Streaming with LIGR connects several components together, and it’s important to understand the relationship between all these components.
This lesson covers:
The three components required to stream with LIGR.
Create a match and connect all the components.
Preview your stream and then go live.
The three components required to stream with LIGR
To stream a game and reach your viewers, you need to have 3 basic components:
The video source: This is the video that you want the viewers to see. It can be a camcorder, a smartphone, etc., just some way to capture the game and connect online.
The destination(s): This is where your viewers will watch the game. It may be a social media site such as YouTube, Facebook, Twitch, etc., or even a custom website or app where you’ll stream the game.
A way to connect the source to the destination: This is the middleman, the app that will take the video source and distribute it to all the destinations. This is LIGR.Live.
Create a match and connect all the components
In this tutorial, we will be using OBS to capture our video source, and we’ll distribute it to Facebook Live as our destination, using LIGR.Live as the connector.
First we have to create the match on LIGR.Live, so log in to your account, navigate to the Match section, and click Create Match.
Fill in the match details. For the Stream Type, make sure to choose GFX+Stream or Stream. Once you’re satisfied with the match details, click Next.
NOTE: An article on the different stream types can be found here.
Fill in the Resolution, Frames Per Second, and Region fields. These determine the quality and speed of your stream. Leave Automation as OFF for now. There is a video outlining Automation and it can be found here.
The Live Stream Input field is for the LIGR.Live system to connect to the video source. In this case, it’ll be through OBS. Click the + button next to the Live Stream Input field so we can fill in the details.
In the popup, give it a Stream Name, and leave the Stream Type as RTMP.
Click the copy icon in the Server URL (RTMP) field to copy the link.
Now launch OBS, click the Settings button, and go to the Streams tab.
In the Service field, select Custom… and then paste the URL you copied from LIGR.Live into the Server field.
Go back to the LIGR.Live app, and click the copy icon in the Stream Key field to copy the key.
Switch back to OBS, and paste the key into the Stream Key field.
Click OK to close the Settings window in OBS, and then go back to LIGR.Live.
Click Save to save the settings.
The Stream Destination field is for the LIGR.Live system to know where to distribute the incoming video to. In this case, let’s connect to Facebook Live. Click the + button next to the Stream Destination field so we can fill in the details.
Go ahead and fill in the Destination Name with whatever you wish to name it, and then select Facebook for the Destination Type.
The Server URL (RTMP) field and the Destination Key field are required for LIGR.Live to be able to connect to Facebook Live. We need these details from our destination, so let’s launch Facebook Live.
Select the Go live option.
On the left sidebar, fill in the Choose where to post, When are you going live? and Your Audience (for this demo, I selected Only me so that only I’ll be able to see the broadcast).
In the top middle of the page, you’ll see options to Select a video source. Go ahead and select Streaming software. In the Streaming software setup below it, you’ll see the Stream key. Go ahead and click the copy button, and then go back to the LIGR.Live app, and paste it into the Destination Key field (make sure you paste it to the correct field here, as it may be the bottom field).
Now switch back to Facebook Live and click the Advanced Settings button to expand the content. You’ll find the Server URL there. Go ahead and click the copy button.
Go back to the LIGR.Live app again and paste it into the Server URL (RTMP) field.
Click the SAVE button, and then click CREATE MATCH, and your match is created!
All the settings are now filled in, but there’s nothing streaming yet, so next we move on to actually running the stream and distributing it.
Preview your stream and then go live
With the match now created, let’s go and preview the stream and ensure everything’s in working order. On the Match list page, click the ellipsis icon for the match created, and select Preview & Go Live.
A new tab will open with the Preview content.
Go ahead and click the Start Preview button to get things started.
LIGR.Live is now booting up. You’ll know the Preview is up when the screen goes blank, and a green preview badge appears above it.
Let’s go ahead and turn on the stream. Go to OBS, and click Start Streaming.
Go back to the LIGR.Live preview, and wait a few seconds. You should see the Intro graphics appear. The feed from your camera (from OBS) will not be visible, because it’s covered by the Intro screen.
Now, let’s double-check to make sure that your feed is being received by LIGR.Live. Back in the LIGR.Live app’s Preview tab, turn OFF Auto Graphics, located on the right hand side. The intro graphics should go away, and your video feed from OBS should appear.
You’ll also notice a green checkmark next to Live Stream Input to indicate that the feed is connected.
Now that we know the video feed is connected, let’s turn Auto Graphics back to ON.
With everything working, we now need to distribute the feed to the destination. On the top right, hit the Go Live button.
You’ll see a warning. If you’re ready, go ahead and select Yes, Go Live Anyway.
In your browser, switch to your Facebook Live tab, and you’ll see your stream appear in their preview.
The top left of your sidebar of Facebook Live should have two green checkmarks, one for Connect video source, and another for Complete post details.
Below that, double-check and triple-check to make sure that what you’re about to stream will reach your intended audience.
If everything is to your liking, hit Go Live at the bottom.
You may be asked to add an optional Title for your stream. If you wish to add a title, then do so, otherwise simply click Go live.
You will now be taken to the Facebook Live dashboard, and everything is up and running!