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Stream and Go Live with Prerecorded Videos on Facebook, YouTube, and More — BoxCast Simulated Live

Wouldn’t it be great if you could broadcast a video as if it were live … without it actually being live? If you’re live streaming to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Twitch, or elsewhere, you can stream prerecorded videos and simulate being live. All it takes is a few steps and tools — soon you can kick back, relax, and go live without actually filming a thing in real time. Follow this guide to learn how.

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What Is Simulated Live + Why Do You Need It?

At BoxCast, Simulated Live is what we call the ability to upload a previously recorded video and broadcast it to your viewers as if it were actually being filmed live. The end result is a perfectly simulated live stream — social destinations still label the video as live, and you and your viewers can chat and comment on the stream in real time.

Man watching a live stream video on his laptop

This is extremely useful if you broadcast live streams to your audience often. Here are the top five reasons why you need Simulated Live:

1. Live Stream Videos While You’re Away from Your Camera + Computer

What if you could increase your viewership by doing less work? Sounds nice, right? Recording videos and uploading them later to simulate a live stream takes a lot of the stress and pressure off. If things go awry during a live broadcast, it can be tough to recover while being watched by a bunch of viewers. Simulated Live content, on the other hand, allows you to record and edit a perfect video, then schedule it to go live without you ever needing to touch your camera or computer when it airs.

2. Increase Viewership + Get Prioritized by Social Media Platforms

If you’re sharing videos to Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or other social platforms, live streaming and Simulated Live videos are the way to go. Social media platforms prioritize live video content and their algorithms place live videos at the top of users' feeds to get them seen by as many people as possible. They also label live videos with extra graphics to capture viewer attention and make those videos seem more appealing.

Facebook Live stream of a video podcast playing on an iPhone

Facebook, for instance, prioritizes content that sparks discussion and interaction — like live video chats. Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch all follow suit. If you want to get your video content seen by more people, broadcasting Simulated Live videos is the easiest and most efficient way to do it.

3. Save Time + Schedule Video Content in Advance

Simulated Live saves you time and makes your production workflow more efficient. You can film, edit, and upload numerous videos all at once. Then you can simply schedule all your content in advance. If you broadcast videos on a regular cadence, filming and uploading in batches saves you a ton of time. You’ve completed all the work ahead of time. Just set it and forget it — that’s all you have to do!

BoxCast Dashboard showing the Rebroadcast Simulated Live feature

4. Protect Your Reputation + Create Perfect Content

Live events are unpredictable, and not everyone is comfortable streaming without any buffer to correct mistakes. The solution? Record and edit a video that meets your standards. Then schedule it as a Simulated Live video. When it’s time to go live, you’ve saved yourself a lot of stress from pulling off a pitch-perfect live event (see reason 1 above).

Film Set with cameras and lights set up

5. Reach People in Different Time Zones or Who Missed Your Original Broadcast

If you have an audience that spans multiple time zones, Simulated Live is a great way to schedule broadcasts when it makes the most sense for your viewers to watch. For example, if you produce a morning show that goes live every day at 8 a.m. EST, you may want your viewers on the west coast to wake up to your content the same way your EST viewers do. You may even want to rebroadcast your content far later in the day for viewers in other countries.

What Kind of Videos Work Best for Simulated Live?

  • Status Updates
  • Videos from Presenters who Can’t Film Live
  • Podcast Episodes
  • Informational Videos
  • Church + House of Worship Services
  • News Recaps
  • PSAs (Public Service Announcements)
  • Prerecorded, Edited Videos

Simulated Live vs. Recorded Broadcasts

Recorded Broadcasts

It's important to distinguish between a recorded live stream and a Simulated Live stream. A recorded live stream is video content that has occurred in the past, and is available for on-demand viewing at any time. When you broadcast a live video, you can automatically archive and store it if you're using a live streaming service like BoxCast. Then you and your viewers can access it later at any time — it won’t appear as if it’s happening live.

BoxCast’s Simulated Live Feature

Simulated Live, on the other hand, is a unique way to take a recorded video and display it as if it were live, in real time. The viewer experience is very similar to the original broadcast.

How to Stream Prerecorded Videos As If They Were Live with BoxCast

If you’re ready to simulate a live stream and go live with a prerecorded video, follow these steps. The process is very similar to scheduling a regular broadcast in the BoxCast Dashboard. Set a future date and time, multistream it to other social destinations, and more.

Video: How to Rebroadcast a Past Stream as if it Were Live

 

Step 1: Sign Up and Log In to BoxCast

If you don’t have a BoxCast account, that’s okay. You can start using BoxCast for free here and test out scheduling Simulated Live videos yourself. Once you’ve created an account, move on to the next step.

Step 2: Select Your Broadcast

Begin by clicking on the broadcast you'd like to rebroadcast, then select Re-Broadcast (Simulated Live).

Step 3: Schedule Your Simulated Live Broadcast

From BoxCast’s scheduling form, select the date and time you want your Simulated Live broadcast to go live, along with any social destinations you want to stream to.

Step 4: Go Live!

Once scheduled, your Simulated Live stream will appear as an upcoming broadcast in the Dashboard. And when the scheduled time comes, your viewers will see you go live as if you're actually doing it in real time. 

FAQ

Can I rebroadcast a live stream later?

Yes! Using Simulated Live, you can rebroadcast your past live dates at a later time to your website and social destinations like Facebook and YouTube.

Is there a limit to how often I can use Simulated Live?

Nope! You can rebroadcast a past live stream or uploaded video as many times as you want!

Can my Simulated Live broadcast repeat at the same time every week?

Yes. You can schedule your Simulated Live content to reoccur daily, weekly, monthly, or at a custom cadence of your choosing. To learn more, check out this article about how BoxCast’s recurring broadcasts work.

Can I go live with a prerecorded video?

Yes — BoxCast’s Simulated Live feature lets you upload an edited or prerecorded video to our service, and broadcast it as if it were a live broadcast at a scheduled time. You can live stream your prerecorded content to your website and multiple social destinations.

Can I show a prerecorded video on Facebook Live?

Yes. BoxCast's Simulated Live feature gives you the ability to upload a prerecorded video and push it directly to Facebook Live as if it were a live broadcast.

Final Thoughts + Further Reading

You’ve got plenty of options to decide what kind of content you want to rebroadcast and when it should go live. BoxCast’s Simulated Live feature makes this a breeze. We’ve got a ton of other resources that’ll help you grow your audience, get seen by more people, and level up your broadcasting skills. Check these out: