The Live Stream feature is one of two ways you can display a live stream in your event or community on web or mobile. You can leverage any of our supported streaming providers, or use Socio RTMP to integrate with many others.
Because the Live Stream feature appears in the features list, it's perfect for highlighting your keynote session or for a single-session event. When attendees tap or click on the feature, the live stream is launched instantly.
If you're not sure whether the Live Stream feature or Agenda session live streams are right for your event, check this out.
Add the Live Stream feature
From the Edit Event page of your event, click Add Features, locate the feature in the list, and click Add.
Close the Add Features modal, and click Edit on the Live Stream feature.
Live Stream provider
If you select Socio Streaming or the Socio RTMP player, you can also click the Enable Closed Captions option to add text or audio captions to your live stream. For more on captions, check this out.
Change the Enable Chat toggle to 'Yes' to allow attendees to send messages to one another during the stream. Chat messages also appear in the Socio Streaming studio so speakers can see and respond to them. Remember that you can also use Q&A and Polling for even deeper engagement during your live stream.
Lastly, change the Enable Custom Tab toggle to 'Yes' to add an additional engagement tab to your live stream. Enter a Tab Name that informs attendees what the tab contains, and enter a URL for an embeddable, mobile responsive site. When attendees click the Custom Tab, the website opens in the live stream's engagement panel. Websites like Sli.do work well, but there are many more possibilities!
⭐ Keep in mind, we strongly encourage testing any website you choose for the Custom Tab in the Web App and Mobile App to ensure the website embed correctly and works consistently.
Click Save Changes when you're done.
Live Stream settings
Click the Settings (⚙️) icon on the Live Stream feature to rename it, select or upload a custom icon, and determine which Groups the feature should be visible to. You can also un-check the Show viewer count option to hide the number of people viewing the stream. Remember to click Save Changes when you're done.
That's it! If you selected Socio Streaming, now's a good time to get familiar with the Socio Streaming studio, check out our Live Streaming Best Practices article, and maybe even run a test stream with your speakers!
The Live Stream feature in practice
When attendees click on your Live Stream feature, they'll see a "Stream isn't live now" message until your stream is live. If you enabled Chat, Q&A, or Polling for your live stream, Web App users can expand or collapse a panel on the right.
Mobile app attendees will also see options for Chat, Q&A, and Polling at the bottom of the video when the device is in portrait mode.
After your Live Stream, you can check out the features section of the Metrics tab to see how people interacted. You can see:
If you used Socio Streaming, lots more awesome data for the Live Stream appears in the Video Analytics export, which you can download from the Metrics tab under the Export Report button.
Pro tips! 😎
You can add as many Live Stream features as you want. However, we recommend adding only one or two to keep your home page clean. If you would like individual links for each of your sessions, check out the Live Stream section of an Agenda session.
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