Configure automatic streaming

Webcaster X2 can be set up to automatically broadcast to your Facebook Timeline or any Facebook Page, Event or Group for which you have posting permissions. By automatically, we mean as soon as you turn on your Webcaster X2 and it connects to the Internet, it reaches out automatically to your Facebook account and starts streaming with your pre-configured settings.

These instructions walk you through configuring your system for automatic streaming. Once configured, it will automatically broadcast the next time you use it (and any subsequent times until you change the settings or unpair Webcaster X2 from Facebook).

  1.  Connect everything and turn on Webcaster X2.
    1. Connect your HDMI camera to the HDMI IN port.
    2. Connect your display to the HDMI OUT port.
    3. Connect your Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port. (Or configure Wi-Fi after boot up.)
    4. Connect your mouse to one of the USB ports.
    5. (Optional) Connect your keyboard to another USB port.
    6. Turn on Webcaster X2 by plugging in the power cord; Webcaster X2 executes its boot-up sequence.
    Webcaster X2 supports HDMI input signals of 720p (1280×720) and 1080p (1920×1080), progressive signals only. Interlaced signals (e.g. 720i and 1080i) are not supported. If your camera isn’t supported (or is experiencing another signal issue), the front screen and attached display show a message that says HDMI IN No Signal. Audio is supported over HDMI at 44.1 kHz and 48 kHz. Or using the (beta) USB camera feature, you can use the audio from a connected USB webcam or a plug-and-play USB microphone that is a UAC device.
  2. Choose streaming to Facebook.
    1. If the Facebook logo doesn't appear on Webcaster X2's front display, double-press the multi-function power button. See Choose the platform app you want.
  3. If your Webcaster X2 is already paired with your Facebook account from a previous session, your account name displays instead of a new pairing code. If no code appears, check that you still have an Internet connection or whether you are still logged in to a captive Wi-Fi network, see Use a captive WiFi network that's password protected .

  4. If your Webcaster X2 is not already paired with your Facebook account, you can do that now. See Pair and unpair Facebook
  5. Configure your live stream settings in the Preferences.
    1. Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen. The Preferences screen opens.
    2. Click Publishing destination in the Facebook details section; Webcaster X2 asks Facebook for a list of places to which you can publish and displays these in the Publishing destinations settings box.

    3. Select your Timeline or the Page, Group or Event you want to stream to. (You can easily confirm your selection after you exit the configuration menu by checking the Destination listed at the top of the display.)
    4. (Optional) Configure aspects of your Facebook post.
    5. (Optional) Configure your stream settings.
    6. If not checked, check the checkbox for Pair automatically after reboot. This keeps your account paired even when Webcaster X2 reboots.
    7. Scroll to the bottom of the list and check the checkbox for Start stream automatically after pairing. This starts your stream automatically after it pairs with Facebook - or in this case, because automatic pairing is enabled, streaming starts right after reboot.
    8. Click the Right mouse button to exit the Preferences and return to the main screen.
  6. Turn off Webcaster X2 and move Webcaster X2 to your final broadcast location. You can either press and hold the multi-function power button for four seconds to power off or disconnect the power cable.
  7. When you are ready, begin your broadcast!
    1. (Optional) Connect an HDMI display and USB mouse to Webcaster X2.
    2. When you are ready to start streaming, turn on Webcaster X2 using the multi-function power button, or by connecting the power cable; Webcaster X2 executes its boot-up sequence.
    3. After boot-up, Webcaster X2 automatically starts streaming with your saved settings and the front display shows the elapsed streaming time.
    4. If an HDMI display is attached, it updates to let you know how long you have been streaming.

      During your broadcast, click the left mouse button to show and hide the Webcaster X2 overlay (including comments, if you have your device configured to show them).

  8. When your live broadcast is complete, doing one of the following to stop streaming:
    1. Click the Stop icon , then confirm that you wish to stop streaming.
    2. Press the multi-function power button once.
    3. Press Space on a connected keyboard.
    4. Click Unpair to log out of your Facebook account (you will need to re-pair before using Webcaster X2 again.)
    5. Click the Webcaster X2 Exit icon to leave the Facebook streaming application.
    6. Turn off Webcaster X2 by pressing and holding the multi-function power button for 7 seconds.
    By default, if you turn off the device without unpairing, your Webcaster X2 is still paired with your Facebook account next time you turn it on. You can change this behavior by following the steps here: Stay paired with Facebook.