Facebook testing ability to go live from its Camera screen

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Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/04/facebook-tests-going-live-from-facebook-camera-live-stories-like-instagram/

A new way to “go live” on Facebook could soon become a reality for all. The new feature, which is still being tested by a handful of users on the social media website according to TechCrunch, will enable you to start a live video broadcast via Facebook’s Camera scree.

The new feature will appear within the Facebook Camera screen along with other options, including ability to create s GIF or use Facebook Live Audio.

On the Live tab, you can tap on an icon of a video camera to live stream video or tap on a microphone icon if you want to stream audio. With the new feature also comes an option to go live in your Facebook Story while also being able to post. From the dropdown menu, you can easily choose your audience for live recording.

Facebook started offering PC game and desktop livestreaming since March. Users are now able to go Live directly from Facebook’s desktop website. This can be done via webcam, professional equipment, and software connected to desktop. Users are now able to broadcast gameplay from your computer.

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Credit: https://techcrunch.com/2017/08/04/facebook-tests-going-live-from-facebook-camera-live-stories-like-instagram/

Prior to this announcement, the social media company only allowed Pages to stream from their desktop. As a matter of fact, Facebook only had limited gameplay streaming partnerships with Blizzard and a couple of other companies.

To get started, click “Live Video” from atop your Facebook News Feed or Timeline when you want to broadcast live from your desktop. Follow the prompts to add a description and choose your audience. It’s that easy, and you can start right away if the new feature has shown up on your Facebook News Feed or Timeline, or else, you may have to wait for a couple of days to start using the new feature.

The company also added a new feature that makes it easy to use streaming software or external hardware when you want to go live from your desktop. Recall that this feature was only available to Page owners in the past, but is now being extended to Profiles. That means you will be able to stream via software or external hardware through your Profile.

You can now seamlessly share your screens, insert graphics, switch cameras, or even use professional equipment in Facebook Live videos. Want to broadcast to your Facebook Group or Facebook Events or Pages? The update gives you the opportunity to do just that.

The social media behemoth is currently testing a desktop version of Stories. This development indicates that the feature is ticking all the boxes as Facebook expected, and adding a desktop version is the next step in the company’s plan.

The new test being carried out by the social media giant according to TechCrunch, is placed at the right side. This, according to the report, is intended to make it less intrusive. It has a small question mark icon in the Stories module.

Photos still won’t last beyond the 24-hour period, which by the way is what is obtainable with the mobile version. After the 24-hour period, any photo or video posted in your stories will disappear.


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Author: Ola Ric

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