There are two ways to simulcast your event from Vimeo to Facebook. With both methods, you will need to be able to log into the Facebook account that is either the owner or administrator of the desired profile or page.
Note: If you want to stream to a Facebook group, you will need to use the RTMP method.
To connect your Facebook account to Vimeo, create your live event, then go to the Destinations tab. Click Connect next to Facebook and you will be brought to Facebook’s site to authenticate the Vimeo app.
- If you’d like, you can click the "Review the info you provide" link to see what information you’ll be passing along to Vimeo, and then hit Continue. If your Facebook account does not automatically appear, make sure to log in to the Facebook account in the same web browser, then go back to your live event settings and click Connect again.
- Next, you’ll need to choose the default privacy for the live events Vimeo posts to Facebook (Public, Friends, or Just Me). These privacy settings only affect your stream when it is sent to Facebook, and do not change the settings on Vimeo.
- Clicking OK in the modal will take you back to the Destinations tab in your live event settings page on Vimeo. At this point, you can click the Add button to make Facebook a destination for your stream when it goes live.
- In the modal that pops up, select the Facebook destination you wish to simulcast to and you can adjust Facebook’s privacy setting, and then click Save.
Now you are all set to simulcast your stream to Facebook. You can simulcast to your Facebook Profile or any page of which you are an Admin, up to five destinations at once.
When you’re ready, follow the regular workflow to go live on Vimeo; it will automatically simulcast to Facebook. Remember that your encoder settings should include the RTMP URL and Stream Key from Vimeo, not Facebook.
Another way to simulcast from Vimeo to Facebook is to get the RTMP credentials from your desired Facebook destination and input them into your Vimeo event's Destinations setting.
Navigate to the desired streaming destination (e.g. your business's Facebook page). In the Create area, click Live.
You will be taken to Facebook's live producer portal with a preview player that says "Waiting for live video."
Scroll down below the player. Make sure under "Get Started" that the dropdown menu is set to Use Stream Keys. You will find the RTMP URL and Stream Key for this destination. (Note: Your video preview is still visible in the bottom right corner.)
There are additional settings you can configure for your stream, your viewers, and commenting on Facebook; you can find these below the Get Started section. Note that these settings only impact Facebook and do not impact the stream or player on Vimeo.
Some settings to highlight are:
- Persistent Stream Key: Do you plan on going live multiple times with consecutive posts? Persistent Stream Key allows you to use the same stream key as often as needed. If this is disabled, you will need to generate a new stream key with every new post.
- Say something about this live video…: On the right side, you will see the body of the post. This is the messaging that will appear in the Facebook post. Here is where you can promote the event, tag other accounts, and add hashtags.
- Title: This is used to identify the on-demand video after the live video has ended.
On Vimeo, create your event and on the Settings page, select the Destinations tab. Next to RTMP, click Add.
An RTMP streaming settings modal will open on Vimeo. Copy and paste the RTMP URL and Stream key from Facebook into the corresponding fields on Vimeo. You also need to give this destination a Title (e.g. "Facebook page"); this serves as a descriptive label. Then click Save.
Configure your event settings for Vimeo as you normally would. When you're ready, go live to Vimeo from your encoder.
Once you are streaming from your encoder, you will start to receive live video and audio on Facebook. Confirm that the video and audio are correct and in-sync. You can then click Go Live on Facebook. When doing so, a live video post is created, pushed to the desired audience, and followers will be notified that you are live.
To end the stream, stop it on Facebook first by clicking the red End live video button in the lower-left corner of the Producer portal. This will end the stream on Facebook and post it as a video. You can then end the stream on Vimeo.