Time for an update on Facebook Live since there has been a whole heap of changes since our last blog posts Facebook Live Basics back in March!
Don’t forget to go check out that article if you missed out on any of the basics.
In this blog we will go through the latest changes and hacks for the most common asked questions.
Facebook Live from Desktop
Currently Facebook Live is only available through your smartphone however there is already a few 3rd party programs that are helping people integrate Facebook live on their desktop.
As with the 3rd party programs allowing us to Facebook Live from our desktop there has also been the first external live streaming camera launched – MEVO set to be available by July 2016.
I imagine that we will start to see a flood of new cameras on the market soon with the same capabilities as the MEVO.
Downloading Your Live Video from Facebook Page
Downloading videos from your page can be a tad harder to find the option then if you were downloading your video from a group.
- Go to your page
- Select your VIDEO tab (if you can’t see this under your Facebook Page banner select the more tab and you will see video option in there.
- Select the video you want to download and it will open up into a pop up media player.
- Click on the date of the post at the top of the screen this will take you to the direct video URL it will look like https://www.facebook.com/YOURPAGEUSERNAME/videos/1334517723230413/
At the bottom of the video you will now be given the following options.
To download just select Download.
Download Live Video from Facebook Group
To download a Facebook Live video from a Facebook Group that you have gone live in, you need to go to the Photos tab, click on video tab then open up your Facebook Live Video then click Options on the video as per below screenshot.
Which way to hold your smart phone
Facebook Live will automatically make the video a square image, so you can hold your smart phone either normally or on its side and Facebook Live will work, however when held on it’s side it makes it hard to view comments on your phone. A work around for issues with comments is to have another device logged in viewing the Facebook Live so you can read the comments on the 2nd device.
Important Note from T&C
With the ease of live interacting with your friends, family or followers make sure that you still are complying with not only Facebooks Statement of Rights and Responsibilities but also copyright laws, when it comes to content in your Facebook Live Streams – for example – music, videos, performances.
“Please make sure your live video complies with Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities, which applies to all content you upload to or through Facebook. This includes only broadcasting content for which you own and/or control all rights (or have obtained all necessary licenses/permissions to such rights), globally, including rights in any sound recordings or musical compositions included in the video and any performers appearing in it. Make sure to keep the camera on you, and never broadcast the unfolding event, including what is on a stage, field, or any screens” – Read more on the Facebook Live About Page.
Don’t forget after a Facebook Live Stream
Don’t forget to go in and edit your Facebook Live Video once you have completed it.
You can edit the status update – to include more information or to highlight key sections in your Facebook Live.
You can add a video title and video tags to your Facebook Live video.
You can add a call to action button that will appear once someone has watched the recording, great for if you advised people to visit your website or a promotion URL.
You can tag people in the post, and if a Facebook Public Figure who is verified and working with a brand you can add your Brand association.
Check out the Facebook Live website for more information on using Facebook Live.