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Zoom gives you the ability to push a live stream of either a Zoom webinar or meeting directly to your Facebook page or group that you're an admin for. This allows you to extend the reach of your worship services, Bible studies, and other virtual events. Participants can join in the primary gathering space of Zoom or watch and comment with others over on Facebook live.
- Zoom settings
- First, over in Zoom, you have to enable Facebook live streaming in your account settings.
- Sign into the Zoom web portal as an administrator with the privileges that come along with that, to edit your account settings.
- Click on the account management button and get into the account settings.
- Toggle the little button that allows you to live stream meetings.
- Allow live stream in the meetings.
- Choose Facebook.
- Click save.
- If you have a Zoom webinar account, you're going to go through the same steps of going into your account management - it just looks slightly different. You'll find a similar menu where you'll also need to toggle the ability to allow the host to live stream webinars to Facebook, and then click save.
- Facebook settings
- You need to be set up as an admin for your page. For this to work, you must specifically be set up at the highest status, which is an admin and no other role.
- Launch the Zoom meeting or webinar.
- In the Zoom control panel, find a little button that says "more" in the control panel, and click on it.
- Click "live on Facebook."
- Whatever browser you have open is going to automatically open a new window and you're going to be prompted to log into Facebook if you're not already logged in. It helps to just go ahead and be signed into your Facebook account before this step.
- You'll be prompted by Facebook asking, where do we want to post this live video?
- If you manage multiple Facebook pages after you select "share on a page you manage," it's going to actually give you the full list of all the different Facebook pages that you manage as an admin. Select your page.
- Click next.
- At this point, it's going to initiate the live stream. This can take an upwards of 15 to 20 seconds to complete, and this is literally initiating that process, that handshake between Zoom and your Facebook page.
- At this next step, it's going to bring you into a preview screen of your live stream, where it's going to give you the opportunity to add a title and a description for your event and also give you the ability, if your church or organization also has a private group, to have it automatically auto-post the live stream to that group as well. There are a lot of other higher-end advanced settings that you can scroll through and review that you could take advantage of.
- Click Live. You'll be automatically redirected, once the process completes, back to your Facebook page, where you'll be able to see that the live stream is running.
- Your live stream will continue until either the end of your Zoom session, or you can manually stop the stream by clicking the stop streaming icon in the Zoom control panel, at the top of the page
Some tips, some best practices, and a little bit of troubleshooting:
- We recommend that you launch your Zoom meetings at least 30 minutes before your event start time. And then immediately begin the process of initiating the Facebook Livestream. Your final Facebook video may end up having too much dead time of nothing happening at the start, but Facebook now allows you to actually edit your videos and you can remove that first 15 to 20 minutes or more that are maybe in there before your prelude or whatever gathering begins.
- After the Facebook stream has begun and you verify that it's working, you can actually go ahead and close that window. You don't need to keep your Facebook page up for the stream to continue working. If you do need to keep it open in order to monitor the chat, I would recommend that you mute the audio. There's approximately a 20 to 30 second delay on average from Zoom streaming to Facebook.
- At the very beginning of your gathering, remind the community that's gathered that you're going to be streaming live to Facebook or recording. The regular attendees probably know that by now, but this is really for those first-time guests who may not know.
- If you run into any problems, stop the stream in Zoom before you try anything else - click on stop or end. Sign out of your Facebook account, close your web browser, then open it back up and then sign back into Facebook and try again. If that doesn't work, the next step would be to open your browser settings and find where it allows you to clear your cache and cookies. Clear those, and then try again. After clearing your cache and cookies, close the browser and then open it back up and try again.