How to live stream to a Facebook Event

A Facebook Event is the perfect way to organize an event. Use it for everything from your next BBQ to a glitzy award-show after-party. Live video is also a great way to give people a taste of what's to come before your event (show them the event space, or have personalities talking about how excited they are for the event). And of course, it's fantastic for broadcasting your event live!

You can do all of these things and more with Webcaster X2. It live streams your HDMI camera or other source directly to your Facebook Event.

  1.  Connect everything.
    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. Ensure automatic streaming is not configured (otherwise you won't be able to choose the Facebook Event as your streaming destination).
    1. Click the Preferences icon at the lower right corner of the screen; the preferences screen opens.
    2. Scroll to the bottom of the list and ensure Start stream automatically after pairing is not checked.
    3. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
  4. If you haven't already created or joined the Facebook Event, do so now from Facebook.
  5. If Webcaster X2 is not already paired with your Facebook account, pair it.
    1. Look at the front screen display for the Facebook device pairing code or click the Facebook Pair icon if you're using an attached HDMI display.
    2. 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 WiFi network, see Use a captive WiFi network that's password protected .
      Front screen HDMI Display
    3. Using a web browser on your computer or mobile device, go to and login to your Facebook account.
    4. On the Facebook device pairing page, enter the pairing code from your Webcaster X2 in the device code field, then click Continue.
    5. On the next Facebook pop-up, choose a maximum setting for post visibility from Webcaster X2, then click OK. We recommend choosing Public.

    6. On the next pop up, click OK again to authorize Webcaster X2 to post to your Facebook Pages and Groups.

    7. Note: If you have previously authorized this Webcaster X2 with your Facebook account, there are fewer Facebook messages to click through. Simply click OK to confirm that you have already authorized your Webcaster X2.
    8. The front screen on Webcaster X2 updates to indicate that it's paired with your Facebook account.
    9. To unpair the encoder, click the Facebook Unpair icon at the bottom of the screen using the mouse and click Yes.
    10. You can partly unpair the device through Facebook.

  6. Configure your live stream settings.
    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 the Event you want to stream to. (Your selection is listed as the Destination at the top of the display after exiting preferences.)
    4. (Optional) Configure aspects of your Facebook post.
    5. (Optional) Configure your stream settings.
    6. Click the Right mouse button to return to the main screen.
  7. Begin your broadcast! When you are ready to start streaming, do any of the following things to start your live stream:
    1. Click the Start icon .
    2. Press the multi-function power button once.
    3. Press Space on a connected keyboard.

    The screen updates to let you know how long you have been streaming, and the green LED on Webcaster X2 begins to flash.

    The info bar at the top shows the streaming destination is your selected Event.

    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. End your broadcast . When your live broadcast is complete, you can stop streaming by doing any one of the following things:
    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.
You can also use Webcaster X2 in pre-configured mode with manual or automatic start.