Go Live in Less Than Five Minutes
Switchboard Live Team
Switchboard Live Team
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Getting Started with Switchboard Live

Did you know that you already have everything you need to start live streaming? From Fortune 500 companies to public officials to preschool classes, everyone is using live video in today’s world. Whether you want to host a virtual conference, promote your company or share content with your customers, streaming to all of your online channels at once is the best way to connect with huge audiences, even during this restricted time.

With the equipment you already have, a free trial account for Switchboard Cloud and a few easy steps, you can live stream to multiple social media accounts and online channels at the same time. Most streaming services make you choose between going live to Facebook, YouTube and other channels — but Switchboard Cloud allows you to reach all of them at once, saving you time and effort and making sure as many people see your live video as possible.

You Don’t Need a Studio to Live Stream

Odds are, you already have all the equipment you need to start a live broadcast from your living room; you don’t need a production studio, fancy equipment or even a camera. Here’s what you need to start live streaming video:

Getting Started with Switchboard Cloud

When live streaming, everything starts with an encoder — the app or program that sends your video signal to us — and a destination, or the channel you want to stream to, such as YouTube or Facebook Live. To connect your encoder and your destination, we’ll set up what’s called a workflow in the Switchboard Cloud platform. Your workflow dashboard is what you see when you log in.

Since we’re sending a single, outgoing live stream to multiple destinations at once, your workflow will group all of your outgoing destinations together. You can change settings, such as the stream title, on a per-group basis.

Step 1: Connect your encoder to Switchboard Cloud. These steps will help you set up a new encoder workflow in Switchboard Cloud, so you’re ready to go live anytime. In this example, we’ll use OBS for our encoder (the steps are the same, regardless of which encoder you use, but here are some instructions you can follow in case you’re using another one).

First, we need to tell our encoder where to stream to (the Switchboard Cloud platform). We’ll do this by providing the encoder with a URL and a stream key, which is like a password for your live stream. The stream key will be visible already in the workflow panel on the left side of the screen.

To see the URL, we’ll need to first select the server that’s closest to us from the drop-down menu. In our example, that’s “US East 1 (N).” Next, we need to copy the server URL so we can enter that in the OBS platform. This step will connect OBS to Switchboard Cloud.

Open OBS, then click Settings > Stream > Service > Custom. Now you can paste in the server URL. We’ll repeat these steps to add our stream key.

To verify that this has worked, we can start streaming. After a brief delay, you should see your video stream inside the monitor window. If you still can’t see your stream after 30 seconds, double-check your settings, or reach out to our support chat so we can help.

Step 2: Add destinations. Now we’ll add the destinations you want to stream to — Facebook, YouTube Live, LinkedIn Live and any others. To do this, click on the “+” icon next to the social logos at the top of your workflow screen. This is where you can add new destinations or, in the future, reuse ones you created earlier. We want to add a new one, so we’ll click that option.

The next step varies slightly for every destination, but the idea is always the same: You click on the destination, authorize Switchboard Live — and you’re ready to stream. Add as many destinations as you want, and then click “Finish.”

Step 3: Go live. Now is the fun part — simply click on “GO LIVE,” and now you’re streaming live video to all of the destinations you’ve selected at once! In the future, all you’ll need to do is select your destinations and start streaming; there’s no need to connect your phone or computer to Switchboard Cloud again. It’s that easy.

Using simply the phone or computer you already have, even those new to streaming can go live in just a few steps. Sign up for a free trial and start streaming today, or contact us for a free demo to learn more about what Switchboard Cloud can do.

Happy #multistreaming

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