Live streams are great because they’re very interactive, but viewing live videos is never a smooth experience, even with high-speed Internet. Your connection can buffer, your equipment can malfunction, and other mistakes can happen. Since you’re already live, you just have to live with all these interruptions—or do you? Live streaming pre-recorded videos is a better option if you want a more stable broadcast.
Live but recorded? It sounds counterintuitive, but it’s actually quite brilliant. Pre-recording gives you time to produce and polish your videos before broadcasting them, giving your audience a smoother and more pleasant viewing experience.
How to Broadcast Pre-Recorded Videos
YouTube, Facebook, and Twitch are different online platforms with different goals and demographics, but they all have one thing in common. They can all play pre-recorded videos as if they’re live. You can live stream pre-recorded videos in several ways, but setting up a video premiere straight from the streaming platform is the easiest method.
Let’s take a look at how you can live stream pre-recorded videos on these three streaming platforms.
Can You Stream Pre-Recorded Videos on YouTube?
Premiere is a feature that lets you upload a previously recorded video on YouTube and stream it like it’s live. After scheduling a premiere, a public watch page is created where your video will be broadcasted on.
YouTube Premieres show up on the homepage and video recommendations like regular uploads, making them more accessible. Anyone can watch, set a reminder, comment, or chat while on your premiere watch page. During your premiere, viewers can rewind the video, but they can’t fast-forward to what hasn’t been shown live yet.
When your premiere ends, your video will be saved on your channel like a regular upload. You can leave the chat replay on for viewers who want to see the conversations during your premiere. You can turn it off anytime.
Follow these steps to schedule a YouTube Premiere.
- Go to studio.YouTube.com. Click “Create” at the upper right corner of the screen and choose “Upload videos.”
- Upload your pre-recorded video and enter your video details.
- Choose on which playlist you want to add your video.
- Click “Next”.
- Add an end screen and cards.
- Click “Next” until you’re on the last step.
- To immediately publish your video as a premiere, click “Save or publish > Public > Set as instant Premiere > Publish.” The video will automatically live stream as soon as it’s processed.
- To schedule the premiere at a later date, Choose “Schedule,” set the date and time for your broadcast, and tick “Set as Premiere.”
- Click “Schedule.”
Exploring Facebook Premiere
Facebook also has a premiere feature that gives you the same benefits as Facebook Live. But instead of live streams, you can upload and schedule pre-recorded “live” videos on any page for which you’re the admin. A post will be published on your page right after scheduling a premiere, which will include a “Get Reminder” button. Viewers who click it will be notified before the broadcast.
You don’t have to be present during the broadcast since it’s pre-recorded, but we recommend you do so you can interact with your audience in the comment section. When your premiere video ends, it’ll be automatically converted to a regular video post.
- Videos must be set at least 10 minutes (or up to seven days) before your scheduled broadcast.
- Only new pre-recorded Facebook Live videos are eligible for Premieres. They must not have been previously uploaded anywhere on the web unless they’ve been repackaged and edited.
- Videos must have a minimum length of 30 seconds.
- File size must be 10GB or less.
- Video resolution must not exceed 1920 x 1080p and 30fps.
Follow these steps to schedule a Facebook Premiere.
- Click “Share photos/Video” on the page where you want to broadcast from.
- Upload your video and specify the settings.
- Click “Next” in the bottom right.
- Select “Premiere” under the “Publishing options” window
- Set a date and time.
- Upload an image.
- Click “Publish” in the bottom right.
What is Twitch Video Producer and How to Use It?
Twitch Video Producer lets you upload and schedule a premiere of your pre-recorded video. You can set your video to premiere within 30 minutes to a few weeks after uploading it.
A timer will appear on your page once you’ve scheduled a premiere, letting your viewers know how long they still have to wait before the video starts. All videos uploaded via Video Producer will remain on Twitch indefinitely. You can rebroadcast them to remind your viewers of the fun times you’ve had together using the Twitch Rerun feature.
Follow these steps to set a Twitch pre-rec live.
- Click your profile icon in the upper right corner on the homepage.
- Select “Video Producer” from the dropdown menu.
- In your Video Producer dashboard, click the “Upload” button and choose the video you want to upload. Your account needs to have reached the Affiliate or Partner status before you can upload videos. If you don’t see the “Upload” button, you still haven’t earned the privilege to do so.
- Add details to your video, such as title, description, language, category, and tags.
- Click “Save Changes.”
Your video will appear in your video creator dashboard once it finishes uploading. You can either premiere it right away or schedule the broadcast at a later date.
- Videos must not be larger than 20GB.
- Twitch only supports AVI, MP4, FLV, and MOV video formats.
- The video coding format must be H.264.
The thing about live streaming pre-recorded videos is you’re not taking away the authenticity of live streams by broadcasting them at a later date. You’re just creating a more polished video, minus the mistakes and technical mishaps. And who said it wouldn’t be interactive? You can still engage your viewers in the comments section like you can in actual live streams.