Currently, Instagram does not officially support direct live streaming outside their mobile application. As soon as streaming to Instagram over RTMP is officially supported, we will add it to our supported services.

However, you can still live stream to Instagram with Restream using a third-party service like Yellow Duck, which allows you to get an RTMP link and stream key. Streaming platforms like YouTube, Twitch, and Facebook provide constant stream keys, which allows you to set up your stream just once. If you are planning live streaming or scheduling an event on Instagram, the stream key needs to be added two minutes before the stream goes live.

In order to set up streaming to Instagram, you will need to add the Custom RTMP channel (from your Yellow Duck details) to your Restream account. Please follow this guide on how to set up and use Yellow Duck with Restream.

Tip: Videos on IGTV and stories are shown in the portrait orientation (the 9:16 ratio). We recommend you stick to this ratio when streaming to Instagram.

Please note:

  1. Instagram only supports portrait mode streams - for horizontal streams, only the middle part will be captured.

  2. Streams can't be longer than 4 hours. This is Instagram's limitation.

  3. You need to reconfigure your channel before each stream since each stream key is unique and will expire.

  4. You cannot view your own stream using your IG account. You need another IG account if you wish to do so.

Tip: If you are planning to stream to Facebook and Instagram at the same time, it's best to optimize your stream to Instagram format (Portrait mode). We don't modify the video stream that you send to us in any way. If you optimize the format of your stream to Facebook (Horizontal mode), it could look a bit cropped on Instagram. However, if you optimize the stream to Instagram, Facebook would just show the black lines at the edges of your stream.

Using YellowDuck would be considered a Custom Destination and would require one of our paid plans. For example, live streaming to Instagram, YouTube, and a Facebook group requires at least a Standard. For more information on choosing the best subscription plan, please check our Restream Plans FAQ.

Tip: Our Standard plan also offers you the ability to remove Restream branding from your streams.

You can also live-stream your pre-recorded videos to Instagram. You would need at least a Restream Professional plan. Just like with regular live streaming, you would need to add your stream key two minutes before the scheduled event.

Because the Instagram stream key is valid for only a couple of minutes, you need to set up the Instagram stream two minutes before the actual stream.

Note: Yellow Duck is not affiliated with, authorized, or endorsed by either Restream or Instagram. Use it at your own risk.

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