Getting Started With Live Streaming

Share your story as you live it with live streaming to Facebook and other platforms. 

Where does this apply? 
  • HERO7 Black
  • GoPro app (iOS® and Android™)

Click on the streaming method you want to use to show the instructions:
Live Streaming to Facebook

Stream directly to Facebook using the GoPro app and HERO7 Black. 

Heads Up: You must use the GoPro app to set up live streaming. You can’t set up a live stream directly from your GoPro. User-added image
  1. Open the GoPro app and select Live from preview mode.
  2. Tap Set Up Live.
  3. Connect your Facebook account and approve permissions. 
  4. Connect to a Wi-Fi network or your personal hotspot.
                      
Heads Up: Your camera must be connected to a Wi-Fi network or a personal hotspot in order to stream.
  1. Choose your sharing settings (Public, Friends, Only Me).
  2. Give your stream a title and a short description. 
  3. Choose your preferred resolution (480 or 720). 
PRO TIP: If you leave the resolution at 720p, we'll adjust it to a lower resolution automatically if the signal strength weakens.
  1. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card). 

PRO TIP: Frame your shot and make sure your camera is upright before streaming. If you turn your camera upside down, your live stream footage will appear upside down.
  1. Tap Go Live or press the Shutter button to start live streaming.
  2. Switch over to the Facebook app to see your stats and check your stream.
Live Streaming to YouTube
Stream directly to YouTube using the GoPro app and HERO7 Black.

Heads Up: You will need to enable your YouTube channel for live streaming. This can take up to 24 hours to activate. 
  1. Open the GoPro app and select Live from preview mode.
  2. Tap the Facebook icon to change your platform and select YouTube.
  3. Tap Set Up Live.
  4. Connect your YouTube account and approve permissions. 
  5. Connect to a Wi-Fi network or your personal hotspot.
Heads Up: Your camera must be connected to a Wi-Fi network or a personal hotspot in order to stream.
  1. Choose your sharing settings (Public).
  2. Give your stream a title and a short description. 
  3. Choose your location.
  4. Choose your preferred resolution (480 or 720). 
  5. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card). 
PRO TIP: Frame your shot and make sure your camera is upright before streaming. If you turn your camera upside down, your live stream footage will appear upside down.
  1. Tap Go Live or press the Shutter button to start live streaming.
Live Streaming Using an RTMP URL
Live stream to compatible video platforms using an RTMP URL. 

List of compatible streaming platforms:
Compatible platforms (US):
  • Facebook
  • Workplace by Facebook
  • Twitch
  • Vimeo
Compatible platforms (China):
  • HUYA
  • Douyu
  • BILIBILI
  • INKE
Heads Up: The following sites are not currently supported for GoPro Live Streaming: Instagram, YY, NOW, QQ
  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. Return to the GoPro app and select Live from preview mode. 
  2. Tap the Facebook icon to change your platform and select Other.
  3. Tap Set Up Live and enter or paste your URL in the required field. 
  4. Choose your preferred resolution (480 or 720). 
  5. Choose your save settings (you can save a high-res version of your stream to your SD card). 
PRO TIP: For some live streaming platforms, you can enable a persistent key which allows you to use the same RTMP/RTMPS URL each time you stream. If you don’t use a persistent key, you’ll need a new URL each time.
  1. Tap Go Live or press the Shutter button to start streaming.


FAQ/TROUBLESHOOTING

How do I live stream using my personal 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 cell phone data? 
At this time, you can only live stream on your GoPro through your cell phone using Wi-Fi or a personal hotspot. Using a personal hotspot will use cell phone data.


Why can I only stream directly to Facebook live and YouTube? 
You can stream to other platforms (Twitch, YouTube, 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. 

How much data is used when streaming from a personal hotspot?
When streaming from a personal hotspot, you can expect to use up to 2GB of data per hour.


 

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