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Facebook Launches Live 360

The social media giant now lets anyone with a 360 camera stream live in 360!

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Not long ago, Facebook began experimenting with live video in 360, allowing a small number of major media outlets to stream immersive video to their fans and followers. National Geographic was the first, with other notable events including the Academy Awards red carpet event and the inauguration of Donald Trump. A few short months later, and the feature is available to all profiles and pages across Facebook. This is a big deal because the company is finally catching up to Periscope, which revealed their 360 live-streaming capabilities back at the end of 2016. Users with 360 cameras have been waiting for this moment since Facebook enabled the uploading of 360 photos and videos. Live 360 seemed to be the logical evolutionary path.

Facebook has also introduced the spatial audio formatting for live 360 videos. This basically means that you will feel like you are actually there.

Of course, in order to stream live in 360, you need the right camera. Fortunately, there are many affordable options from which to choose. Take a look at the options below:

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For this tutorial, we will be using the Insta360 Nano. It is an extremely easy-to-use attachable 360 camera for the iPhone, complete with its own native app where you can stream live to Facebook, Periscope, and YouTube. Insta360 also has the Android version called Insta360 Air, and for the professional filmmakers, the Insta360 Pro.

2. Connect the camera

Pop your camera into your phone’s charging port. If you haven’t installed the associated Insta360 app already, you’ll be prompted to download it once you’ve connected the camera.

When the app is installed and you’ve connected the camera, a continuous green light on the camera means the connection is successful.

3. Open the camera interface/Enter livestream mode

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Find the yellow camera icon on the bottom right of the Insta360 app’s home screen or album screen. Tap it to jump to the camera interface.

Then find the live-streaming mode just above the shutter button. It’s the one on the right, with a “Play” icon and a set of TV antennae.

4. Tap the "Facebook Live" button

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After tapping the Facebook icon next to the shutter button, you can choose your live-streaming platform of choice, including Facebook, YouTube, Periscope (which can be used to live-stream on Twitter), and an option to support another platform of your choice.

5. Connect and authorize account

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Hit the “Facebook account” option at the bottom of the screen. You will be prompted to give two authorizations, one for creating a live event, and one for reading live comments about your event. Grant these two authorizations separately.

6. Choose sharing option

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Find the “Share to” option at the bottom of the screen. Here you can customize who will see your Facebook live-stream, and where you’ll share it.

Insta360 cameras are ready to go live on personal timelines, on Facebook Pages for brands and businesses, and on Facebook groups. (Live-streams on groups and Pages must be initiated by the admin.)

If you’ve selected to go live in 360 on your timeline, you can also decide whether to make your broadcast public, only visible to friends, only visible to you (great for doing a test run), or only visible to one of the curated friends lists you’ve created on your Facebook account.

7. Write post description

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Once you’ve authorized your Facebook account, it’s time to give your video a compelling description. Your Facebook viewers will see this when they’re watching your live-stream.

8. Set bit rate

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Take a moment to adjust your bit rate, which will affect the quality of your video, by tapping on the gear icon in the bottom right and then hitting the “bps” icon. The default bit rate, recommended by Facebook, is 4Mbps. But if your network is particularly strong or weak, you can adjust it from a minimum of 1 Mbps to a maximum of 6 Mbps.

9. Pre-broadcast checks

Make sure that everything is the way you want it to be! There's no turning back once you're live! Check that the lighting is satisfactory and all settings are to your liking before hitting the big red button!

10. It's GO TIME!

Hit the red button! In just a few moments, you’ll be live on Facebook.

Watch the camera interface to see how many viewers you have, what reactions your broadcast is earning, how long you’ve been live-streaming so far, and also to see and respond to comments from viewers in real time.

The sky’s the limit with what you can share on Live 360 – maybe you’re sharing a laid-back moment on vacation, or maybe you’re going live from the scene of a local news story. Either way, it’s a good idea to engage with your viewers and also to periodically reintroduce yourself and the subject of your live-stream, so that you can bring new arrivals in on the action.

Comments from viewers will show in reverse chronological order—with the newest at the top.

That's all there is to it! Your video will post to Facebook as a regular video once the livestream is over. You can also view stats and change the description and share as you normally would any other video. No matter the camera you choose, going live in 360 will be a breeze! Just follow the instructions of your respective camera and you're all set!

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