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Live stream from Videolinq to Instagram via the Yellow Duck application.

Updated over a week ago

Until now, publishing live video to Instagram was only possible before, using the Instagram mobile App for iOS and Android. Read this article and learn how to publish live video from Videolinq to Instagram, by using Yellow Duck!

Step 1:

Download and install the Yellow Duck application.

Step 2:

Open the Yellow Duck application and login to Instagram with your proper credentials.

Step 3:

Copy the Instagram RTMP path and stream key.

Step 4:

In the Videolinq channel, create a new RTMP destination. Copy the Instagram RTMP path and stream key and save. IMPORTANT: the Instagram stream key will expire shortly. Start broadcasting to Instagram as soon as possible!

Instagram Live: Configuration and Limitations

  • While most social media destinations (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) allows live streaming up to 8 hours, the maximum duration for an Instagram livestream is one hour.

  • After the livestream has ended, your audience will be able to rewatch it for up to 24 hours in your Instagram Stories. One way to save your livestream permanently on your account is by sending it to IGTV. Once it’s on IGTV, it will become available on your channel until you decide to delete it.

  • Since Instagram live streams are designed for mobile, we recommend to setup your stream format to portrait display. Your aspect ratio for Instagram Stories video should be 4:5 or 9:16. Your resolution for portrait videos should be 600 x 750 minimum and 1080 x 1350 maximum.

  • Instagram Live maximum duration: 60 minutes
    Recommended aspect ratio: 4:5 or 9:16
    Recommended resolution: 600 x 750 or 1080 x 1350

Given these limitations and special settings, it is recommended to use one channel for all your output destinations (at 720p or 1080p resolution 16:9 aspect ratio, 4 MBps), and another channel for the Instagram (via Yellow Duck) broadcast.

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