I’m going to show you how you can live stream to multiple places at the same time. Multistreaming across YouTube, Twitch, Facebook, Twitter & more.
A while back I made a post all about how you can live stream music playlists to YouTube just like a radio. But what about if you wanted to stream out to Twitch or Facebook, and maybe even more importantly all of these services – at the same time?
Well, there’s a service you can use called Restream that does just that. In this post/video I’ll be taking you through how I’m planning to stream out music onto multiple platforms using Restream.
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Multistreaming in Restream
Restream in their own words allows you to stream live to 30+ social platforms at once.
Their free plan does have some restrictions such as not being able to stream to Facebook pages or groups, just personal accounts. Also, you do get some branding in your descriptions which is actually not too bad as you can remove it after you’ve started streaming.
To be honest, apart from the Facebook thing, the free plan is perfectly fine for most of my needs.
To get started just head on over to restream.io and sign up.
Once in you’ll be prompted to add some channels so let’s do that now.
We’ll go ahead and add YouTube, Twitch and Periscope via Twitter for now. There’s a good bunch of others you may want to try such as Mixer and DLive and of course Facebook.
Do bear in mind as I said before, you only get to stream to a personal Facebook account, not a page. You can do pages on the paid account but we’re just going to look at the free options in this video.
Each time you click on a channel to add you’ll be prompted to connect to it which will obviously require some login details etc. Once you’ve added all of the channels you want, we’ll go back to the Dashboard area.
The Restream Multistreaming Area
A quick tour of the Multistreaming area then. First, we have the dashboard which lists of all of the platforms we’ve connected along with toggle switches to turn them or off.
If we click on the Titles menu link, we adjust the name for our stream across the board. As I’m planning on doing a stream playing music from my NewPath Records label, I’m going to name it ‘Post-Rock/Ambient/Electronic Music Mix from NewPath Records’.
And lastly, we have the social alerts option where we can set up notifications to go out across Twitter, Discord and Facebook. This will fire as soon as you go live so it’s quite handy, especially when you have a bunch of streams going. We won’t touch this in this example but do keep in it mind if it’s something you’d like to use.
Restream Streaming Settings
On the right we have a preview window of what our stream will look like. Below that, we have our super important streaming settings that you will need to note down for our streaming software later. Remember to never show your stream key to anyone!
The Stream Chat
I’ll just quickly mention the chat option here on the left because it is quite helpful. It may prompt you to download some software, but you can actually just click on the ‘open in browser’ button.
What you have here is a collated chat interface, meaning that wherever anyone messages – whether it be YouTube or twitch etc, it’ll appear here. It makes it super handy if you get a lot of messages from different places, especially as you can reply natively to them too.
You could actually embed this into your video too using the embed link, but I’ll leave that for a future video.
Ok, now let’s go ahead and set up our streaming software so we connect it to restream and get streaming!
Setting Up OBS for Multistreaming
As in the previous video I’m using OBS as the streaming software to set up the music playlist. If you need to know how to set all of this up to do that yourself do go ahead and watch my previous video/post as I explain all of that and more.
So, this time round I’m planning on streaming a music playlist compiled of a bunch of tracks from my newpath records label. It’s all set up apart from one thing. We just need to go in and add our restream url and key.
We’ll just jump into the Settings screen and choose Stream. From the Service dropdown we’ll select Restream.io – RTMP and paste in our stream key. We can then hit OK to return to the main screen.
Let’s Get Multistreaming
All that’s left to do now is hit the the ‘Start Streaming Button’ and we’re off!
Like a lot of these types of tools, I find it useful to store them away for future ideas. I’m definitely thinking of utilizing it for the NewPath Records channel as shown. There’s also my podcast and live music performances too.
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