Going live with Media Studio

Producer in Media Studio allows live video content creators to easily create high-quality broadcasts from external sources including streaming software, hardware encoders, and professional cameras.

These broadcasts are viewable from Twitter and Periscope on iOS and Android, and on desktop.

Past broadcasts, regardless of how they were created, are also viewable directly within Producer. If you linked your Periscope information to your Twitter account, you will be able to view the library of all broadcasts made from the various apps, Periscope Producer, or the API. For details on monetizing broadcasts and analytics, visit the Monetization and Analytics tabs above.


1. Introduction

It’s important to understand some new terms in order to get the best out of your experience with Producer in Media Studio.

Video Sources: The means of ingesting live video via RTMP into Producer.

A source needs to be created before you are able to ingest video and broadcast live on Twitter. There is no limit to the number of sources that can be created, but we recommend reusing one or more sources in your account to simplify your broadcasting experience.

Sources are shared across Periscope Producer and Producer in Media Studio. If you have previously created a source within Periscope Producer, you may see it within your Media Studio source list.

(If you’re a SnappyTV user, think of the source as a Channel.)

Broadcast: The live video entity on Twitter or Periscope.

Broadcasts are how most people on Twitter will be viewing your live video. Follow all instructions below on creating a source and pushing video to your source, in order to successfully go live to Twitter with your broadcast. 

Don’t forget to ensure you are first viewing Producer by clicking on the Producer button within the top navigation bar.


2. Video Sources

How to create and publish to an RTMP source:

Note: If you have previously used Periscope Producer, you may already see sources listed in this view. Any source that was created via Periscope Producer or Producer in Media Studio will appear in both tools.

Note: In order to have the best experience using Producer, use these recommended stream specifications.

How to create and publish to an HLS source:

Note: The HLS URL must end with an .m3u8 or .m3u extension. At this time we do not support encrypted or tokenized streams.

Note: In order to have the best experience using Producer, use these recommended stream specifications.


3. Broadcasts

How to create a broadcast (start immediately):

How to create a broadcast (start later):

Note: You may modify any of these settings within your scheduled broadcast before it goes live. Once a scheduled broadcast is live, you may also modify the end time.

Options within Audience:

  • Public - This broadcast can be Tweeted and viewed by people on Twitter
  • Private - This broadcast cannot be Tweeted and is only accessible within Media Studio for testing and clipping using LiveCut

Options within Recurring:

  • Does not repeat - Your broadcast will not repeat.
  • Daily - Your recurring broadcast will be scheduled to go live every day at the same time until the specified End dat (up to one year).
  • Weekly - Your recurring broadcast will be scheduled to go live at the same day and time each week until the specified End date (up to one year).

Options within Advanced Settings:

  • Show chat in full screen mode - Checking this option removes the ability for users to chat or send hearts during the live broadcast

Options within Content Restrictions to toggle any of these features:

  • Make broadcast replay unavailable - Checking this option makes the broadcast replay unavailable, or unviewable, once the live broadcast is over.
  • Geo-restrictions - Enable this feature to restrict the viewing of the broadcast to the countries you specify (can be enabled by either including or excluding a set of countries).
    • Include
    • Exclude

Tip: Link your Twitter account with Periscope to ensure that your Periscope audience gets notified when you go live. If you do not link your accounts, the broadcast will only be visible to people on Twitter.

How to end a broadcast:


4. Live Video Specifications

Video codec: H.264/AVC
Video bitrate:

  • 9Mbps (reccomended)
  • 12Mbps (maximum)

Audio codec: AAC-LC
Audio bitrate: 128kbps (maximum)


  • 1280x720 (recommended)
  • 1920 x 1080 (maximum)

Frame rate

  • 30 fps (recommended)
  • 60 fps (maximum)

Keyframe interval
OBS: Every 3 seconds

  • 24 fbs = Keyframe interval of 72 frames
  • 30 fbs = Keyframe interval of 90 frames
  • 50 fbs = Keyframe interval of 150 frames
  • 60 fbs = Keyframe interval of 180 frames

Supported encoders and streaming solutions:

  • Restream
  • Golightstream
  • Socialive
  • OBS
  • Wirecast
  • Teradek
  • Elemental
  • Vmix
  • StreamYard
  • Streamlabs