Connecting RTMP

Maeve Brooks

Last Updated:
June 10, 2021


RTMP stands for Real-Time Messaging Protocol. The primary role of RTMP is to enable the smooth transmission of audio, video, and data from a creating source to the output source. In this case, Altar Live is the creating source transmitting data to an output source such as Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.  You can copy your RTMP credentials directly to Altar Live when you set up a new event. Altar Live  makes this process easy and accessible. 

Important notes about using RTMP

  • You only have to connect via RTMP once. If you are connecting the same live stream source (i.e. OBS, Wirecast, etc) via RTMP every time you go live or schedule a feed in Altar Live, you only need to connect it once. Once Altar Live has been created as a destination via RTMP, you can select that destination from your stream source whenever you go live.
  • Expect a ~10 second delay from when you go live in your stream source to when the video feed appears in Altar Live. For example, if your event start time in Altar Live is set to begin at 10:30 AM, make sure that you begin the live feed at 10:29 AM from your stream source so that your audience doesn’t see an empty screen.


How to connect Altar Live via RTMP 

Step 1. Sign into Altar Live 

Step 2. Click on “create new event”. 

Step 3. When you get to the Stream options, select the Live toggle option and choose Altar Live as your stream provider.


Note: To successfully connect RTMP, you need to have a paid subscription. 


Step 4.  Copy and paste your Altar RTMP URL and Stream Key into your stream source (OBS, Wirecast, etc).

Step 5. Publish your event.

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