Facebook has become an extremely common platform for hosting live video. Though there are a variety of third-party options for streaming, Facebook makes sense because it’s likely your audience is already familiar with it. Considering all that’s going on right now with the current quarentine, many organizations (especially churches) are relying on live streaming to remain connected with their members. If your organization is not currently live streaming but you’d like to get started, we’ve created an extremely simple guide below. If you’d like to order the equipment listed in this guide and have any additional questions, please utilize the contact form below the guide and we’ll be in touch with you as quickly as possible.

We’re breaking this process down into 3 basic steps.

The first step is to confirm your internet speed is fast enough for a live stream. We have a great article discussing internet speed here, but for now, we’ll stick to some basic information relevant to live streaming your content.

Let’s start by checking your internet speed by clicking here.

Currently, Facebook offers live streaming at up to 720p video quality. Your internet upload speed for a 720p stream should be at least 6mbps. Keep in mind, this is a simple suggestion and not specific but you should feel confident using this as a guide for upload speed.

Once you’ve got your upload speed verified, the next step is to set up your hardware. For this guide, we’re going to recommend using the Roland VR-1HD (Priced at about $1000).

This is an AV mixer made specifically for live streaming. Roland describes this device as a “Plug and Play Broadcast Studio”. It has 3 HDMI inputs with built-in scaling so you’re able to plug in a variety of video sources such as multiple cameras, a computer, a tablet, a smartphone, etc. It has multiple audio inputs including 2 XLR|1/4” TRS combo inputs with intuitive audio faders for mixing so set up for both your audio and video should be simple and should likely work with the equipment you already have.
Regarding equipment, your main camera(s) need to have HDMI output. If you have questions regarding your current cameras or would like pricing for specific cameras, contact us as we’ll make recommendations based on your specific needs and space where you’re streaming.
You’ll simply connect the Roland to the computer used for your Streaming, via USB. Your computer will recognize this device as it would a webcam.

The last step is to get connected to either Facebook to initiate your stream.


This process is very simple. Log into Facebook, make sure you’re on your correct business page, under “Create”, select the “Live” button. On the live stream menu, you’ll want to select the Roland VR1-HD from the dropdown list for both the video input and audio input. Likely, it will not default to this option.

An important aspect you’ll want to keep in mind when streaming is to never stream copyrighted content. This means any music (unless original) should not be included in your stream. Additionally, take some time to create a polished presentation experience for your viewers. Now more than ever, the content available for streaming is vast and widely available. Set your stream apart by making small but intentional decisions in your stream that create a polished professional viewing experience.

If you have any questions or are interested in obtaining a customized solution for you and your orginization, please fill out this form below and we’ll contact you as soon as we can.

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