Rascular Provides Integrated Control of Facebook Live via Streaming Encoders

Rascular has announced that its Helm control software can now communicate directly with Facebook Live. This allows a tight integration for broadcasters and playout providers between broadcast devices and streaming content to the dominant social media platform.

Rascular's Helm is a user customisable control/monitoring system that facilitates the creation and deployment of PC-based, application-specific control panels, addressing manual control requirements across a huge range of broadcast technologies.

Helm communicates with Facebook using the latter’s Graph API. Because Helm supports all the Graph API features, an incredibly wide range of applications is possible, both for delivering content – including of course live video – and monitoring the audience for that content.

All Facebook Graph API nodes and edges are available and access to new Facebook features will typically not need further updates to Helm. Script design and coding is robust and straightforward. All communication runs over HTTPS with operators presented with familiar Facebook login details.

“We have listened to the market and responded to the demand for operators to be able to control both streaming encoders and Facebook Live from a single screen. Operators and journalists can now do this effortlessly because Helm is designed from the ground up with this kind of flexibility and ease of use. After trialling a more limited way of doing this, it became clear that we needed to add complete Facebook support within Helm. We have removed the need to use encoder web interfaces to do this, which can be fiddly and time consuming. We have provided users with the ability to tailor access on Facebook using simple scripting.”
Roddy Pratt, Technical Director with Rascular

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