*Note: This feature is currently being rolled out to select users. If you'd like to apply, signup here.
Step 1: Download a streaming service
Since you'll be recording what's happening on your desktop, you'll need a third-party tool to live stream. There are many options, but in this walk-through we'll be using a program called Open Broadcaster System, commonly known as OBS. You can download it here.
*Note: Depending on your computer settings, you may have to visit your System Preferences to allow the download to open. (System Preferences —> Security & Privacy —> General —> Open Anyway)
Step 2: Optimize Stream Settings for Behance
To help with determining the best settings your broadcasting software, the Behance team has created an RTMP profile to load optimum settings. After installing and unzipping the RTMP Profile, navigate to the "Profile" tab in OBS. Select "Import" and select the entire unzipped profile folder.
Navigate to your OBS Settings. Under the output section of your settings, make sure the output mode is set to advanced. A series of new options will appear.
- Set your Bitrate to 3,000. If your internet is substantially strong you can increase this, but do not exceed 4000.
- Change your Keyframe Interval to 2. The default is 0.
Under the Video section, adjust your resolution to 1920x1080 (16:9 Ratio) or 1024×768 (4:3 ratio). Behance livestreaming does not currently support dimensions larger than 1920x1080. Additionally, both Base (Canvas) Resolution and Output (Scaled) Resolution should match. If the Base (Canvas) Resolution is larger than your Output, it will result in a failed stream.
Adjust your common FPS Values to 30 FPS or lower. Behance livestreaming does not currently support settings exceeding 30 FPS.
Trouble deciding which FPS setting to use? For reference, 24 NTSC frames per second is the industry standard for film and television. 30 frames per second is less common, but includes a subtle amount of more information for a smoother video.
Step 3: Add Sources To Stream
Navigate back to the main OBS window and begin to compose your screen. Begin by creating a scene by clicking the + sign in the bottom left hand corner of the window. A scene is a collection of sources. Sources designate what viewers will see on screen. Add a source within a scene by clicking the + sign in the bottom left corner of the sources column.
Here's a few descriptions of a few popular sources:
- Audio Input Capture - Connect a microphone to your stream
- Audio Output Capture - Broadcast the sound coming from your speakers (Mac users will need to take a few additional steps to make this feature work)
- Display Capture - Displays a screen of your choice
- Image - Displays a static image file from your computer
- Media Source - Displays a media source from your computer (i.e. a saved video)
- Video Capture Device - Connect a webcam to your stream
- Window Capture - Exclusively display the contents of a specified window
Step 4: Prepare Your Stream On Behance
1. Navigate to your Behance profile, hover over the plus icon next to your avatar, and click the Go Live button.
2. Familiarize yourself with the Streamer Dashboard
Your streamer Dashboard is your one stop shop for monitoring your stream, updating its information, and interacting with your audience. For best discover-ability, be sure to create a title, provide a brief description, specify the tools you plan to use, and create a few hashtags.
3. When you're ready, click Get Started
This will generate two unique codes for you to input into your broadcasting software. The first, Server URL, is a private rtmp:// URL that tells your broadcasting software where to push the stream to. Do not share this URL with anyone else. A new Server URL is generated every time you click "Get Started" so be sure to update it in your broadcasting software each time you go live.
The second code is a stream key. This is a provided password to broadcast to the given Server URL.
Step 5: Tell OBS Where To Stream
1. Open OBS clicks Settings in the bottom right corner of the window.
2. Select Stream from the left-hand menu. Under Service, select Custom. Then, paste your server URL + Key (generated on Behance) here.
Step 6: Start Streaming!
9. Double check that OBS is capturing what you want to stream.
10. When you're ready, click Start Streaming in the lower right hand corner of the OBS window.
🎥🎉 Congratulations on going live! 🎉🔴
Respond to chats from your viewers as you stream by viewing your streaming dashboard. When you’re done, click End Livestream on Behance - this will end your broadcast. (For good measure, you should also click Stop Livestream on OBS, as well as Stop on the Tool Timeline.)
*Note: The replay of your livestream will live in the "Videos" tab of your Behance Profile.