Very soon perhaps! Instagram has started testing its Live Producer feature, so users can finally go live on desktop while using streaming software…
You will soon be able to stream live content from desktop via OBS, Streamyard, Streamlabs and other streaming software.
A Meta spokesperson recently announced:
“We are still working on ways to make Instagram Live a meaningful place for shared experiences (…) We are currently testing a way to allow broadcasters to go live using streaming software with a small group of partners. »
You might soon be able to use a stream “key” — a line of program code — to log into Instagram Live’s back-end. You can then run your content capture through your streaming provider of choice which will then feed your IG broadcast.
Until now, creators could only launch an Instagram Live from their smartphone. However, with Instagram Live Producer, streaming on Instagram will work just like on other live streaming platforms, like YouTube and Twitch.
The new feature will even allow creators to use additional external cameras and microphones, as well as add effects like custom graphics, title and end cards, to the stream.
The recommended format for streaming on Instagram
Instagram has outlined the recommended audio and video format requirements for streaming on the platform using the new Live Producer tool.
- audio format (these settings are the default settings for most streaming platforms, including OBS)
- Sampling frequency: 44.1kHz
- Channel Layout: Stereo
- Bit rate: up to 256 Kbps
- video size
- 9×16 aspect ratio (recommended, but not required)
- 720p at 30 fps (Note: 30 fps is recommended, but Live Producer can also support 60 fps if desired. When using 60 fps, the Live Producer preview screen will always show 30 fps)
- Resolution: 720×1280
- Video bitrate range: 2250 to 6000 kbps
- Alternatives (supported, but not recommended): 480p @ 30fps, 360p
To live stream to Instagram from your desktop, you’ll need to download your streaming software of choice.
- Open the software, locate where to enter the streaming URL and key: they will allow you to stream your streaming software directly to Instagram Live.
- Go to Instagram.com and click on “Add message”
- Click on “Live”;
- Then select “Go live” and enter the title of your video. In this option, you can “practice” by yourself or go “public” for your followers.
- Finally, copy the stream key.
Instagram notes that you can view, share, and download your completed broadcast in the live archive. However, you cannot share and download completed live video from Live Archive only if you have enabled it. The live archive is accessible on Instagram mobile from your profile.
Also keep in mind that Live Producer is not yet available to all users, as it is still in the testing phase.