OS u have to first install VLC n then OBS. Those plugin r for Windows. Please chk above comments for more insights

      • Hector Mora Nov 18,2016 at 2:55 am

        Ok. So I uninstall OBS, then download the VLC File. When I double click the VLC File it prompts me to open it up with an app . . . Which app do I pick since I have not yet downloaded the OBS app?

        • donvito Nov 20,2016 at 7:22 am

          Install vlc 32bit and obs 32 bit no need for files

  • nic Stinson Nov 11,2016 at 4:51 pm

    my “go live” button never turns blue and then i get an error that says the frame rate is too low. help

    • Saurabh Nov 11,2016 at 5:57 pm

      Its due to SLOW INTERNET connection, please check ur connection speed https://www.speedtest.net/ or http://www.fast.com
      Make sure u have default resolution n framerate (30fps) in setting. Let me know if u face any issue while streaming prerecorded videos using facebook live

  • Olson Nov 11,2016 at 3:52 pm

    Hi,
    I am using Mac, and I couldn’t seem to enable VLC source. Please help

    • Saurabh Nov 11,2016 at 4:43 pm

      Download it manually https://goo.gl/CXxGJp and install it on your respective machine. That will help you to get vlc source

      • Olson Nov 11,2016 at 7:16 pm

        I am very new to this, but isn’t that plugin only for windows?

        • Saurabh Nov 11,2016 at 7:18 pm

          Yes its for windows. For Mac u have to install VLC player first to have that VLC Source then OBS software

        • olson Nov 13,2016 at 11:11 am

          Hi Saurabh,
          I have downloaded VLC player on mac, But I still don’t know how to enable that thing, any suggestions?

          • Saurabh Nov 13,2016 at 4:52 pm

            Hi Olson, I suggest to uninstall both software OBS n VLC then again install VLC n then OBS ull get it. For Mac their is no need of plugin as it comes directly. Alternatively u can try this too. go to OBS in Application using finder file explore RightClick->showPackage then Paste ‘VlC-Video’ folder by downloading here “https://goo.gl/MVAD3p” in “Content-Resources-Data-OBSPlugin” and file ‘vlc-video.so’
            in “Content-Resources-OBS-Plugin”

  • Amir Nov 9,2016 at 8:07 am

    Hello Saurabh,

    Is it only acceptable for Page only? How about personal account?

    • Saurabh Nov 10,2016 at 5:58 pm

      You can only get key using Page but you can choose how u have to go live either using ur page or ur porfile. For this please refeer our “How to go LIVE in Groups/Own Timeline using Pre-recorded videos” section. Choose share on ur own timeline. This will help u to solve ur query !

  • krishna mohan Sep 6,2016 at 1:52 pm

    i have tried all the way possible what you said … but we are getting server couldnt connect. we have cross checked the stream key it was perfect. help me in solving it …

    • Saurabh Sep 6,2016 at 4:02 pm

      Ohh ! are you using any VPN or some proxies? You also need high-speed internet too. I just checked it from my end and its working fine from my side, please do check my LIVE Preview screenshot https://imgur.com/a/rJX1Y
      Please share me which OS, Internet connection and configuration of your machine.I will surely try to troubleshoot it.

      • Liza Oct 12,2016 at 10:08 pm

        Hello,

        When I download OBS there is no “VLC Video Source” option. Am I downloading the wrong version? Is there a plugin for this?

        Thanks!

        • Saurabh Oct 15,2016 at 2:40 pm

          Hi Liza if you have VLC already installed then it will show but if it’s not showing then simply download it manually from here https://goo.gl/CXxGJp this will help you to enable VLC source
          Hope this will solve your issue, keep me update if you need any help regarding OBS setup to stream recorded videos using Facebook live stream.

        • Thomas Jefferson Dec 14,2016 at 9:15 pm

          Make sure you have the latest versions of VLC, too. “VLC Video Source” didn’t appear until I updated teh VLC application.

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