You’re doing meetings regularly, and you’re now a pro. You might be thinking, “Is it possible to stream Zoom to Facebook Live? And maybe even on YouTube? The answer is, “Yes, of course!” Streaming Zoom meetings–those that can be enjoyed by public viewers–is an efficient way to start getting data about Facebook Live.
In this article, you will learn about:
- Connecting Zoom to Facebook Live
- Streaming Zoom to YouTube
- Streaming to Facebook Live and YouTube at the Same Time
How to Share Zoom on Facebook
Connecting Zoom to Facebook Live requires a Pro, Business, Education, or Enterprise account. You also need to have the webinar app installed in the host’s account. Lastly, make sure that the “livestreaming to Facebook” feature is enabled in your Zoom account. For more details on how to do this, follow the instructions here.
Here’s how to Connect Zoom to Facebook Live:
- Once you’ve started your meeting or webinar, click on More in the Controls bar.
- Click on the Live on Facebook button. A pop up will appear for you to log in to Facebook.
- Choose what group or page you would like to livestream to, then click Next.
- You can start your webinar once Zoom notifies you that you’re already live on Facebook.
- The live will end when you stop your Zoom meeting. You can also end it manually by clicking on Stop Streaming in Zoom.
How to Go Live on YouTube with Zoom
To go live on YouTube from Zoom, you need to enable the streaming to YouTube as shown in the previous section for Facebook. You also need a verified account to be able to livestream on the platform. Here’s a detailed tutorial on how to verify your YouTube account.
When you’re all set, you can stream your Zoom session to YouTube Live. Follow the instructions below:
- Start a Zoom meeting or webinar, then click on More in the Control bar.
- Choose Live on YouTube from the options, then you will be prompted to log in to your YouTube account.
- Once you authenticate your channel with your registered Google account, you will be prompted to input your live stream title and your broadcast’s privacy settings.
- Public – anyone can view the live.
- Unlisted – no one will be able to search for the video except the people you share the link to.
- Private – the live will be searchable but will only be viewable for people you share the link to.
- After clicking on Go Live!, you will see a progress bar to indicate the linking of your Zoom session to YouTube. Begin your webinar once Zoom notifies you that the session is already live on YouTube.
- The stream automatically ends when you end the Zoom session. You may also end it manually by clicking on More then Stop Live Stream in the controls bar.
How to Stream Zoom to Facebook Live and YouTube at the Same Time
Based on the previous sections, you can stream your Zoom webinar to Facebook and YouTube. However, you can’t stream to both at the same time natively! This means you need to use a third-party tool to go live on both platforms from Zoom.
Set up a third-party tool that can go live to other platforms simultaneously using the RTMP URL, stream key, and YouTube URL. It’s a complicated process that may require a longer time to understand and set up.
Livestreaming to Facebook and YouTube Simultaneously with BeLive
If you’re not too confident in simulcasting your webinar to multiple platforms through Zoom, there is another way to stream your webinar. You can air your show to both Facebook and YouTube at the same time using BeLive. And it has a shorter learning curve!
To go live on the two sites using BeLive, follow the steps below:
- Sign in to BeLive. Then in the studio, choose the Facebook page or group as one destination and your YouTube channel as another.
- If you plan to schedule your stream ahead of time, turn on the Schedule Stream toggle and choose the date and time.
- For YouTube, set the privacy settings.
- Upload a photo featured image.
- Update your show’s title and description.
- Click on Save.
- Once you’re ready, click on the Start button to start livestreaming to both platforms.
Wondering when you can use Zoom or BeLive for your content? Check out this comparative post on the two tools. Sign up for a BeLive account and start going live on Facebook and YouTube at the same time.
Send the Guest Link to your guests for them to join you before and even during the show. Watch this tutorial clip on how to simulcast your stream to both Facebook and YouTube.
Pros of Connecting Zoom to Facebook Live
You don’t have to create new content for Facebook and YouTube. If you already have great Zoom meetings, it’s the best way to test if your existing webinar or meeting can be consumed by an outside audience. You’ll potentially reach new audiences and get more brand recognition.
Cons of “Zoom of Streaming”
However, “Zoom streaming” isn’t naturally built for a Facebook Live. There is little room for customization and branding. Plus, if you’re more advanced and want to stream to Facebook and YouTube at the same time, it currently doesn’t have that capability. Once you’ve decided to create a specific show for Facebook and/or YouTube, tools like BeLive makes it easy with more branding and repurposing options.
Pam Amantiad is a Content Writer in BeLive’s Marketing Team. With a degree in Creative Writing, she has nearly a decade of experience in digital marketing, particularly in content creation as a copywriter and a freelance blog writer. Not contented with producing written outputs, she dove into the world of live video marketing in 2019 and hasn’t left since.