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 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 channel Custom RTMP (for Yellow Duck) in your Restream. 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 to stick to this ratio when streaming to Instagram.
- Instagram only supports portrait mode streams - for horizontal streams only middle part will be captured.
- Streams can't be longer than 4 hours. This is Instagram's limitation.
- You need to reconfigure your channel before each stream since each stream key is unique.
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 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 an Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook group requires at least a Professional plan. For more information on choosing the best subscription plan, please check our Restream Plans FAQ.
Tip: Our Professional plan also offers you an ability to remove Restream branding from your streams.
You can live stream your pre-recorded videos to Instagram with the help of Restream Scheduler. You would need at least a Restream Standard subscription plan and free Scheduler plan for that matter. 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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