Facebook Live has been with us for a little while now, but it has been limited by the fact that it has only been possible to broadcast from mobile devices. This changes as Facebook opens up broadcasting to desktop and laptop users too.
To get started on your live broadcast from a computer, click ‘Live Video’ from the top of your News Feed or Timeline, then follow the prompts to add a description and choose your audience.
Go Live with Streaming Software
Facebook also added a new feature that makes it easy to use streaming software or external hardware when going live from a computer (this capability previously was possible only through a Page).
With this update, people can seamlessly share their screens, insert graphics, switch cameras, or use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos.
They also have the option to broadcast to Facebook Groups they belong to, Facebook Events they’re part of, or Facebook Pages they manage.
If you’re a gamer, this new feature makes it easier than ever to stream your PC gameplay to friends and followers and engage with them while you play. If you’re giving your friends or followers a tutorial or how-to guide, you can incorporate on-screen graphics, titles, and overlays.
Or if you’re an artist, you can go live and switch seamlessly between cameras as you narrate the process.