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How to live stream from your GoPro

by GoPro on ‎10-01-2019 12:09 AM - edited yesterday
Share your story as you live it with hands-free live streaming to Facebook, YouTube™ and other platforms. 


Use live streaming with:

  • GoPro MAX
  • HERO8 Black
  • HERO7 Black
  • GoPro app (iOS® and Android™)

Get step-by-step instructions for streaming on each platform by clicking on the options below:

Live Streaming to Facebook
Stream directly to your Facebook friends, Facebook Pages and Groups using the GoPro app and camera. 

Heads Up: You need to use the GoPro app to set up live streaming.

 
  1. Open the GoPro app and tap on the camera icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. 
  2. Now tap on the blue button in the center of the screen: Control Your GoPro. This starts Preview.
  3. Scroll through the icons on the bottom of the screen, and tap on Live.
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  1. That icon is now a blue button that says Set Up Live. Underneath it you should see Facebook is listed to let you know which platform you’ll be streaming on.
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  1. Now tap on Set Up Live.
  2. Allow permissions and connect your Facebook account.
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  1. A new screen appears. Tap on the blue button: Set Up Stream.
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  1. Another screen appears to set up live stream. At the top, choose to connect a Wi-Fi network or your mobile hotspot.
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  1. Choose your sharing settings in the dropdown menu.
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PRO TIP: This is where you choose to stream on a Facebook profile (Public, Friends, Only Me) or the dropdown menu will feature the Facebook Group(s) or Page(s) that you are an admin of.
 
  1. Give your stream a title and a short description. 
  2. Choose the resolution you want: 480p, 720p or 1080p (1080p only available with HERO8 Black)
PRO TIP: Use 1080p for the best quality. 720p may be best if you’re using a mobile hotspot. Try lower resolutions if bandwidth or data are weak, or if you want to save storage space on your SD card.

Heads Up: If the signal strength of your data connection weakens, the video stream bit rate will automatically lower for the selected resolution.
 
  1. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card). 
  2. Tap Go LIVE or press the Shutter button to start live streaming.
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PRO TIP: Experiment with different mounts and angles, then frame your shot before you go LIVE. Make sure your camera is upright before streaming. If you turn your camera upside down, your live stream footage will appear upside down.
 
  1. Switch over to the Facebook app to see your stats and check your stream.
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  1. Tell your friends to watch and share!


Live Streaming to YouTube
Stream directly to YouTube using the GoPro app and your camera.

Heads Up: YouTube requires channels to have at least 1,000 subscribers in order to live stream to their platform. If you meet this criteria, you will need to enable live streaming on your YouTube channel. This can take up to 24 hours to activate.

 
  1. Open the GoPro app and tap on the camera icon in the bottom left corner of the screen.
  2. Now tap on the blue button in the center of the screen: Control Your GoPro. This starts Preview.
  3. Scroll through the icons on the bottom of the screen, and tap on Live.
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  1. That icon is now a blue button that says Set Up Live. Underneath it you should see which platform is listed for streaming; it may list Facebook. To change which platform you’ll be streaming to, tap on Facebook. A list of other platforms appears. Tap on YouTube.
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  1. Now tap on Set Up Live.
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  1. Allow permissions and connect your YouTube account.
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Heads Up: You need to have live streaming enabled on your YouTube channel beforehand.
 
  1. In the next screen, choose to connect a Wi-Fi network or your mobile hotspot.
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  1. Choose your sharing settings (Public).
  2. Give your stream a title and a short description.
  3. Choose your location.
  4. Choose the resolution you want: 480p, 720p or 1080p (1080p only available with HERO8 Black).
PRO TIP: Use 1080p for the best quality. 720p may be best if you’re using a mobile hotspot. Try lower resolutions if bandwidth or data are weak, or if you want to save storage space on your SD card.
 
Heads Up: If the signal strength of your data connection weakens, the video stream bit rate will automatically lower for the selected resolution.
 
  1. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card). 
  2. Tap Go LIVE or press the Shutter button to start live streaming.
PRO TIP: Experiment with different mounts and angles, then frame your shot before you go LIVE. Make sure your camera is upright before streaming. If you turn your camera upside down, your live stream footage will appear upside down.
 
  1. Tell your friends to watch and share!


Live Streaming Using an RTMP URL
You can live stream to certain social platforms using an RTMP URL. 

Compatible platforms in the U.S. include:
  • Workplace by Facebook
  • Twitch
  • Vimeo
Compatible platforms in China include:
  • Huya
  • DouYu
  • Bilibili
  • Inke

Heads Up: The following sites don’t support GoPro live streaming: Instagram, YY, NOW, QQ

Instructions:
  1. Visit your live streaming platform.
  2. Follow their instructions to create an RTMP or RTMPS URL combined with your stream name/key (click Reveal to see this). You will need to have both lines combined into one with a "/" in the middle.
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Heads Up: Live streaming currently supports RTMP and RTMPS URLs only. RTSP, HLS and other URLs are not supported. 
 
  1. Now open the GoPro app and tap on the camera icon in the bottom left corner of the screen. 
  2. Tap on the blue button in the center of the screen: Control Your GoPro. This starts Preview.
  3. Scroll through the icons on the bottom of the screen, and tap on Live.
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  1. That icon is now a blue button that says Set Up Live. Underneath it you should see which platform is listed for streaming; it may list Facebook. To change which platform you’ll be streaming to, tap on Facebook. A list of other platforms appears. Tap on RTMP. 
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  1. Now tap on the blue Set Up Live button.
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  1. Enter or paste your URL in the required field.
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  1. Choose the resolution you want: 480p, 720p or 1080p (1080p only available with HERO8 Black). 
PRO TIP: Use 1080p for the best quality. 720p may be best if you’re using a mobile hotspot. Try lower resolutions if bandwidth or data are weak, or if you want to save storage space on your SD card.

Heads Up: If the signal strength of your data connection weakens, the camera will automatically lower the bit rate of the video stream for the selected resolution.
 
  1. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card).
  2. Tap Go LIVE or press the Shutter button to start streaming.
PRO TIP: Experiment with different mounts and angles, then frame your shot. Make sure your camera is upright before streaming. If you turn your camera upside down, your live stream footage will appear upside down.
 
  1. Tell your friends to watch and share!



FAQ/TROUBLESHOOTING

How do I live stream using my mobile hotspot?
 
  1. Make sure you have a cellular plan that lets you use your phone as a hotspot.
  2. From the Live Stream Setup screen, select Turn On Personal Hotspot and follow the steps to connect.
Heads Up: It may take a minute for your hotspot to appear after you turn it on. Wait a moment and then select your hotspot when it shows up in the menu.
 
  1. Stay within range of your hotspot during your live streaming session.  

Why does my stream look choppy on Facebook or other live streaming sites?
 
  1. For the highest-quality stream, use a Wi-Fi network (rather than a personal hotspot) whenever possible. This will help avoid stuttering or choppiness in your stream.
  2. If you stream from a personal hotspot, make sure you have strong cellular coverage and a data plan that lets you stream from a hotspot and provides adequate data rates.


Can I live stream using my mobile phone?

Yes, if you use your mobile phone as a hotspot. Your GoPro needs to be connected directly to Wi-Fi (e.g. home/work Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot). Using a personal hotspot can cause additional charges with your wireless provider.


Why can I only stream directly to Facebook and YouTube?


You can stream to other platforms (Twitch, Vimeo, INKE, HUYA, DOOYU, BILIBI, YY) using an RTMP URL. We are currently looking to add more platforms for direct live streaming in the future.


Why can’t I stream to YouTube?


If you enabled live streaming on your YouTube channel, it can take up to 24 hours for it to be activated. If you still can’t live stream, check your YouTube account to make sure you haven’t been banned or blocked from live streaming. Also, YouTube requires channels to have at least 1,000 subscribers to be eligible to live stream to their platform. Details on their policies can be found at https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/2853834.


How much data is used when streaming from a mobile hotspot?


When streaming from a personal hotspot, you can expect to use up to 2GB of data per hour.

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