Live stream with multiple users to Instagram Live from Zoom or Google Meet using OBS and Streamon
Learn how to stream your zoom calls, Goole meet calls or Whereby calls into Instagram live from your PC using OBS Studio and Streamon.
Ever wondered how cool it'd be to host an Instagram Live session with multiple users? Well it's even more fun when you can leverage OBS studio to add cool effects and screens to your live streams on Instagram. In this tutorial we'll learn how to Go Live on instagram from your online meeting sessions on Zoom or Google Meet using OBS Studio and Streamon directly from your PC.
Throughout the blog we'll be using examples using Whereby, which is an online video call/meeting platform just like Google meet or Zoom. The steps will be similar if you are using any of the online meeting softwares.
Before we start make sure you have signed up or installed all the required softwares in your system.
- OBS Studio
- Account on any of the video calling softwares Zoom, Google Meet, Or Whereby (recommended)
1. Starting your video call or meeting online
First step is to create an account on any of the online video calling or meeting softwares like Google Meet, Zoom or Whereby and start the video calling session with your desired participants. Once you started the call make sure all your participants are visible on your screen (not necessary to have you on the screen, since we can use your webcam's feed directly into OBS studio);Video Call using Whereby
The above example is using Whereby, you can use Zoom, Google Hangouts, Skype or any of your favorite app and invite any number of users.
1. Setting up OBS Studio
Head over to OBS Studio's home page to download and install the Software on your system. Once the installation is complete open OBS Studio.OBS studio start screen
Configuring a new stream profile and video output
Most of your viewers will be on a mobile device and mobile device screens are of a different aspect ration than your computer. Click on Profile menu on OBS at the top and click on New Profile and name the Profile as
Now, Click on settings in the bottom right panel and go to the Video tab. Change the Base (canvas) Resolution to any of the 9:16 aspect ratio, in my case it's
900x1600 of my monitor. And, set the Output (scaled) resolution to
720x1280. Click on Apply and OK.
Including the video calls form browser to OBS Studio
Once you are done setting up OBS Studio, we can start working on bringing the video call from the browser to OBS Studio. Click on the "+" icon in the bottom "Sources" tab and choose Window Capture and choose your browser window which is used for the video call or the application (zoom) through which you are having the video call.Your video call on OBS
You can use the handles to transform the preview and fit it to the screen, or hold alt ant drag the red handles to crop the preview for one user. Once you crop the preview for one user, you can repeat the above to step to add the same window capture again into OBS Source and crop out to get each other users as well.All the users from the video call on stream
If you want to add yourself into the Stream from your PC attached web cam or other camera devices connected, use the Video Source Option instead of Window Capture and choose your target device while adding the source.
Make sure you have unmuted the Desktop Audio and Mic/Aux or any mic connected to your PC from the Audio Mixed tab at the bottom center of OBS.
You can save your current configuration and resuse it for future usecases.
3. Using Streamon to create a live stream to Instagram
Once you haver configured your streaming setup, you can now use Streamon to start an Instagram Live session. Open Streamon (instagram-live-streamer) on your PC and login to your Instagram account. After logging in click on Start live stream, you will be greeted with a screen containing your Stream URL and Stream key. DONOT click on GO LIVE yet!Streamon - Instagram live credentials
Configuring OBS Studio with stream credentials
Now, open your OBS studio instance and click on settings and go to Stream tab. In the service, make sure to select Custom and then copy paste the Server URL/Stream URL and the Stream Key from the Streamon app into OBS. Make sure the
use authentication check box is Unchecked. Click on apply and ok.
Now, on the bottom right panel near the Settings Button click on Start Stream!. Once the stream is started, quickly go to the Streamon app and click on Go Live Button. Voila! You are now live on Instagram streaming through OBS Studio. You can click on the comment icon on the bottom to see your live comments from Instagram.Streamon - Instagram live
If you wish to see your stream and live chat on Instagram, simply sign in to your Instagram account from your PC's Browser and goto
https://instagram.com/USERNAME/live. Replace the
USERNAME with your Instagram username.
Please Note, you won't be able to view your live stream from the Instagram mobile app or desktop directly. You can see the stream through the above method or login via a different Instagram account to view your stream.
To Stop the live stream, simply click on stop live stream from your OBS Studio and then from the Streamon app.
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