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How to embed and host a Facebook livestream on Givebutter
How to embed and host a Facebook livestream on Givebutter

Information on using Facebook as your platform for hosting a livestream on Givebutter.

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Written by Liran Cohen
Updated over a week ago

Livestream from Facebook directly to Givebutter

Visit the Facebook Live Page to learn how to create a Livestream on Facebook.

Once you have created your Livestream and have a sharing link:

Add your Facebook Livestream URL to your campaign

  • In your Givebutter dashboard, click on the campaign you want, and then on the Event tab.

  • Scroll down to the Livestream section.

  • Click Livestream on Givebutter.

  • Select Facebook for the Video Platform.

  • Paste your Video URL

  • Choose whether to Manually control or Schedule when your livestream will show.

livestream fields in Givebutter

When you go live on Givebutter while your Facebook stream is live, you will see your livestream playing on the campaign page.

Using Facebook Premiere

Facebook Premiere is a popular option for organizations with entirely pre-recorded videos.

Facebook Premiere allows users to schedule and debut videos as Live moments. A Premiere gives the illusion of a broadcast, and after the stream is complete, the video will be saved on your Givebutter campaign automatically, for a playback opportunity (when the livestream end time is left empty).

โœ… Pro Tip: Premieres have to be scheduled at least 10 minutes in advance. You won't be able to launch a Premiere immediately, so be sure to plan. Facebook pages can schedule more than one Premiere for the same time.

Regarding notifications to your Facebook Page subscribers, viewers can click a button to subscribe to notifications on your Premiere. Subscribers receive their first notification 20 minutes before your Premiere begins.

Note: Givebutter does not send notifications regarding live events.

Step-by-step directions to schedule and embed a Facebook Premiere

๐Ÿ‘‰ Note: Facebook Creator Studio is being replaced by Meta Business Suite

  1. Navigate to the Facebook Creator Studio and click Create post from the Page you want your Premiere to broadcast from.

  2. Click Upload Video / Upload Multiple Video.

  3. Select the video(s) you wish to Premiere.

  4. Complete the steps of adding a title and description, click Next.

  5. Click Publishing Options, Select Premiere.

  6. Fill out the fields for Premiere Start Time.

  7. Click Schedule Premiere.

  8. Great, now you wait as the video buffers. Facebook will notify you when the process is complete.

  9. Navigate to the Facebook Creator Studio.

  10. Copy the Live Video URL and paste it into your Givebutter Dashboard.

Pro Tip: Facebook recommends that once your Premiere is scheduled, do not edit the file. If you need to swap in an updated or fixed video, do so at least one hour in advance.

Scheduling a live video will not generate a Live Video URL

Unfortunately, scheduling a live video with Facebook will not provide you with a Live Video URL until you actually go live. Because of this, you may:

  1. Schedule Facebook to go "live" 30-60 minutes before your event's start time, and display a placeholder image until the event begins. Once that Facebook live stream begins, you'll be able to take the link and add it to Givebutter using the above instructions ("Using Facebook Live") in the time immediately prior to your event starting.

  2. Simply wait until the scheduled time to go live and paste the Live Video URL into Givebutter immediately upon doing so.

If you'd like to test the ability to stream from Facebook, you can duplicate your campaign, make sure it is unpublished, and attempt the process there.

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