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Live Streaming

We have received many requests for instructions on how to broadcast your meetings live onto the community channel. Although it can be done there are a number of components and steps needed to accomplish this. If possible, we recommend recording your meetings and schedule them for playback afterwards.

To broadcast live, your meeting must be encoded and sent to a live video server. Below we will review how to use YouTube Live and a custom live stream server from GetStream. If desired, you can sign up with your preferred streaming service such as Wowza, Dacast or Vimeo live. Facebook Live is not compatible.

YouTube Live

Very Important: First, you must determine if your YouTube account is eligible. If you already have a YouTube account, click here to verify if “Live Stream Embedding” is “Enabled”. If this is not Enabled or if you do not have an existing account then skip to the custom server section.

Direct to Youtube live – Connect Camera and microphones to laptop and follow these instructions

Zoom + YouTube live – Zoom has built in encoding software on their paid tier. Here are the instruction on how to configure.

First time going live

  • Initiate stream 10-15 minutes ahead of desired start time
  • Log in to your dashboard
  • Create a page and add the YouTube element
  • Enter your meeting’s YouTube address and increase volume to 80 or higher. The Youtube address is different for each meeting and is available only after you initiate your stream.
  • Add page to a new Playlist. We recommend having only the meeting in this Playlist
  • Drag meeting playlist to your channel and set schedule to “incidentally” and enter meeting date as the end date and set the start and end times.
  • Since it’s hard to calculate a meeting’s end time just remove the playlist from the channel by dragging it off the playback list.

Going forward

  • Initiate stream 10-15 minutes ahead of desired start time
  • Log in to your dashboard
  • Update the meeting address in the page used for the last meeting
  • Since you’re using the same playlist there’s no need to do anything here.
  • Drag meeting playlist to your channel and set schedule to “incidentally” and enter meeting date as the end date and set the start and end times.
  • Drag off at meeting end.

Custom Live Streaming Server

Encoder OBS is a standalone encoding application that will allow you to select a window on your desktop for streaming. OBS will stream the selected Window to a hosting service we will set up for you. This gives you the flexibility to use any conferencing app you want. It also works if you’re not using a conferencing app & simply have a camera & microphone connected directly to a laptop. It is a significantly easier process with one caveat. There is a 20-30 second delay by the time it reaches the community channel

Note: The Hosting is a 3rd party service, we cannot control future availability or pricing. Currently there is a free tier of service adequate for meeting broadcasts. In the event this tier is no longer available we will try and find an alternate service. You can always purchase hosting through providers such as wowza, dacast or similar. Paid tiers offers website embedding along with a significantly reduced delay.

Setting up OBSClick here to download OBS. We will then provide you a file that will launch OBS with preconfigured settings.

Going live – (10-15) minutes prior to meeting start

  • Double click OBS preset file
  • Select desired window to be streamed and click the “Start Streaming” button.
  • Log in to your dashboard
  • Page and Playlist have already been created for you and are on your dashboard.
  • Drag meeting playlist to your channel and set schedule to “incidentally” and enter meeting date as the end date and set the start and end times.
  • Since it’s hard to calculate a meeting’s end time just remove the playlist from the channel by dragging it off the playback list.

Equipment

We do not sell or install equipment for live streaming but here are some resources and suggestions.

  • Equipment vendor – We recommend going through B & H photo or Video Conference Store
  • If using a seperate camera we highly recommend purchasing a tripod. The best $30 you could spend.
  • Don’t forget about microphones. Look for the puck style table top models.

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