Facebook Media

Introducing Updates to the Live API

By Supratik Lahiri, Product Manager and Chris Tiutan, Product Marketing Manager

Since launch, we’ve seen many publishers use the Live API to deliver professional-quality live video experiences to their audiences.

As we work to improve the Live API experience, today we’re introducing new tools that help publishers and developers create more seamless Facebook Live broadcasts.

Updates to the Facebook Live API include:

Automated encoder configuration
Publishers have given us feedback that when going live through the Live API it can be challenging to constantly fine tune their encoder settings to ensure consistent, stable Facebook live streams.

With this update, the Live API now provides preview, start, and stop states for your encoder, and automatically configures it to the optimal settings for a Facebook Live broadcast, so you can be confident that you’re broadcasting the highest quality Live video to Facebook every time without having to manually adjust settings before every broadcast.

Frame-accurate start times
We know having a strong start to a broadcast is important, and we’ve heard from publishers that it can be confusing to determine exactly when a Live API broadcast is in fact live to viewers.

With this update, developers can now indicate the exact frame and moment to go live. One great use case for this is to implement a countdown clock that signals to the broadcaster the exact moment when a stream is live.

Publishers that programmatically connect to the Live API can enable these new features within their broadcast setup. Publishers can also work with a video solutions provider who has incorporated these updates. We’ve been working with Wowza to test these updates, which are now available in their live video encoding and delivery solution, ClearCaster.

We’re excited that all developers will be able to integrate these updates to the Live API and make their Facebook Live broadcasts even better and more seamless.

Developers can learn how to integrate these updates to the Live API from our Live API documentation.